Courses - wiki page suggestion/ request

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by oldcolt, Nov 28, 2009.

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  1. As courses are always one of the top topics on here and the regular arrsers can understandably get a little narky when asked the same questions again and again by different posters, may I suggest that the subject experts put together a wiki page of all of the courses available/ theoretically available to the TA, the course quals etc and then add a sticky link from the TA forum.

    A further idea on from that is an evolutionary flow chart to show what course qual' leads on to next/ which opportunities it opens up/ what courses one might need to obtain in order to get on to the course one really desires.

    Just an idle thought whilst sat here twiddling my thumbs on a quiet Saurday at the office.
  2. msr

    msr LE

    That is why we employ Troop Commanders. It would be way too big to stay on top of. Ask your PSI.

    This is a rumour service, not a job centre.

  3. I take your point and I know we've gone over this before (hence my post) but surely the idea of Arrsepedia is to provide an albeit lighthearted guide to all things military.

    To take your point to the extreme, if ARRSE is purely a rumour service, then half of the debates questions on here shouldn't even be discussed (especially in light of Cpunks missive on posting on Current Affairs recently). I know I'm being pedantic but its purely to highlight my point.

    I accept that it would be a massive undertaking if done completely and half of the stuff on Arrsepedia is out of date as it is, as far as I can see. However, a first port of call page would be a start and might stop some of the more regular posts that clearly get on some people nerves.

    "Ask the PSI" is always a good bet but isn't always helpful if you don't want to bother your PSI with what might appear to be a bone question or, he's not the most approachable guy in the first place or, a nig is a little nervous/ doesn't want to make a tw@t of himself then, surely, a courses page on here could only be helpful (allowing for the obvious fact that some PSI's may be inundated with requests for the underwater knife fighting course - by all and sundry :roll: but that's then down to the individual concerned whether he/ she makes an arrse of themselves).

    If its purely a case of time commitment, I'm quite happy to write it/ keep it up to date if supplied with the correct info by those in the know. It may not ever be complete or totally up to date but we could/ should at least try to make a start. :)
  4. msr

    msr LE

    Your time would be better spent updating the current pages.

    There is a chain of command for a reason. Tp / Pl Commanders should be managing the careers of their blokes and the PSIs getting them on the courses. Your PSI is there to be asked questions. The arrsepedia is not a substitute for this process.

  5. I'll update what I can when I see it athough, I don't know if its me monging it but searching for stuff that you know exists doesn't always pull up results on occasions - the search function seems to have a real problem on Arrse.

    I'm not suggesting circumventing the CoC for one minute; I am however suggesting that a page which has all of the information on it would be useful so that BOTH parties can manage their career better. In an ideal world the CoC will know exacty what is right for each individual but we both know that doesn't always happen :roll: .

    In reality, the CoC may have ideas for OldColt or MSR etc that don't actually fit with what we want/ are prepared to do. However, if when we go for our appraisals we are able to say, I quite like the idea of doing 'X' and think I have the skills/ aptitude for it; it gives the CoC an opportunity to explain why he/ she doesn't agree or, re-appraise that soldier properly look at him from a different perspective and build a more committed motivated bod. In short, it could actually improve the process.

    Eg. Some time ago I was asked to go on a specialist course because I was a) good at it and b) had the right civvi and military quals/ aptitude etc. My CoC at the time was VERY keen that I did this course and I was equaly certain that I did not want to do it and would hate the job if that was all I was ever going to do in the TA. However, by luck, I had been told of another course by a mate and asked whether I could do that. The CoC hadn't even considered that course for me but put me through for it. I passed and we were both pleased with the results.

    Again, I'm not trying to be a smart arrse here, just put up and argue an idea that I think might benefit Arrse and its users. :)
  6. OC, Why don't you just get on with being a rifleman for now. Get some experiance then your CoC may suggest some courses that will be of benefit to you and your unit.
  7. msr

    msr LE

    You will not be f**king well told will you?

    It is not a good idea and has no merit.

    From your position of near complete ignorance of the TA you are going to try and map the careers of every TA tom in every capbadge in every trade and list every course on offer?

    Think about it.

    If you want to put up a wiki page about a course you have attended, please do.

  8. I'm gonna add a wiki page entitled:

    "Info about every course the TA has to offer!"

    In the page will be the following information:

    "For information on every course the Territorial Army can offer you at any stage of your career, contact your PSI."
  9. msr

    msr LE

  10. Coffee over the keyboard... :clap: :clap:
  11. Only just got home from work, planned to sort the wiki page & done for me. Excellent Drills Sir!

    I expect we've had the last of the bone questions about courses in the forum now! :)
  12. msr

    msr LE

    I've a sneaking suspicion we haven't ;)

  13. But now we can helpfully give all askers a link to a wiki page, which they always desire so much for some unknown reason?
  14. Does anybody know what courses you can do in the TA?
    Thanks, i look forward to your reply.
  15. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    Could some kind person update the Wiki to include all IT courses available in Civi Strasse for Ex Regs, so that they can improve their career paths?

    Many Thanks