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Head or Heart

#1
I left TA 3-4 years ago, to get married, that went well for a few years. Im looking at re-joining but now my question, do I go with my head and join a new unit, that is close to my new employer, or do I go with my heart and got back to my old unit which is a bit more of a travel?
 
#7
well hate to break it to you, but I aint got any IT quals and I aint on the dole. and regs is out the question, ive goy an 8 yr old son and 2 yr old daughter so i want to stay pretty close to home
 

The_Duke

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#8
Simple answer - join whichever you think you will enjoy the most, and fit in best with. Better to travel a way to something you enjoy than do a 2 minute walk to something you don't.
 
#9
po_463 said:
well hate to break it to you, but I aint got any IT quals and I aint on the dole. and regs is out the question, ive goy an 8 yr old son and 2 yr old daughter so i want to stay pretty close to home
So you won't be volunteering for anything that takes you 'too far from home'?

Cutting remark removed.
 
#11
po_463 said:
I left TA 3-4 years ago, to get married, that went well for a few years. Im looking at re-joining but now my question, do I go with my head and join a new unit, that is close to my new employer, or do I go with my heart and got back to my old unit which is a bit more of a travel?
You left the TA to get married?

Did your wedding ceremony take place between 1930-2130 on a Tues evening?
 
#12
no ill volunteer to go away but i dont want to live away from my kids, as for the marriage i was applying to transfer to the regs but she didnt want to move away and at the time i loved her dare i say it more than the army, and when i got home my ta unit didnt have the same appeal as it did before. But i dont think ill truly be happy till i join up again.
 
#13
I love it when this happens. Make sure that the unit you join:

1. Spends lots of money on getting you trained and traded up.

2. Turn up sporadically because of your marital situation again.

3. Get yourself mobilised and gain the trust of the regular unit you're with.

4. 2 months into your tour, decide that army life is rubbish and that you miss your family too much.

5. Get yourself sent back home on a compassionate on some spurious reason about your family. (Wife not coping is a good one)

6. Leave the TA.

7. Attempt to repeat yearly when you get the sensation that your wife is holding you back and that life has passed you by.

Hope this help.
 
#15
Get back in the TA mate. My girlfriend left me because I wouldn't leave the TA. I'm almost getting mobilised soon so it's no skin off me.
 
#17
AlabamaHotPocketer said:
I love it when this happens. Make sure that the unit you join:

1. Spends lots of money on getting you trained and traded up.

2. Turn up sporadically because of your marital situation again.

3. Get yourself mobilised and gain the trust of the regular unit you're with.

4. 2 months into your tour, decide that army life is rubbish and that you miss your family too much.

5. Get yourself sent back home on a compassionate on some spurious reason about your family. (Wife not coping is a good one)

6. Leave the TA.

7. Attempt to repeat yearly when you get the sensation that your wife is holding you back and that life has passed you by.

Hope this help.
Mmm, and that never happens to the regs... :)
 
#18
OK, ignoring the knee jerk reaction there, are there many cases of this happening with TA soldiers.

Do many more come back mid tour for compassionate/other reasons than regs?
 
#19
mcvicar said:
OK, ignoring the knee jerk reaction there, are there many cases of this happening with TA soldiers.

Do many more come back mid tour for compassionate/other reasons than regs?
What do you mean, after about a month, or longer?
 
#20
Overall really. Really I am interested from the point of view of why are unsuitable soldiers being sent?

If they are as bad as seems to be implied then surely the unit should not succumb to the numbers game and send pumpers and/or folks who just can't hack it.

I accept there will always be a few who have to come back for genuine reasons, both TA and Reg, but are there a high proportion of TA soldiers who do not complete their tours?

I do not know of any, in my little pond, who have done this, but it would be useful to have a wider perspective.
 

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