Joining the army

I thought ammo techs were storemen that were qualified to Hoover out ammo tins?
I have hoovered out Ammo boxes, I’ve also pulled reet big bomb apart, by hand. My first qual was RAOC Staff Clerk.
 

Jam3s0408

Swinger
I'll discuss all my options with the careers officers a week Friday. The last couple days I've been looking everywhere online and finding out more about army training & what life will be like while I'm there. Im old enough to handle a seargant screaming at me constantly and just being a complete d***, so that's no problem.

I just have a couple questions (most will seem irrelevant or even silly but I'd appreciate the answers all the same).

What's the food like in phase 1? I'm big on nutrition and don't fancy eating chips and fried chicken everyday. I'm more of a rice, pasta, chicken breast, fish kinda guy.

Would I be able to bring a mass gainer (weight gain shake) with me? I'm trying to build a muscular physique and I've always struggled keeping weight on so I'd really need it. Would I have access to a fridge?

How long would I get to shower? Are the showers communal or blocked off individually? I haven't got a major problem with sharing it would just take a little getting used to. Do they supply shampoo/shower gel? If so, can I bring my own if I wish? Would I get anytime to brush my hair and maybe apply some moisturiser? As girly as this sounds I get really dry skin, especially when I sweat alot & I have a feeling ill be doing lots of sweating.

Is it true one of the final test which decides whether I pass or not is shooting at 50 targets at 100, 200, 300m and I have to hit 47 of them to be accepted? That sounds impossible to me, I've never even fired a weapon before!

Do they still do the ice breaker thing? I don't mind it but I'd like to practice a couple minute speech if they do.



'' be prepared to wait for up to 12 months''... For selection after training? Is this true? I'll have to quit my job for training...
 
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What's the food like in phase 1? I'm big on nutrition and don't fancy eating chips and fried chicken everyday. I'm more of a rice, pasta, chicken breast, fish kinda guy.
Only someone who is going through or involved with training currently will be able to answer that, but it’s not like a fast food place. I wouldn’t worry about it too much, you’ll burn it off.

Would I be able to bring a mass gainer (weight gain shake) with me? I'm trying to build a muscular physique and I've always struggled keeping weight on so I'd really need it. Would I have access to a fridge?
My advice is don’t, you really don’t need it. You’ll see many changes in you ur body.

How long would I get to shower? Are the showers communal or blocked off individually? I haven't got a major problem with sharing it would just take a little getting used to. Do they supply shampoo/shower gel? If so, can I bring my own if I wish? Would I get anytime to brush my hair and maybe apply some moisturiser? As girly as this sounds I get really dry skin, especially when I sweat alot & I have a feeling ill be doing lots of sweating.
It varies on how long you have, you will be shown how to clean yourself effectively and how to get a whole platoon of people through the showers in minutes, but you probably won’t do it more than once. Your appearance is important, you’ll learn to square yourself away very quickly. Take your own shower gel, get a decent moisturising one then you should be fine. I have sensitive skin, served 27 years in various conditions and managed it, so you should be fine unless you have a medical condition.

You’ll be taught to shoot and you’ll be amazed at how easily those targets will drop when you apply yourself.
 

JNM

War Hero
I'll discuss all my options with the careers officers a week Friday. The last couple days I've been looking everywhere online and finding out more about army training & what life will be like while I'm there. Im old enough to handle a seargant screaming at me constantly and just being a complete d***, so that's no problem.

I just have a couple questions (most will seem irrelevant or even silly but I'd appreciate the answers all the same).

What's the food like in phase 1? I'm big on nutrition and don't fancy eating chips and fried chicken everyday. I'm more of a rice, pasta, chicken breast, fish kinda guy.

Would I be able to bring a mass gainer (weight gain shake) with me? I'm trying to build a muscular physique and I've always struggled keeping weight on so I'd really need it. Would I have access to a fridge?

How long would I get to shower? Are the showers communal or blocked off individually? I haven't got a major problem with sharing it would just take a little getting used to. Do they supply shampoo/shower gel? If so, can I bring my own if I wish? Would I get anytime to brush my hair and maybe apply some moisturiser? As girly as this sounds I get really dry skin, especially when I sweat alot & I have a feeling ill be doing lots of sweating.

Is it true one of the final test which decides whether I pass or not is shooting at 50 targets at 100, 200, 300m and I have to hit 47 of them to be accepted? That sounds impossible to me, I've never even fired a weapon before!

