Regiment with the most transferable skills for eventual return to civvy street?

#1
As per, I am sure that this has come up elsewhere, but, after many hours spent trawling and searching I have resorted to my first post!
I have just recently begun the officer recruitment process after graduating from university and was wondering which Corps/Regiment would provide the best/most transferable skills/qualifications/experience, for the eventual return to civilian life?
I have heard that the Intelligence Corps to be a good bet, but have always been seriously intent on joining the air corps with the aim to become a helicopter pilot officer?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
 
#2
Somewhat subjective question, I would suggest. If you want to be a helicopter pilot after you leave, then I'd suggest the most useful transferable skills would come from joining the AAC. If on the other hand you wanted to leave to go and do the pointy end of humanitarian mine clearance, then I'd suggest joining the RLC/RE and doing a tour or two as a bomb doctor might be a little more useful.

To get a meaningful answer, you probably need to be a bit more specific about what transferable skills you a looking for.

More general comments: AAC is very competitive, you can transfer from another part of the army at a later stage, but this can prove difficult in reality. INT CORPS is probably no better in terms of providing transferable skills than most other regiments/corps, unless you are going to do something very specialist. As a budding young potential officer, you might have thought of posting in the Officer Recruitment forum rather than the Soldier Recruitment.


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#4
Thanks for your comment, received and understood! I will post a more suitable specific question in a more suitable place.. (As to how I managed to put it in this forum I don't know!)
 

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#6
Agreed. Royal Engineers or Perhaps the RLC. If you do their POL qualification I believe you will be set for life. Granted set for life in somewhere shite like the Niger Delta where the oil is, but set for life nevertheless. And because they are big Corps they tend to have the Alumni in places you want (I guess the Guards and HAC are very good at that too - perhaps better).

Slimers are pretty bad at leveraging their skill set. A great deal of it because the information they deal with is S/TS and can't really discuss it, also because SAS, SBS and to a much lesser extent SRR sounds cooler when you're a civvy bragging about who you've hired down the pub. Besides SF are all over it in Civvy life, and are good at getting their people in roles that logic dictates should be a perfect match for the Int Corps (Physical security of buildings, collection gathering, analysis etc). In reality they do very different jobs, but that doesn't seem to matter in Civpop world. They have some people in the usual suspects - CRG, Kroll, Aegis etc but much less than you would think.
 
#7
Again, very grateful for the input travelgall! An interesting insight, real food for thought as I'm not overly 'excited' by the thought of Int Corps, due to a lot of talk of 'office work',(although I may be completely wrong) which isn't really what I'm looking for. Originally looked at the REME but didn't do a 'scientific' degree (took BSc Geography) so believe that I wouldn't meet the entry requirements..But shall look into the RE in more depth. Thanks again
 
#8
Bomb Gods and AAC pilots are commissioned tradesmen so there's an obvious link between the work and the job title. Int Corps ruperts administer people who actually do the job (apart from a few specialist roles) so in reality you're just as likely to get a foot-in with the intelligence services via any other Regiment or Corps apart from the fact that they may have fewer connections with that particular industry.

Your degree and how you civilianise your military CV are probably more relevant.
 
#9
Expect to work overseas if you become a civvy helo pilot , very little work in the UK .
 
#11
why be an officer? chap who worked for me was a Cpl in REME - fully trained metalsmith. Could hammer, weld, cut etc any type of metal he was presented. And he got it all for FREE! He'd been in 10 years, I suggested he do as long as he could and get as many more courses as he could, then walk into civvy life - there can't be that many civvies so well qualified.
 
#12
I'm not overly 'excited' by the thought of Int Corps, due to a lot of talk of 'office work'
No matter where you end up in the army as an officer, you will spend a great many long hours in an office of some sort or another, writing reports, sending emails, doing defence writing, staff work, admin instructions etc etc. You may well also get to go off on exercise and ops and do all manner of cool shit eg. AT, sport etc as well. But be in no doubt as to the fact that you will be sat behind a desk still!!
 
