Hello everyone... 6 Rifles or 266 Commando Battery

#1
Hi Everyone,

I am 33 years old this month and I come from an EU and Commonwealth country. been living in the South West UK for a year now and I have always wanted to join a real army.. and let s face it no army is better than the British.. anyway.....

I have some experience that might (?) be useful for me joining the army, like deep sea diving, abseiling and rock climbing, full driving licences, 4 fluent languages and 21 years of martial arts etc, i really dont know if these could be considered assets for the forces as they are after all civilian qualifications.

First of all I wanted to join the RMR but I dont qualify as I was told I need to have lived in UK for 3 years. Therefore due to my age I am left with 3 options, being the signals, the artillery and the Rifles. being rather adventurous and definitely willing to serve overseas, I guess Rifles would be the best for me... any thoughts and advice? would be greatly appreciated.

Missus is moaning a little but hey ho.. it s now or never for me and I believe any able bodied man should have the pride to serve his country or his host country.. but thats just me..


Well let e conclude by saying that as am ex colonial I would be proud to serve in HM forces even though I cannot qualify for regular army.


Over
 
#2
Yep you sound perfect for the job in the TA. I can't understand why the RMR has a minimum amount of UK living time prior to joining (maybe they're just being a bit picky?)

Best of luck Bud
 
#3
Thanks Tentoes for the reply. I called the RMR recruitment office today to confirm what I said above and indeed they said that at least 3 years of continuous living in the UK is a pre requisite. So that s out of the option for me. I read all I could on the web in regards what would be the best choice for me between 6 Rifles and The Royal Artillery, however I am getting more inclined towards 6 Rifles.. Started a whole new training program as from today to increase my cardio stamina...

What I could not get much info about is what the training would constitute of.. I mean is the basic training all the same for all regiments or is there different set of training? I mean would Rifles have more training in light weaponry (?), survival etc? or is the same for the basic training and then there are specialising courses afterwards? An overv iew of training would be extremely valuable information for me at this point.

Sorry for the multitude of questions but I m obviously very green on the matter. I just wanna make sure I make the right choice, My age dont allow me time to play games and waste my time and the army's time.

Thanks once again
 
#4
Have a search trough the other TA threads on here the info's bound to be there.
Just out of interest why are you unable to qualify for the regular Army? I know very little of the TA but I assume that the entry requirements must be near enough the same as for the regs?
 
#6
Have a search trough the other TA threads on here the info's bound to be there.
Just out of interest why are you unable to qualify for the regular Army? I know very little of the TA but I assume that the entry requirements must be near enough the same as for the regs?

I deffo wanted to join regular army but the cut off age was 32 years by the recruit time so i was a few months late as I had to wait to be in UK for a year otherwise there would be no doubt I would go for regular Armed Forces... I have been browsing through many pages on this great forum and had a few laughs as well at a certain Walt exposure whom I had the unpleasant experience to meet... but that s for another section.

Anyway some questions I cant find answers to.. like the training programme, combat training, weapons handling etc etc. Also it might be a stupid question but I guess there is no way a TA soldier can convert to regular? Oh well I ll have a deeper look into the thread hoping to find my answers before Tuesday..

Thanks once again
 
#7
All Bootnecks are SC'd, probably the reason behind the 3 year rule.
Bootnecks being? Sorry did not catch the meaning of 'SC'd'

I know I' m new and havnt got a clue on the jargon used, apologies for that
 
#8
Bootnecks= RM's, I think FNUSNU is trying to explain that the 3 year thing for the RMR has something to do with background clearance, I don't know have no recruitment history (other than my own, and thats a bit out of date) try the AFCO
 
#9
Got it, thank for the jargon translation. Background clearance makes sense, lucky me that it is 1 year for TA.
 
#10
Hello Mate

In perspective:

All Royal Navy & RM /RMR will need to be Security Cleared

All royal Signals (the same)

But very few Artillery trades or Infantry actaully require it.

(helpful I hope)


Got it, thank for the jargon translation. Background clearance makes sense, lucky me that it is 1 year for TA.
 
#11
Indeed it is helpful.. I know I need to provide references etc but I m all fine with that.. Looking forward to Tuesday and I can t wait for Tuesday. I ll continue try get some more infor on training in the meantime that will help me make my decision where it s best for me to be.
 
#12
I think the choice between 266 and 6 rifles depends on what you wanna do, both will provide an active and exciting experience if you want it :)
 
#13
Thank you Mincer ,
I want to learn, develop and be on the front with a dedicated platoon. I prefer tactical combat, light weaponry and brains combined with brawn, knowledge on weapons and combat tactics, physical fitness and gather as much experience as possible then hoping to go for PTI when I reach my 40's or so. I dont mind being in the middle of the action .. so... dunno.
 
#14
Thank you Mincer ,
I want to learn, develop and be on the front with a dedicated platoon. I prefer tactical combat, light weaponry and brains combined with brawn, knowledge on weapons and combat tactics, physical fitness and gather as much experience as possible then hoping to go for PTI when I reach my 40's or so. I dont mind being in the middle of the action .. so... dunno.
Why do i have a feeling thats killed the convo.
 
#15
Hello Mate

In perspective:

All Royal Navy & RM /RMR will need to be Security Cleared

All royal Signals (the same)

But very few Artillery trades or Infantry actaully require it.

(helpful I hope)
That is a great insight that I've slowly sorted out on my own (Canadian citizen here) - I with the recruiting office would have told me that from the beginning! You should be a recruiter! =)
 
#16
Why do i have a feeling thats killed the convo.
It s ok if u feel it s killed the convo. Was being just honest with my answer to the question' what do i want'. It deffo dont mean Im getting even 10%, but then again so be it. maybe too enthusiastic? i think i shouldnt be any less at this stage. meanwhile the clock is ticking faster and it s the only reason why i can t join regs. Well i m surely going for it and will do my best to be the best TA soldier or stab ( as respectfully called by the regs apparently), in order to support regular army on the field, and not to be in a social club eating take away pizzas, i can easily do that at home.

Cheers.. can t wait for Tuesday.
 
#17
No drama's bud I'm sure you'll be fine! Good luck and enjoy
 
#18
Finally my medical is done, my barb test is done and had an amazing Rsw experience! Wish I had the opportunity to do this before! can t wait for the results and even more it s spurred me to train even much harder. Few months gone by and I learned so much thanks to the Unit and the great blokes I have bonded with. For all those who are thinking about the army - stop thinking and do it!
 
#20
Can't you transfer over to the RMR after the 3 years?

I'm sure there is some form of engagement that allows TA soldiers to join the Regulars
I am definitely keeping my options open, I have many questions about training and specialisations, but at the moment taking it the way I should ie; step by step. I will focus on my training and fitness level as much as I can and focusing to reach my target and bring my run to sub 8:30, by that time I hope I will have a wider spectrum of what is out there for me and how best I can serve the forces. My greatest wish is to join regular and I ll strive for that by getting on every deployment and training possible.

RMR will be something I might look at in a couple years time if they don't change entry requirements but to be honest it was the army who welcomed me and therefore I would probably transfer within the army.
 

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