Can TA officers transfer to the regular army?

#2
So go for TA, do an Op tour and see what you think, then look at a transfer ? If you are good then whatever the rules say exceptions can be made. The rules change as circumstances require, I certainly know a number of TA Officers who moved across but none were medics and all were expected to go and do the whole Sandhurst thing. Best bet would be to talk to QARANC rather than the motley crew on here tho.
 
#4
I really hope they cant
It's only fair. We've had to put up with enough shit thick ex regulars who can't earn respect as civilians so join the TA just so they can wear their 2 stripes and feel good about themselves again

On a serious note if converting a TA commission into a Regular one was anything like a normal request would there not be a huge number of people about who'd done it? I can't see a two week course being treated as equivalent to the 3 regular terms. Even with cuts. Surely you'd have to complete the full RMAS course
 
#5
Not now I have read your thread no. I just answered your question and thought it was about regular DE officers. Someone doing four weeks Sandhurst then transferring smacks a bit of cheating when everyone else has done 44 weeks.

With a PQO, especially a medical one, I'd rather they were excellent at their job/ speciality. Their commission does not really matter.
 
#7
Join the TA, establish a good rep, see what happens.

As previously stated, exceptions and waivers are always possible.
 
#8
It's only fair. We've had to put up with enough shit thick ex regulars who can't earn respect as civilians so join the TA just so they can wear their 2 stripes and feel good about themselves again

On a serious note if converting a TA commission into a Regular one was anything like a normal request would there not be a huge number of people about who'd done it? I can't see a two week course being treated as equivalent to the 3 regular terms. Even with cuts. Surely you'd have to complete the full RMAS course
how long is the PQO course now? Years ago it was very short, a month (?) from memory, is it still the same?
 
#10
Ten weeks. I have a mate who passed it recently; bearing in mind that he was super fit to start with, he describes it as "The hardest thing I have ever done". It's not the tarts and vicars cake-walk it (allegedly) used to be anymore.
It always used to give me immense pleasure to be cutting around Sandhurst looking smart as a carrot and then to pay the correct crisply given compliment to someone who clearly got dressed in the dark whilst still pissed and was to busy swatting a fly near their ear to return my salute.

Either that or seeing the PQO course returning from a one night exercise on Barossa and shitting myself because I thought I'd gone back in time and was on the beach at Dunkirk.

Having said that, tongue in cheek, I would rather have a clinically competent nurse than one who looks like a guardsman.
 
#19
Pretty simple question: Apparently I'll be 9 months too old for the army to let me do the PQO course (for QARANC) at RMAS by the time I have enough clinical experience, however the age limit is a fair bit higher for TAs who go the PQO route. I'm also told that those age limits don't apply to serving soldiers put forward by their CO for a commission - Does anybody know if the same is true of the TA? Of course, I would be proud to serve in the TA either way, but I would love to join QARANC full-time.
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Can I join? - British Army Website

Are you certain no exception can be made? There will be QARANC people doing a live webchat here from 10 am today. It might be a good idea to ask them about your options.
 

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