Driving License

#1
Hi. I have just joined the TA, and i've been told that I can learn to drive with the TA, free of charge.
Has any one been taught to drive by the TA, and if so, what was the course like and how long did it take after joining up before you got on the course? :?
Thanks.
sharpshooter07
 
#3
People that volunteer for the driving course in my unit usually do it over a 2 week camp...first week being learning to drive a civi car & passing the test then a week doing conversion to Landrover etc with some off road driver training
 
#4
well i just recently got attested, but still waiting for my provisonal license back (name change) and its been 6 weeks now..
I was told on Tuesday that as soon as i get my license and passed my theory test then they will get the course sorted for me asap, he also mentioned about getting me through a 2 week intensive course, but it also depends on the unit
 
#6
In my experience, there are plenty of driving courses around, you have to personally chase them up.

Get your provisional, make a photocopy and send it off for a start, with a cover note asking for a course.
 
#7
Been in 3 years, got my class 2 trade - but no driving courses have yet to be mentioned to me. Jumping ship to a new unit anyway who will hopefully sort it asap.
 
#8
TA_sig said:
Been in 3 years, got my class 2 trade - but no driving courses have yet to be mentioned to me. Jumping ship to a new unit anyway who will hopefully sort it asap.
As Sigs operator you can gain B, B+E and D1. If your a Sigs ED you can also get C and C+E
 
#9
You are only supposed to get your driving licence if your line serial number on your unit establishment (7009) dictates that you require one.
Your unit should not be wasting money by utilising Contract Driver Training (CDT) training those that do not qualify as mentioned above. Your local Master driver has been told to tighten up on this so gaining your licence FREE will not be as easy as it was before.
 
#11
TA_sig said:
Been in 3 years, got my class 2 trade - but no driving courses have yet to be mentioned to me. Jumping ship to a new unit anyway who will hopefully sort it asap.
Without your licence you are not FFA (if trade requires you to drive); what trade are you? :?
 
#12
well my trade needs me to drive but i cant flaming get started because of the DVLA
Sent my license in 8 weeks ago and because my Birth Certificate is newer then 5 yrs old they have passed it to the specialist department which is now in a backlog of applications....phoned countless of times and told to wait, doesnt help when my unit keeps asking if i have it so they can start my lessons!!
 
#13
Dont_Fear_The_Reaper said:
TA_sig said:
Been in 3 years, got my class 2 trade - but no driving courses have yet to be mentioned to me. Jumping ship to a new unit anyway who will hopefully sort it asap.
Without your licence you are not FFA (if trade requires you to drive); what trade are you? :?
our unit is tightening up on the drivers. our new mtwo is checking everybodys fmt600 and those out of date are not allowed to drive. that left us very short on our last exercise..you have never seen so many people doing their familiarisation on landrovers on one friday night. if it wasnt so pathetic it would be comical
 
#14
Mennox said:
well my trade needs me to drive but i cant flaming get started because of the DVLA
Sent my license in 8 weeks ago and because my Birth Certificate is newer then 5 yrs old they have passed it to the specialist department which is now in a backlog of applications....phoned countless of times and told to wait, doesnt help when my unit keeps asking if i have it so they can start my lessons!!
I would have thought that being only 4 you might have trouble seeing over the dashboard anyway :p :wink:
 
#15
Steven said:
Mennox said:
well my trade needs me to drive but i cant flaming get started because of the DVLA
Sent my license in 8 weeks ago and because my Birth Certificate is newer then 5 yrs old they have passed it to the specialist department which is now in a backlog of applications....phoned countless of times and told to wait, doesnt help when my unit keeps asking if i have it so they can start my lessons!!
I would have thought that being only 4 you might have trouble seeing over the dashboard anyway :p :wink:
haha :thumup:
 
#16
lemonsuckas said:
Dont_Fear_The_Reaper said:
TA_sig said:
Been in 3 years, got my class 2 trade - but no driving courses have yet to be mentioned to me. Jumping ship to a new unit anyway who will hopefully sort it asap.
Without your licence you are not FFA (if trade requires you to drive); what trade are you? :?
our unit is tightening up on the drivers. our new mtwo is checking everybodys fmt600 and those out of date are not allowed to drive. that left us very short on our last exercise..you have never seen so many people doing their familiarisation on landrovers on one friday night. if it wasnt so pathetic it would be comical
Siggy, that's their fault! Yes, if your FMT600 is out of date, you're not covered but don't go running around on the Friday. If you have been mismanaged to that extent, fcuk them, you can't deploy! It is only when these cock-ups are made apparent they they have a possibility of being avoided next time round! :wink:
 
#17
Got vehicles on the park that no TA can drive, No spark from those above, if they are in.

Contract driving course recently arranged by new QMSI for soldier, it can be done if the MT PSI will get off his arse.....

PPE for motorbikes only if you are a regular..........

Anyone know any more problems.
 
#18
Mennox said:
also my lessons will be booked via an independant instructor (BSM etc)
Yeah thats how they do it at our place, apparently they pick you up every day for a week or so and you go off and drive..
Costs paid for, and theory/hazard test reimbursed
 
#19
Dont_Fear_The_Reaper said:
Siggy, that's their fault! Yes, if your FMT600 is out of date, you're not covered but don't go running around on the Friday. If you have been mismanaged to that extent, fcuk them, you can't deploy! It is only when these c***-ups are made apparent they they have a possibility of being avoided next time round! :wink:
Still waiting for sight of my new FMT600 after it went walkies 10 months ago....
 
#20
i already had my cat B licence prior to joining the TA, however because my unit is part of a transport regt they aim to get people through the driver training as soon as possible.
i have since passed my Cat C and am just trying to get time off civvy work to complete my c+e.
basically what happens is you have to attend 3 days of theory training, pretty much just sat at a computer going over the theory and hazard perception tests, complete and pass 3 mocks of each consecutively which you can then print off, and show to your unit MT PSI. he will then book you on to a driving course.
im not sure how the driving works for the cat B, but my cat c was done at Grantham and although its booked for a week usually finishes within 4 or 5 days, unless you need to retest.
at the end of the day you're getting paid to gain quals that civvies have to pay for! cheers easy!
 

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