Infantry with good quals?

#1
After my brief and telling my recruiter I wanted to go infantry and then telling him my qualifications he almost had a stroke. I have 8 national 5s( Scottish equivalent of a GCSE) and 5 highers(Scottish equivalent of an A level) I was told to join the int corps but I’d much rather go infantry, should I just bin off his advice and go infantry? I’d much rather be doing green stuff out in the field. I know that university is an option and I currently have a place, but in all honesty, I’d hate to go to uni and would much rather join now. I’m 18 so I’d hesitate to join as an officer now nice I’m just a young lad with no proper life experience. Just after some opinions, sorry if it’s a total spastic question


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#2
Do what, you want. If that is what you want, then do that!

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#4
After my brief and telling my recruiter I wanted to go infantry and then telling him my qualifications he almost had a stroke. I have 8 national 5s( Scottish equivalent of a GCSE) and 5 highers(Scottish equivalent of an A level) I was told to join the int corps but I’d much rather go infantry, should I just bin off his advice and go infantry? I’d much rather be doing green stuff out in the field. I know that university is an option and I currently have a place, but in all honesty, I’d hate to go to uni and would much rather join now. I’m 18 so I’d hesitate to join as an officer now nice I’m just a young lad with no proper life experience. Just after some opinions, sorry if it’s a total spastic question


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Why not go to Uni and join the UOTC to get a taste of the military before going all in and finding out that military life isn't for you?
 
#5
Why not go to Uni and join the UOTC to get a taste of the military before going all in and finding out that military life isn't for you?
I’ve been thinking of doing that, maybe even take it a bit further and join my local reserve unit? Only thing that puts me off is actually going to uni, suppose its more about being impatient to get into the army rather than actually thinking about what’s practical like a total mong.


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#6
You can always change cap badges once you are in.

SK
 
#7
You can always change cap badges once you are in.

SK
I’d rather not risk being unable to transfer and then being stuck where I don’t want to be. From my understanding it’s quite difficult to change capbadge, correct me if I’m wrong. I think I’ll look at potentially going to uni and joining as an infantry officer after


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#9
what course do you want to do at uni? why do you want to do it?
I’ve been offered a place for Spanish at uni, hence why recruiter is pushing me towards int corps. I’d do it because I genuinely enjoy the study of languages and Spanish has always been somewhat easy for me. Apart from being a Spanish teacher I don’t really see how it would benefit me in civie street


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Joker62

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#10
I’ve been offered a place for Spanish at uni, hence why recruiter is pushing me towards int corps. I’d do it because I genuinely enjoy the study of languages and Spanish has always been somewhat easy for me. Apart from being a Spanish teacher I don’t really see how it would benefit me in civie street


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Working in a Tapas bar ;)
 
#12
Can you say which Uni or the general area - does it have an OTC. Uni can be a fantastic experience as well as opening a lot of opportunities. I wouldn't discount it so readily and as others have said, you can do both by joining an OTC.
 
#13
Can you say which Uni or the general area - does it have an OTC. Uni can be a fantastic experience as well as opening a lot of opportunities. I wouldn't discount it so readily and as others have said, you can do both by joining an OTC.
It’s Glasgow Uni, and that really seems like a good idea now


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#14
A truth that should be acknowledged is that you'll spend far more time out of the Army than you will in it and, with the best will in the world, you do sound a little immature (based on your opening post only). Possibly worth deferring until you're surer of what you wish to achieve both in your chosen career and afterwards?
 
#15
A truth that should be acknowledged is that you'll spend far more time out of the Army than you will in it and, with the best will in the world, you do sound a little immature (based on your opening post only). Possibly worth deferring until you're surer of what you wish to achieve both in your chosen career and afterwards?
I do think OTC and uni seems like a much safer bet now rather than just jumping into the infantry while I’m not totally sure on what my career aspirations are. If I get through training in the army, after leaving, I’d like to potentially pursue a career in the police force( My family having a history of being police officers) or even fire service. But for now I think heading to uni and joining otc seems like my best bet, I’ve been considering joining either 6 Scots or 4 Para as a reserve unit instead of the otc so as to have a better understanding of what soldiering actually is compared to the otc (which I’ve been told is a bit like big boys cadets). I may be totally wrong assuming this. I’ve also been told about the old boys aspect of it which could be of benefit at Sandhurst if decided to go there


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#16
@Lightladdie16 I usually steer clear of this sort of thread but one statement is usually made in the opening post, which leads me to ask a question.

I want to join the infantry so that I can do 'green stuff in the field'.

What exactly do you think that that involves, do you think that only the infantry get to hide in the woods, dig holes, carry heavy loads, and, if they are not too savvy, be wet, tired, cold and uncomfortable?

I'm officially a knackered dinosaur, ex Royal Signals, but about a third of the soldiers in the units that I served in were made up of Int Corps bods.

We all wore 'green' and spent lots of time hiding in the woods, and some better times behind a desk in more comfortable locations carrying out a most enjoyable and challenging role, having been trained in multiple languages & the dissemination of reports to higher formations.

The only noticeable difference was that the Int Corps bods were promoted faster than us, and good luck to them, as they were, usually, a tad smarter than us.

One comment that I have seen time and time again, is join as an officer in those Corps if you want to be a manager, join as a soldier if you want to perform an intelligence role.

@Sixty s comment is quite pertinent - look before you leap.
 
#17
@Lightladdie16 I usually steer clear of this sort of thread but one statement is usually made in the opening post, which leads me to ask a question.

I want to join the infantry so that I can do 'green stuff in the field'.

What exactly do you think that that involves, do you think that only the infantry get to hide in the woods, dig holes, carry heavy loads, and, if they are not too savvy, be wet, tired, cold and uncomfortable?

I'm officially a knackered dinosaur, ex Royal Signals, but about a third of the soldiers in the units that I served in were made up of Int Corps bods.

We all wore 'green' and spent lots of time hiding in the woods, and some better times behind a desk in more comfortable locations carrying out a most enjoyable and challenging role, having been trained in multiple languages & the dissemination of reports to higher formations.

The only noticeable difference was that the Int Corps bods were promoted faster than us, and good luck to them, as they were, usually, a tad smarter than us.

One comment that I have seen time and time again, is join as an officer in those Corps if you want to be a manager, join as a soldier if you want to perform an intelligence role.

@Sixty s comment is quite pertinent - look before you leap.
When saying that I mean I want to be doing a more combat oriented role with the opportunity to specialise in using different weapons to a high degree of proficiency, anti tank platoon etc. I don’t want to sound like a twat saying “hurrr durrrr I want to run around in the woods with a gun” Apologies if it sounded that way.


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#18
Also the Royal Signals has been a Corps I’ve been interested in since before I had initially applied. I’ll do more research into what trades would be suited to languages in the corps, although I’ve heard that language trades have been transferred to the int corps entirely now


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