utter utter sh!te....CH512O said:An "outsider" moving in doesnt always go down well.
As im a PetOp i know my own trade, and believe me a Cpl transferring in isnt always welcomed with open arms by other Cpls going for the same slot.goon_bde said:utter utter sh!te....CH512O said:An "outsider" moving in doesnt always go down well.
we're the really large corps with around of almost 20000 pax, 50% being employed outside of RLC units.
incidentally, there are not 3 units of pet ops in germany.
there are 2 fuel support sqns, one in gutersloh and one in bielefeld (which are a combination of pet ops and dvrs) and the germany pet inspectorate, co located with hq 102x (wo1, 2x ssgts, 1 x sgt), so actually not that many posts in germany at all...given your rank, i would expect that there are no more than 15 cpls slots
maybe you should consider the driver trade. far more personnel in germany and your leadership skills will be more welcomed there.
the cross training bill would be considerably less (i assume you can drive and may have a hgv licence) and your promotion chances greater
Nope as in every unit within the army you will find UBRE Ops they supply and issue the fuel at unit level and drive tankers up to 32,00 ltrs. To find out what a Pet Ops real role is why not contact them and find out I think you'll find they do alot more than just drive fuel, bulk fuel depots etc come under their remitjohn197014 said:Cheers for the input guys,
I know what you mean ref retrade,but Ive done my commanders course
and being an old fart now(I joined up late!!)not sure i should be going mad on a tank anymore!!
Yes Ive got C+E but my OC wont put me into our MT as he sees it as a backward step for me,and the main reason I was looking at pet op instead of driver was getting experience of petrol tanker driving, which correct me if Im wrong only they do,as its something I would fancy doing after my Army time is finished,and main reason I asked on here was to see any possible problems before I see my RCMO,which in itself could be one depending on his mood!!
You need to go to a Transfer Fair and get some decent advice. Entering any smallish trade mid-career will be challenging but if you are the right sort of bloke, with attitude and personality to match then you should be able to prosper. If you want a real challenge, Pet Op or AT will test you thoroughly. If your primary aim is staying in Germany then consider other trades such as Supplier, as they wil be here for the long haul. If you are already a tank commander being Dvr trade may be a bit of a step down for you.john197014 said:Im in the RAC and thinking about transferring over to be a pet op,Im based in Germany and own a house here,is it realistic to hope to stay over here?
Ive done just over 10 years and ive been a full screw for 3.
Couldnt agree more, not heard it enough times that "i want to be a PetOp to drive a fuel tanker..." or "surely ill walk onto a North Sea Oil Rig with all my PetOp quals...."goon_bde said:pet ops, don't as a rule drive tankers....that is something that they can do, but the driving of tankers is left for the Dvr 110 trade with TTF Op as a SPECQUAL.
Pet ops do the very technical side of life such as grading fuel, sourcing fuel, accounting and storing it etc.
Although some Officers think we are drivers now anyway......doh! Me can see a new thread starting!!goon_bde said:Dvr posts in germany
8 Regt - 64 Sqn (det)
HQ 1 Div / ADSR
ARRC Sup Bn
Additionally some Dvr RadOps in RA /RAC units
Sup Post in Germany
7 Regt (LAD)
ARRC Sp Bn
Other small dets incl RA/RAC wksps/LADs
There may be many more.....but these are the main ones
Pet Ops posts in germany
9 Sqn (combination of pet ops / dvrs)
64 Sqn (combination of pet ops / dvrs)
BFG PI (SNCO only)