Deployment/Exercise Frequency

Kodak

Swinger
Alright chaps,

I'm in the process of joining the British army but would like to know which roles provide the best opportunities to deploy/train/exercise oversees most often. I'm currently leaning towards the Royal Engineers, specifically, carpenter but have read on previous forums that REME, SIGS and RLC more opportunities for travelling overseas through the use of attaching to other units. On this basis, RLC Driver, Electronic Tech and EW Syst Op also take my fancy.

Ideally, I'd like to be kept as busy as possible.

Thoughts on the above?
 
I wasn't RLC myself but the RLC driver trade is very rarely attached to other units. If you trade as a 'Trog' you will most likely find yourself in an RLC logistics or transport unit RLC chef is a completely different matter though.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
I'm a member of the Light Dragoons Association. I get a journal every year. From what I can gather, they're never in camp.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Postie's used to travel the most for a small trade!
 
reme attached to most units with a LAD.
 
Be aware that what applies now may not apply within 5 years. I'd concentrate on finding a role that a) you will enjoy doing, whereever that is b) will be transferable to the 'other world' when you leave. One or two good overseas postings in your twenties will not make up for 10+ subsequent years in a shit role in the UK followed by poor civilian employment for another 25.
 

Kodak

Swinger
I wasn't RLC myself but the RLC driver trade is very rarely attached to other units. If you trade as a 'Trog' you will most likely find yourself in an RLC logistics or transport unit RLC chef is a completely different matter though.
it's's gotta take a certain type of man to enjoy cooking for 100's of people everyday. I'll pass.

As for the driver, however, would I be right in assuming there are opportunities for them to go wherever the army goes? I mean, be it Estonia with the Royal Welsh or South Sudan building hospitals with the Royal Engineers, surely drivers are needed to support the logistics of the deployment/exercise. ?
 

Kodak

Swinger
Postie's used to travel the most for a small trade!
Yeah, I've heard a few things about posties travelling with the post in order to ensure its safe passage (Government docs etc) so I can imagine they travel a great deal. The only problem with this is, is that it doesn't entice me like RE, SIGS or RLC does.
 

NemoIII

War Hero
it's's gotta take a certain type of man to enjoy cooking for 100's of people everyday. I'll pass.

As for the driver, however, would I be right in assuming there are opportunities for them to go wherever the army goes? I mean, be it Estonia with the Royal Welsh or South Sudan building hospitals with the Royal Engineers, surely drivers are needed to support the logistics of the deployment/exercise. ?
Most units will have their own drivers and transport platoons. You will have RLC Pet ops in Estonia but couldn't imagine there being many general drivers.

When I went to Kenya with a infantry battalion there was a Platoon of drivers attached, but that's cause light infantry Bns don't normally have the sufficient amount of drivers.
 

Kodak

Swinger
Most units will have their own drivers and transport platoons. You will have RLC Pet ops in Estonia but couldn't imagine there being many general drivers.

When I went to Kenya with a infantry battalion there was a Platoon of drivers attached, but that's cause light infantry Bns don't normally have the sufficient amount of drivers.
That last point would make sense. A family member of mine is out in Estonia now as a Driver. I'd guess the infantry reg out there atm doesn't have enough of their own.
 
it's's gotta take a certain type of man to enjoy cooking for 100's of people everyday. I'll pass.

As for the driver, however, would I be right in assuming there are opportunities for them to go wherever the army goes? I mean, be it Estonia with the Royal Welsh or South Sudan building hospitals with the Royal Engineers, surely drivers are needed to support the logistics of the deployment/exercise. ?
It will depend on the size of the exercise/deployment. The majority of non-RLC units will have their own drivers.
 
rmp always go where soldiers go, in my day they got a wooden stick to hit you with.
nowadays sib (sgt & above) csi, close protection, drivers to name a few
 
There will be opportunities to travel in all capbadges and trades, be it exercise, deployment, sports or adventure training so don’t worry about missing out.
As @beardyProf said: first and foremost, do what you enjoy. If you can get a trade for civvy street even better.

Unless you really want it, lift your sights higher than driver. You said REME or EW interest and excite you. The REME have great esprit de corps and EW is a fascinating world.
 
Last edited:

Kodak

Swinger
There will be opportunities to travel in all capbadges and trades, be it exercise, deployment, sports or adventure training so don’t worry about missing out.
As @beardyProf said: first and foremost, do what you enjoy. If you can get a trade for civvy street even better.

Unless you really want it, lift your sights higher than driver. You said REME or EW interest and excite you. The REME have great esprit de corps and EW is a fascinating world.
Great bit of advice from yourself and @beardyProf. Cheers

I'll let you all know what I end up going for. Now the hard bit of working out what I'll enjoy. Being hands-on fixing and constructing things but also being out in the field blowing shit up and supporting the infantry is a bit of me. Wouldn't mind pissing about in vehicles here and there as well. What I don't want is to be sat on my arse doing **** all.

Think I'll give another call to the recruiter and ask him his views on EW Operator vs a RE's trade
 

Latest Threads

Top