That's good to know, i'm sure ill find out more once I go and visit. As 170 is a national unit and i read national units don't train as much as local? Is there still an opportunity to train regularly?While your skills may be welcome in the RE, one of the good things about the AR is that you can to a decent amount plough your own furrough - you may have a desire to do XYZ, and if there is a course available to Reservists Sappers, your unit should be able to get you on it.
Don't fall into the trap of thinking the AR will only want you for your day job...
I know, I have never been sailing or skiing! So stuff like this is very tempting. I know it won't necessarily be a regular thing though!Well, there's skiing. Or sailing in Cyprus or Gibraltar. But civvies do those on a regular basis.
How about diving off Ascension Island or the Falklands?
No guarantees but blokes in my Team did these. It's very much a case of being in the right place at the right time, latching onto another unit.
Knowledge Skills Experience.Thanks mate. What do you mean by KSE?
Ideally I wanted it to be a bit different but still similar if that makes sense? I ideally wanted to try things I'd never get to do in the 'real' world, such as adventurous training etc?
Would I get that? Im based in Leicester, but have an interview set up at 170 for an officer position.
Nationally-recruited units have a minimum commitment of 15 days Annual Camp (same as an independent unit) plus 2 weekends and no drill nights. This is just enough to clear MATTs.As 170 is a national unit and i read national units don't train as much as local? Is there still an opportunity to train regularly?
It's also why 170 has had nuclear physicists who have refused to promote beyond Corporal. Happy to use their skills when the balloon goes up but wanting to get away from responsibility in the meantime.it's why the reserves have lawyers and barristers running around as infantry grenadiers at the weekend instead on the army legal folk or as officers.
It's true. The acronyms are somewhat confusing at times! However, you assumed correct on gender.Can I suggest care in the use of acronyms - the guy isn't even in yet and so MATTS and RUSO (ROSO?) will likely be beyond him.
I've just assumed the OPs gender. I shall submit myself foer, umm, something.
You should go on visits to a number of units. I was infantry, left a few years ago but I did love it. It is quite possible to do a number of courses via the infantry but if you're set on joining the RE to use your skills, fair enough.It's true. The acronyms are somewhat confusing at times! However, you assumed correct on gender.
I guess as someone with zero military knowledge, it's hard to know which unit will be the best for me. Is it easy to change between them once you're in? Say if I joined 170 then didn't like it?
That's what I did.You should go on visits to a number of units.
You could apply for a transfer or you could hand your kit in and go somewhere else.I guess as someone with zero military knowledge, it's hard to know which unit will be the best for me. Is it easy to change between them once you're in?
You should go on visits to a number of units. I was infantry, left a few years ago but I did love it. It is quite possible to do a number of courses via the infantry but if you're set on joining the RE to use your skills, fair enough.
While it may be possible to switch units (and I'm not convinced it is...) you may find that you can't actually do the job you think you want to.
For example, if you switched from RE to Infantry, you may well be expected to do what is effectively the Infantry trade course - Combat Infantryman's Course, at Catterick.
Similarly one of my blokes left to go to a Yeomanry Squadron, and was considering coming back as a Lance Corporal, a promotion awarded to him after a weekend course.
Infantry Junior NCOs get their first promotion to Lance Corporal after getting thrashed for two weeks by Angry Scotsmen. As it should be. He didn't want to do that so we didn't take him back.
I can't speak definitively about rebadging (changing units) as an Officer, though...
Not strictly true.There's a massive difference between National and Local. In National, you can expect to be treated as a grown-up individual because the Army wants your skills (which may be in short supply or non-existent in the Regular Army). In Local, the Army moulds you to what they want so you're one of many and comparatively easily replaceable.
Let's put it down to different experiences then. I've experienced two Local units and one National unit with the associated transfers between. And the second transfer was complicated when the Local unit struck me off for poor attendance - despite me having 100+ days including an Annual Camp logged in. I'd explain further but that's for a different thread.Not strictly true.
Maybe 5-10 years ago.
Certainly my unit tried to be grown up. Ironically it's a 20+ year reservist who is the biggest obstacle to this.
Civvies do do these but to put it in context:Well, there's skiing. Or sailing in Cyprus or Gibraltar. But civvies do those on a regular basis.
How about diving off Ascension Island or the Falklands?
Which Regiment is this...Civvies do do these but to put it in context:
My regiment is currently on their annual skiing exped. Cost to individuals about £250 plus they get paid so at least should break even (depending on booze consumption etc.)
My civvy employer ‘offered’ a ski trip recently. Cost to individuals £500-£800 + flights!
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