Joining the TA whilst at University 2

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  1. Hi everyone,

    Some help please if you could...

    I was an army cadet and i'm now part of the OTC (essentially army cadets for students).
    I'm not far in though i'm feeling that its not serious enough - as my former company and detchment took pride and had high stadards in everything from drill and SAA to efficiency competitions on annual camp, and the OTC just doesn't seem the same - less pride in personal turnout and seriousness in slick drills with weapons and in the field.

    I'm considering strongly TA REME - i love engineering - what i do at uni, i'd also like to learn new skills through the army in this field.

    I've read the informative wiki (

    Questions - is it possible to be mobilised over the summer holidays, how long are TA soldiers mobilised for?

    what kind of injury/fatality risk do REME TA soldiers face durring mobilisation?

    I love everything army, want to get involved, and ultimately want to go back as an adult in cadets, teach again and inspire others into the army world- taking experience with me, though i have a big commitment to my engineering studies too.

    Wise words of wisdom and experience would be much appreciated.

    thanks :)
  2. Thats like asking if a dog barks?
  3. Yeh suppose so, though bluntly posing the question, cos of course REME is nothing like say the Cold Stream - cos i'm an engineer foremost - and i want to give to the army the skills i have to offer and build on them.
  4. If you are worried about the risks perhaps you should stay with the OTC.
  5. Anything's possible, but you'd probably need a bargaining chip to get it done. If you had a specialist skill, i.e. Farsi, it's feasible you could get a short attachment. If you don't, then it'll be a hard case to argue.

    However, an FTRS placement is a possibility. Talk to your PASO about any opportunities for work across the summer, I've known students get fairly interesting jobs at Brigade.
  6. Thanks - i defintely will check out the opportunities of summer work.

    The current deal at the moment is just that the OTC isn't giving me any training that's new to me, and i'm not sensing the 'be the best' attitude at the intensity i was used to.