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Hi all,
Just after some advice really
I currently work in the public sector and did want to join the regs when I was younger (then for my sins chose not to because of my partner)

I have many friends in the military and attended army cadets all my teens so have a slight understanding of how the military works. I do realise I will have a lot of learning /hardwork ahead of me.

I'm based in the midlands and my local units that interest me are :
225 squadron royal mons RE
4 mercian
And 103 RA

I understand each unit will be different but I'm after info on how you specialise and at what point that happens.

So once I've done my pase 1 alpha and Bravo is it at that point they will offer you courses for things ? Or is it a case of we need a medic your going on the course.

Any info would be appreciated.
 
The best advice remains to go and speak to all of them and see which one you prefer.
 

Greenfly

Old-Salt
RMR operate differently as each det will have a particular Special Qual (SQ) they run. For example Nottingham run Heavy Weapons and Scotland run Mountaineering. Have a look on the RMR site and your army cadet experience isn’t military experience. That was a youth club!
 
RMR operate differently as each det will have a particular Special Qual (SQ) they run. For example Nottingham run Heavy Weapons and Scotland run Mountaineering. Have a look on the RMR site and your army cadet experience isn’t military experience. That was a youth club!
I've not said it was military experience but I do believe it help me
I know what a weapons handling test involves
I've shot at places like bisley
I understand the marksmanship principles
I can read a map
I understand self discipline
I've been on drill display teams
And everybodies favourite good old hurry up and wait !
I'm not saying I know it all but it will at least help me along the way.


I fully understand a part time military outfit that can deploy on operations and is paid is different to a military youth organisation.
 

Greenfly

Old-Salt
I've not said it was military experience but I do believe it help me
I know what a weapons handling test involves
I've shot at places like bisley
I understand the marksmanship principles
I can read a map
I understand self discipline
I've been on drill display teams
And everybodies favourite good old hurry up and wait !
I'm not saying I know it all but it will at least help me along the way.


I fully understand a part time military outfit that can deploy on operations and is paid is different to a military youth organisation.
What do you want from your potential reserve career?

You have stated you are torn between an infantry unit, an artillery unit and a Royal Engineer unit. All very different and what do you mean by “specialise”. I think you need to stop leaning on your cadet days and research the different aspects of the AR.
 

Greenfly

Old-Salt
I've not said it was military experience but I do believe it help me
I know what a weapons handling test involves
I've shot at places like bisley
I understand the marksmanship principles
I can read a map
I understand self discipline
I've been on drill display teams
And everybodies favourite good old hurry up and wait !
I'm not saying I know it all but it will at least help me along the way.


I fully understand a part time military outfit that can deploy on operations and is paid is different to a military youth organisation.
 
The choices that I have mentioned are due to those units being the closest to where I live.

When I said specialise I should have used the word role. As all the units have similar roles. Drivers, medics and then a few specific dependant on capbagde for example the artillery unit has a light gun role.
I did wonder how parade nights work because as a reserve many different people with different roles may or may not turn up.

I personally want to do a role in which I can use the skills and training as much as possible. I've seen units have javelin operator roles but how often is a reservist going to fire a javelin? I doubt much due to the cost !


Out of my reserve career I'd like to gain new skills and also qualifications along with using my spare time productively. The ultimate aim would be deploying but I understand as a reservist these opportunities will be limited and there would be many others wanting to do the same.

Again I have made contact with the units so I can discuss things further.
 

Far_King_L

War Hero
Hi all,
Just after some advice really
I currently work in the public sector and did want to join the regs when I was younger (then for my sins chose not to because of my partner)

I have many friends in the military and attended army cadets all my teens so have a slight understanding of how the military works. I do realise I will have a lot of learning /hardwork ahead of me.

I'm based in the midlands and my local units that interest me are :
225 squadron royal mons RE
4 mercian
And 103 RA

I understand each unit will be different but I'm after info on how you specialise and at what point that happens.

So once I've done my pase 1 alpha and Bravo is it at that point they will offer you courses for things ? Or is it a case of we need a medic your going on the course.

Any info would be appreciated.
Six or seven years ago I was on SPTA co located with the R MONS lot.

Wandering around saturday evening I noted the blokes had been left to therir own devices; I asked if a bar had been set up for them, or if they had anything to do.

They didn't, because the Officers and WOs / SNCOs had decamped en masse, to dine out the RSM and had just left the blokes to their won devices.

I was also opening our armoury, when the R MONS Corporal who was supposed to open their armoury was slightly late. A skinny Captain gave him a nasty, spiteful, bollocking not only in front of his subordinates - which You Do Not Do - but in front of a Senior NCO from another Regiment - whichg You Do Not Do.

They may have changed, but from what I've seen of their approach to man management, I'd avoid them like the plague.

We also fobbed them off with one of the most useless WOs in the Batallion. :)
 
I've a very good friend who is in 100fd Sqn RMon RE.

He's deployed all over the place, GW2, Malawi, Kenya, Canada etc. But its horses for courses, Sapper type stuff may not interest you where being in the Infantry might be right up your street.

As others have mentioned, speak to the units concerned and get a feel for them. You might look at the RMons and think "Sod that" but might look at the Mercians and think "This is exactly what I want"
Do your research and go for the one that you think best fits you and what you're after.
 

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