Quitting uni and joining the TA

#1
Hi,

I'm currently in uni (I have been in 2 years, but on 2 different degrees, so switching is not an option really, I've already tried, and still dislike it.)
and looking at quitting and joining the TA, whilst working. I currently am balancing a degree I lack any motivation for and full time work at the moment.
I realise quitting uni is not what many people wish me to do and may not be the smartest option but I do not wish to waste years on something I am don't particularly care about, and am unready to do, although later in life I would not mind gaining more qualifications.
My main problems and questions lie in the application to join, as I have previously self harmed a couple of times a few yearsago when i was 16 or so I have a few scars on my arm, but have never been on any medication or treatment. I was taken to the doctors, but nothing ever followed as I did not wish treatment for something I now consider to be mild teenage dression, the same as many other people at the time during our little 'goth phase'.
Will this bar me from applying or am I still able to get in? I have 10 GCSEs, 2 AS Levels, 3 A Levels, so am neither totally unintelligent and am a confident, determined person, and I really don't wish any small past dumb moments to ruin something I have wanted for years.
 

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#2
Hi,

I'm currently in uni (I have been in 2 years, but on 2 different degrees, so switching is not an option really, I've already tried, and still dislike it.)
and looking at quitting and joining the TA, whilst working. I currently am balancing a degree I lack any motivation for and full time work at the moment.
I realise quitting uni is not what many people wish me to do and may not be the smartest option but I do not wish to waste years on something I am don't particularly care about, and am unready to do, although later in life I would not mind gaining more qualifications.
My main problems and questions lie in the application to join, as I have previously self harmed a couple of times a few yearsago when i was 16 or so I have a few scars on my arm, but have never been on any medication or treatment. I was taken to the doctors, but nothing ever followed as I did not wish treatment for something I now consider to be mild teenage dression, the same as many other people at the time during our little 'goth phase'.
Will this bar me from applying or am I still able to get in? I have 10 GCSEs, 2 AS Levels, 3 A Levels, so am neither totally unintelligent and am a confident, determined person, and I really don't wish any small past dumb moments to ruin something I have wanted for years.
This is getting boring now.
 
#3
Hi,

I'm currently in uni (I have been in 2 years, but on 2 different degrees, so switching is not an option really, I've already tried, and still dislike it.)
and looking at quitting and joining the TA, whilst working. I currently am balancing a degree I lack any motivation for and full time work at the moment.
I realise quitting uni is not what many people wish me to do and may not be the smartest option but I do not wish to waste years on something I am don't particularly care about, and am unready to do, although later in life I would not mind gaining more qualifications.
My main problems and questions lie in the application to join, as I have previously self harmed a couple of times a few yearsago when i was 16 or so I have a few scars on my arm, but have never been on any medication or treatment. I was taken to the doctors, but nothing ever followed as I did not wish treatment for something I now consider to be mild teenage dression, the same as many other people at the time during our little 'goth phase'.
Will this bar me from applying or am I still able to get in? I have 10 GCSEs, 2 AS Levels, 3 A Levels, so am neither totally unintelligent and am a confident, determined person, and I really don't wish any small past dumb moments to ruin something I have wanted for years.
If I was too lazy to walk to my local TA Centre or ring them, I'd probably slash my arms as well.
 
#4
Quit uni, if you don't like it. Do something else, you can go back in a few years perhaps, and not run up huge debts on a fail or 3rd.

Speak to the recruiters re your goth thing.
 
#5
easy mate, don't tell them. Why let a small blip in yur past riun things?
now toughen up, make a decision and stick to it.
 
#6
Wouldn't advise quitting Uni, especially if you've changed the course twice mate. You might well be intelligent, but unless you got straight A's at GCSE, AS and A-Levels, the fact you dropped out of uni doesn't look good to an employer. Stick it out, do TA at the same time I'd say.
 
