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#1
Hello Gents, just a quick introduction and to ask a couple of 'heres the newbie' type questions.

Thinking of joining my local TA unit (medic). Been thinking about it for a while and Ive been out of regular service for a number of years, albeit RAF. (tin hat on)

What sort of likelhood is there being of me getting shipped off to Iraq/Afgh in the near future? Just to allay any fears my missus may have/has of me getting myself into bother.

Are there any other reservists out there that may have done said tour? How long etc? Obviously with my current civvy job this may need to be taken into consideration.

Thanks in advance for any help you may give
 
#2
Thanks for the advice fellas, after 25 + views I take it I dont get the help or advise until Im wearing the badge so to speak.
Unlike others on here (the question re Iraq and 'Stan) is not a fact finding mission on how to get a gong. Far from it. I have reasons for joining the TA and this is definately not one of them.
I would of thought anyone with an incling of joining the TA would be welcomed with enthusiasm given the current state of affairs with the quality and levels of staffing.
 

The_Duke

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#3
foxygolf,

People may have bothered to answer if the same question had not been asked time and time again. This pops up on what seems like a weekly basis.

Read the TA FAQs, read back over a few of the threads on the TA forum, and try the search facility.

It is all there for you to find.
 
#4
foxygolf said:
Thanks for the advice fellas, after 25 + views I take it I dont get the help or advise until Im wearing the badge so to speak.
Unlike others on here (the question re Iraq and 'Stan) is not a fact finding mission on how to get a gong. Far from it. I have reasons for joining the TA and this is definately not one of them.
I would of thought anyone with an incling of joining the TA would be welcomed with enthusiasm given the current state of affairs with the quality and levels of staffing.
I like your enthusiasm. Make sure you tip up to the TAC with this attitude aswell. The blokes will really respect you for it.
 
#5
Cheers

Sorry for the sarcasm, and I appreciate that the question may be banded about a bit. As I said Im new on the board so FAQ's may have been an idea. Also thought the intro was a polite way of saying hello.

Anyway. Thanks again
 
#7
StabTiffy2B said:
foxygolf said:
Thanks for the advice fellas, after 25 + views I take it I dont get the help or advise until Im wearing the badge so to speak.
Unlike others on here (the question re Iraq and 'Stan) is not a fact finding mission on how to get a gong. Far from it. I have reasons for joining the TA and this is definately not one of them.
I would of thought anyone with an incling of joining the TA would be welcomed with enthusiasm given the current state of affairs with the quality and levels of staffing.
I like your enthusiasm. Make sure you tip up to the TAC with this attitude aswell. The blokes will really respect you for it.
I thought I was renowned for sarcasm. :D
 
#8
as the Duke said your question has been asked numerous times and has been done to death many times.

use the search engine and check the threads already posted and i guarantee you will find your answers. I cant guarantee the responses will satisfy your wife though.

however if you cant be bothered looking :roll:
 
#12
From the first moment I went along to the TAC they made it quite clear to me that some time in my career within the TA I would be sent on at least one operational tour.

Why would I join the Armed Forces to sit here picking my arse at home? You join the Army with the expectation to go and fight, else there's no point in them being 'Armed' Forces.
 
#14
My wife worries about me going to sandy places all the time. I get the arrse with it all the time. It's simple, if she can't handle it then pack up and move on. I joined the TA before it got serious with her so she's got no leg to stand on.

Surely if you're and ex regular then you should have some idea of whether or not you will be deployed. Like said above, YOU JOIN YOU GO.
 
#15
foxygolf said:
I would of thought anyone with an incling of joining the TA would be welcomed with enthusiasm given the current state of affairs with the quality and levels of staffing.
Its wednesday afternoon, sports day innit?
 
#16
well the question has been answered indirectly. Winkers at work have categorically stated that any training, I will have to use up all of my anual leave. If mobilised they will refuse me permission to go!!! Bunch of currants
 
#17
Join.
Go
find out what you are REALLY like (but you may not like the answer)
end up with a sense of pride and purpose
make freinds you would trust with your life who will be closer than any brother until the day that death parts you for a time
of course there is a risk of getting killed
but you could get hit by a bus next week and what central defining moment would your life have had then?
I would rather be a has been than a never was
 
#18
foxygolf said:
well the question has been answered indirectly. Winkers at work have categorically stated that any training, I will have to use up all of my anual leave. If mobilised they will refuse me permission to go!!! Bunch of currants
quote the reserve forces act
they are breaking the law
they dont have a choice (as I understand but being ex reg I am not certain) or are you looking for an excuse?
 
#20
oldbooty said:
foxygolf said:
well the question has been answered indirectly. Winkers at work have categorically stated that any training, I will have to use up all of my anual leave. If mobilised they will refuse me permission to go!!! Bunch of currants
quote the reserve forces act
they are breaking the law
they dont have a choice (as I understand but being ex reg I am not certain) or are you looking for an excuse?
The MoD are not contesting any appeals from employers against the mobilisation of their staff. Effectively this means that, although our Royal friend is right, and they can't refuse to let you go, all they have to do is appeal and you won't be going anyway.

Arby said:
I'd just rather not be dead.
How exactly are you going to get around that little snag, then?

Do share (unless it involves the word, 'Jesus'.).
 

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