Joining the army

#21
I spent a while this morning trawling though different roles on the army website. Unfortunately, some of the ones I thought I'd be best suited for required qualifications I don't have. The roles which I qualified for and found appealing are as follows:

Infantry Soldier
Dog Handler
Comms engineer - Systems operator
Operation technical intelligence
Armoured cavalry crewman

Also, Driver & HR specialist. Although those are only appealing because they open up opportunities after the army. I don't think I'd enjoy, nor be passionate towards any of these two.

Most of those positions require me to contact the examining board at the time I sat my GCSEs to obtain a copy of my grades, which I've done this morning. Now I just have to wait & hope I chose the correct examining board otherwise It's a waste of £43 :/

Do any of you guys have experience in those roles? If so, I'd appreciate any experiences or advice you can give me regarding them.
 
#22
Some good choices in there. Ditch thoughts of driver or HR specialist, they are the type of role you might look at transferring to later.

Personally I think you are probably too old to be lumped in as a brand new infanteer. However, those with more experience of the infantry may have a different opinion.

The others all look good choices.
 
#24
You need about 6 months+ voluntary experience in a dog kennel/shelter for dog handler. It’s a really sought after job
No you don’t. Such experience will be looked on favourably. However this does not mean that someone who has this experience will always get the role over someone who does not.
 
#27
Don’t think about trades for leaving the Army, you will learn plenty of other skills that civilian employers will want
I would disagree with you there, this is great advice for someone who's leaving school, 4 years in the infantry and you could be 20 when you're out.

However if someone has the grades and is a bit older I would always suggest finding something you would enjoy in the army that would lead to a job that you would also enjoy in civi street.

You can transfer to a different role later if you wish and the Army will educate you up to degree level, if you are willing to put in the effort.
One of the things the army needs to improve on, its took me about 18 month to transfer from Combat arms to CSS. It's harder said then done.
 
#28
I would disagree with you there, this is great advice for someone who's leaving school, 4 years in the infantry and you could be 20 when you're out.

However if someone has the grades and is a bit older I would always suggest finding something you would enjoy in the army that would lead to a job that you would also enjoy in civi street.
My trade skills are quite unique and not much use to UK civil street.

However, all the other skills I picked up over the years are extremely valued. If I wanted a job, I’m confident there wouldn’t be an issue finding one.

Transfer often depends on who you are transferring to. If it’s AT (for example) you could be loaded on the next course in your own capbadge, then re badging on successful completion of the course.

Opinion is fine, but don’t make it seem a statement of fact. The OP is looking for helpful advice, not being put off when there’s no reason to.
 

JNM

Old-Salt
#29
No you don’t. Such experience will be looked on favourably. However this does not mean that someone who has this experience will always get the role over someone who does not.
There’s something stupid like 3-6 jobs a year as dog handler and it is stupidly competitive.
 
#30
There’s something stupid like 3-6 jobs a year as dog handler and it is stupidly competitive.
Does that mean no one should try for it?

If the OP wants to go dog handler then he should chase that, it’s not for you or anyone else, outside of recruiting, to say otherwise.
 

JNM

Old-Salt
#32
Does that mean no one should try for it?

If the OP wants to go dog handler then he should chase that, it’s not for you or anyone else, outside of recruiting, to say otherwise.
In the careers office they said it is highly unlikely you’ll get that role. Experience is key and the waiting list is massive. Unless you’ve worked with dogs before you’re not going to eat a look in.
 
#33
In the careers office they said it is highly unlikely you’ll get that role. Experience is key and the waiting list is massive. Unless you’ve worked with dogs before you’re not going to eat a look in.
Is this in your experience?
 
#35
Don't worry too much about getting quals and experience for when you leave the army - I know plenty of people who have completed 20 or 30 years in a single trade, completed polar opposite degrees to their trade in their own time, pick a totally random resettlement course when they leave only to get a job they've never even thought about.

Pick something fun and enjoy yourself! Good luck.
 
#36
I don't come from a military background, no family or friends have ever served. So there's a fair bit of army jargon I didn't really get in your replies. CSS, AT, capbadges etc. Regardless, I appreciate all your input. I've got a meeting with a careers officer next Friday and I'll discuss all the roles which I listed in an earlier post.

I have a 7 year old labrador and a 4 year old German Shepherd. I don't suppose that'll go in my favour if I tried for the dog handler role? I assume not but it's worth asking.

Truthfully, It was abit disheartening to learn I may be too old to join the Infantry and too inexperienced to be a dog handler (my 2 preferred roles from the 7 I listed). Although, I'd much prefer you guys to be honest than fill my head with false hope.

Ideally I'd like to make a career out of the army but plans always change so I'd prefer to get certain qualifications and skills out of it. Leaving the army and ending back up in another dead end, low paid job is my worst nightmare!
 
#38
Combat Service Support. - The Army has:

Combat Arms, whose job it is to fight the enemy directly e.g Infantry.

Combat Support, whose job it is to help the combat arms get to the enemy e.g Royal Engineers.

Combat Service Support, whose job it is to provide and maintain everything the other arms need to do their job e.g Royal Logistic Corps.

This is a very simplistic explanation, but don’t worry too much about it, you will pick things up when you join.

Capbadge - refers to the Corps or Regiment you join. E.g my capbadge was RLC meaning I served in the Royal Logistic Corps.

AT - Ammunition Technician (The best trade in the Armed Forces - FACT). :wink:

Apply for dog handler if you want it. Worst case they say NO, best case they say YES. Many people have applied for and got things they’ve been told they couldn’t.
 
#39
Ideally I'd like to make a career out of the army but plans always change so I'd prefer to get certain qualifications and skills out of it. Leaving the army and ending back up in another dead end, low paid job is my worst nightmare!
Skills and qualifications will come, search for and take every opportunity you can when it. Don’t try and mould yourself into a trade you won’t enjoy. Just go for something you think you may enjoy.
 

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