Drink driving conviction

Discussion in 'The Training Wing' started by Jimmyhatesjazz, Jun 28, 2007.

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  1. I'm looking at joining the Royal Signals as an information systems engineer.

    Will a drink driving conviction prevent me from doing so? I got an 18 month ban in April 2005. This is my only brush with the law.
     
  2. Clear it off your licence - be honest and I am sure you will not have a problem...
     
  3. That was my first choice, my GCSE in Maths will probbably degrade me to a Communications Systems Operator :(
     
  4. The D&D wont necessarily stop you getting in to RSigs as an IS Eng, as long as the conviction is spent, i.e your not banned anymore and can retake your test. (You will do all that at RSS). Its all done on a case by case basis down in HQ Recruiting Group in Upavon. If this is your only brush with the law i cant see why it would hinder you.

    SoldierBeesley, there is nothing wrong with being a CS operator, you can get posted to units which the CS ops use some very 'gucci' kit. You also have the opportunitys that a lot of us who joined up before the dawn of CS Ops, you have a much broader spectrum of jobs to do (which is the case for all Ops now in the Sigs) but we had spent the time leading up to CS Ops in one Comms trade role. You could also play the long game and join something completely different and try and get into the Comms stream within that Regt/Bn and then do your Application Specialists course, while not anywhere near the level of the IS Eng, you will be the IS Guru in your unit. (but that is a severe long shot)

    Also just to reiterate what Mee n Bee said, whatever you do, when you join make sure you let them know about it, if you dont, they will look at whether you are suitable to join with regard to the Core Values of the British Army (Honesty, Integrity etc). This has caught quite a few people out down the line in their careers and in some cases has led to an abrupt end in their career. Just be honest and you shouldnt have any dramas.
     
  5. Also just to reiterate what Mee n Bee said, whatever you do, when you join make sure you let them know about it, if you dont, they will look at whether you are suitable to join with regard to the Core Values of the British Army (Honesty, Integrity etc). This has caught quite a few people out down the line in their careers and in some cases has led to an abrupt end in their career. Just be honest and you shouldnt have any dramas.
     
  6. Sorry about the repeat, laptops having a brain fart
     
  7. If im perfectly honest i dont think there will be much of an effect. Knowing the amount of lads i know that have been convicted whilst serving.

    I here of at least one every couple of months at my current serving unit.
     
  8. You might be right Gaz, but a drink-driving conviction is the kiss of death for promotion for at least 2 or 3 years. For most RSIGNALS trades, a Cat B+E licence is mandatory, so if you lose your licence you drop down to the generic "soldier class 3" CEQ. Therefore you're not qualified for promotion to the next rank and you move to (or stay on) low pay band. But if the guy has served his ban, then fair play, he's paid the ferryman and deserves to get a new start.

    Don't worry too much about IS Engr and CS Op, guys. They're both good jobs. CS Op is more wide-ranging with postings to just about anywhere you can imagine, but IS Engr is the trade that is in huge demand at the moment. So much so that the MOD have officially accepted the change to what they call "harmony guidelines" for IS Engrs and now they can expect to do a 6 month tour every 18 months. Excellent job but be careful what you wish for! If you want any more info on IS Engrs then PM me.
     
  9. Don't worry about maths, join up as what ever trade they will let you.

    Then use your Individual Learning Credit to get a better GCSE at maths, maybe some IT courses.

    Then retrade to IS Eng.

    Providing they don't let you go for IS Eng anyway. If you push for it they may ask you to sit a maths enterance (if it is that important) if you pass that you will be allowed to go in to the IS Eng anyway.

    I retraded to Tech, with a rubbish GCSE maths result in that way.

    Don't think that CS Op is a poor choice, there are some very good posts available out in the Corps for CS Ops, some of which you will only find out about once you are in.

    WRT Drinking and Driving and joining up.

    My advise is, do the world a favour and just top yourself, we don't need that in our Royal Corps'.
     
  10. As Tramp said it will all depend on a number of things and because its a DD offence would have to go onto a Special Enlistment form through Recruiting Group. Ive been out of recriting now for over a year and things change all the time but the only people who could get in after a DD convition before hand were if you were going infantry. Seeing that your conviction was in 2005 it is unclear if this is a spent or unspent crime and it is a quite complex matter to work out the eligability unless you have RI's in front of you. The best thing to do is go into the ACIO and give all the relevant info to the recruiter who will be able to work it out correctly for you. Be honest about things as Tramp said because if you dont I have known people to be thrown out for lying before once passed training.

    Gary maybe there are lots of lads serving who have driving convictions but they are severly punished with time bars. A friend of mine who picked up his Cpl has had it taken from him, loss of trade pay and a four year ban on promotion before he's even considered for promotion on a CR. Rules are totally different on the recruiting front and anyone who gets a drink driving conviction will also get a Waiting period aswell.