changing regiment

#1
was just wondering, ive heard people say different things, how easy is it to transfer from 1 regiment to another? and how would you go about it
 
#3
i wouldnt have asked the question if there wasnt a reason, i always wanted to join the engineers but im going for the signals because of the trade being offered, pretty sure i wont need to change regiment but if i dont like the signals (hopefully not) i would probably want the engineers.
 
#4
So you want to change Corps, then not Regiments???

I think you should be a little more positive about what job you want at this stage.
Its the start of your career????
 
#5
I'm not 100% certain on this, but I'm sure there's a minimum amount of time you have to serve after completing training within certain CEG's. Otherwise people would join the army, change trades 5 times in order to get masses of varying quals under their belt, and then bugger off back to civvy street.

You sound like you don't know what you want. If you pick a job you don't like the sound of purely for the qualifications, chances are you won't enjoy your job at all. Pick the job you want to do. Quals mean nothing if you have no experience of using them.
 
#7
skintboymike said:
If you pick a job you don't like the sound of purely for the qualifications, chances are you won't enjoy your job at all.
Exactly the reason i picked the infantry, i want to be an infantryman until i have to go over corps and get some qualifications for civvi street, that way ill only be in a job i hate for the minimum amount of time, looking forward to long career in the army with lots of opportunities for learning (aslong as they want me of course). :D
 
#8
Punk_trooper said:
Exactly the reason i picked the infantry, i want to be an infantryman until i have to go over corps and get some qualifications for civvi street, that way ill only be in a job i hate for the minimum amount of time, looking forward to long career in the army with lots of opportunities for learning (aslong as they want me of course). :D
Yeah you could probably retrade a year before you intend to leave, get the quals and then get out knowing everything you need about that trade. :roll:
 
#9
Im not that naive to think i can do it a year before leaving the army, i know im going to have to spend at least 4 years in a trade regiment learning the skills im going to need for civvi street, just so happens im 1/2 through a comptia A+ computer mechanics course which ill be completing during my service (as its a home college study).
 
#10
On paper you have a point.

However, I was a f*cking airhead when I joined, little plan in my head, 22 year man me guv, training, general duties, SQ, Recce Troop, Brigade Patrol Troop, SBS, out at 38 and straight up Everest and onto the freefall curcuit.

18 months later I was a regular pitswamper, more scars on my hands than a tin miner and was forever tapping my heels for whatever minor infraction I had commited the previous week.

By all means have a loose plan, but a year from now it will all look significantly different mate.

Reni
 
#11
That sounds exactly like me (except the SBS bit as im far too old for that now) Ill take on board what you've said mate and your words will stay with me, nothing speaks like experience after all.

Cheers mate

P-T
 
#12
louis said:
what about changing battalions? how easy is that?
You can request a transfer from batallion every 2 years if you wish.
 
#13
wannabe-rifleman said:
louis said:
what about changing battalions? how easy is that?
You can request a transfer from batallion every 2 years if you wish.
You can request anything you like once you are in the Army, but the answer can also be a firm 'no' to whatever you ask too ;)

You may find that they allow you the possibility of changing Corps or trade rather than lose a trained soldier but it would only happen the once so get rid of any ideas that you may have about chopping and changing your mind whenever the mood suits you :)
 
#14
When i was on chosen man the rifles staff said you could do something called a 'PPP' every 2 years but that would be subject to requirements obviously.
 
#16
deano1986 said:
join the regiment or corps you want to join and not because what the job will offer you when you leave the Army.
I'm 100% with you on that one mate, i'm not even thinking about when i leave as i havent even started yet.
 
#17
What about transferring regiments?
I am currently in a infantry battalion based in germany and want to know if i can transfer to a battalion in the UK because my mother is ill and i would like to be there for her more often.
 
#18
Whenever this topic is raised on this site, it illustrates the (understandable) niavity of lads joining up, as to how this sort of thing actually works.

In reallity, yes, there is the mechanism to change units, but acheiving this isnt set in stone or guaranteed. There are a million and one things that will come into play, the least pressing of all of these will be what you want to happen whilst the most pressing will be what your O.C wants to happen.
He may well be genuinely committed to your personal development, but his commitment will ususally extend to development within your (and thus his) unit. He has little to gain by allowing you to re-trade and go and fulfill your own aspirations, especially when he has invested time and effort into getting you to the point you're at.

Please do not think that you will be able to change trades or capbadges, if it happens it's a bonus, but on the whole it is far from guaranteed. If you are a decent bloke they will want to keep you, if you're not then don't expect another unit to want to take you.

Remember that the two best postings that you will have, will be your last posting and your next posting. The grass will always seem greener.
 
#19
I don't see the point in joining up in one regiment/corps with the intention of transfering to another at the back of your mind. If your hearts not in it then you may struggle and have problems and end up been stuck where you really dont want to be and end up leaving the army without doing anything that you set out to do.
 
#20
Punk_trooper said:
skintboymike said:
If you pick a job you don't like the sound of purely for the qualifications, chances are you won't enjoy your job at all.
Exactly the reason i picked the infantry, i want to be an infantryman until i have to go over corps and get some qualifications for civvi street, that way ill only be in a job i hate for the minimum amount of time, looking forward to long career in the army with lots of opportunities for learning (aslong as they want me of course). :D
With respect mate what's with the game plan? I mean fair enough to thinking ahead but you shouldn't worry about what happens when you leave before having been in. It's not as if you can't progress in the infantry either. You can get quals for medic, infantry signaller, driver etc (from what I hear). Especially for a big reg like the rifles.