RMP Questions

#1
Evening,

I was hoping some serving RMP could answer some questions I have... I tried using the army careers website which is very flashy... but has very little actual information on it, and sent a message to the army careers Facebook but they just ignored me.

I’m currently a train driver and at 26 probably older than most RMP recruits, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I’m contemplating making the switch.

1) what is the maximum career length in RMP - do they still use VEng and if so what’s the chances of getting VEng Full or Long?

2) is there still scope for a good career after the army in CP if I go that way or is work drying up with ops winding down?

3) do they still offer those look at life courses that were around when I was at school to come down and see what RMP is like?

4) having been in, would you recommend RMP as a career choice or do something else?

5) what are the promotion opportunities like in GPD?
 
#2
Evening,

I was hoping some serving RMP could answer some questions I have... I tried using the army careers website which is very flashy... but has very little actual information on it, and sent a message to the army careers Facebook but they just ignored me.

I’m currently a train driver and at 26 probably older than most RMP recruits, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I’m contemplating making the switch.

1) what is the maximum career length in RMP - do they still use VEng and if so what’s the chances of getting VEng Full or Long?

2) is there still scope for a good career after the army in CP if I go that way or is work drying up with ops winding down?

3) do they still offer those look at life courses that were around when I was at school to come down and see what RMP is like?

4) having been in, would you recommend RMP as a career choice or do something else?

5) what are the promotion opportunities like in GPD?
Do you have any good friends now? If so try really hard to keep them
 
#3
I am not RMP, but if you are a train driver at 26 you are on a good screw.
Why not look at army reserves RMP before you chuck a well-payed career to join the army. Last time I checked, some of the reservist RMP have had some interesting careers, many with Home Office forces and with specialist backgrounds. It could be good to combine both careers. Good luck!
 
#4
Evening,

I was hoping some serving RMP could answer some questions I have... I tried using the army careers website which is very flashy... but has very little actual information on it, and sent a message to the army careers Facebook but they just ignored me.

I’m currently a train driver and at 26 probably older than most RMP recruits, but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, and I’m contemplating making the switch.

1) what is the maximum career length in RMP - do they still use VEng and if so what’s the chances of getting VEng Full or Long?

2) is there still scope for a good career after the army in CP if I go that way or is work drying up with ops winding down?

3) do they still offer those look at life courses that were around when I was at school to come down and see what RMP is like?

4) having been in, would you recommend RMP as a career choice or do something else?

5) what are the promotion opportunities like in GPD?



You will be universally hated and despised by every serving soldier, you will need a huge sense of humour, and a skin as thick as a politicians intellect. Stay where you are, its a bloody sight safer, however, if you do take the queens shilling, the very best of luck, you will need it in boat loads.
 
#5
You will be universally hated and despised by every serving soldier, you will need a huge sense of humour, and a skin as thick as a politicians intellect. Stay where you are, its a bloody sight safer, however, if you do take the queens shilling, the very best of luck, you will need it in boat loads.
That maybe but surely the RMP are not back stabber to their own, lol
 
#6
I have loads to say on this subject. ...but I ain't saying a thing without me lawyer.

(Stick to driving trains and having friends.) ;-)
 
#7
I am not RMP, but if you are a train driver at 26 you are on a good screw.
Why not look at army reserves RMP before you chuck a well-payed career to join the army. Last time I checked, some of the reservist RMP have had some interesting careers, many with Home Office forces and with specialist backgrounds. It could be good to combine both careers. Good luck!
I looked into the reserves but it is getting time off for the training unfortunately.

They will give me the required paid time off for annual training if I was already in the reserves, but not initial training.

I tried going down the route of unpaid special leave but I was told no

RMP is something I’ve always wanted to do tbh, but when I left school I was fat (clinically obese technically) and naturally unfit so I had to look elsewhere and ended up as a train driver, I’ve lost a load of weight and massively upped my fitness since then, which is why I’m looking at the career swap now.
 
#8
For those of you making hilarious replies. You do know it's not mandatory to post on every thread don't you? If you've nothing of value to add, why not just consider STFU.
Just a thought.
 
#9
I have loads to say on this subject. ...but I ain't saying a thing without me lawyer.

(Stick to driving trains and having friends.) ;-)
Come on ROPs is a sign of respect, isn't it?
 
#10
For those of you making hilarious replies. You do know it's not mandatory to post on every thread don't you? If you've nothing of value to add, why not just consider STFU.
Just a thought.
So your wife had sex this weekend but you didn't?
 
#11
I looked into the reserves but it is getting time off for the training unfortunately.

They will give me the required paid time off for annual training if I was already in the reserves, but not initial training.

I tried going down the route of unpaid special leave but I was told no

RMP is something I’ve always wanted to do tbh, but when I left school I was fat (clinically obese technically) and naturally unfit so I had to look elsewhere and ended up as a train driver, I’ve lost a load of weight and massively upped my fitness since then, which is why I’m looking at the career swap now.
Fair play to you Andy. My reply is, as above, genuine. You have an excellently paid career ahead of you (train driver friends of mine have recently retired on pensions the army can only dream of). Get into your career, and maybe look at reservists later?
The RMP are at a bit of a crossroads in that they’re not doing much real policing and unless you want to do CP I can’t see a future in them.
If that’s your bag, then crack on. Good luck!
 
#12
Andy,
Our son has just left the Army after 12 years, two of which in the beginning after Pirbright was with the RMP.
As for losing friends, or not making many new ones, that was not an issue with him as his solid mates & family were and are still at home. He did however succeed in developing a good professional arena with his work mates.
What did it in for him was the long periods of inactivity and total boredom.

Where he was based in the UK there was not a lot going on despite it being a large military town. Eventually he applied to be transferred to a different Army regiment, and for the next 9 years, went all over the UK and sometimes....erm...abroad!

He'd say, if you were to ask him...by all means go Army but not RMP. It seems to depend so much on where you are lucky or unlucky enough to be posted. We actually have it on official video at the passing-out of him getting his warrant card and being told by Himself..."Oh...you drew the short straw there then. Good luck." We had no idea what was in store, but we soon found out.

As ever, opinions & experiences greatly differ.

Mirror all that against a neighbour of ours, a recently redundant engineer, who is set to earn 55k + and possibly up to 80k +......being a train driver. He's cock-a-hoop.

As for our son, he got stuck in over 9 years...courses...you name it. It all mounted up to a huge & checkable Proof of Learning & Achievement personal file that landed him an excellent well paid job in Police Scotland 3 months back...not beat bobby thank God.
Point is, you have to look ahead to potential future Civvy St unless you decide the Army is your stick-on permanent career. The reason our lad went RMP is he was determined to at some point join the Police...and thought at the time RMP would stand him in good stead. It did not, and it turned out at the 2 intense interview stages that it meant nothing...given the specifics of the core transferrable skills, both essential down to desirable, required for his new role.
 
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