Education or Army?

#1
Essentially long story short im having the issue between deciding wether or not I continue my education or join the army at sixteen. I could either join at sixteen or continue and do my A -Levels till 18 and join then. Most people I have asked say staying in school is the best option as it gives me some good qualifications and if I don't do A - Levels I will only have GCSEs. I definatly want to join the Army at 16 but I understand that school is important. Any advice or reccomendations are highly appreciated.

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#2
Education. You currently have your parents support. Use it.

Or get a trade.

The army will be there in a couple of years.
 
#3
I joined just after "O" levels as a junior. I had a brills time in the green skin but I would seriously advise you to go further with your education and then, if still interested, crack on and join as an adult.
What subjects are you intending to take "A" in?
That could assist in deciding which discipline you might consider.
Anyway, decision is all up to you.
There are loads of personnel here with more recent service than I who may also be able to inform and assist.
Good luck anyway.
 
#4
Joined the army at 18 and had a great experience. Went into Education at 40 and wished I had done it at 18. Basically, its what you make it, but education might take you further and lead you into more significant experiences. As another poster has said, Army is always going to be there - best advice, leave it for now, see where Ed takes you.
 
#5
Purely for other options, the flip side is education may lose its sparkle.

Ask at the ACIO, or on here. There is opportunity to continue education in the army.

You receive an annual grant of £175 (standard learning credit) to put towards training and education. Upto 80% of the cost.

You also get three enhanced grants (enhanced learning credit) £1000, rising to £2000 if you serve 7 years.

Leave without a degree? Cash in your ELCs for a degree.

Publicly Funded Further Education/Higher Education (PF FE/HE) application criteria
http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/ge...Funded-Further-Education-Higher-Education.pdf


Google ELCAS for more info.

There are also he/fe courses available.

I left school with GCSEs. I will be leaving the army (soon) after 25 years with a degree, a few better GCSEs, a full raft of driving licences including adr 1-9 except radiation, fork lift, DETS and Cttls, a raft of cisco quals, sparky training, a load of health and safety, and I ve recently done a load of c&g courses in plastering, brick laying and plumbing - because my house needs a bit of work and I have another rented out.

I also hold civie tickets for canoeing, sailing, hill walking and mountain biking.

But it will be hard work. And your experience may differ.

Think about your options. It won't hurt if you do a levels. Maybe join the acf.

If you do want to go to uni, but are still mad on the army, remember the reserves and uotc/yotr.

Google. Shoo, and ask questions.

One life, live yours. Not someone else's.
 
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Purely for other options, the flip side is education may lose its sparkle.

Ask at the ACIO, or on here. There is opportunity to continue education in the army.

You receive an annual grant of £175 (standard learning credit) to put towards training and education. Upto 80% of the cost.

You also get three enhanced grants (enhanced learning credit) £1000, rising to £2000 if you serve 7 years.

Leave without a degree? Cash in your ELCs for a degree.

Publicly Funded Further Education/Higher Education (PF FE/HE) application criteria
http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/ge...Funded-Further-Education-Higher-Education.pdf


Google ELCAS for more info.

There are also he/fe courses available.

I left school with GCSEs. I will be leaving the army (soon) after 25 years with a degree, a few better GCSEs, a full raft of driving licences including adr 1-9 except radiation, fork lift, DETS and Cttls, a raft of cisco quals, sparky training, a load of health and safety, and I ve recently done a load of c&g courses in plastering, brick laying and plumbing - because my house needs a bit of work and I have another rented out.

I also hold civie tickets for canoeing, sailing, hill walking and mountain biking.

But it will be hard work. And your experience may differ.

Think about your options. It won't hurt if you do a levels. Maybe join the acf.

If you do want to go to uni, but are still mad on the army, remember the reserves and uotc/yotr.

Google. Shoo, and ask questions.

One life, live yours. Not someone else's.
Too many acronyms for the lad.
 
#7
Depends on what you wantto do in the Army and what sort of A levels you plan on doing.
No1 son joined AFC at 16.5 with pretty good GCSEs. Is a tech in the signals done Germany Falklands and is Lcpl with own car plenty of tech qualifications and driving licences
Plays sport for regt and not yet 21. No2 son is upper sixth doing A levels and doesn't really like it cant wait to leave in the summer doesnt want to go to.university.......
 
#9
My advice
Do your A Levels, go to university and get a degree. While there join the Officer Training Corps / Officer Training Regiment at your University and get a taste for the Army. There you will learn the 4 pillars of the OTR, Sport, Adventure Training, Army training and social events such as formal dinners etc.
The OTC/OTR will select you, train and prepare you for Army Officer Selection Board ( AOSB) where if successful, you can gain a Reserve Commission or opt for the full course as a regular officer.

OR

Get some GCSE/A Levels under your belt and if you dont want to be an officer, go to your Army Recruiting Centre and make enquiries as to suitable roles.
 
#10
Have a go at your A-levels (or a level 3 vocational). The army will still be there when you're 18, and you'll have more options if you join with those qualifications.

Speaking as someone who has taught A-level and adult education: it's a damn sight easier to get qualifications when you're young than it is later. The support is there for 16-19 learners in a way it isn't for adults. You may find that A-levels aren't your cup of tea - that's ok too, but it's much easier to shop around for education/training as a teenager trying to find your niche than it is later. It's also a chance for you to find out what YOU want. The army wants you to do what IT wants.
 
#11
Essentially long story short im having the issue between deciding wether or not I continue my education or join the army at sixteen. I could either join at sixteen or continue and do my A -Levels till 18 and join then. Most people I have asked say staying in school is the best option as it gives me some good qualifications and if I don't do A - Levels I will only have GCSEs. I definatly want to join the Army at 16 but I understand that school is important. Any advice or reccomendations are highly appreciated.

Sorry if this is in the wrong area
Education, without any shadow of a doubt. Time enough to don green once you've got some worthwhile qualifications.
 
#14
Interesting question..whats worthwhile qualifications?
A levels minimum. Every man and his frog has dozens of GCSEs when they leave school. They are an almost worthless educational currency.
 
#15
Interesting question..whats worthwhile qualifications?
A Levels at a minimum. Absolute minimum. A Levels + degree or high-level vocational qualification, much more worthwhile.
 
#18
So a high quality apprenticeship wouldn't be?

A worthwhile high quality apprenticeship will follow the NVQ/QCA system or whatever its called now, and probably lead to a Foundation Degree. University is an easy step from there.

Aim high from the start - education is easier when you're young.
 
#19
What im trying to say dont get over fixated with A levels and degrees....vocational qualifications go a long way..and hopefully will be in demand even more in the future
 
#20
There is another option which seems to have escaped the posters here.

You can study A-levels at the Defence Sixth Form College at Welbeck, but they are quite focused on developing future technical and engineering officers. If you are strong in maths and science, it is worth considering.

Home | Welbeck The Defence 6th Form College

Applications for entrance in September 2017 are open now, at the time of writing.
 

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