Joining the TA soon. Need some advice.

#1
Hi,

I am looking to join the TA very soon as a driver.

Just looking for some people who are in the TA based in Cumbernauld...124 Field Squadron (Air Sp) (V) & Headquarter Squadron 71 Engineer Regiment?

Is there anyone already there doing a drivers job? If so what is the role like?

I will be going along on Tuesday night to find out more info and basiclly make my mind up about joinging.

I just want a little heads up on what to expect at the center, where to go, who to speak to...etc.

Anyway any help would be good

Cheers.

Brian.
 
#2
Just walk up to the door and tell them you are interested in joining . Let them take it from there . there is a ton of paperwork to take away and complete , a date to fix for a medical and probably an informal chat about what you want to do and why with another chat with the administration officer . You should find the recruit team friendly and practical . They've done this before many times and there is a process to go through that often takes ages , and sometimes involves a lot of hanging around . You will get to know the other recruits pretty well and you will end up helping each other through the process . It's a huge learning curve unless you've done cadets or similar so just go with the flow and don't worry about anything . Wear clean jeans and sweat shirt or similar and shave before you go in . You don't need any documents at this stage as you will be given a list of what you need with your paperwork . Hang around for a beer at the end if you fancy , people will talk to you and answer any questions you have . Welcome to the green machine !
 
#3
Try Scottish Transport Regiment if driving is your thing, 221 Sqn in Glasgow is your closest but be warned it is hoaching with 'Weegies. :D


http://www.armyjobs.mod.uk/scotland/rolesandregiments/ta/Pages/221(HQ)Squadron,TheScottishTransportRegimentRoyalLogisticCorps.aspx
 
#4
danielsan said:
Try Scottish Transport Regiment if driving is your thing, 221 Sqn in Glasgow is your closest but be warned it is hoaching with 'Weegies. :D


http://www.armyjobs.mod.uk/scotland/rolesandregiments/ta/Pages/221(HQ)Squadron,TheScottishTransportRegimentRoyalLogisticCorps.aspx
Lol...Weegies...

Had a look at the link. Looks more like what I am looking for.

Just another quick question...

Would I be limited to the minimum commitment or could I go more nights/weekends that I have free?
 
#5
ancient said:
Just walk up to the door and tell them you are interested in joining . Let them take it from there . there is a ton of paperwork to take away and complete , a date to fix for a medical and probably an informal chat about what you want to do and why with another chat with the administration officer . You should find the recruit team friendly and practical . They've done this before many times and there is a process to go through that often takes ages , and sometimes involves a lot of hanging around . You will get to know the other recruits pretty well and you will end up helping each other through the process . It's a huge learning curve unless you've done cadets or similar so just go with the flow and don't worry about anything . Wear clean jeans and sweat shirt or similar and shave before you go in . You don't need any documents at this stage as you will be given a list of what you need with your paperwork . Hang around for a beer at the end if you fancy , people will talk to you and answer any questions you have . Welcome to the green machine !
Thanks for the info. Can't wait to get started but how long does it take to join up?
 
#6
While you wouldnt be limited to the minimum - I dont know what your limit on training days would actually be. I have spoken to a few friends in the regiment lately who are saying that while there hasnt been a limit given to them in training days (some units seem to be talking about a 50 day cap) there seems to have been less training events planned and therefore less days available to them.
However as a new recruit you may require to do more than that to complete your training within a year if you so wish - and there has never been a problem authorising extra training for recruits in the past so initially you should be unaffected.
 
#7
danielsan said:
While you wouldnt be limited to the minimum - I dont know what your limit on training days would actually be. I have spoken to a few friends in the regiment lately who are saying that while there hasnt been a limit given to them in training days (some units seem to be talking about a 50 day cap) there seems to have been less training events planned and therefore less days available to them.
However as a new recruit you may require to do more than that to complete your training within a year if you so wish - and there has never been a problem authorising extra training for recruits in the past so initially you should be unaffected.
What regiment are you in?
 

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