Need some advice / answers.

#1
I'm currently studying for my A levels, after which I plan to apply as a regular officer or attend university and the UOTC.

I'm desperate for something to do inbetween, and cadets isn't for me.

I've recently turned 17 and the TA has caught my attention. I went online to look for my local unit after research told me it's much more useful to get in direct contact with them than my local careers office. Turns out my local unit is A coy / 3 Royal welsh. An infantry regiment - Perfect!
Exactly what i'm looking for, as I plan to go infantry if I pass officer selection.



So a few questions:


Is it common for under 18's to join TA while at full time education?

How likely is deployment in a TA unit? Are there exemptions, such as age, eductaion commitments ect?

How does pay work? As you work 3 hours a week but website gives pay rates per day.



Would service in the TA as a soldier be good preperation for AOSB? Would the selection board take it into good consideration?

Is there a minimum service before you can give 3 months notice of departure?

Would parents need to be involved as i'm under 18?


I have plenty more but those need answering! :D

Sorry if I come accross as lazy, i've spent all day looking through the forum and haven't quite found the answers im looking for.

Thanks in advance.
 
#2
My advice is to go along and ask them.

Many of your questions are answered here: http://www.arrse.co.uk/wiki/TA_Forum_FAQ

Focus first on your education, if you are going regular, go and do all the things you won't be able to once you have joined up.

msr
 
#3
Phone Maindy on 02920220251 and ask

My mates son is doing the same thing,in the same unit and has just returned from 6 months in Cyprus, Op Tosca, loved every minute
 
#5
compandstuff said:
I'm currently studying for my A levels, after which I plan to apply as a regular officer or attend university and the UOTC.

I'm desperate for something to do inbetween, and cadets isn't for me.

I've recently turned 17 and the TA has caught my attention. I went online to look for my local unit after research told me it's much more useful to get in direct contact with them than my local careers office. Turns out my local unit is A coy / 3 Royal welsh. An infantry regiment - Perfect!
Exactly what i'm looking for, as I plan to go infantry if I pass officer selection.



So a few questions:


Is it common for under 18's to join TA while at full time education?

Yes

How likely is deployment in a TA unit? Are there exemptions, such as age, eductaion commitments ect?
Not very, unless you volunteer. You have to be over 18 to go on ops, also when the Army was compulsory mobbing people a few years ago those that were in full time education were exempt.

How does pay work? As you work 3 hours a week but website gives pay rates per day.
You are paid a daily rate, simple, if you work for a whole 24 hours you will still only get the same pay as a normal working day, however if you do less than a full working day you will be paid either half or a quarter days pay, the TA and the regular army get shafted in this respect as you will often do 18 hour or more days on ops or on excersise.


Would service in the TA as a soldier be good preperation for AOSB? Would the selection board take it into good consideration?

No idea.

Is there a minimum service before you can give 3 months notice of departure?
It's 12 years now but in reality you just sign a voluntary discharge, and you kit in and **** off.

Would parents need to be involved as i'm under 18? Dunno


I have plenty more but those need answering! :D

Sorry if I come accross as lazy, i've spent all day looking through the forum and haven't quite found the answers im looking for.

Thanks in advance.
 

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