Hi, im thinking of joining the signals and i could use a bit of information. I have done my background research and looked into the roles within the corps, but i would like to know a bit about what they do whilst on deployment? thanks
They put up lots of tents, run around fitting in as much bullshit as is humanly possible, but unfortunately cannot get comms from or to anywhere where the distance is further than your arse from your elbow.
As an ex-scaley I would also recommend anything else, i.e. RAF TG4 (although Leeming is crap) but if you are good with software, the world is your hamburger, medics, Engineers, in fact pretty well anything not connected with the Royal Signals. My first choice with the band of the Scots Guards but my career went downhill when I was refused.
Oh, there's plenty of speshul people in the Signals. We don't put them all in Div HQs, it would spoil the fun for everyone else in the Corps.
I like to think that even at 264 or 216 they have a lot of throbbers who think that a posting to the Trg Wing and an RMQ qual equates to Snr Brecon or that doing the same serials from the same IMIs on the same kit over and over again in between litter picks and sewing the latest collection of Cub Scout tat onto uniforms is a proper working day but somehow I assume that they probably escape the worst of it.
It's a shame you're joining so late. You're going to miss the joys of starching the shoulder pads on your jersey heavy wool (if they really were wool, why did they melt when you ironed them?), sewing creases in your denims and ironing them so they go pale green on the outside but retain the nice dark colour on the inside. Getting posted to one unit and told to sew on a name tag and being posted to another unit and being bollocked for having a name tag. You will also probably miss any deployments anyway but you will have the joys of going on exercises where senior officers won't give a shit if comms have been established providing you make a decent brew. Try and get one of these remote sites where you can plug a heater in, put your feet up and surf for porn on your tablet (us oldies had to make do with Readers Wives or a well worn issue of Playboy so think yourself lucky you live in the digital age). You will also miss the joys of scampering around German exercise areas and getting crates of Herfes in to ensure you can get really pissed on your days off. Nowadays you'll enjoy Tidworth or Bulford or (shudder) Haverfordwest and have to pay exorbitant prices for booze whilst not getting the luxury of LOA and duty free petrol. You would think that with all the experience of ops in Iraq and Afghanistan that "lessons will have been learned" but you'll still get the RD brigade lording it over you at all stages of your career. The best way to advance will be to fail a few trade courses and opt for PTI or drill instructor or just get attached to the training wing and you can then lord it over those silly tradesmen who still think being a good op or good tech is more important than knowing how to advance by left flanking or whatever, suckers!
tate tried to bugger me in the drying room at Harrogate but i nutted him and made him sure of my proclivities.
Hanging around in the back of landies turns you into a catholic priest.
After the latest scandal I will be a cardinal soon.
And all the choirboys I can reach.
happy days.Report me and i will send gods messengers round