IT in the Army

#1
Hi there,

I'm looking into joining up into the IT specialism. However I am wary that all of the tech will be military specific, which won't be as relevant when I come out.

I've decided that infantry / sigs isn't the route for me as my eyesight is + 5.25 in left eye and +4.50 in right eye, so I might not get in.

I'm just about to become MCSA, and have plenty of experience in all aspects of networking and services.

What is IT in the army like?
 
#2
Your best bet would be to ask in the Sigs forum, however bear in mind that whilst you think the IT stuff that the Army uses is no use at all in Civvy life, you have to ask where a lot of it gets used first prior to being released commercially ;)
 
#3
fivetodo said:
Your best bet would be to ask in the Sigs forum, however bear in mind that whilst you think the IT stuff that the Army uses is no use at all in Civvy life, you have to ask where a lot of it gets used first prior to being released commercially ;)
Not in the army, that's for sure.
 
#4
It would appear to be the other way round, a lot of sigs stuff is straight 'off the shelf'.
 
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#6
Taita said:
What is IT in the army like?
From my limited experience as a STAB...

Half a gig of RAM is a luxury and the army doesn’t appear to have moved past Windows NT/2000 8O
 
#7
thinkingaboutit said:
Why would someone join the army already looking forward to when they get out?
Nothing wrong with looking to your future. Life doesn't end after your time is served.
 
#9
devilish said:
thinkingaboutit said:
Why would someone join the army already looking forward to when they get out?
Nothing wrong with looking to your future. Life doesn't end after your time is served.
You're right, funnily enough I am now an IT consultant charging between £60 and £100 an hour and I was in the Infantry.

Just seems strange to plan your career around civvy life afterwards.

What if he gets killed or injured on tour, God forbid? Could affect his civvy life? Best not go then.

If his primary concern is civvy life and civvy qualifications, then stay a civvy.
 
#10
I know a hell of a lot of soldiers who only joined to get their licences and do the bare minimum of time and get out to a head start in civ div.

21 yr old with 4 years HGV driving experience around the world as opposed to 21 yr old with 0 yrs driving experience. I know how I'd employ.
 
#11
The sigs use alot of off the sholf IT stuff these days and its only going to get more civillian orientated as the line between civvi and military becomes more blurred

I am serving btwm in the signals so i do know what im talking about and am a little more 'qualified' to pass on info than some of the previous posts
 
#12
Hmm, so my civvy skills might not be much use?

I'd love to be sigs really, plenty of tech and I suppose if you get attached to Infantry plenty of 'green' too.

Think I need to get down the AFCO again after a break of 2 years!
 
#13
if you join as a tech (thats all the it oriented stuff) then you will have no chance of getting attached to a bg other than to spt the operators, they (im an op by the way) get to have the best of both worlds, a bit of trade (worthless when you come out tho) and a bit of the green stuff.

unfortunately, you can't have your cake and eat it, i know only of a few techs who have been outside the wire on tours where as ops are frequenting the other side more and more

Your MCSA will be useful, as will any exposure to cisco, 3com, etc but for the first few years at least you will be bored becuase essentially all your doing is desktop support.

If your in IT now, then im pretty sure it's going to be a pay decrease for you if you join, not trying to put you off, just giving you some of the facts.
 
#15
1. What specifically is it you want to do
2. What skills do you have.
3. What skills do you want to learn?
4. What make you thin the army can give you those?
5. Why do you want to join the army?
 
#16
If you join the sigs as an operator you must remember your going to be a signaller first, if you join the infantry you can train to become a rad op (simular course to what sigs operators do but less intense) but if you do that, be prepared to spend loooooong shifts on radio stag in the ops room.

As thinkingaboutit has put it, its upto you to decide what you really want from your career in the forces, no matter how long / short a time you do. what you want now may not be what you want in 3 years time which will be different again in five years time.

I joined the infantry waaaay back in 1999, rebadged to sigs in 2002 now im hoping to do something a little extra because i miss the greener side of the army but everything i have done has been for the right reasons.
 
#17
I was an infanteer.

I did the standard II signals course as a young 17 year old private. The only reason I did it was because was based in Gibraltar and bored of it. I enjoyed the course and especially enjoyed being the platoon commander's signaller on exercise and stuff as it out you in a position where you always knew what was going on.

It later put me ahead of the game when it came to doing my first commander's courses.

As part of my pre-release, I did a basic IT course. Taught me **** all except I had an aptitude for it. Ended up selling insurance, like a lot of ex squaddies no doubt, lol! I then saw and got a rather challenging looking job as a trainer for a software company supplying in to insurance companies. Went freelance in '95 and the rest is history...


Anyway, good luck with whatever you decide but expect to spend some time shovelling shit about the place as a recruit tom long before courses come your way - if you join the infantry that is.
 
#18
When you say rad op is less intense, do you mean as in 'less time on the radio' or less time in the field?

I have quite bad astigmatism, looking at laser surgery so maybe that is an option.
 
#19
Taita said:
When you say rad op is less intense, do you mean as in 'less time on the radio' or less time in the field?

I have quite bad astigmatism, looking at laser surgery so maybe that is an option.
A lot less time on the radio bud - unless you get posted to Signals platoon.
 
#20
the infantry rad op course is also a little easier than that of the signals because you don't need to know as much about all the radios. at least you will still get on the ground, well hopefully so this w2ay you will have the best of both worlds.

You never know though, you may go through training and realise you want to try and do something else.

And again thinkingaboutit is right, you can't arrive at your unit on monday and expect to be put on a course (any course, almost) within a week. you need to go through 'character building' first...
the first few weeks of arriving at a unit are 'magical'... just hope you can drink like a camel mate!!!
 

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