getting out

would love to hear from ex REME lads who have got out and share their experiences. i left 2 months ago as a SNCO VM(A) after 13 yrs. to be honest, even after getting a good job earning good money i have had severe feelings and seem to miss the life very much. its wierd tho as if i try and think of something i miss (apart from mug outs) i cannot think of anything really, yet i feel a bit lost.

others discuss! those who got out 10, 15, 20+ yrs ago who say it was the worst thing you ever did, realise, its not the same army you joined, and really its pretty pish now!!!! (well, it was last month)
I was in the same position as you 10 years ago. Missed it but not quite sure what it was that I missed.
I joined the TA in Bordon ( only 19 days a year, two week camp and two weekends). it's mostly EX- REGS. There is also the opertunity to do as many weekends as you like.
I left more than 10 years ago, vowing never to put uniform on again after being treated like sh1t by the Corps and its lovely officers for 18 years.

Three years later my wife noticed I was obviously missing something in my life & persuaded me to join the TA.

Only after spending a year or two with guys who were as keen to do a good job as I was, did I start remembering the good times, and I was amazed to find plenty of good memories mislocated in the grey matter.

Join the TA, either at an Independant unit or 104 Bn at Bordon, you will probably enjoy it.
I left the Corps following almost 14 years service, all of which I can honestly say was a great time. I decided on a total career change when I signed off and although I found it initially challenging, once I found my feet and gained competency in my new job it became obvious to me that it wasnt going to be enough. I therefore decided to give to TA a bash. I must admit that I had my doubts prior to joining as to whether this would be a good move. These doubts were mainly questioning myself as to whether I was doing this because I really wished I was back in the regs. I also had my reservations about the TA in general. On both these counts I am happy to say I have been proved wrong. I cannot comment on other TA units but what I can say is joining the Specialist TA namely 104 bn REME has not only given me back what I was missing but set me new challenges and has also had a positive impact on my civilian career.

Focussing on 104 bn a little more and not intending for this to sound like a recruiting speech. I reckon any ex reg would find it hard not to slot into this unit. aside from the fact that you are most likely to meet someone you already know from the REME world, the skills and experience you already hold are put to good use and valued highly. I also found that because the specialists also recruit people straight from civvy street based on their trade skills, they bring an enormous amount of skills, experience and new ideas developed in their workplaces some of which I have been only to happy to build into my own knowledge base. I could go on and on about the benefits I have found after joining the TA and making my transition to civvy street
but and the end of the day these are my personal experiences and if you want to know more look up the website below.
I left in '92 after 10 years. At the time was one happy individual as i drove out of fally for the last time. With hindsight though, it took me a good few years to put all the military stuff behind me. Felt like i was on leave for the first couple of years, sad or what??

Ended up working worldwide in the oil industry, not so different from being in the mob, probably spent even less time at home! I guess my point is that when you've joined young, as i did, and spent years being told what to wear, where to go etc. etc. civvy street can be one big wake up call. No-one gives a flying fcuk about anyone else, its all dog eat dog. Found this out when i had my first punch up, looked behind for back-up from so called 'mates' to realise i was on my jack jones. A real epiphany moment to say the least!!

One crippling divorce, a breakdown (including spell with some real nutters at combat stress!!) later, life is looking somewhat rosier. Just finished a degree, got a reasonable job, gorgeoues young russian wife!!

So can't complain. Hope your journey in civvy street is less painful than mine was initially. To be honest i never missed the mob and all the petty bullshit, just the few good lads who would follow you (& vice versa) to hell and back.

Good luck....
clansman1 said:
To be honest i never missed the mob and all the petty bullshit, just the few good lads who would follow you (& vice versa) to hell and back.

Nice one. I think this sums it up in one.
it takes a couple of years to completely stop using all the jargon, but only a couple of months to realise that you are boring the crap out off those that have never seen what you have.

i left 4 years ago, was an armourer, so a trade change was pretty much on the cards, got into civil engineering, now got a WELL paid job, get sent to school 1 day a week (bloody students...). The big thing to realise is, civvy street is full of muppets. if you can use the initiative everybody gains in the army, as well as confidence, you will get a good job. don't be arrogent - a mistake made by many, nobody cares if you single handedly took bagdad, it's yesterdays news to those who have never been in a simular situation. A good employer wants good people. Sell yourself more than your qualifications.

- a good course to do, for those thinking about leaving soon, some sort of safty in the work place course, I'm sure the resettlement people will help, if not put a post up here and i'll be a little more exact
I'm an ex-trog who left after 12 years. I joined at 16 and left at 30 and found civ-div a bit of a shock. It's taken me about 4 years to get the army out of my system, so don't feel out of place, it's perfectly natural.
I did feel a little sad recently when I saw pictures of my old unit's xmas bash and all of the old faces in the bar. but i suspect it's just me getting sentimental.
good to hear all the stories, clansman, how much did you pay for you wife!!! :lol:

i think it will take me a while to get stuff out me system, 16-30 yrs old is a lot to get out me system! im looking at going into the engineering world too, got a start on power stations in march time. driving a truck at the mo just to get the money in
Understand your situation entirely, I joined at 16 left at 27, hell of a culture shock, but time heals all...

Bye the way, got the wife for free! met her in South Korea whilst doing a load of installation work in ship yards. She was fortunately not working in the ship yard but dancing around a pole in a local nightclub in her rather skimpy underwear!!. 14 years my junior, but who gives a damn - only as old as the woman you feel right??

whay hey!! good news!! i was once getting freebies from a russian lady in the paderborn area, was great! used to get her to talk russian to me all the time, didnt understand a bloody word but my, it was nice!!
Know what you mean!!

I used to head north to Denmark on a regular basis to get freebies from the local scandinavian beauties...unlike the german slappers they knew how to use a bic razor on unsightly body hair, ah! happy times....
well i just got out last month is well.

was in just over 10 years had some great times and met loads of good lads and lassies!

ive joined the police in scotland, got accepted as soon as i got out the mob and start my training next month and really looking foreward to it!

if anybody here is trying to join the police just pm me and ill help out anyway i can! got loads of info on not only the scottish police but england and wales is well!
i have just been told my application for termination has been excepted and have 9 months left, i too wish to join the police and could do with a few pointers on what courses are best. any help would be appreciated
When I left the regs, in 83, I managed to get on the Police/Prison service resettlement course at Aldershot.
Excellent course, you get practise some old exams, then at the end you actually take the real exam, by that time, you should get really good grades, which always helps when you apply to the force of your choice, plus of course you are over the first hurdle.

When I did my course, a few forces sent down recruiters trying to get you to join up. Worked fine for me, got in within two months of leavin, I am now recently retired on a full police pension.

If you speak to your resettlement officer, he should be able to sort you out.

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