HCMR! A few questions??????

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  1. Was wondering if anyone would so kind to try and answer a few questions that i have about the HCMR :D

    1) What pay band is the the normal Hcav soldier on??? As Hcav is my 2nd job choice and the Royal Engineers is my 1st and they're on the Higher band come the 2nd year of service.
    But looking into Hcav more and more and the mounted side is becoming very appealling.

    2) I am married and going from the basis that being in the HCMR you're based in London, so was thinking of coming home at weekends, however this raised the question, Is this possible as who would look after the horse over the weekend. Or would be better to just get MQ.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. :)
     
  2. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    If your asking about money the AF's not for you.

    If you’re not keen on weekend work the AF is not for you.

    A huge difference in job choices

    From RE to HCav and then to mounted. IMHO you need to get back down the ACIO for a long and detailed chat.
     

  3. My bold - WTF??? :?
     
  4. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator

    In the context - The money is not going to compensate for some of the shit you may have to go through.
     
  5. First thing is that i know that the AF wage ain't fantastic so if one job attracts a higher pay and you want to do either equally as much then the pay would be a vote swayer for me. So i think it is a fair question.
    Second I'm still looking at RE, I am considering HCMR and RE now as joint 1st choices which is why i'm asking these questions.
    Third, my recruiter told me once i'm trained your job is pretty much mon-fri when not on excercise or tour. which is why i thought an option was for my wife to stay here at home and i go home most weekends.
    Fourth. My chosen trade for the RE is Armoured Engineer, driving round in titans/trojans. Similarly appealing as the armoured side of Hcav
    Fifth, I used to do horse riding a few years ago which is the main reason I'm attracted HCMR and would like to specialise in this side.

    So i haven't gone from 3 different reg/corps I'm mainly looking at 2, yet you are told to put 3 job choices down. I'm just after this small amount of info to help me decide which one should be my actual 1st choice, as potential intake dates RE AE is march 2010 and HCMR is July 09, intake dates i'm not that fussed about but does have a bearing because of the big difference between the 2.
     
  6. [quote="gt1980]
    First thing is that i know that the AF wage ain't fantastic so if one job attracts a higher pay and you want to do either equally as much then the pay would be a vote swayer for me. So i think it is a fair question.
    Second I'm still looking at RE, I am considering HCMR and RE now as joint 1st choices which is why i'm asking these questions.
    Third, my recruiter told me once i'm trained your job is pretty much mon-fri when not on excercise or tour. which is why i thought an option was for my wife to stay here at home and i go home most weekends.
    Fourth. My chosen trade for the RE is Armoured Engineer, driving round in titans/trojans. Similarly appealing as the armoured side of Hcav
    Fifth, I used to do horse riding a few years ago which is the main reason I'm attracted HCMR and would like to specialise in this side.

    So i haven't gone from 3 different reg/corps I'm mainly looking at 2, yet you are told to put 3 job choices down. I'm just after this small amount of info to help me decide which one should be my actual 1st choice, as potential intake dates RE AE is march 2010 and HCMR is July 09, intake dates i'm not that fussed about but does have a bearing because of the big difference between the 2.[/quote]

    You don´t join HCMR, you join HCR and get posted to HCMR. HCMR only leaves barracks for two weeks per year for Summer Camp. However, the routine in barracks is that you work alternate weekends and get one 36 hour pass and one 48 hour pass per month. As you rightly point out in your first post, your horse still needs looking after 365 days per year.
     
  7. But it is a very high priority - especially in this day and age.

    I agree though that gt needs to go back for a chat and go for a job that he will like, not just most financially rewarding.

    Weekends off? - Sometimes, but never guaranteed, no matter which unit you join...
     
  8. I know what you're saying about the financial side, and i do agree with what you're saying. :)
    I am very confident that I have got my 2 choices pretty much spot on but, right now i'm torn between the 2.

    I've found that the army chat is totally inaccurate, so can't reliable info off there and the afco sells the jobs to you when what i'm after is a no bs account of different roles entail.
    I know for a fact that a combat engineer is on the higher band from the 2nd year of service, obviously i wouldn't be bothered if it was on the low band but it's not, so for the process of me making my mind up I want to take every aspect into account and no one has yet said whether HCR are on high or low band. I feel that with this choice i am at a cross roads and talking to a recruiter who may not be able to answer all my questions accurately i don't think will help much. Which is why I'm here 8)

    As regards weekends off I know it'd be a juggling act but i am aware that ultimately my wife and i would get MQ's, but before that could happen some things need to squared away regarding my house etc.

    Also if i get into the HCR i would prefer to do HCMR straight away. What would the likelihood be that i would able to specialise in something like Riding instructor or tailor/saddler within or after the 2 years is up??
    :)
     
  9. You don´t join HCMR, you join HCR and get posted to HCMR. HCMR only leaves barracks for two weeks per year for Summer Camp. However, the routine in barracks is that you work alternate weekends and get one 36 hour pass and one 48 hour pass per month. As you rightly point out in your first post, your horse still needs looking after 365 days per year.[/quote]

    What are these passes you mention. sorry if it appears to be a simple question.
    This is what i mean, this info i wouldn't get from the afco. However my 2nd interview is with a person from Hcav. so would it be right for me to fire a load of questions at him during my interview?
     
  10. Forgive me, I´ve been out a while. They were called passes because you needed a leave pass for a short and normal weekend. I don´t know if that is still the case, but it probably is becuase as I said, horses need looking after everyday, so you end up working more weekends than the rest of the non-deployed army. These are questions that you should fire at the HCR interview. Regarding specializations, there is a big difference between the type of bod that goes for Riding Instructor, Tailor/Saddler and Farrier, so don´t just say you want to do all of them so you can stay at HCMR.
     
  11. ok i get you now. the passes are for long or short weekends off. I know that looking after horses is demanding on time as i used to be a volunteer at my local equestrian centre for about 3 years some years ago and didn't have my own horse and i would found up there on xmas day and things like that, made some good friends up there.
    I think i may have to quiz the HCR interviewer during my 2nd interview, i just thought that an interview was more for them asking me questions.
    also another question what are the MQ's like at the HCMR, i have heard that it's a tower block of flats, I think for married couples regardless of reg/corp you get an apartment but at HCMR do they provide houses if you have kids, as this is something that me and the wife are discussing/planning.
     
  12. I have no idea about the current MQ situation. You´ll have to ask that at the interview. Don´t be afraid to ask loads of questions, it shows that you are thinking about this properly, but try to ballance your welfare and MQ questions with a few about the job and the operational side.
     
  13. ok cheers! thanks for the advice :wink:
     
  14. elovabloke

    elovabloke LE Moderator