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  1. I asked this question in another thread and got an answer, but I would like a wide range of answers to get an idea of what I'm looking at.

    After getting the ok from my college to join the TA, I'm wondering from the moment i go the recruitment office/TA Centre of choice and sign up. How long before the pay roll enters my bank?

    The reason I ask is because I am currently in employment elsewhere and I would not have time for my job and the TA so I would have to pack the job in. On the other hand I do need the money from that job for my daily expenses, so I need an idea of how long it takes the pay to roll in from the moment I start to sort my priorities out.

    Cheers in advance.
  2. a couple of months minimum more like 4
  3. From the point of attestation you will go on to unicom and should recieve payment within 1 month. The problem of delay arises when you get attested at the beginning/middle of the month, your pay people will not process you until the end of the month when they are doing everyone elses pay docs.
  4. Understood, Kind of a problem because I would have to fit it in with work and college.

    So does the TA pay it's soldiers monthly?
  5. It does but as some tw4t once told me, don't rely on it, he was a PSI (Permanent Staff Instructor), to which my answer was "What would you do if your money was not in the bank at the end of the month?" He had no resonable answer but the fact remains that you cannot rely on the TA paying you on time, it's sad but true, and there are too many links in the chain to apportion blame when it does go wrong.

    Having said that, it beats the sh*t out of working in McDonalds or Tesco's!!!
  6. Most of us do a full time job, so fitting in the TA shouldn't be a hardship.Most employers/bosses are helpful with time off and early finishes,late starts if you let them know and don't kick the arrse out of it.
  7. Scouse, there is the little matter of doing some training before you get paid and why give up a full time job to take on one evening a week and a week end or two a month?
  8. You could get attested now, so you get on the pay system, but keep your part-time job.
    Do any training you can fit round your job (maybe just Tuesday nights), then once your pay starts coming though, jack the job in, attend the recruit training weekends and let the TA take over your life…

    Generally speaking, recruit training starts with 3 or 4 weekends with the other recruits in your regiment. Then you go away on a 15-day course at your own convenience, often many months later. In my experience, the TA bend over backwards to let you fit training in around your first priorities of family and work/study.

    Pay is around minimum wage but it doesn’t feel like work. My pay took just 3 months but has been regular and accurate since.
  9. Thanks for the replies people good help, think ill go sometime in the week to sort it.
  10. It all depends on which branch you are planning on joining.

    If you join the independants then you are going to need to fit in 27 training days per year, specialist then it's only 19 days. You don't say what your regular job is but is it worth giving the job up for the TA?

    You don't mention what the skills are that you already have, or what you are at college studying?
  11. Will be 27 days, As i don't plan on specialist.

    My job, part time in a bar. less that 24 hours a week (average) That’s where I get some cash to live on.

    Then I got college 3 other days of the week, studying A levels. (2 years)
  12. Presuming you work weekday evenings and weekends, I can't see that, financially, joining the Independents will work for you. The pay for a drill night will be less than the drinks you buy in the bar.

    You could join a Specialist Unit where your commitment is 2 weekends per year and a 15 day annual camp, no drill nights. That way, you could carry on with your job. There tends to be more flexibility about when you go to annual camp and should be able to arrange to do it during the summer vacation. While I was in the Independents during 6th Form and Polytechnic, the camps usually coincided with, or were just before, exams. Once you leave college and enter the world of full-time employment, depending on the hours you work, you may want to spend more time with the TA and transfer to the Independents.

    Don't be put off by the term Specialist Unit. Although the majority are recruited on the basis of skills and experience, there are still openings for people that don't yet have formal qualifications.