Do they still do the ice breaker thing? I don't mind it but I'd like to practice a couple minute speech if they do.



'' be prepared to wait for up to 12 months''... For selection after training? Is this true? I'll have to quit my job for training...
I’m here atm, was in W5 but been pulled into sword coy for a few weeks :)

There’s literally rice every dinner and tea. Breakfast is cereal, cooked or continental. There’s a decent mix of food normally, fish, cottage pie, burger etc. There’s 4 choices per dinner/tea.

No access to a fridge, wouldn’t bother with muscle gain shite.

They’re half and half. They’re blocked off but barely also time varies from less than 5 minutes to as long as you’d like depending on what you’re doing and time of day, I had 3 showers on Friday for example, one was 10 mins, the second was barely a short and the last I had a free hour. Bring shower gel.

Not sure on the shooting test, not done much range work myself but you’ll get in enough to know what you’re doing. Even drill for the handling test seems overwhelming when you first are shown but after a few lessons it’s fairly easy. Think only one person failed it in our entire block of over 100.

I did the icebreaker on w1 on exercise icebreaker. Not a serious thing.
 

Jam3s0408

Swinger
So there's a variety of foods, we shower together and I need to bring my own shampoos, shower gels etc. I don't have to worry about my hair because it's getting shaved. Thanks for the info all

Btw, what's sword coy?

Is there gym facilities on site? Somewhere to do strength training.

I'm assuming the night time is a soldiers free time to do as he likes? Could I use the showers in my spare time also? Because I'd much prefer to take a shower on the night than in the day as I hate going to bed sweaty or dirty.

I've been watching a guy called Liam Brown on YouTube. He's quite a young lad, he passed his training a couple years ago and just gives you advice and tips so you're ready. He recommended taking an iron and ironing board. Is turning up on phase 1 day 1 with an ironing board a common occurrence??

He recommended taking a protein supplement. I ain't sure where he stores the milk for it or maybe he just mixes with it water. I guess this one is hit and miss depending on each person. I'll clarify it with the careers advisor.

He also recommends bringing earphones, laptop and phone. Even though I'm sure the army website stated not to bring valuables like a laptop (I'm not sure why). And some things called twisties? Apparently you wrap them around your ankle or foot to tuck in your trousers? Never heard of those before.

Anything else you guys wished you had taken with you or anything else you could recommend taking?
 

JNM

War Hero
Sword is the rehab and remedial training company. Basically was I’ll and missed loads so I have to catch up a bit.

There are but you can’t use them on your own until after W7 I believe.

You can buy milk at the shop? Personally wouldn’t bother and you can buy pre made 20g protein bottles and bars if you’re that desperate.

Nights are generally your own but you can be given “corrective training” until 22:30 which is lights out.

A board isn’t a common one people bring but you can buy them in the shop. Personally wouldn’t bring one for the bulk, would bring an iron though.

Earphones and a phone definitely. Not sure about a laptop for the first half of training because you’ll be swamped with admin.

Twisties are good but you get a set in the kit bag you can buy for £58 plus the shops here sell them for like £1 a pair.

I’d recommend a role of sniper tape, 3 sets of shoe brushes. A few tins of brown polish and 2 tins of black. Foot powder, blister plasters, comfortable flip flops, A5/6 Note pads pens etc and a pad of A4 paper for folding.
 

Jam3s0408

Swinger
Thanks everyone who replied.

I've been wondering about my background checks during basic training. I've got a couple of cautions for cannabis possession. One count of affray and a drink driving ban. I said on my application I didn't have any unspent convictions (which to my understanding I do not, as they're all over 6 years old). Is this going to affect my application in any way?

I'm not the same person I was back then and I'm really trying to turn my life around, I'm just a little concern my past is going to come back and haunt me.
 
Thanks everyone who replied.

I've been wondering about my background checks during basic training. I've got a couple of cautions for cannabis possession. One count of affray and a drink driving ban. I said on my application I didn't have any unspent convictions (which to my understanding I do not, as they're all over 6 years old). Is this going to affect my application in any way?
Declare them and it shouldn't be a problem - if in doubt ask your recruiter. If you don't and they catch up with you later on you'll be out - no questions asked.
 

Jam3s0408

Swinger
Declare them and it shouldn't be a problem - if in doubt ask your recruiter. If you don't and they catch up with you later on you'll be out - no questions asked.
Thanks for replying

I'll just list them off to the careers officers on Friday then and see what he/she says. I'm already putting pressure on myself because of my age. I could of done without having to confess to criminal convictions aswell.
 
