Joining at 16

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  1. I have wanted to join the army for as long as I remember and I have recently read and watched a few videos about joining at 16, a lot of them say that the fitness tests are easier than when you join at 18. Thanks any info would be useful
     
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  3. What else is there to do? Get paid to get a trade and get qualifications, if you don't like it you're still young enough to try something else. Do it! And good luck (get a trade!)
     
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  4. sup rec

    sup rec LE Book Reviewer

    The fitness tests are slightly easier for SOME jobs (a bit more time on the run and one bag lass on the power bag lift) but that is all. You should be aiming to meet the standards for adult entry though as they aren't that difficult.
     
  5. Thanks, I know I want to go in as a CMT to get trade
     
  6. What's this power bag all about, then? The test?
     
  7. Don't bother.

    CMT isn't worth having when you rotate back to the worl. It's not even an ambulance driver.
     
  8. It's a building block. Something to build with, leads to bigger and better quals
     
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  9. what do your parents or guardians think about your plan?
     
  10. Particularly if he means the other (and much more intelligent) form of CMT as shown here:


    Construction Materials Technician


    The Role:

    Construction Materials Technicians are in charge of the investigation and testing of materials used in construction tasks to provide critical design information. In addition, the Construction Materials Technician will be involved in construction design, conducting site investigations using specialist drilling rigs and carrying out laboratory testing on soils, aggregate, concrete and bituminous materials.

    The Skills:

    A Construction Materials Technician carries out a range of tasks, principally working with concrete technology, bituminous materials, pollution surveys and geophysical investigations.

    They provide critical design information during construction tasks and test materials, such as soil, rock, cement, concrete, bitumen and tar.

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    Although, to be honest that trade is unlikely to help you become an ambulance driver either
     
  11. Good luck just dont do what I did and go with the first trade thrown at me. You will regret it, if you do go CMT study hard, and when you are in get yourself qualified up for paramedic. I had a friend who did that, then he did a degree, he runs a successful dive medicine centre when he left.

    My advice is get on every course you can that will help you when you leave.

    Also you dont have to join straight away, have you thought about the Forces Preparation Course, or the Uniformed Services Course at your local college. It will give you a chance to get fit, a better grounding and prepare you prior to joining.

    Leaving school and straight into the Army will be tough for you and I feel the above course will prepare you better. You may even find something out about yourself.

    Good luck buddy and dont let us old farts put you off.
     
  12. sup rec

    sup rec LE Book Reviewer

    It's a weighted bag lift. You start with a 15kg bag and go up in 5kg weight intervals upto 40kg. Each job has a minimum weight which must be achieved.
     
  13. Squat training is good for this, at the 40 kg mark it is a little bit cheeky. These tests are actually pretty good.
     
  14. sup rec

    sup rec LE Book Reviewer

    if you go down the Uniform Public Services route then don't believe the hype that it will get you three A levels and enough UCAS points to go officer - it won't. It will give you an insight into all the public services but it will not help you get in. You will get UCAS points but not enough to go officer and you can't 'equate' them to anything. They will not count towards a commission. You also require the requisite ALIS points from 7 GCSE's.
     
  15. A lots changed since I did it over 20 yrs ago, they did GCSE catch ups and on the two year course you did your A Levels for Officer. Shame they changed it, we did a lot of adventure training, expedition planning, car mechanics, judo, leadership training, computer training (CLAIT) I think, and going to Lympstone,(Outstanding) Halton (crap) and Bassingbourne (Brilliant). We did police training (touchy feely) Fire Brigade and St Johns Ambulance (scratches head). We all did Advanced Lifesaver at the local pool (handy for summer lifeguard work).

    I had a brilliant time on my course and it kind of helped me when I got in as i was more open and little more confident. But I agree with you its not a guarantee of getting in.

    Thanks for correcting me on the quals,

    DTC