Is there a suitable job for me?

#3
So you are good at shooting - well done. A lot of folk in the Infantry are too. As to not being average - anyone that passes RCB is not average would be my view. Pass that and I'll agree of your self analysis

Suggest that you take your skills to Uni and see what happens after that. Enjoy.
 
#4
There are some really good shots accross the board in the Army, join the OTC and see if you can make it into the TA 50.
 
#5
Just a thought, but who or what are you comparing your shooting skills against?
And more to the point can you tie your own shoe laces and not 'push' on 'pull' doors?
 
#6
You may be very special indeed.

Then again, from what you have told us, you are a young loner gun nut who likes to blat off rounds, whether it be targets or live creatures - who can canoe. It depends how you read it.

Everyone who gets selected to train as an Officer is special in some way - why do you think your skills are anything the Armed Forces would want as an Officer? BTW - other than on ops, very few people would be blatting off 200 rounds per wk!
 

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#7
I've heard 3 Para, Mortars Platoon are looking for Junior Officers......
 
#8
It's good that you have had the opportunity to do all these exciting and fun things, but trying to impress folks on here probably won't get you anywhere, and as you can see people will pick up on it. There is no such thing as being "average" seeing as everyone is different with different experiences, I'd sort you're mentality out first.

If you feel then you have the qualities neccessary to join the British Army as an officer, then good for you, give it a go. If you say you're definately going to Uni then like another poster said; the UOTC would give you a good insight into military life and you can judge it through that. Go to your local ACIO and see what they have to say, get some info packs, read up on different parts of the army : here you go.

Good luck.
 
#11
Tiff, you say you grew up on a farm and most of your interests seem to only involve one person..you.

The army is a pretty team orientated vocation, forget all the shite you read in books about lone snipers etc, there's going to be more than one person on your recruits course.

Do you funcion as part of a team ?
 
#12
ITMatt said:
Ever thought about Ammo Tech as enlistee/officer?

From what I understand of the role, it may be exactly what you're looking for.
Enlistee? Ammo Tech? If you mean he should be shut away somewhere cold and inspecting a random sample of rounds than possibly.
Oh, and Officers don't 'do' the ammunition technician job as it's a trade. They do however, get to do the fun\dangerous stuff that is a very visible sideline of the AT job.
 
#14
You really need to get your head round what an Officer is and does. I don't think you really understand the roles and responsibilities. Keep reading and visit a careers office.
 
#15
No ofence but you come across as quite odd, and dont seem to grasp what being an officer is all about.
However If you are interested in a career as an officer then look Here for an idea of what is required, visit your careers office for a chat and do the AOSB down at westbury, then you can make up your mind, and the army can too.
The careers office will book you onto familiarisation visits to regiments/ corps so you can look at what they do.
Hope this helps
 
#16
GINandSHEARS said:
No ofence but you come across as quite odd, and dont seem to grasp what being an officer is all about.
Don't worry no offence taken and that's why I'm asking here to find out a bit more. My experience so far in life has been almost purely farming and country sports, at a Cornish pace of life. As such am still a bit blinkered to the rest of the world in places....Those of you who have visited the westcountry will know about the slower pace of life. However I wish to get away from the politics of fuel rises, TB, milk prices ect and always relish a new challenge.
 
#17
Oh my. You really do need to head North to the big city of, oh, Exeter. Politics are everywhere - just a different flavour. I suggest you get to an AFCO and see if you like what they tell you first.
 
#18
Tiff said:
Don't worry no offence taken and that's why I'm asking here to find out a bit more. My experience so far in life has been almost purely farming and country sports, at a Cornish pace of life. As such am still a bit blinkered to the rest of the world in places....Those of you who have visited the westcountry will know about the slower pace of life. However I wish to get away from the politics of fuel rises, TB, milk prices ect and always relish a new challenge.
Do the webs between your fingers not make it difficult to pull the trigger? Join the Royal Marines, then you can use your elite canoeing and shooting skills to transfer over to the SBS, it'll be no problem for a bloke like you. :twisted:

On a more serious note, the officer path is not the be all and end all, it depends what you want from the job. You can always do some time as a tom and if you show potential then you can pursue a commission in the future.
 
#19
It sounds to me as if you should attempt to join as an officer, with your hobbies/interests/good at this boxes showing shooting and sea kayaking.

You will be picked up by your first regiment to lead the Regimental shooting team, probably organise adventure training around kayaking and bring some silverware into the trophy cabinet if you are that good a shot (live prey at 1500yds - what do you shoot with a Barrett?).

I canot think of an Officer "trade" or job within the Army where an Officer is required to be an outstanding shot - which it sounds like you are - you may get a bit more respect for it, but day to day, you wont NEED to be a crack shot. For example, a friend of mine was a good shot, got on the shooting tema and is in the Bisley 100 - no relevance whatsoever to his job as an RA officer. It will get you noticed by people (COs etc) as having a talent outside being an Officer, in the same way a dude who plays county rugby or rows for GBR would do.

Take the advice from above - if you feel confident that you have the potential to be an officer (and that is all you need - AOSB will pick you out from the crowd and Sandhurst will shape/guide you) then go for it.

Good luck.
 

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