Deployment/Exercise Frequency

#1
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?
 
#2
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.
 

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#3
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.
 
#6
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.
 
#7
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. ?
 
#8
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.
 
#9
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.
 
#10
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.
 
#11
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.
 
#13
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.
 
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#14
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
 
#16
I'm in the same process as you, still trying to decide what I'd like to choose if (or when) my specialist selection falls through. If I wasn't hindered by my dodgy genes and being criminally colourblind, I'd have jumped at the choice of either RE or Signals, bread and butter soldiering along with a good trade.

As it is now driver is probably one of the most appealing jobs on my job list, which isn't brilliant. I've probably been reading too much ARRSE, where everyone complains about other cap badges and trades, but I would set your sights a little higher. Especially if RE is on the table, I can imagine you can get a fair few of your licenses while doing that if you play your cards right.
 

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