Erm..., so what about girly types then?

#1
Am a bit intimidated posting on here because I've seen the pasting others have been given..., be kind to me!

Am seriously thinking about joining local TA but am a bit concerned as do not see much info about women in the TA. Whilst I am the proud possesor of a pair of bosoms, I am niether a shrinking violet 'nor an agressive type with cropped hair and and a penchant for sensible shoes. Will I fit it? Am I mad even thinking about it?

Any feedback, preferably constructive, gratefully recieved!
 
#2
Why not as there's plenty of units out there with " possessors of Bosoms " in all trades and disciplines have a ball .... erm yep you will at some time or other !!
 
#3
Really? Fab! OK - next Qu - local TA is infantry - I'm a chemistry/biology teacher at the mo - could I train as a medic?

Sorry if qu's are a bit thick - am new to this...,
 
#4
You're mad. But go for it, go and have a chat with a couple of different units before you take the plunge, see where you feel you would fit in best, I found that although I think I would have enjoyed the job more at one unit I visited several *many* months later I am currently planning to join another because I feel more comfortable in that environment generally.

Theres not much info because by and large we're expected to do the same jobs as the men (obv there are some career paths which are closed to us), we get slightly amended phys targets but iirc these are findable on the army website (somewhere....).

Good luck.
 
#5
H3 said:
Why not as there's plenty of units out there with " possessors of Bosoms " in all trades and disciplines have a ball .... erm yep you will at some time or other !!
In the RLC even the men have them.
 
#10
I would guess thats down to the units and jobs you look in to, different places will be more so than others. The only way to find out would be to go and have a chat, find out where a couple of local TAC's are, and what they do, do some research on the types of role they have avaliable and give them a call, most are more than happy for you to just turn up and ask to have a chat with someone about possibly joining, and the recruiters should be able to answer any queries you might have along with giving you a quick tour of the TAC.

As I said, get a feel for the place you feel you would fit in best before you make a decision. For my part I possibly rushed in to it, let myself be talked in to going down a route I wasnt overly comfortable with at the time, and am only just sorting myself out and finding a better role for me, so cant possibly talk about the specifics of training etc as I haven't got there yet. But the last time I attended a night I was the only girl in the room and felt as happy and comfortable there as I do when I'm the only bird around when I'm at my civvy job, whereas the previous place I attended I wasnt the only girl but didnt feel entirely comfortable which reflected in my not attending as often as I should have been doing and needed to be doing.
 
#11
geekgirl said:
"But its fun and rewarding" - sounds a bit like teaching then - lol!

Really - is it a very 'Boys own' environment?
Just like any employer depending on the job / unit whether there's more lad's than lasses ...... my local medical unit was mainly lasses then the next unit across the town mostly men due to the Unit's role .

Have a look about at what's close to you :D
 
#12
scuba_angel said:
But the last time I attended a night I was the only girl in the room and felt as happy and comfortable there as I do when I'm the only bird around when I'm at my civvy job, whereas the previous place I attended I wasnt the only girl but didnt feel entirely comfortable which reflected in my not attending as often as I should have been doing and needed to be doing.
Ok - that sets my mind at rest a bit. Have worked in quite blokey environments before - (chem reserach and patent law) - where have been only woman so should be able to cope with that...,

Fitness - have no upper body strength but can run 8k+ without actually dying..., what should I be looking at at the moment?
 
#13
Try searching the threads, loads of info on both this site and the army's own site. They also have an Army fitness plan site somewhere which gives you an idea of training plans to get to the sort of fitness levels you should be looking atfitness site but it is only an idea of where you need to be aiming for.
 
#14
geekgirl said:
Fitness - have no upper body strength but can run 8k+ without actually dying..., what should I be looking at at the moment?
All you need to do is to get to your local unit of your choice , they can push you in the right direction from there on in regards fitness , your not expected to be like GI Jane so don't panic as it's far too early for that yet :lol:
 
#16
Thanks guys..., will contact my local unit this week. Have really appreciated your advice.

Why do I need a sense of humour tho?! (Working with teenagers I already have one, but still...,)
 
#17
I was in the cav when i was living up in Scotland (C SQN - QOY) whiich had a mixture of men and women in it and no one was treated differently from the next. All got pinged for crap jobs and all had to muck in. It really is a cracking job and very rewarding. You'll meet people like you've never met before, you'll go places you wouldn't have normally gone and do things, such as crawling through a muddy ditch wringing wet through but you'll absolutely love it! Fitness wise, as long as you can do the 1.5 mile run, the press ups and sit ups then happy days. Althopugh you'll build up to it all so don't worry to much.

Anyway, i'm currently transferring to a Sigs troop now that i'm back home in England and its the same there, equally men and women... Although as VH said, make sure you have a good sense of humor as jokes can be very sick and twisted. Got to love squaddie black humour!!
 
#18
Sounds OK - am happy to do the same job for the same pay.

So Kent boy - are you from Kent? And if so, do you have any views on the Kent-ish regs...,? At the risk of outing myself....,
 
#19
lol. No i'm not from Kent my dear, perhaps some of my forefathers were? It's my last name. I'm currently just above North London at the moment (No chaps, terribly sorry i won't be able to come on the crawl, i'm out of beer tokens) and might i say, isn't it rather late for a young lady to be up? :p
 
#20
Well ,yes - usually. But have just got back from the US and am horribly jetlagged - hence the late-night typing. Am honestly normally in bed by 10.30 with cocoa and improving book.

First time I've come across someone being proud of having Kent-ish antecedents....., Yorkshire yes, but not Kent (speaking as someone who is yorkie by birth if not culturally). Have you visited Kent recently?!
 

Similar threads

Latest Threads

Top