Joining during College?

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by Espionage, Sep 2, 2005.

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  1. Yup, best time to join, if your on a two-three year course you'll gain a wealth of experience and be eligable for lance-jack before your 20 if your not a complete numpty, worked well for my current corporals, good luck with it.
  2. Absolutely - perfect time to join. As well as all the benefits of army training, and the new mates you're about to get, it will be a very nice supplement to your income (and a whole lot better than being a burger mechanic at your local fast food emporium).

    Click on the link below for loads more info.
  3. I joined while still at school and through University, couldn't have asked for a better deal like abacus said it's a great help on the money side and it cannot help but improve your social life. The flexibility of the TA is good aswell as you're not held to as tight as schedule as you would be with a normal job, so say if you have some coursework to do you can miss a weekend or two and it's no real problem.
  4. I agree with what has been said above. I joined the TA whilst at college - had a cracking time and then went and spoiled it all by getting commissioned. I have subsequently worked with a couple of OTCs which would be your other option and so have seen both sides. It depends on what you want to get out of your time in green. My opinion (a sweeping generalisation) is green with socialising=TA or socialising with an attempt at green=OTC.
  5. Since I guess you're in Liverpool can I point you to Aigburth and the Liverpool Irish (and the other Troop of 208 Bty)?
  6. maninblack

    maninblack LE Book Reviewer

    I joined the TA in 1982 as a 17 year old student. I then went on to the regular army and eventually worked in the defence industry and as an ACF instructor for the love of it.

    It has all been a scream and gave me a head start in maturity when dealing with other students and people of my age.

    I would highly recommend it against the OTC.
  7. Sure, any specific Info on them?
  8. They're a field battery equipped with 105mm Light Gun who provide the War Fighting Increment for one of the AS-90 regiments in 1 (UK) Armoured Division. Good bunch of lads.

    The regimental site is
  9. I was in the TA for the entirety of my "A" levels and degree course in the 80's/ early 90's. Fcuking brilliant laugh, went to Germany for a few months in the summer break etc. All the other numpties graduated in debt; I got bountied up and graduated over a grand in credit. I also had loads of good stuff to on my CV beyond Working in a Pub and Finding Myself in Thailand. Discuss.

  10. I joined the Kings and Cheshire regiment when i was 17 and at college and then transferred to OTC when i went to university. A company KCR are your nearest infantry unit in liverpool, usefull if you are planning to go to sandhurst which is inf based.

    just dont do what i did and decide to miss your A levels to go to Iraq and have to do an extra year at college!
  11. Joined LI while at university, was a good source of income. Found loads of courses to do with my time off, those in turn ensured I'd get promoted - did 3 annual camps in sucession each at a different rank.....

    Not sure you'd be able to do that these days, my siggies don't seem to be able to get courses (they all seem to be in term time)
  12. Join up. at least you'll earn some money.
    And widen your circle of mates/contacts.