Regs to TA.. Help!!

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  1. Not sure if this is in the right part of the forums but here goes...

    I recently came out of basic training at week 8 of 14 because my girlfriend is pregnant and I knew this before starting phase 1 so maybe it's my own fault. After speaking with my troop captain for advice I came to the conclusion to change my job choice to TSS from Reccy Mech as it was a shorter course so therefore I could get my posting quicker, how ever because me and her haven tied the knot yet and wont be for a while she wouldn't be able to come with me. It wouldn't really matter about having a northern England posting if we wasn't married but if i was posted abroad then it Would be a different story, and being a PVT my posting would be for 3-4 years. So I have decided to join the TA. Allready gone through and been discharged so I'm
    Nowa civvi again :( my question is that because I am joining the TA. Would I have the chance to go back to the regs in the future? And depending on my time as a reservist would I have to do basic again? And also I will be working at royal bank of Scotland as a financial specialist so the civvi job is boxed off. Just not sure how to tell them and not have any negative consequences.. Has anybody gt any advice for me to make the most out of my military career in the TA? I'm 21 by the way so only young, the army has been the only
    Thing to ever interest me and with my current circumstances its just happened at the wrong time. Apologies for rambling on!!
     
  2. To be honest, I had a hard time trying to figure out if I should of left the regs. And now I regret it deeply but I do want to seethe child grow up. How ever the TA seems like a good solution to my problem as like I said, the army is the only job n environment I have been happy in. I just want to know if I can transfer back in at a later date with the cuts. And also how to make the most out of a career with the TA.
     
  3. The answer is that if you wanted to go reg later in your career, then you would most likely have to do basic again unless there were extenuating circumstances that I don't know much about. It's easier to go reserves and mobilise as often as you can. Once (if) you get stripes with the reserves you probably won't look back to rejoining as a Pte and going through basic.

    Your work will probably be OK with it as long as you phrase it in the right way. Talk with members of your unit to discuss that - they'll have had to contend with it before.

    How to get the most out? Cliched, but put as much into the unit as you can. Make solid mates with the guys there, do PT with them, etc.

    And, when doing basic (TA) knuckle under and get it done. Don't miss a weekend, else it becomes much more of a pain with a cycle of backtrooping, missing deadlines, etc. And, don't think that you're better than the rest because you've got most of the way through reg basic - it means you get complacent with phys and you'll likely incur the displeasure of the instructors. I've seen it in my unit, even if you are decent and learned plenty last time.

    Enjoy!
     
  4. sup rec

    sup rec LE Book Reviewer

    You can't transfer to the Regs from the TA, you have to apply like you did the first time. Your TA CO will have to support the application and you will have to have authority to join the Regs from APC Glasgow, as you will be deemed a trained soldier (TA). If you are able to continue with the application there is no guarantee of passing selection. If you do get through all the filters you will probably still need to start Phase1 but, depending if you are joining the same Regular trade as your TA one, Phase 2 may be shortened (if required). I know a Cpl RSigs TA who came back from Herrick and applied to go Regs. APC said yes but that he had to go to Phase 1. He decided against it and stayed TA.
     
  5. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    To get an exemption of TA Phase 1 or Ph2 you have to have completed and passed regular Ph1 or Ph2. As you didn't complete, you will have no rights to skip TA basic training although you will have an advantage over those who have never served before.

    Use that to their advantage (ie help others) and it will help you in as much as it will show you to be a good bloke rather than a gobby ex recruit.

    For what it is worth, don't even think about the TA until you have settled into the new job and reached some sort of balance in life with your new family. far better to leave it a year or two and do well at it than rush into it now and have to bail out due to too many conflicting demands in your life.
     
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  6. Has he not done common selection though? He'll probably be able to skip that stage. Probably have to go through the Capita admin paperchase though.
     
  7. sup rec

    sup rec LE Book Reviewer

    grey_man_2, it will depend on Glasgow. As I said, I have known JNCO's straight back off tour with Regular CO recommendation to join be told by APC that they must do Phase 1. He will have completed common selection but would not have conducted 14 weeks Phase 1 training. Things may change with Capita, I don't think anyone knows yet - I certainly don't. The advice I have given is as I see it at the moment and from what I have seen in the past.
     
  8. Well the Bombardier ( there's an LAD At the artillery centre for REME as a VM which I will probably join unless I join light gun) I spoke to at the TA centre who was working with the recruiting Sargeant said I will most likely not have to re-do selection because I told him I want to get back in green as quickly as possible because even though its been 6 days from being discharged from Pirbright camp, I am missing military life. And my old troop. Yes "The Duke" I will have an advantage but I will help others out as I did through my time at basic as others helped me when I struggled. Just so eager to get back into uniform and be within a military environment again. Made me feel like I had a purpose as soppy as it sounds !!


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  9. Well the Bombardier I spoke to at the TA centre who was working with the recruiting Sargeant said I will most likely not have to re-do selection because I told him I want to get back in green as quickly as possible because even though its been 6 days from being discharged from Pirbright camp, I am missing military life. And my old troop. Yes "The Duke" I will have an advantage but I will help others out as I did through my time at basic as others helped me when I struggled. I just want to get back in green.. The artilery centre in my town has a REME LAD so I can possibly join as a VM unless I join as a ligh gunner but I have the interview there on Tuesday night to discuss whether or not I can skip selection and medical as I only came home from ATC Pirbright last week on Thursday. Just missing the place and military environment how ever the duke had a valid point about regaining balance in life right now ... Me and the mrs have spoken about this and she know I want to be a deployable soldier as well.
     
  10. sup rec

    sup rec LE Book Reviewer

    Quote "Well the Bombardier I spoke to at the TA centre who was working with the recruiting Sargeant said I will most likely not have to re-do selection because I told him I want to get back in green as quickly as possible because even though its been 6 days from being discharged from Pirbright camp" - I never mentioned selection for TA. I was answering your question about going back to the Regs.
     
  11. I know two blokes who transfered from the TA to the reg battalion. That was after they did a tour with the Bn and both parties wanted to transfer. However it took over a year, they both lost they ranks and started out as bomb carries for the morter Plt.

    If I were you I wouldn't bank of the TA as being a quick way back to the regs in future. Try and have a good time in the TA and if life allows you can always reaaply to join the regs.

    Either way, enjoy what your doing and all the best.
     
  12. Thanks Stab. I'm not looking for a quick/ easy way I to the regulars. I enjoyed training apart from the first hour I went on stag whilst laying in a shellscrape full of water but yeah I loved training... Just wondered what the deal was with transferring etc. n how hard it is to get back into the regs.