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Need a bit of help

#1
Hi, I’m 15 years old and considering joining the army as one of my teachers recommended it to me. I wouldn’t be joining as a regular soldier but a RE electrician. Just wondering if it’s a good career since I’d only want to do it for my minimum term so I feel I’ve served my country and I’ll learn some useful skills along the way! Any replies would be much appreciated. Thanks mitch


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#2
Hi, I’m 15 years old and considering joining the army as one of my teachers recommended it to me. I wouldn’t be joining as a regular soldier but a RE electrician. Just wondering if it’s a good career since I’d only want to do it for my minimum term so I feel I’ve served my country and I’ll learn some useful skills along the way! Any replies would be much appreciated. Thanks mitch


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Never been REME so I can’t really comment.

You get out what you out in.
As a general rule, you’ll develop yourself and gain new skills that will live with you until you’re dying day.

Go for it. Worst that can happen is that you come out after 4 years with some cracking story’s
 
#4
Mitch, the modern army needs people with skills, especially in the electrical abilities, and I wish you the best.
 
#5
Do it - if you hate it then it's only a few years and you'll be young enough to other things. Like it and you might make it your life. I joined at 21 and did 27 years - my only regret is not having joined earlier!
 
#7
Do it - if you hate it then it's only a few years and you'll be young enough to other things. Like it and you might make it your life. I joined at 21 and did 27 years - my only regret is not having joined earlier!
I know this may be a silly question but will I be in any real danger signing up as an electrician?



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#8
Thanks, would I be on the frontline shooting people if I’d become an electrician?


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With today's fluid battlefield you can never tell. Whatever trade you are, you might be expected to defend your convoy or position. As an engineer you might end up doing specialist demolitions or other engineering work - all of which could be under fire. If I were you I'd go down to one of the Careers Centres - or whatever they are called these days and have a chat. They'll give you loads of info - some of which is true and some of which is the sales pitch.
 

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#9
Hi, I’m 15 years old and considering joining the army as one of my teachers recommended it to me. I wouldn’t be joining as a regular soldier but a RE electrician. Just wondering if it’s a good career since I’d only want to do it for my minimum term so I feel I’ve served my country and I’ll learn some useful skills along the way! Any replies would be much appreciated. Thanks mitch


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You won't be a regular infantryman, but you will be regular REME (as my colleague has indicated, probably not RE).
 
#10
I know this may be a silly question but will I be in any real danger signing up as an electrician?



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By the way it's not a silly question. Danger is relative - as a sparky you are in danger all the time - electricity is a harsh mistress!
 
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I know this may be a silly question but will I be in any real danger signing up as an electrician?



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You’ll be fine, what’s the worse that could happen?
 

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#17
What’s the difference? Sorry if I’m being silly.


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No problem. Better to look stupid by asking a simple question than to remain stupid by not asking. There are stupid questions. This wasn't one. You're 15, you wouldn't know.

Royal Engineers build bridges and stuff.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers do electrical and mechanical stuff.
 
#18
Do you know where I could be deployed? In what country? Thanks


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Who knows - when I joined the Red Army were still occupying half of Germany and we were still heavily committed in Northern Ireland. We then went through Iraq, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq again, and all sorts! Who knows where we'll be in ten years time.
 
#19
No problem. Better to look stupid by asking a simple question than to remain stupid by not asking. There are stupid questions. This wasn't one. You're 15, you wouldn't know.

Royal Engineers build bridges and stuff.

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers do electrical and mechanical stuff.
Thank you for clearing that up!


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#20
No problem. Better to look stupid by asking a simple question than to remain stupid by not asking. There are stupid questions. This wasn't one. You're 15, you wouldn't know.

Royal Engineers build bridges and stuff. and blow them up too!!

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers do electrical and mechanical stuff.
 

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