As a Sig you would get to do your trade, but as a carpenter? Hmm... you might chop up the odd pile of sticks to accompany the string for Dems. I'd be more inclined to say you'll be stuck in the back of a pack trying to get your head down in between tasks.
Come to the dark side....
Resources are recruiting at the mo.. Plenty of NVQ's for grabs, steady progression through the trade and you'll not have to sit with the knockers in the back of a pack, just send them the next enthralling copy of 'a bridge over the river'
Nooooooo......... Youre mistaking us for the girl guides...
Thanks for comments, I been looking into it and I think im more interested in combat engineering with carpentry as my trade. Get to blow stuff up and also have trade to fall back on (correct me if im wrong).
As for the drinking, well thatâs just a bonus
that's the spirit, always be a knocker first then have a trade to fall back on but if you can aim higher on the trade front then do chippies are ten a penny in the corps but sparks/plumbers are few & far between & they are handier for civvy street.
Stay away from C3 mate, thats part of the reason why I left - I done everything I could too get away from it. And when I told explained that to the RCMO, he said the amount of C3's that had told him that. Your best bet is to chose a trade like plumbing or sparks. Or even a Planty, maybe not so much for the outside, but IMHO it definetly looked the most enjoyable out of all the Corp trades.
As for the drinking, most units are t-total And there is no such thing as an illegal drinking den, either
My apologies Ben, I was a tadge hasty when I said we were all Tee Total, I completely forgot about the old traditional 'Gunfire' at Christmas time (if you happen to be unfortunate enough to land a Chrimbo Duty!). I'm sure some old and bold Sapper can elaborate much more on this than I can, but basically it is a brew (cup of tea or coffee in a Tea Urn) with a smidging of Rum added to it to warm the cockles on Chrimbo morning, this is usually very kindly brought to you in your bed by the Squadron Sergeant Major ably assisted by 1 or 2 other Senior Ranks... There you go, one other "not to be missed" reason to join the merry old Corps of Royal Engineers, though having said that, no doubt it is an Army wide tradition!!!
Enjoy your time as a Sapper...
Best Trade? No doubt everyone will state their own, but remember the RE's also offer the opportunity to become a Commando, Parachutist, Diver, EOD or Boat Op Specialist (amongst many other Quals) on top of your Trade...
I know of very few guys who left the corps and actually carried on in their army trade, when you leave you have so many choices that you take the chance to try something different, or something that catches your interest, I was an MT corporal, Driver spec, and EOD trained in the corps, my first job when i got out? countryside ranger, fantastic job!.......... now doing EOD work, the pay's a lot better!