Officer/private soldier?

#1
Just a quick question. I am set on joining the TA after university and I definetly want to join the infantry. was just wandering of there is anyone out there who could shed some light on the officer/private sldier devide?

I have had a some contact with TA units through OTC and from my experience it seems that it is more sociable and more of a laugh with the regular soldiers than with the officers??
 
#3
brick26 said:
Just a quick question. I am set on joining the TA after university and I definetly want to join the infantry. was just wandering of there is anyone out there who could shed some light on the officer/private sldier devide?

I have had a some contact with TA units through OTC and from my experience it seems that it is more sociable and more of a laugh with the regular soldiers than with the officers??
Look mate, if you can pass RCB - be an officer. Don't set your sights low. That's the best and most considered advice I can give you.

Take it from somebody who made a mistake.
 
#4
it is more the fact that I will not be relying on the TA for an income, it is more of a 'hobby', it seems that the social side of it is more enjoyable as a private soldier than as an officer. I really enjoy the 'green' side of things and it seems u do less of it on the officer side. maybe i am mistaken.
 
#6
#7
I know obviously that an officer doesnt sit in all day and drink tea with biscuits. what I am trying to say is if i got a commission would i still be out doing the soldiering side of things in a few years or as u go up the ranks do you not spend more time doing admin type work?

If i like the green side of things would i be better joining as a private or go for TA commission?
 
#8
brick26 said:
I know obviously that an officer doesnt sit in all day and drink tea with biscuits. what I am trying to say is if i got a commission would i still be out doing the soldiering side of things in a few years or as u go up the ranks do you not spend more time doing admin type work?

If i like the green side of things would i be better joining as a private or go for TA commission?
Go for the commission every time. Even when you get your majority (if you ever do) you'll still get to do green stuff. Your life and your civvy career will be much better if you are commissioned however. Don't waste your education by just being a grunt.
 
#11
Outstanding said:
Strange question! Frankly if you dont know what you want to be at this late stage you shouldn't consider being an officer.
Do one, cnut.

GDav's right. You can still get cold and wet in the field with a commission! Go around different units and see if there's really a massive divide between soldiers and officers. Unless you're going for the Cav, I doubt there's much pretentious faux-poshness going on.
 
#12
Carcass said:
Outstanding said:
Strange question! Frankly if you dont know what you want to be at this late stage you shouldn't consider being an officer.
Do one, cnut.

GDav's right. You can still get cold and wet in the field with a commission! Go around different units and see if there's really a massive divide between soldiers and officers. Unless you're going for the Cav, I doubt there's much pretentious faux-poshness going on.
You wouldn't even get the cav thing with the yeomanry, unless somebody has a horror story to tell?
 
#13
ive always thgt about infantry and with the way possibly future job prospects im looking at 7th Scots. kinda like the idea of running around getting wet.
 
#14
brick26 said:
ive always thgt about infantry and with the way possibly future job prospects im looking at 7th Scots. kinda like the idea of running around getting wet.
What, do you mean the 52nd Lowland? I know some of the guys in Claremont Street. Good bunch of lads if you ask me and they've contributed heavily to the presence in current conflicts. Tight outfit if you ask me.
 
#16
brick26 said:
is 52nd Lowland not 6th Scots? I thought 7th Scots was basically the Highlands??
Aye you could be right. I'm no expert on the new numbering system.
 
#17
GDav said:
Go for the commission every time. Even when you get your majority (if you ever do) you'll still get to do green stuff. Your life and your civvy career will be much better if you are commissioned however. Don't waste your education by just being a grunt.
Good call, GDav ... on the spot. If the man has qualities, it would be a disgrace to waste them by just doing low-level work .. with no disrespect to those who do the valuable work.
 
#18
blue_sophist said:
GDav said:
Go for the commission every time. Even when you get your majority (if you ever do) you'll still get to do green stuff. Your life and your civvy career will be much better if you are commissioned however. Don't waste your education by just being a grunt.
Good call, GDav ... on the spot. If the man has qualities, it would be a disgrace to waste them by just doing low-level work .. with no disrespect to those who do the valuable work.
some are born to lead.

some are born to follow.

some are Italian.

:brilsmurf:
 
#19
Just replied to the thread on the TA forum, but anyway...
Having served with a field hosp, infantry and yeomanry, the soldier / officer divide is certainly the largest in the infantry.
I really don't want to upset anyone (maybe it's just the unit I was with), but whilst I loved being a soldier, I didn't feel at home in the infantry, mainly due to the level of conversation of the lads (canny though they were). It's important to get on with people on all levels, but there's a limit to the amount of chat a lass can take about tits and who shagged what sheep etc, without respite. Although I got on with everyone, they weren't the type of people I'd socialise with otherwise, indeed I'd probably avoid them!! Having said that though, I got on brilliantly with the officers, but unfortunately I had to avoid them on weekends or training as mixing just wasn't the done thing. Total pish imho. I can't believe how much of a snob i sound, but basically, if you're going to be a pte, make sure it's with a unit where you feel at home.
For me, the yeomanry was the best choice, and we did far more bombing around and shooting stuff than in the infantry! The QOY has squadrons in Ayr and Cupar, so give them a thought. The relationship between officers and troopers is also well balanced.
Definately get some time in as a soldier, it'll do you no harm and probably a lot of good. Just bare in mind (esp with the infantry) it could well be a culture shock if you go in as a soldier, especially compared to your pals at uni / in the OTC.
Good luck!
 
#20
Carcass said:
Outstanding said:
Strange question! Frankly if you dont know what you want to be at this late stage you shouldn't consider being an officer.
Do one, cnut.

GDav's right. You can still get cold and wet in the field with a commission! Go around different units and see if there's really a massive divide between soldiers and officers. Unless you're going for the Cav, I doubt there's much pretentious faux-poshness going on.
Do you think that someone with this amount of indecision would be a good officer, or doesn't it matter - I hope the latter!!
 

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