Potential female joining infantry

At the moment i’ve got a shortlist of some ideas but really need to get it down into more detail and explore them all further -
Infantry officer
Infantry soldier and later specialising if i can
Engineer troop officer
Various roles in the royal engineers and then aspiring to taking a para or commando course
Royal signals officer
Medical squadron para support unit
Royal artillery officer
Intelligence officer
And a few others
Also not ruling out looking into the royal marines to be honest
If that’s a shortlist @Northerngal I’d hate to see a long list :).
Focus on your dreams and strengths.
 

Northerngal

Clanker
If that’s a shortlist @Northerngal I’d hate to see a long list :).
Focus on your dreams and strengths.
Haha thank you -
Just feel like i have so many options its a bit overwhelming to narrow them down but hopefully as I grow older i’ll start to have a clearer picture of what I want

All the advice everyone has given me such as the cadets, speaking to a careers advisor, the books and films, and just general advice and stories should really help me too

i shall do exactly that as I always feel you should start by following your heart first and foremost - now it’s just trying to depict and make sense of my dreams!
 
Thanks for all your advice and that really useful anecdote. That’s such a shame that incident arose at such an inconvenient time during basic. I imagine you would have been under so much stress already and so that must have been a real troubling experience. I can completely understand you deciding to leave at the time - i would probably do the same if something important came up

ok thanks for telling me that. I should probably come up with a list of a few options and rank them and focus on 3 major ones
I’ve been trying to research that sort of thing and have a much clearer idea of what i want now which is very helpful
I’ll make sure to summarise that all and try to explain it well to the recruiter

yes another person mentioned they might try to pigeonhole me into filling a certain role or capbadge - i’ll try to be wary of that and be certain of what i want

At the moment i’ve got a shortlist of some ideas but really need to get it down into more detail and explore them all further -
Infantry officer
Infantry soldier and later specialising if i can
Engineer troop officer
Various roles in the royal engineers and then aspiring to taking a para or commando course
Royal signals officer
Medical squadron para support unit
Royal artillery officer
Intelligence officer
And a few others
Also not ruling out looking into the royal marines to be honest

Ah so i take that everything you say even at the early stages has some degree of importance as it could easily be brought up later on and play a part in some decisions - thanks for advising me on that and I will keep it in mind

Thanks for the advice - i’ll certainly do all that and get fully involved in everything -
Heard something about being the ‘grey man’ in training - so not being the best or worst unless its an assessment and is very important and trying not to stand out or call attention to yourself - would you advise that?
As with all things, there are times to stand out. Some people decide its easier to stay grey during basic, but it depends on the attitudes of your section commander and Tp Sgt on whether it gets pulled up on itself. Some training staff will see it as not putting the effort in and would prefer those with certain skills to rise up and show some sort of leadership potential but it depends on the route you take and how confident you are in yourself.
 
As with all things, there are times to stand out. Some people decide its easier to stay grey during basic, but it depends on the attitudes of your section commander and Tp Sgt on whether it gets pulled up on itself. Some training staff will see it as not putting the effort in and would prefer those with certain skills to rise up and show some sort of leadership potential but it depends on the route you take and how confident you are in yourself.
Personally as "training Staff" my advice is be yourself. If you have something to contribute then do so, if you don't then listen in!
 

Colonel Blimp

War Hero
Hey,
I am a 16 year old girl potentially interested in joining the infantry and joining the military has always been a huge aspiration for me. I know as of yet very few women have passed training so it will be a huge challenge but I think i'm determined enough to give it a go and put my 100% in. I would love any advice and tips for preparation, and will be reading all these posts to try and get as much information as possible.
I've just joined this thread, so please excuse me if you've already had this advice; stay away from the infantry. In fact, stay away from combat arms as you will not only encounter some prejudice, but it could well ruin your health. Read this article by a female engineer officer in the U.S. Marine Corps (Get Over It! We Are Not All Created Equal).

If I were you I would go into Army Intelligence. You are, as someone noticed, a smart young woman and you mentioned that you wanted to go to university. Do just that and join whatever cadet organization you have at uni or apply for Sandhurst when you graduate. You want to go out into the field? Trust me, even as an intelligence officer, you will get plenty of field time, usually in the worst weather.
 

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