Joining TA during Sixth form

#1
Hello all,I'm 17 in september at the start of 6th form so ill be 18 and a half when I finish. Is it possible to join the TA during 6th form for year an then go into the regular army after?Thanks
 
#4
The money is nice. I doubt the experience will make much difference' 18 months isn't long to be a STAB.

You might find your TA unit won't be too impressed to spend time and effort on you only for you to dissappear in 18 months
 
#5
Any training before joining the regs will give you a headstart, the cash will be useful and you may find that once youve left school you may not get on an intake straight away, so your 18 month plan may become 24 months or more. You may even change your mind about the regs completely and get yourself a civvie job but retain the TA element. Who knows.

The TA understand that they are often a platform for those joining the regs so you should be able to be open and honest about your plans.
 
#6
Yes, I was thinking the pay is a good bonus. So it's more of something to do Army-like while finishing off education before you do the real thing? I did think it might cause some issues if you leave after a year or so. Would that reflect on you when trying to join the regulars?Just saw the other post. If that is there sort of attituide then it seems like a good to join TA before hand.
 
#7
No regular recruiter is going to think it a bad thing that you joined the TA.

I joined during 6th Form, and was a STAB throughout University. Difference is I stayed 11 years in the end and decided against the regular army. Do it, you won't regret it and if you are doing A Level Anglo Saxon you'll learn lots of useful words.............
 
#8
I joined at 17, for me it was a natural progression from cadets amd i wanted to join the regs. The reality was that after 6th form i fell into a well paid civvie job so sacked the idea of the regs. Im still in the TA now and dont regret a thing. I can do as much or as little as i like and op tours are available once qualified. Ive seen young guys and girls come and go. It can be frustrating seeing good soldiers arrive and then leave shortly after to join the regs, however there are many more on the books who join and then just dont turn up again, at least by joining the regs you are staying in the system and the Queen's money isn't wasted. Go for it! Do it earlier rather than later!
 
#9
Thanks for the help Roger. So even though it's only for a year minimum depending on waiting times, it's not the end of the world. Seems great for the pay and experience while at sixth form/waiting for the Regular Army. Looks althought I need to get my fitness up ready for september!and I'll consider taking that A level, seems... useful! :D
 
#11
Thank you too Arrseonist! Really encourageing and I find myself in you're position when you were younger. I'm sort of fed up with cadets and have hit the mark where DS'ing is pretty much all I'll do now. So looking for something challenging to fill the space before I hopefully join the army. Seem's like the perfect thing! and you get paid for it! :D
 
#13
Do be aware you may find it a struggle to balance college with the TA, and you'll find it particularly difficult to get time off college for courses (if you're commited to college courses ofc, I presume you're doing A levels?)
 
#14
Do be aware you may find it a struggle to balance college with the TA, and you'll find it particularly difficult to get time off college for courses (if you're commited to college courses ofc, I presume you're doing A levels?)
I agree with Faustic, also, leftie teachers and lecturers will be intimidated to an amusing degree.

Join up, not now, right now!
 
#15
I agree with Faustic, also, leftie teachers and lecturers will be intimidated to an amusing degree.

Join up, not now, right now!
My dad was a proper leftie History teacher. Encouraged me all the way. Plenty of patriotic lefties about. Or maybe he was hoping I'd die gloriously so he'd get a decent 20 minute lecture out of it...........
 
#16
Do be aware you may find it a struggle to balance college with the TA, and you'll find it particularly difficult to get time off college for courses (if you're commited to college courses ofc, I presume you're doing A levels?)
That's a good point. Time off at University is easy, you get more free periods and days and are an adult in their eyes so if you disappear on exercise during term time it is your look out. In 6th Form it is a little harder, they treat you a little less like equals
 
#18
For goodness sake put your study first! There's plenty of time to wear green kit in later life - at the moment enjoy all the extra-curricular stuff college gives you. Memories of moist, willing teenage girls will sustain you in damp fire trenches in later life...
 
#19
I joined at 17, for me it was a natural progression from cadets amd i wanted to join the regs. The reality was that after 6th form i fell into a well paid civvie job so sacked the idea of the regs.
Exactly the same here. Joined TA at minimum age with intent to join the regulars once I could sign my own papers, got offered a job with a big wage and nice benefits, took it, never looked back from that job at all, but doing anything else full time is out of the question.

One thing I've learnt in life is to never really base your decisions on what you intend to do in the future... because if they don't happen you're stuffed. Play the game for the way it is now, and then as circumstances change, your game can too. So join the TA now, and hopefully, in 18 months, you can bin it and join the regulars. If you don't get in the regulars for 2 years as recruitment stops for your chosen trade or whatever, you can always continue with the TA until they're ready to open up for you. But if you just wait and do it later, and the regulars doesn't work out for whatever reason, you've got nothing to show for this time.

No regular recruiter is going to put you down for leaving the TA and joining the regulars. Some of the experience may help, you'll no doubt pick up some useful tips and tricks that will just make life a bit easier later on, it's inevitable.

All that aside, there is a very good point of "put study first". Your qualifications, especially post-GCSE, sit on the top of your CV forever, and will dictate the jobs you are and aren't applicable to take in the future. "I was in the TA" doesn't, and has much bearing on any jobs you might want to take in the future. So if TA and College are compatible (mine were, I managed to do basic training over summer holidays and Phase 2 over xmas holidays), do it; but don't for any reason compromise your studies because you will regret it later on.
 
#20
For goodness sake put your study first! There's plenty of time to wear green kit in later life - at the moment enjoy all the extra-curricular stuff college gives you. Memories of moist, willing teenage girls will sustain you in damp fire trenches in later life...
Or do a weekend a month then you don't have to worry about having another part time job and can be up to your knees in minge or following Forest away at Doncaster while your mates are doing every Sunday in McDonalds or Tesco.

I know what I'd choose (again)
 

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