#7
Hi,

I'm currently in uni (I have been in 2 years, but on 2 different degrees, so switching is not an option really, I've already tried, and still dislike it.)
and looking at quitting and joining the TA, whilst working. I currently am balancing a degree I lack any motivation for and full time work at the moment.
I realise quitting uni is not what many people wish me to do and may not be the smartest option but I do not wish to waste years on something I am don't particularly care about, and am unready to do, although later in life I would not mind gaining more qualifications.
My main problems and questions lie in the application to join, as I have previously self harmed a couple of times a few yearsago when i was 16 or so I have a few scars on my arm, but have never been on any medication or treatment. I was taken to the doctors, but nothing ever followed as I did not wish treatment for something I now consider to be mild teenage dression, the same as many other people at the time during our little 'goth phase'.
Will this bar me from applying or am I still able to get in? I have 10 GCSEs, 2 AS Levels, 3 A Levels, so am neither totally unintelligent and am a confident, determined person, and I really don't wish any small past dumb moments to ruin something I have wanted for years.
If I recall correctly, more than one incidence of self-harming will bar you from serving. It's up to you whether you tell them or not, but keeping it from them wouldn't really seem consistent with the "I" in CDRILS.

As others have said, keep at uni. It doesn't look great if you drop out, to employers or to the Army. Plus it'll cost a hell of a lot more to go back in a year or two.
 
#8
You sound like a ******* slack loser, with commitment issues! You'll fit in with the TA no problems.
 
#10
my advice is to join mil/int they will defo have you?
Hahahahaha. No.

Being able to do a degree (or, in the OP's case, jack half way and walk) means **** all as far as MI is concerned. Pass the interview, TA selection, technical selection, CMS and the A3(V) - then we're talking.
 
#12
Thought we had this one already. Wasn't this the fella who accidently self harmed himself? I really would love to know how you accidently self harm.
 
#13
Never met the drone, but it seems to me that he has all the hallmarks of the sort of person who gets picked on and leaves after a while. I could be wrong. So why not post a pic of yourself so we can see if you have a punch-me face.
 
#14
turn up to the TA centre with your wrist still bleeding then tear the trouser leg off your jeans and demonstrate your ability to apply a tourniquet in double quick time. Theyll definately have you, If you do this whilst wearing a "The Cure" T shirt, and some eyeliner I cant see why they wont let you in as part of their diversity training.

Failing that, Dry your eyes apprecaite you arent going to get a degree because you cant stick at things, and that in the military the basic principle of our day to day existence is sticking at things we dont like, Be it stagging on it hot dusty places, getting told what to do by bosses that cant see things from our position, or being asked to reached unlikely deadlines such as 2 Miles away in under 16 minutes with 44Lbs on our backs, No one will want your excuses and unless you stop making them, htey will willingly provied you with the necessary life advice.

Unlike the others if you have self Harmed i would say, Fu<K off, I dont want you or anyone like you sat in an Afghan CP with me when your girlfriend dumps you. and you are on stag with an Ebluey Licking your flash eliminator. Everyone gets miserable but you ahve shown you cant cope with it.

If Youll excuse me I have to go and collect my compassion from the last person I leant it to.
 
#15
turn up to the TA centre with your wrist still bleeding then tear the trouser leg off your jeans and demonstrate your ability to apply a tourniquet in double quick time. Theyll definately have you, If you do this whilst wearing a "The Cure" T shirt, and some eyeliner I cant see why they wont let you in as part of their diversity training.

Failing that, Dry your eyes apprecaite you arent going to get a degree because you cant stick at things, and that in the military the basic principle of our day to day existence is sticking at things we dont like, Be it stagging on it hot dusty places, getting told what to do by bosses that cant see things from our position, or being asked to reached unlikely deadlines such as 2 Miles away in under 16 minutes with 44Lbs on our backs, No one will want your excuses and unless you stop making them, htey will willingly provied you with the necessary life advice.

