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#1
Hello I am hopefully joining the TA soon and just want to hear from people already in the TA and find out how it is going for them, are they enjoying it and just general life in the TA.
I am hopefully joining royal engineers in Oldbury.
Cheers:)
 
#5
In answer to your question:

1. Do you enjoy being physically fit and robust?

2. Do you want to be viewed as a professional in your chosen field?

3. Do you want to deploy on tour and face danger, despair, comradeship and satisfaction in a "job well done"?

If you can honestly answer a resounding "YES" to all of the above then join the regular Army.
 
#7
Hello I am hopefully joining the TA soon and just want to hear from people already in the TA and find out how it is going for them, are they enjoying it and just general life in the TA.
I am hopefully joining royal engineers in Oldbury.
Cheers:)
Save yourself the abuse from all the well meaning and helpful blokes on here and use the search function top right. Get yourself down to the TAC in Oldbury for a drill night and see what it's like. Good luck.
 
#9
After completeing basic and trade training, most people seem to wonder why they bother but they keep turning up. Maybe that's just my unit/sub-unit.
 
#10
After completeing basic and trade training, most people seem to wonder why they bother but they keep turning up.
It's a habit. But then, if it's a habit you're after, monks and nuns have a lower fitness requirement.
 
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bryansmith

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#11
ah some of you who are still in the services have not kept up to date, have you!!!!!! The T&C's for those on redundancy and draw down are being revised you will have to serve the balance of your service on redundancy in the TA in a Regular Unit at home or abroad. So I might suggest stop slagging the TA off as you will be joining them very soon. I am an ex regular and understand the TA although their fitness is dubious looking at my TA colleagues here in Cardiff and one known as ten bellies doubt if he would be allowed to get on a Chinnoock, doubt even more if you have body armour for him but he is a good lad. Some improvements will have to be made to the TA particularly Support Arms, but I am sure their have that in hand. One big reminder to all servicemen and woman being made compulsory redundant, appeal against it well in time for your discharge date, I was a civvie by the time my appeal went through and consequently to this day do not know what the outcome was. If you volunteer for redundancy, don't do it believe me their are NO jobs in civvie street at the moment or in the near future. Also your redundancy package even though tax free at source (when you get out on discharge) it is counted towards your income for the year, I ended up paying £5k additional tax on leaving. Don't make assumptions speak to those who have been through the system, it is not that rosy stay in the Forces if you can.

You have been warned !!!!!!!!!!
 
#12
Bollocks! There are loads of jobs available. You just need to widen your expectations and choice of career field. Also bollocks to most of the rest of your post. Please provide some links to evidence of what you are saying if you believe I am wrong. As for appealing, why bother? Things are only getting worse in the Army and they clearly dont want you so take the money and run. And you, my friend, have been seen off on your taxes.
 
#13
The T&C's for those on redundancy and draw down are being revised you will have to serve the balance of your service on redundancy in the TA in a Regular Unit at home or abroad.
Meaningless wibble. "In the TA in a Regular Unit at home or abroad"? How many TA units are there abroad?

But also wrong. You join the Regular Reserve (unless you have been in sufficiently long and don't volunteer) or RARO. Not the TA.

If you volunteer for redundancy, don't do it believe me their are NO jobs in civvie street at the moment or in the near future.
Times are hard, indeed. But not that hard.

Also your redundancy package even though tax free at source (when you get out on discharge) it is counted towards your income for the year, I ended up paying £5k additional tax on leaving.
I would strongly recommend that people consult the redundancy scheme legislation rather than taking tax advice from you.
 
#14
ah some of you who are still in the services have not kept up to date, have you!!!!!! The T&C's for those on redundancy and draw down are being revised you will have to serve the balance of your service on redundancy in the TA in a Regular Unit at home or abroad. So I might suggest stop slagging the TA off as you will be joining them very soon. I am an ex regular and understand the TA although their fitness is dubious looking at my TA colleagues here in Cardiff and one known as ten bellies doubt if he would be allowed to get on a Chinnoock, doubt even more if you have body armour for him but he is a good lad. Some improvements will have to be made to the TA particularly Support Arms, but I am sure their have that in hand. One big reminder to all servicemen and woman being made compulsory redundant, appeal against it well in time for your discharge date, I was a civvie by the time my appeal went through and consequently to this day do not know what the outcome was. If you volunteer for redundancy, don't do it believe me their are NO jobs in civvie street at the moment or in the near future. Also your redundancy package even though tax free at source (when you get out on discharge) it is counted towards your income for the year, I ended up paying £5k additional tax on leaving. Don't make assumptions speak to those who have been through the system, it is not that rosy stay in the Forces if you can.

