Joining as an Armourer

#1
Evening chaps,

I'm looking to join REME as an Armourer, and just seeking a bit of no bull answer's and info if you may be able to cater!

I popped down to my local ACO and had a chat with the guys down there, and settled on joining the TA in this role. Now i was slightly torn between Regs and TA and was holding out for some advice from the recruiters before I 100% made my mind up. Basically they advised me to join TA as it makes sense to run that alongside my civvy job (Commercial Electrician). However, they then said that there will be a ceiling so to speak weapon wise which I'd be working on. GPMG being the general limit, and a slim possibility of the M2 .50cal if it ever looked like i was going to be deployed. Also that there probably isn't any Amourer jobs going locally as a TA role! I don't mind hearing that too much as 1, I'm a bit of gun nut! 2, I didn't mind joining Regs until they convinced me to join the TA as it's a better use of skills!

I haven't herd anything from my recruiter in a few days after he said he'd call me back with local Armourer job openings so im half taking that as there arnt any in a TA role's locally! So now im looking towards Regs.

Any advice?

Cheers in advance!
 
#2
Advice for what? You seem to have told us what you want to do.

I mean, do you want to join the TA or the Regs? It's really not hard. If you like your current job, go TA, if you don't...go Reg!

Ta-da...consultancy fee of £65.76 will be charged to your arrse account.
 
#3
Advice for what? You seem to have told us what you want to do.

I mean, do you want to join the TA or the Regs? It's really not hard. If you like your current job, go TA, if you don't...go Reg!

Ta-da...consultancy fee of £65.76 will be charged to your arrse account.
Whats your Paypal?

Just after a bit of info regards to this 'ceiling' of weoponery. Been speaking to many different people and all say different things.
 
#4
Whats your Paypal?Just after a bit of info regards to this 'ceiling' of weoponery. Been speaking to many different people and all say different things.
No point putting it in here with majority of those not ever served yet having a clue what your on about. Hopefully Disco will move it to the REME forumn where you can seek out CC_TA who would be able to give you some good advice as even though hes a war hammer freak has good knowledge about life as a armourer both TA and reg.
 
#5
No point putting it in here with majority of those not ever served yet having a clue what your on about. Hopefully Disco will move it to the REME forumn where you can seek out CC_TA who would be able to give you some good advice as even though hes a war hammer freak has good knowledge about life as a armourer both TA and reg.

Do what this bloke said.
 
#7
and the knife collection....
 
#8
No point putting it in here with majority of those not ever served yet having a clue what your on about. Hopefully Disco will move it to the REME forumn where you can seek out CC_TA who would be able to give you some good advice as even though hes a war hammer freak has good knowledge about life as a armourer both TA and reg.
cheers for that mate. If id mentioned i was a Millwall boy maybe you wouldnt have been as helpful! thanks none the less though! haha
 
#9
I have been tasked with inspecting TA units in the past and all they had was rifles. but saying that my local TA unit now have some 81's that I BG20 for them as the TA are not allowing them to hold one.
So in short it depends on what your TA units are as to what kit they have. Both my examples were infantry coys. Also there is still a restriction on what a TA Armourer can do unless ex-regs, I believe.
 
#11
I have been tasked with inspecting TA units in the past and all they had was rifles. but saying that my local TA unit now have some 81's that I BG20 for them as the TA are not allowing them to hold one.So in short it depends on what your TA units are as to what kit they have. Both my examples were infantry coys. Also there is still a restriction on what a TA Armourer can do unless ex-regs, I believe.
as luck would have it i got a call back and am in for a meeting after Easter leave! Happy days! its attached to a Para squadron and have been told id be gen'ed up on most things man-portable. Although the source is a bit skeptical, as it wasnt from the recruiters. would i be right in saying 100% that would cover browning HP/ Sig, Sa80a2/ UGL, LSW and GPMG? and potentially (if it ever looked like i may be deployed) Minimi, L115a3, L129a1, and extremities AT4 and Javelin? anyone shed any light? Ta
 
#12
as luck would have it i got a call back and am in for a meeting after Easter leave! Happy days! its attached to a Para squadron and have been told id be gen'ed up on most things man-portable. Although the source is a bit skeptical, as it wasnt from the recruiters. would i be right in saying 100% that would cover browning HP/ Sig, Sa80a2/ UGL, LSW and GPMG? and potentially (if it ever looked like i may be deployed) Minimi, L115a3, L129a1, and extremities AT4 and Javelin? anyone shed any light? Ta
Most of the above seems about right, however para's generally operate in companies not squadrons unless it's an engineer/RLC Sqn.(standing by to be corrected).
AT4 was not mass purchased by the uk, plus it's a one shot weapon.Mostly 66mm rockets in theatre ATM.
Not sure if the unit will have L115A3 (.338 sniper), L129A1 (sharpshooter) or Javelin TBH as they generally are quite specific to role. But if you deploy there is always a chance of maintaining them.
 
#13
Don't get excited about the javelin though, if it is anything beyond a handgrip you don't touch it. :)
 
#14
Better be bloody quick, the way it's going it'll be dead mans shoes and the wait from Cpl to WO will be 150 years.
 
#15
Most of the above seems about right, however para's generally operate in companies not squadrons unless it's an engineer/RLC Sqn.(standing by to be corrected).
AT4 was not mass purchased by the uk, plus it's a one shot weapon.Mostly 66mm rockets in theatre ATM.
Not sure if the unit will have L115A3 (.338 sniper), L129A1 (sharpshooter) or Javelin TBH as they generally are quite specific to role. But if you deploy there is always a chance of maintaining them.
just thought about that before i logged in :lol: par checking the use by date how could I maintain a fire and forget weopon lol

cheers for that though mate. just herd a lot of the TA guys referring to units as TA squadrons so i assumed Para would have come under that. just thinking at the moment i better up the fitness if i potentially could be attached to them lol

Don't get excited about the javelin though, if it is anything beyond a handgrip you don't touch it. :)
suits me down to a T :)
 
#16
i am a ta recruiter and have just currently updated the SQN ORBAT and like a good few other TA units have no armourer. i ring all of my pot recruits once a week at minimum so tell your recruiter hes shit and that if he wishes to have a TA centre in the coming months (when all recruiting is contracted out to PRR and it all fall to shit) then he best have his unit 110% manned ready for when recruits all head for the regs.
 
#18
iready for when recruits all head for the regs.
I think you may find out it works the opposite way round with the Redundancies in the Regs and TA Recruiting Campaign just about to start again.
 
#19
i am a ta recruiter and have just currently updated the SQN ORBAT and like a good few other TA units have no armourer. i ring all of my pot recruits once a week at minimum so tell your recruiter hes shit and that if he wishes to have a TA centre in the coming months (when all recruiting is contracted out to PRR and it all fall to shit) then he best have his unit 110% manned ready for when recruits all head for the regs.

Im I'm now! All attested up and start my first weekend in July.

My recruiter was pretty good as it goes, always called back (most of the time) when he said he would and helped me out where needed. Ontop of that a pretty decent bloke aswell.

HOWEVER, a slight kick in nuts. The armourer posting got filled! So Im jumping into VMing until it opens back up again. No major drama's though. Always tinkering with my motor so it would have been a second choice anyways.
 

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