Unlike the others if you have self Harmed i would say, Fu<K off, I dont want you or anyone like you sat in an Afghan CP with me when your girlfriend dumps you. and you are on stag with an Ebluey Licking your flash eliminator. Everyone gets miserable but you ahve shown you cant cope with it.

If Youll excuse me I have to go and collect my compassion from the last person I leant it to.
WAH shield ON
Exactly, OP there will be times during basic training when you will be cold/hungry/tired/pissed off and if instead of getting on with it like everyone else you decide to get super acquainted with a combi-tool you are showing that you can't work as part of a team and can't handle demanding situations!
I would certainly stick with Uni, at some point you wanted to do your current course, so get a grip and assess your options post graduation.
WAH shield OFF
 
#17
Ivyswirl.

I was in the same boat as you. During first year at University I decided that it just wasn't for me. (although I didn't cut my ******* wrists just because of that!)

I understand the need for something more challenging because Uni can be a real drag. It really depends on your subject choice, I've always found it boils down to that. Sitting on your arse, amongst a bunch of ungrateful 'hip' little prats, and trying to gather up your interest is difficult. I was slagged big time for dropping out but I just wanted to work. Luckily the economy was a tad better and I walked into a job straight away.

Don't think that being a part-timer will be sufficient, it won't be.

I can tell you from experience that you will need to work alongside it and that if you don't, you'd be as well popping down the careers office rather than the local TA centre.

I came out of University and managed to find work in an office, which was mostly down to knowing somebody who worked there. There happened to be a bloke at this office who was in the TA and he sent me along to the local place. It was a fantastic decision and I enjoyed my experience, I really did, but it's not self-sustaining. Either go the whole way or get some civvy work under your belt too.

As to your self-harming past, it won't be an issue if you don't mention it.

Go into the TA centre and bring it up or openly discuss it at your medical without being asked and you might raise some eyebrows.

If you're intelligent, competent and a good grafter, they'll have no reason to say no.

But they won't give you a second look if you act like an attention seeker.
 
#18
- You cut yourself because you cant cope - Dont be a burden on the 19 year old lad thats going to have to drag himself through a tour as well as yourself.

- Your OP seems to state all your reasons for leaving with all your intentions to join, but without any specific reasons why you think the army should take you. Its a two way street and other than the fact youll shortly have nothing to do with your days you dont appear to have a whole lot going on.

- It sounds like your planning to quit Uni, worried about finding work, think the army are one of the few employers still recruiting, but you are too timid to go regular for reasons of commitment or character so want to do the TA piece instead because then (if you dont like it) You can quit again.

- PISS OFF, Ill even buy you a sharper pack of blades, or do it for you if you lack the balls.
 
#19
I guess it's time to provide the 'fatherly' advice, since I was very much in the same boat years ago.

First off, your mindset has to change. Maybe it's time to put away the knife and get a grip. I'd say quitting university and going on the meds is just about the worst thing you can do right now. You might get accepted by your local TA unit, but that's at the discretion of the CO and the medic.

Depending on your background, basic training will perhaps be the hardest thing you'll face. Much harder than university, in fact. You can either stop cutting yourself and face up to the challenges that uni and TA throw at you, or you can act like a loser for the next few years. That's what it comes down to.

Whatever your decision, follow through no matter what it takes.
 
#20
I suspect that your past and current problems are to do with having a choice. You had the option of whether or not to self-harm. You had the option of sticking with your first course. You had the option of sticking with the second course.

You now have the option of joining the TA but instead of getting on with it, you're delaying by asking on here. Evidently, you're looking for someone else to blame if you join and subsequently assert your option to leave. You're holding down a full-time job, but how long will that last? Until you realise that you don't need to fund yourself through university?

You need constant direction - and the one place that you'll find that is in the Regular Army. You'll also have the opportunity, if that's what you want, to further your education, perhaps gaining that elusive degree. Go Regular, be told what to do for a few years, then you'll have the maturity to make sensible decisions, rather than just decisions.
 

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