Education or Army?

#21
Qualifications will make it much easier to get a (decent) job once you leave the Army, but that's not the only consideration. If 2 more years at school fills you with dread, join the Army. Personally, I'd have jumped off a bridge before signing up for sixth form.
 
#23
Anyone know what (if any) quals you get from Harrogate? The website is vague.
Bullying, Buggery and Bullshit. Oh, no, wait, that was while it was the Royal Signals Apprentices College, it's probably changed, since.
 

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#25
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.
But it depends if he wants to be an officer and join a technical corps. If not on either count then of no use. There will also be a financial cost (depending on parents income) to take into account. And applications for the Sep 2017 are now closed (according to their site following the link you provided).
 
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#28
If i was to go to A - Level I would do Phycology,Philosophy,History and Business so essentially subjects that wouldnt be desired for by Welbeck. The thought of 2 more years of school fills me with dread and I would honestly want to join at the end of my GCSEs but I know my parents would never allow me to join until the end of A - Levels. Anyone got any wise words that could convince my parents?
 
#29
If i was to go to A - Level I would do Phycology,Philosophy,History and Business so essentially subjects that wouldnt be desired for by Welbeck. The thought of 2 more years of school fills me with dread and I would honestly want to join at the end of my GCSEs but I know my parents would never allow me to join until the end of A - Levels. Anyone got any wise words that could convince my parents?
Not really, certainly not from this callsign - I'd very strongly advise you to wait out, get your A Levels and then look at the Army. If nothing else, the potential range of employments will be much greater.
 
#31
I joined at 17 with 5 O levels. After JNCO Cadre went to RMAS at 20 and still in.
Observations:
Got overtaken by brighter more academic officers and seen the same with NCOs & WOs.
Still had a fantastic and busy time though.
Different world now though.
Recommendation:
Get educated.
Get exceptionally fit.
Get some experience under your belt before joining...
And good luck!
 
#33
Overall I have came to the conclusion that joining after taking A - Levels, even though its not what I want is probably a better choice long term. Ive asked many people on here aswell as the school I go to and they all agree that school for now is best but im yet to go to the army carrers center which im going to on thursday so I will see what they have to say. Anyone know who normally work in the carrers centre like are they currently serving soilders?
 

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#34
Being a career civilian, I will rather cheekily give advice in a recruitment thread.

At some point in life, if you decide to make the army your career, you will leave the army. It could be because you decide the army is not for you, injury, redundancy or a dozen other reasons. At that point, you're competing in the civilian job market.

There, particularly when you are younger, qualifications count. They are used as a filter to screen out the no-hoper's from job applications. They'll ask you for A levels, a degree, proof of an apprenticeship and so on. If you can't put those into your job application, it'll end up straight in the bin. And then you'll end up working in McDonald's.

Whatever you do, plan to get a fairly decent set of qualifications, whether before joining the army or while in it. They don't have to be academic qualifications; if you join a trade like (say) mechanical engineer, you will have skills that are portable into civilian life.

Good luck to you if you want to join the army, but think through carefully to life beyond the army and make sure that whatever path in life you decide to follow, you pick up the qualifications on the way that will let you have a decent job/standard of living in the future.

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#35
I think education. If you're not fully committed to the army and it's not a 100% decision then you will find it hard and regret it in later life.
 

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