Officer Special to Arm training

Discussion in 'RLC' started by Condottieri, Feb 3, 2006.

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  1. Just wondering if someone could give me a quick heads up of what happens to an RLC officer after RMAS. I have looked on the RLC website but it is under construction. I presume they do some form of special to arm course but what does this involve? Is there a general grounding in RLC operations before specialising further and if so, into what?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Following commissioning from RMAS, all RLC young officers then attend the RLC Troop Commander's Course based mainly at the School of Logistics in Deepcut. (It might now be called the Defence College of Logistics?) In total it is about 3-4 months long and gives Tp Comds a basic grounding in all RLC operations, with an overview of all the specialisms etc ATO, Pet, Food etc.

    Included in the course is a module run at the Defence School of Transport in Leconfield where you will learn about trucks and stuff and go into more detail about transport operations and transport legislation etc. Leconfield is the subject of another thread on here, but going there as an officer means that you manage to sidestep most the bullsh*t that goes on there.

    The course is reasonably good fun, there are plenty of trips out to see the various different parts of the Corps; Ammo/EOD at Kineton, AD at Lyneham, Pioneer and rail ops at Biscester, Sport and pastime at Marchwood, fuel installations and firefighting in Bournemouth etc.

    hopefully that's some use. :roll:
  3. Thanks B_F_B it was.

    Is there anything after that in terms of specialisation or do you join your regiment from there and after a bit of time with your unit gain the relevant specialist courses?
  4. After the Troopies Course, you'll be posted to one of the mainstream Regts (1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9, 24, 27 etc) where you'll probably do about 2 yrs as a Tp Comd. During your second year you'll be asked whether you want to do a long technical course (they ask you out of curtesy, often you'll have no choice). If you do have a preference about whether you want to be a cabbage sniffer :cry:, a stinking fuellie :evil:, a stamp licker :oops: or a bomb disposal hero :D, then you can opt for a particular trade.

    The RLC long course selection board will be published during your second year and if you have been picked for a particular course you'll be posted onto it. If you haven't, or you have specifcally requested that you stay mainstream (trucks & blankets) and not do a long course, then you'll be posted in the normal way, swapping between mainstream (Log Sp) Regts.
  5. You join the RLC get lied to by MCM Div and never get the posting that you want. My best advice, get to know your desk officer or when completing a PPP, pick your choice of jobs carefully!! :?
  6. Boo hoo! The Army is so unfair. Always got the jobs I wanted. Hopefully, got some that the bloke above wanted, although that might reinforce his persecution complex.

  7. believe you me...we dont let the Petroleum Officers anywhere near fuel!!!!!!
    "Sir, when the Brig comes stand in front of the site, tell him how over-worked we are then go back to the CP"!
  8. so, condittori, it appears that after graduating from the 'school of failure and no supply' with your sights set firmly on mediocrity, you'll be 'protected' from making any genuine decisions by seniors like c5h120 (some sort of alcohol, my gcse chemistry indicates).

    sounds great. in addition, if you spend 16 long months learning how to count bullets and don't retire then you've got a 90% chance of making half colonel!!!*

    *source: anon rlc capt who has recently completed said cse.

    no doubt it'll be disputed!!
  9. Guys (maybe girls - hard to tell at times!)

    You are forgetting the prestigous technical!!! cse known as the Officers Maritime Long Cse. When you complete this cse (6 mths long, working hours 1000 - 1200, 5 days a week), you get to drive a canoe in the solent and plan operations across the thames!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. Sixteen months counting bullets WOW I do that everytime I go on the range
  12. sounds fun, you a lt col yet?
  13. Not quite how hard can the AT course. Cut the blue wire it works in the movies, small then its a bullet, big then its a bomb simple
  14. bitte

    There is nothing quite like an informed, intelligent contribution. Yours was nothing like informed or intelligent.

    As for 90% chance of making Lt Col - you have clearly met a very poorly informed junior Captain. Out of interest, what are your chances of making Lt Col?
  15. rf,

    my very poorly informed friend also indicated that even without the flaming arrsehole badge chances of promotion (for DE offrs) to lt col stood at 86%. but let us not be fooled by statistics for they are like a short skirt - whilst they give you a good idea, they hide what is really important. clearly i am not saying that 90% of offrs who complete the ato cse become lt cols, because that is sheer idiocy. i am indicating that of those ato offrs who never sign off (ie serve to the 55 year point) 90% will 'pink'. the reason this may appear artificially high is because many majors, having reached the 16 year point, realise that they will probably not promote and select to begin a second career (ie bugger off). so of those left who are eligible for promotion, 90% will eventually promote.

    incidentally i am not saying that all of these lt cols will command, a large proportion of them will bounce between endless staff jobs.

    there is no way i can currently assess my personal chances of promotion to lt col, and even if i could i would not dare to do so on arrse!! it seems however that the rank of lt col is held in far too much esteem. compared to civilian life (and indeed, within the armed forces) it is very much middle management and commands a relatively mediocre salary. surely it is the minimum aspiration (in terms of final salary) for all DE offrs?