No RMP jobs untill 2008?

#1
Hi all, Im going to selection this week, and hopefully if i pass i want to go for RMP, but heres the problem my recruiter says there are no RMP jobs available untill next year, and is trying to get me to go for something else. Is he bluffing because certian corps are down on numbers?, or do you think he is telling the truth. I dont really want to go for anything else but rmp. Should i stick to my guns and wait for a year or what? Thanks for any responses.
 
#3
It really wouldnt do you any harm if you go for something else and then transfer to RMP later, my advice is get a trade or even do a few years in the infantry and get some soldiering experiance then tranfer accross. When you go through training then with your military experiance you will find it easier and when you come to deal with squaddies on the ground you will be seen in a differnet light to a wet behind the ears lance jack. Im not saying that joining straight up as a direct entrant is a bad thing but this is another option if you cannot join rmp straight away and it is a good option.
 
#4
Unfortunatley i cant do inf because i am female, so they are pushing me for clerk. The only problem there is the pay, i would end up losing 5 grand a from what im on now.Any more suggestions? Cheers
 
#5
Bourne said:
Unfortunatley i cant do inf because i am female, so they are pushing me for clerk. The only problem there is the pay, i would end up losing 5 grand a from what im on now.Any more suggestions? Cheers
The penny drops.

If you can do the job be stubborn and go for it. If not embrace the desk
 
#6
Mag_to_grid said:
It really wouldnt do you any harm if you go for something else and then transfer to RMP later, my advice is get a trade or even do a few years in the infantry and get some soldiering experiance then tranfer accross. When you go through training then with your military experiance you will find it easier and when you come to deal with squaddies on the ground you will be seen in a differnet light to a wet behind the ears lance jack. Im not saying that joining straight up as a direct entrant is a bad thing but this is another option if you cannot join rmp straight away and it is a good option.
Sound advice. It used to be par for the course at one time, indeed in days of yore there were no DE’s into RMP.
 
#7
Rumrunner said:
Mag_to_grid said:
It really wouldnt do you any harm if you go for something else and then transfer to RMP later, my advice is get a trade or even do a few years in the infantry and get some soldiering experiance then tranfer accross. When you go through training then with your military experiance you will find it easier and when you come to deal with squaddies on the ground you will be seen in a differnet light to a wet behind the ears lance jack. Im not saying that joining straight up as a direct entrant is a bad thing but this is another option if you cannot join rmp straight away and it is a good option.
Sound advice. It used to be par for the course at one time, indeed in days of yore there were no DE’s into RMP.
Training - Yes, but you'll be training twice and the first time around you'll still know nothing.

Dealing with squaddies - I don't think many squaddiess will give a 4X what your were before, you'll be RMP and they'll hate you. 'Oh, she's alright 'cos she spent 2 years in the Signals.' Won't be what they're thinking I bet. Also, unless your prepared to do a fair few years elsewhere chances are you'll still be a Lance Jack on joining RMP.
 
#8
Do not be put off by the Recruiting Sgt as he is briefed on what trades are short. I know that they are calling out for clerks at the moment and he will push to get you into that role so stick to your guns and push for RMP all the way and you will not be dissapointed. As for getting experience in another trade before joining RMP, I do not think it will matter as a lot of the transferees into RMP are not all that. Do not get me wrong, some are excellent, however, you still get those who were going nowhere in their old trade and so transfer into RMP knowing they will be full screws within a couple of years.
 
#9
Stick to your guns mate and don't budge. Is one year in a job outside of the army really that bad? Go and get fit, have some fun and some nice holidays and when all that is done take the shilling and go for it. If he is pulling the wool you will be in faster then you like and if not you will have a years wait.

Trust me when I say that a year goes fast!!!
 