Thanks for replying

I'll just list them off to the careers officers on Friday then and see what he/she says. I'm already putting pressure on myself because of my age. I could of done without having to confess to criminal convictions aswell.
Don't worry about it - they've heard it all 'buggery, thuggery, theft and incest'! Better to be safe than sorry though.
 
Don't worry about it - they've heard it all 'buggery, thuggery, theft and incest'! Better to be safe than sorry though.
That’s just the Officers.
 
I've got a couple of cautions for cannabis possession. One count of affray and a drink driving ban.
so you might fail a cdt, like a fight and drink drive and the army need you?
admit it all, it might go against you or you might get in, however the military take a dim view on all of them.
have you thought of the reserves and see if you like the army & the army like you?
then go regular after 18 months and have a good shot at passing recruit training
 

Jam3s0408

Swinger
so you might fail a cdt, like a fight and drink drive and the army need you?
admit it all, it might go against you or you might get in, however the military take a dim view on all of them.
have you thought of the reserves and see if you like the army & the army like you?
then go regular after 18 months and have a good shot at passing recruit training
That's my point though - I don't like a fight, especially it isn't for a good reason, and I'd never drink drive again. I quit smoking/selling cannabis a decade ago. In fact all of those offences were a decade ago. If they're going to judge me for the things I did when I was younger and overlook the fact I love and I'm loyal to my country then maybe you're right, the army isn't for me.

By the time I finished reserves and enlisted full time I'd be like 33. If I'm going to do it I need to just jump in, give 100% and get on with it. Plus phase 1 training isn't for months after the initial 2 day training right? My strength and fitness level would easily be at an acceptable level by then. I appreciate the suggestion regardless.
 
That's my point though - I don't like a fight, especially it isn't for a good reason, and I'd never drink drive again. I quit smoking/selling cannabis a decade ago. In fact all of those offences were a decade ago. If they're going to judge me for the things I did when I was younger and overlook the fact I love and I'm loyal to my country then maybe you're right, the army isn't for me.

By the time I finished reserves and enlisted full time I'd be like 33. If I'm going to do it I need to just jump in, give 100% and get on with it. Plus phase 1 training isn't for months after the initial 2 day training right? My strength and fitness level would easily be at an acceptable level by then. I appreciate the suggestion regardless.
Were you charged with dealing as well?
 
That's my point though - I don't like a fight, especially it isn't for a good reason, and I'd never drink drive again. I quit smoking/selling cannabis a decade ago. In fact all of those offences were a decade ago. If they're going to judge me for the things I did when I was younger and overlook the fact I love and I'm loyal to my country then maybe you're right, the army isn't for me.

By the time I finished reserves and enlisted full time I'd be like 33. If I'm going to do it I need to just jump in, give 100% and get on with it. Plus phase 1 training isn't for months after the initial 2 day training right? My strength and fitness level would easily be at an acceptable level by then. I appreciate the suggestion regardless.
Get your arse in the regs, otherwise you’ll always be wondering and regret it. If it’s shite, leave. The drink driving, drugs, necrophilia and beastiality are things you’ll just have to admit as part of the process.
 

rawsalmon47

Old-Salt
If you’re wanting to work with dogs, I’d recommend RAF Police then train as a dog handler

My mate just 2 years ago applied for Army dog handler and she got told she’d be waiting 2-3 years and that’s with her experience in dog behavioural training!

She then scratched her head and spoke to the RAF, immediately into training to become an RAF Policewoman/Person and 1 month after completing training went and done the dog handler course
 
If you’re wanting to work with dogs, I’d recommend RAF Police then train as a dog handler

My mate just 2 years ago applied for Army dog handler and she got told she’d be waiting 2-3 years and that’s with her experience in dog behavioural training!

She then scratched her head and spoke to the RAF, immediately into training to become an RAF Policewoman/Person and 1 month after completing training went and done the dog handler course
ISTBC but I don’t think you can join the RAF Police with a criminal record.
 

Jam3s0408

Swinger
Lmao Dinger please don't lump cannabis use and a drink drive charge in with necrophilia and beastiality :oops:... Tbh rawsalmon, I'm at the point now where I'm not even sure I'll be accepted in the army so they could push me into almost any role and I'd probably accept. I'll look into it, though if Cregg is right it's a dead end.
 
You can only try, but, but you need to get a move on.
 

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