RLC Driver or Royal Engineer driver

Recovery Mechanic is the best job in REME by far. You learn many skills, all are transferable to Civvie St.

Aye, driving big wagons is part of it, but there's a lot more than that. Tank driving, soil mechanics, booby traps, high explosives, ropework, crane work, pulleys and winches, vehicle fault finding, basic mechanics, Steel Wire Rope testing to name a few, oh, and no Guard duties.

God's Trade.
Thinking back, you're right, I can't ever remember a Reccy Mech on stag, or sight guards.
What I do remember is having to keep a yellow handbag or two in one of the bins in case we needed their services, and I wanted them to keep quiet about why we needed their services ;)
 

itwasVTEC

Swinger
that's great to hear, thanks everyone for replies, i will definitely reconsider taking the recovery mechanic role, as it is one of the roles i really wanted to do but my maths was too low at the time, so we'll see if i can re-apply during the summer where hopefully i would have gained that needed pass grade for maths,

PS : what time of year is best to apply (trying to avoid doing basic training in the cold winter months)
 
that's great to hear, thanks everyone for replies, i will definitely reconsider taking the recovery mechanic role, as it is one of the roles i really wanted to do but my maths was too low at the time, so we'll see if i can re-apply during the summer where hopefully i would have gained that needed pass grade for maths,

PS : what time of year is best to apply (trying to avoid doing basic training in the cold winter months)
Apply now.
By the time Capita process your application global warming will have done away with winter.
 
Apply now.
By the time Capita process your application global warming will have done away with winter.
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Plant op Mechanic is a good way to go .
 

chimera

LE
Moderator
Not yet pointed out, but a Sapper driver is dual traded as a combat engineer, so day to day life is more varied. If you are lookng to stay a decent length of time, then the career options are more varied as well. The reality will be that you wil probably spend more time on combat engineering than driving.

RE Drivers can also specialise as crane operators, and many train to launch vehicle launched bridges, as well as the normal array of "big trucks".
 
Recovery Mechanic is the best job in REME by far. You learn many skills, all are transferable to Civvie St.

I’ve discovered they tend to be a bit power crazy, especially when in possession of a ban hammer.
 
hi guys,

i was looking at applying as a driver within the forces but i can't decide whether i should apply for the Engineers or the RLC, which one would you guys recommend based on experiance, thanks in advance for any useful comments

Hello mate,

Driver RLC is a very good trade if you apply yourself. I completed a full career and served from NI to Afghan and the shitholes in between.

I also had some great times in places like BATUS and Cyprus.

You can get all your licences including your HAZMAT licence, become an instructor on various vehicle platforms and you will soon get noticed.

The Corps also supported me in non-driving events and projects I was involved in.

Good luck in whatever you decide.
 
Who does it on Ops?

Dont know......., a nephew of mine is RAF, got the info from him. Will ask him when l see him. Wont be at Christmas, obviously!....
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
Who does it on Ops?
Interesting - no idea.

All I know is that I was very grateful to have some RAF Firefighters when the USMC decided to try and burn Leatherneck down in early 2010.

Notwithstanding the fact that it was the first 'real' fire many had attended, they did a bloody good job.
 

Gout Man

LE
Book Reviewer
Things may have changed now, but when I served, 80's and early 90's, each regiment, battalion or battery had it's own MT troop/platoon.
There was a lad in my training troop who joined a cavalry regiment and was posted as a driver, MT troop, 4/7 Dragoons.
Ask at the Army Careers Office if that is still the case, as it may be more interesting to be a driver within a combat outfit.
Unless you are attached to a Guards regiment. Show Oil pumps and sumps polished.
 

Bubbles_Barker

LE
Book Reviewer
I just did that, and it vaguely amuses me that drivers need a higher score than stackers In the RLC. But let’s not pretend that soldiers whose primary trade is driving trucks (as opposed to being just one facet/club in the bag of a more capable trade) is high on the totem pole.

Back to my BBQs now (I just got a new one :) ).
It doesn't surprise me - there some supply oriented trades that require a couple more points (AT for example) but in the main drivers have to be a bit more capable of independent thought than those who are staring at MJDI screens all day. Of course, in the RLC you can be a communicator too without the negative social impact of joining the Royal Corps of Signals...

Seriously though - anybody can drive, but not everybody can drive well. This is something I learnt in NI and even more so in Bosnia where I spent an inordinate amount of time drumming the fact into Evelyn Webb-Carter's head when he accused my blokes of being 'bad drivers' because they had more accidents than any other unit - the fact that most were 'not to blame' and that my squadron had racked up 20 times more mileage than anyone else was lost on him.

Guardsmen eh?

PS. I know you live on a 25 million acre ranch, but just where do you put all those BBQs?

PPS. I'm just jealous and have BBQ envy.
 
They are getting rid of RAF Firefighters. Civvies taking over the role.......
No AEW will always take fire cover.Plus the contracter will cover exercises etc with them save on overtime and T&S. Did anyone ever think we'd see the day civvy firms could use HMAF to increase profit margin
 
Thinking back, you're right, I can't ever remember a Reccy Mech on stag, or sight guards.
What I do remember is having to keep a yellow handbag or two in one of the bins in case we needed their services, and I wanted them to keep quiet about why we needed their services ;)
Whenever we'd get the Fodens in for anything, I (VM) used to make a point of driving past their area playing a symphony of graunch on the gearbox just to **** 'em off. I could drive it perfectly well but I'd do just enough to make a noise without affecting the transmission but they'd get have a right wendy.

Good lads though, truth be told.
 

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