You have been warned !!!!!!!!!!
Bryan,

You talk complete and utter shite.
 
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bryansmith

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#15
lots of jobs available yes perhaps there are, but you have to get to the stage whereby you actually get an interview. Just last weekend I applied for over 100 jobs and got two interviews one of which was a yes you can have job when we have a vacancy (Delta Security). I am lucky I do get to that stage, however, most do not including experienced people like myself and those graduates with good degree's. It has nothing to do with widening my expectations or choice of career field (that does not exist in any case now, ask any graduate who is working a Nero Coffee SHop!!!!).

We all go for what we can and if an interview materialises it's a bonus. I am just trying to help former servicemen, some are under other illusions about civvie street. My experience is yes jobs are available if you can travel and remember you don't know peoples circumstances and in my case I cannot travel as I have bowel cancer.

I will look into links on here regarding the T&C's but my information is from the horses mouth at the recruitment office and my local TA colleagues who are having their T&C's revised. The Cardiff Army recruitment Office is closing that is a definite, you can ask the reception staff at Southgate House or even the Recruiters themselves. The Veterans office in the same building is also closing.

Appealing of course you have to appeal, I even appealed when I was laid off from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) as an FM the union helped me in that matter, but JLL (an american company) moved out of Wales during 2009. If you are compulsory redundant from the Forces it is the MOD not your arm or service who generally base it on your CR's so don't hold up for a successful appeal if you are graded "B" or below and it does take along time to process and in my case I was already a civvie.

Remember I am not saying you are right or wrong but you know where I live Cardiff and jobs here are difficult to come by, the advertisements mean nothing getting the interview among serveral hundred well qualified and able persons is the difficult part believe me.
 
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bryansmith

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#16
look folks stop slagging me off, I have broad shoulders and big balls but it seems some people are in a dream world. Mine is one of practicalities. I don't know where you live as you decline to show it, so already you have an advantage over me because you may be in a low unemployment area or be working overseas! But you know where I live Cardiff and if you can do any better come here to Cardiff. Do you know recently I offered my services FOC as an FM for a whole month and still nothing. But if you do not believe me, well that is your choice. But come here first and see how you get on. You may be able to get a job elsewhere but just try Cardiff for a few weeks and then you will soon change your whole attitudes.
 
#17
I've always found that if you present a good CV, back it up with a professional manner and confidence during the interview - you get the job.

I take it your experience was vastly different?
 
#18
I've always found that if you present a good CV, back it up with a professional manner and confidence during the interview - you get the job.

I take it your experience was vastly different?
Mine certainly has been. It used to be the case that that would work but no guarantee of it now.
 
#19
Hello I am hopefully joining the TA soon and just want to hear from people already in the TA and find out how it is going for them, are they enjoying it and just general life in the TA.
I am hopefully joining royal engineers in Oldbury.
Cheers:)
I'll give you an answer from my perspective.
I enjoy the TA because I put quite alot into it. However I am of a rank that enables me to cast some influence over events at the location that I train, and that has something to do with it. I ride out the dull moments by looking to the future, my next mobilisation etc.

It can be true that once basic training has been completed there seems to be a lull and many troops experience a loss of motivation. In these times it is important to focus on 'whats next'. Look towards a mobilisation as (in your case) a Spr. Alternatively you may have the option to further your training and look at officer training.
My point is that it is down to what you make of it. No, it will not be bombs and bullets each time you turn up to train, you will spend many a drill night shifting chairs from the drill hall to the garage, then back next week. If your training continues to be shite then you are in a shite unit and dont be afraid to move on elsewhere.
 

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