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#10
F9_Commit said:
Do not be put off by the Recruiting Sgt as he is briefed on what trades are short. I know that they are calling out for clerks at the moment and he will push to get you into that role so stick to your guns and push for RMP all the way and you will not be dissapointed. As for getting experience in another trade before joining RMP, I do not think it will matter as a lot of the transferees into RMP are not all that. Do not get me wrong, some are excellent, however, you still get those who were going nowhere in their old trade and so transfer into RMP knowing they will be full screws within a couple of years.
Why don't you apply for a commission to another Corps. Have 6 good fun years and at the rank of Captain, when you're not making the grade, rather than throw you out, your CO will invite you to transfer to RMP as you'll be guaranteed Major. Its all the rage.
 
#13
Bourne if you really want it, stick to your guns and do NOT take another trade.They tried it with me many moons ago and i told them it was RMP or nothing.I wouldn't even give them a second choice.They then did it to a friend of mine. She ended up in a trade she hated and never got her transfer making her disillusioned with the Army and leaving at earliest opportunity.
Avre , then tell them to apply through Lancaster, as the above mentioned friend has enquired about going back in as RMP.They are just about biting her hand off to get her in. There has been absolutely no mention of lack of vacancies.They reckon they could have her in , in a matter of a few months.
 
#14
Sounds like boolacks to me. My step dad was a recruiter a few years before I applied and told me they would try to steer me into something mainstream due to the pressure put upon them to fill large regiments.

When I applied, the shangai merchant (sorry, recruiter) told me RMP was a no go because of the waiting time, but RA was available. So muggins here joined the RA, did the bleeders really enjoyed field gunnery only to get posted to AD. Did 2 years with 16 AD and then transferred to RMP carrying a few death threats with me :)

I did find though that I progressed much quicker than DEs tho.

Moral- they will lie and cheat to fit their quotas...hang on doesn't everyone do that? Stick to your guns, go for RMP they will have you.
 
#15
Have been reliably informed that there are no RMP vacancies until Nov 07, the AGC recruiting team are pushing most in the SPS direction. But stick to your guns, thats what I am doing for my transfer. Best of luck.
 
#16
November isn't far off. Stick with your guns and use the time between now and then productively. Get running and get reading up.

Don't allow yourself to be coerced into any other job which isn't the one you really want to do. It'll take longer than you hope to transfer over. It will be a waste of your career and of Army time. You'll end up very unhappy and be seen as a whinger. The SPS don't want people who don't want to be with them and rightfully so. It is the same for every Regiment or Corps.

If you haven't got one, get yourself a job to fill the time in and kep you occupied. What about course at local college (ICDL course or the like. It'll be helpful later on) Just do something to keep yourself motivated. Don't sit about mulling over just taking any Army trade just to get in. If you do, you may end up regretting it in the long run and that won't be good for you or the Army.

Best wishes and hopefully you'll be wearing a red beret next year. Keep focussed.
 
#17
Good advice PM, wish I had joined RMP initially 12 yrs ago. It is really hard to transfer so far I have had to submit my papers 3 times, don't feel that you are "missing" something by joining ASAP. If you choose to join another Corps you may find that as soon as you show an interest in RMP that you are suddenly classed as vermin by all. The majority of the Army when asked about RMP will deliver a tirade of abuse, until they have had a bike (wallet/watch/mobile/laptop/tv/stereo) stolen then they will want to know you and expect results. My OH is RMP and I am an Infanteer and that causes no end of problems from the smaller minded members of our community.

Please stick to your guns and don't give up, I understand that waiting until the latter end of the year may be hard but I can't explain the disappointment of a 12 year wait.
 
#18
I can add ancient perspective to this I joined to be RMP but allowed myself to be talked into AAC at the recruit selection Centre. By talked into I mean a QM commissioned officer in Para Regt told me that I was going in AAC,

Had great fun going through RAC Trg Centre, RCT and RAOC Depots before going to Middle Wallop to hang around on holding troop until I went to Chichester. Good laughs but a waste of two years. If you are committed to RMP take the advice of other posters and wait.
 
#20
Bourne, Stick with it mucker, when I joined many many moons ago I got plenty of grief from the recruiting staff who tried to get me to join a different unit, but I dug my heels in and got RMP straight away. I enjoyed the 7 years I served and would do it all again if I had my time over (how sad is that!!!) hope you get in soon :brilsmurf:
 
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