Oh I wasn’t aware of that with the royal signals! It seems like women have made some great milestones in that branch and I agree that with both genders of course you will get good and bad soldiers and officers - it’s more about the person’s character and attributesI will add another consideration; the Royal Signals has a long history of female soldiers and officers, and I've work for and with some outstanding female RSMs and Officers, and had some astoundingly competent female soldiers, and astoundingly awkward ones too. Just like the males.
What the signals does have is an SF regiment, 18 sigs, if you want to do 'combat' then SF is likely the most likely route, and a tour or 2 with 18 Sigs would do future career no harm at all. They would appreciate the language skills also.
If you are a speaker of a language to any significant degree and join any reserve (I still recommend the OTC route), you should be able to go to the defence school of languages, do a test to establish language level and get paid more.
And as I side note, I found learning Japanese easier than French, because the notation was different my brain didn't try to read it as English. Learning mandarin afterwards was more difficult as my brain tried to do Japanese. But my ability in most languages (including English!) Is rudimentary at best.
I will have to look at 18 sigs! Didn’t know it existed until now but it seems like it encompasses the combat side i want as well as the linguistic abilities and the fact I would have a trade to benefit and back myself up... the fact that it is an elite special unit also enhances its desirability
I seem to naturally acquire languages and so that may suit me extremely well... I feel like I’d be able to pick up some new languages fairly easily if I attended that school and so of course that would pay off in all areas of life...
I understand what you mean by that...I guess that is the same reason it is easier to take spanish and german for gcse than spanish and french, the two languages are so different they separate more easily in your mind and you don’t get as mixed up... I think the more you speak and as the amount of learning time increases your languages seem to separate themselves into distinct areas of your mind more
You take me as very well written and an extremely talented linguist, I appreciate all the advice.