Just thought you guys could help me as my head is done in from thinking about it. Ive been an Infantry soldier in the TA for 5 years now, and served successfully on op telic 2. The TA has given me some of the best experiences of my life for which I am extremely gratefull for. I still have a burning desire and passion for the army and everything that goes with it however due to personal circumstances in my life I have not trained with my unit for the best part of 9 months. Following the break up of a relationship and the consequent demise of my buisness I found it difficult to find any motivation for anything. Now spare me the violins (its not what im here for), having found my feet again I have landed a good job with good pay. The trouble is I am reluctant to train with the TA untill i have been employed 12 months (next april) - due to politics and circumstances at work that i cant be bothered going into. I feel I would be more beneficial to get my 12 months out the way and then get back into things knowing my civillian job is secure. With my imminent disharge looming I feel like a bag of shit and cant decide what to do.

Its killing me (plus 4 para has opened up near mine and its oh soooo tempting)

Any suggestions?
I beleive so, but basically if you read all the crap small print in your contract they can basically get rid offyou for farting if they want to, albeit only up to 12 months.
bigsouth1981 said:
I beleive so, but basically if you read all the crap small print in your contract they can basically get rid offyou for farting if they want to, albeit only up to 12 months.
oo shit for you then :)

If you like the job... I'd have a chat with the OC and follow his advice... if you're considering shifting to 4 Para anyway then maybe a year out to "start afresh" may be a good thing?

But what the **** do I know Im not even feckin attested :D
stick it out and do the minimum - if you jack it you will regret it


Try and avoid leaving then rejoining - it will be an admin nightmare. Be up front with your OC about needing some time off, and why.

(Then get yourself to 4 Para and arrange to get on P Coy!)
My son had a similar problem when he changed civvy jobs and found himself unable to maintain his commitment to his TA unit. I suggested a chat with the OC to explain that it wasnt through a lack of commitment etc but through a need to ensure a secure civilian employment. Went down well, son took time out from TA and subsequently did his class 1 course and a year later was commissioned into TA.

If you are a good guy the TA will understand, you are after all a volunteer you turn up out of choice. Providing you make the situation clear to OC he will not think any less of you. Better to go and let him know whats going on rather than have him think that you are a bedwetter.

Hope that this helps.
Speak to your OC and request a leave of absence.

Cant you even spare a few drill nights and the odd weekend ? If youre still
keen on the army I would make an effort to attend .If only to keep it as a habit if you get binned for non attendence 4 para may look dimly on you.
If your OC is kind he may suggest that you don't take a leave of absence, but don't just turn up for a bit. If you take a formal leave of absence you are not eligible for bounty. If you do the bare minimum and eveyone is happy with that, then you are. It's your OC's call though (and whether you can do bounty minimum)
Just signed over so it looks like im here to stay. I just couldnt bring myself to quit after 5 good years. I took your advice gents and spoke to my OC who was fantasic about the whole thing and was very supportive. I feel ace now, like a weight off my mind.


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