MOG(V) - info?

#1
Am considering joining the Media Operations Group (Volunteers) - anyone here any experience of being in or working with them? Any top tips? Thanks
 
#2
Are you in the meeja?

msr
 
#3
I served with the MOG for 11 years and had a great time. You really need Media experience though. I was interested to read on another thread about a BBC chap who served with the R Aux Airforce, but the BBC thought that his service was incompatable with his day job. Funny that as a former Deputy DG of the Beeb was the Col Media Ops for a number of years! I would just check with your organisation, if you are in the media, before you consider the MOG further. I gather they are now formed into Squadrons and it is no longer an all Officer Unit. A good bunch!
 
#4
there's a mog(v) unit down in kingstown, i'm with another unit nearby but i can get the number if you want
 
#5
They were in the process of a re-org, but may be recruiting again now.
 
#6
#7
Having just looked at the web page, I wonder who on earth decided that a Radio Producers job in the MOG(V)should be at L/Cpl level! Surely not. After years as a presenter/producer at the BBC and a former Station Controller (Western Europe) for BFBS, as well a serving with the MOG, much as I appreciate what L/Cpls can do, they won't get anybody who is a fully trained professional to join the MOG(V) at this level! How many L/Cpls have a degree I wonder.
 

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#8
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Chopsy - hope you get some good pointers for the MOG (V) here.

An oppo is still serving with them and if you get no joy PM me and I'll point you at each other.


RogerH-
I shouldn't get too precious about Lance jacks with a degree if I were you - another lady of my aquaint with a good degree and five years classroom teaching experience has just re-qualified as a medic and now adorns the ranks of the QARANC - as a full screw.

pip pip old top!

G'Man
 
#9
If you have more a of a PR background than a media one can I recommend 15 (UK) Psyops Gp (V) for a change.

With a Print, Radio and TV cell there are plenty of good opportunities to be had.
 
#13
Goatman said:
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Chopsy - hope you get some good pointers for the MOG (V) here.



RogerH-
I shouldn't get too precious about Lance jacks with a degree if I were you - another lady of my aquaint with a good degree and five years classroom teaching experience has just re-qualified as a medic and now adorns the ranks of the QARANC - as a full screw.

pip pip old top!

G'Man
Well there are always exceptions to the rule. My point is that most broadcasters, those with any experience that is, wouldn't consider an appointment at this level. Particularly when many of the Officers in the MOG have no particular specialisation, perhaps with the exception of the ability to write quite well! Or pass a Commissions Board.
 
#14
RogerH said:
Well there are always exceptions to the rule. My point is that most broadcasters, those with any experience that is, wouldn't consider an appointment at this level. Particularly when many of the Officers in the MOG have no particular specialisation, perhaps with the exception of the ability to write quite well! Or pass a Commissions Board.
While you did come across as a bit of a tit, I would agree: even a lowly researcher (though for a good news org) like myself wouldn't consider joining other than as a subbie...

BTW, how does it work for non-grizzled STAB vets? Do you commission elsewhere and then transfer? Isn't that a bit harsh on the original sponsoring unit, or do M0G(V) sponsor also?
 
#15
Yes. I probably did sound a bit of a tit, but you get my drift and I was trying to make a serious point. MOG (V) sponsor as well. There was a time when there were Direct Commissions, 2Lt/Acting Capt, but things may have changed now.
 
#16
RogerH said:
How many L/Cpls have a degree I wonder.
Loads.

I think I'm the only JNCO in my coy at the moment to be a non grad.

They should automatically commission because...? They think they are better than lance jacks. What a cracking idea.

I've known 2 presenters (not in the biblical sense unfortunately) and sh itloads of broadcast directors and my first choice for occifers would be the directors. Even then, their civvy experience is geared more toward management that leadership. I don't see why they should automatically be assumed to be leaders of men, either as L/Cpls or officers.

I certainly wouldn't see them as being any use as a PQO. Would a broadcaster need 3 pips to do their job properly?
 
#17
Further to my last, as I recall it was neccessary to be Commissioned into a Regiment or Corps, before being posted to MOG. In my case I was a private/Officer Cadet for 8 months in the Queen's, later PWRR, before my posting.However MOG held my hand all the way. In those days, I left in 1997, it was an all officer outfit. Things have changed recently.
 
#18
gingwarr said:
RogerH said:
How many L/Cpls have a degree I wonder.
Loads.

I've known 2 presenters (not in the biblical sense unfortunately) and sh itloads of broadcast directors and my first choice for occifers would be the directors. Even then, their civvy experience is geared more toward management that leadership. I don't see why they should automatically be assumed to be leaders of men, either as L/Cpls or officers.

I certainly wouldn't see them as being any use as a PQO. Would a broadcaster need 3 pips to do their job properly?

Depends what sort of broadcaster you are talking about. A DJ on hospital radio, hardly...but a senior Editor or Correspondent, perhaps. BFBS has EMR's for Mess status, although with some degree of flexibility in that many of them appear more comfortable these days in the WO's and Sgts Mess. Anyway, there was a time when the MOG required professional communicators in uniform. Now the emphasis is on making soldiers convert to communicators.
 
#19
Apologies for dragging this thread back, but I thought this would be the best place to ask, rather than open a new thread, seeing as this isn't "that" old.

I am at this moment finishing a degree that deals with the more 'practical' aspects of the media and entertainment industries; Lighting, Sound, Television plus some ancilliary stuff like the health & safety arrse that seems to permeate everything nowadays.

My dilemma is this: I am hopefully going through RMAS TACC in the summer, and will MOG (V) take on a sprog officer with that sort of experience, after the necessary time in a corps of course, or do they really just want producers/managers etc at the officer level?
 

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