New Recruit (Infantry Driver)

#1
Hi :)

I have my B.A.R.B on the 8th April. How long on average till i get my chance at ADSC? Also, i want to be an Infantry Driver, is this role hard to get into (as in not many places available) Any info about what the jobs like from any serving Infantry Drivers would be great :)

Thanks :)
 
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#3
Hi :)

I have my B.A.R.B on the 8th April. How long on average till i get my chance at ADSC? Also, i want to be an Infantry Driver, is this role hard to get into (as in not many places available) Any info about what the jobs like from any serving Infantry Drivers would be great :)

Thanks :)
First of all I'm deploying Wah shield

Anyone can be a driver in the Infantry. Once you've finished Catterick and been posted to your Battalion you can get sent to the MT Plt. The Regiment you join can affect how long this takes as an armoured or mechanized Bn will need more drivers than a light role Bn
 
#7
Well then the army needs to revise its website...

Thanks crow bag. Im new to this so could you explain more please? What is MT plt? and whats an armoured or mechanized Bn?

Thanks
 
#8
Ok. First of all i thought this site would be helpful, guess i was wrong.

I told Careers officer that i wanted to join, he told me what i would be interested in, i told him i liked driving. He gave me books on logistics and infantry. In that infantry book was a very small section called 'Infantry Driver'. I went on the army website to find out more about it. All ive asked is for info from you guys, if theres no such thing then fair enough, no need to take the moral high ground. Guess ill just have to wait till i see my Careers officer again. Thanks for your erm, help.
 
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#9
Well then the army needs to revise its website...

Thanks crow bag. Im new to this so could you explain more please? What is MT plt? and whats an armoured or mechanized Bn?

Thanks
Try this to start you off.

The MT Plt is the Motorized Transport Platoon. These are the units vocational drivers. They're the ones who drive bedfords and the like on exercise. They also work in the servicing bay doing basic work on vehicles before they go to the LAD (Light Aid Detachment) where the VMs (Vehicle Mechanics) of the REME carry out the more complicated work.

You don't have to be in the MT to be a driver, all the Rifle Companies will have some trained drivers so they don't need to borrow blokes from other places while on exercise or Ops.

FSJ is right about the MT Plts in Light Role Bns, they are generally populated by the fat, downgraded, lazy and workshy of the Bn though the occasional misguided good bloke slips through.

I'm not an MT warrior so my answers shouldn't be taken as gospel.
 
#10
Apparently the position does exist

INFANTRY DRIVER

The Role: The role of Infantry Driver is two jobs rolled into one. You will be an advanced combat driver with a host of licences, and an expert in vehicle maintenance, qualified to fix and replace complex vehicle parts. And you will get to drive everything from a weapons-mounted Jackal to a Warrior armoured vehicle.


The Skills: On top of training in basic maintenance, you have the chance to get category B, C and E driving licences as well as a certificate in hazardous materials. You will also work towards an apprenticeship in engineering.


Smells a bit RLC to me
 
#11
You will be an advanced combat driver with a host of licences, and an expert in vehicle maintenance, qualified to fix and replace complex vehicle parts. And you will get to drive everything from a weapons-mounted Jackal to a Warrior armoured vehicle.
Oh really?
 
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#15
I think im just gonna tell my Careers adviser to pick a role for me. Much easier :/
You join the Infantry as an Infantry Soldier, you don't choose your role till after training and even then there's no guarantee you'll be able to work in that role straight away
 
#16
Ok from last year all those going through ITC Catterick have been doing an extra 2 weeks driving so hopefully most are getting driving licence prior to joining their Battalions. Wait till you have done your BARB test and dependant on score and your MAQ's it will show what jobs your able to do. The process will take around 4-5 months minimum at present and dependent on your IDST score at ADSC if you pass and the position you are in on your final job choice will depend on how long you will wait. unless you get a high A or B grade you could pass and still not get loaded in the two years. Loads of joining up threads so digest first and seek info from your own careers Advisor.
 
#17
Took my BARB this morning guys and scored 68. My recruiter suggested i consider REME if i wanna work with vehicles, and it looks like the kind of thing i wanna do so i think im gonna No.1 choice that as Vehicle Mechanic :) ... for anyone who wanted to know lol
 
#18
Ok from last year all those going through ITC Catterick have been doing an extra 2 weeks driving so hopefully most are getting driving licence prior to joining their Battalions. Wait till you have done your BARB test and dependant on score and your MAQ's it will show what jobs your able to do. The process will take around 4-5 months minimum at present and dependent on your IDST score at ADSC if you pass and the position you are in on your final job choice will depend on how long you will wait. unless you get a high A or B grade you could pass and still not get loaded in the two years. Loads of joining up threads so digest first and seek info from your own careers Advisor.
Maybe a daft question, but what would recruits who already hold driving licences do during those two weeks?
 
#19
Maybe a daft question, but what would recruits who already hold driving licences do during those two weeks?
Fam training more than likely unless you already have HGV's and been driving Mastiffs, Vectors etc in your civvy job................as far as weve been told in the ACIOs this is whats happening from last year but as yet talked to anyone whos recently passed at ITC.
 

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