#13
why be an officer? chap who worked for me was a Cpl in REME - fully trained metalsmith. Could hammer, weld, cut etc any type of metal he was presented. And he got it all for FREE! He'd been in 10 years, I suggested he do as long as he could and get as many more courses as he could, then walk into civvy life - there can't be that many civvies so well qualified.
Fair enough, I do intend to train in/learn as many skills and trades I can, however the prospect of leading of men is what really entices me, so I am defintely wanting to commision as an officer. Also I feel it would possibly be a waste of the 6 years I've spent in education. Good point though, thanks for the input!
 
#14
If you are not talking about a particular trade, then the general skills of man management, discipline, ability to work under pressure and to deadlines are pretty much valued everywhere. I have never served but have worked worked for bosses who are ex-guards officers, RMs and even a couple of SAS blokes (1960s-70s vintage). All were pretty good blokes and had skills in addition to the obvious (to us civvies) shooting, fighting etc that were easily transferable to financial sector.
 
#15
Joining a Guards regiment will give you some great City contacts for afterwards - in the Old Boys network Blue-Red-Blue is still a great foot in the door. Plus your career will be geographically close to London in all likelihood.

As mentioned RLC fuels course is guaranteed to get you £75k pa when you leave. And Int Corps or any other post that gets you DV cleared by the MoD will open up all sorts as it costs civvy firms circa £30k to get somebody vetted.
 
#16
Or how about not get too worried about what you might do 5/10 years down the line. Think what you might enjoy doing for the next while and try and join them. You never know, you might find you stay in a lot longer than you planned and dont need to transfer any skills to civi street.
 
#17
As has been sort of pointed out, what's your long(er) term plan?

Do you want to do your SSC and then bang out? Or are you keen to get your IRC and leave at the 16 year point? Or even, attempt to get RegC and stay to retirement, or leave at any point?

Each "stage" of your miltary career will furnish you with different general skills - RMAS, Young Officer's Courses, Junior Officer Education, being a Troop/Platoon Commander, moving through the heirarchy, perhaps being an Adjutant, eventually Staff College, etc etc.

Depending where you see yourself making the transition to civvi street, you can then tailor your CV to match a requirement. Your cap badge may give you extra, more unique skills, or, on the face of it might not, but actually you may have something hidden away that you don't readily translate into a civvi skill.

And don't forget - your plan now, as you sit as a steely eyerd dealer of death, waiting to take Sandhurst by storm, may be swiftly overtaken by other events - women, family, not enjoying your career stream, other things...you might think you'll do 5 years, but end up doing 10. You might base your choice of Regiment/Arm on that 5 year plan and then wish you'd done something else.

Some Regiments/Arms/Corps will offer more the longer you stay in (RE in particular), but all will give you more generically the longer you stay. Also, the longer you stay, the more likely you are to be able to get yourself some sort of niche career, or specialist skill, perhaps of limited utility in your miltary career, but which you feel you want to pursue at a later point.

Blah blah - in short, have a think about where you think you want to be shoort/medium/long term. What matter more - the here and now, adapting what you acquire to a potential future, or the far horizon, trying to shape your miltary career for that far off civvi position. It could be argued that joining to lead men, while keeping a weather eye on how good your CV will look as a result, means you aren't quite dedicating yourself to that pursuit...
 
#18
Again, very grateful for the input travelgall! An interesting insight, real food for thought as I'm not overly 'excited' by the thought of Int Corps, due to a lot of talk of 'office work',(although I may be completely wrong) which isn't really what I'm looking for. Originally looked at the REME but didn't do a 'scientific' degree (took BSc Geography) so believe that I wouldn't meet the entry requirements..But shall look into the RE in more depth. Thanks again
If you think you're going to get out of any admin as a commisioned officer you're going to be dissapointed! You will have soldiers to look after and report on at the very least.

Also Int Corps 2Lts do a teeth arms attachment prior to their first Int Corps job, you may be joining too late for a HERRICK tour though.
 

cpunk

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#19
Fair enough, I do intend to train in/learn as many skills and trades I can, however the prospect of leading of men is what really entices me, so I am defintely wanting to commision as an officer. Also I feel it would possibly be a waste of the 6 years I've spent in education. Good point though, thanks for the input!
You've spent 6 years in education: so you're 11 years old then?
 

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