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#1
ok chaps, i am in need of some honest and impartial advice. At present i am serving in the Engineers as a LCpl in a technical trade. But this is not for me; i am considering going down the RCB route especially after seeing a friend from basic who is now an officer in the artillery.

I have the necessary creds in terms of UCAS points and was flagged as a PO in basic, but have a bit of debt and have been charged for sleeping in twice in the past year. I wish to join the QDG if they'll sponsor me, but i know not of the process or the barriers that will pop up when i announce to my OC this is the course of action i wish to take.

As i say any "honest" light that anyone can shed would be a great help thanks for your time.

tomo.
 
#4
trooper_tomo said:
ok chaps, i am in need of some honest and impartial advice. At present i am serving in the Engineers as a LCpl in a technical trade. But this is not for me; i am considering going down the RCB route especially after seeing a friend from basic who is now an officer in the artillery.

I have the necessary creds in terms of UCAS points and was flagged as a PO in basic, but have a bit of debt and have been charged for sleeping in twice in the past year. I wish to join the QDG if they'll sponsor me, but i know not of the process or the barriers that will pop up when i announce to my OC this is the course of action i wish to take.

As i say any "honest" light that anyone can shed would be a great help thanks for your time.

tomo.
Debt: I know a number of officers who have some debts. They manage them well and it is their business.

Charges: The charges for oversleeping may be considered un-officer-like however you may well be given a period in which to impress under the watchful eye of your OC, much like a REME tradesman do when they wishes to become an Artificer.

You dont need to choose your Reg't/Corps until you are at RMAS where you will have chance to further your knowledge of the variety on offer.

Good Luck.
 
#5
'The charges for oversleeping may be considered un-officer-like' Good gad what happened to the days when getting up at all was considered most un-officer like till an OR had brought tea round to ones room.
 
#6
Go for it. The worst they can say is "no", and if you have the academic quals, good CRs and a decent performance on RCB (they'll be watching you very carefully!) then they'll sweep you up with open arms.

I know nothing at all about the QDG, but I have colleagues who commissioned from the ranks in a cav regt and a number who did so from Guards regts (DE and LE) and none of them felt that they would have been welcomed into the officer corps of their parent units. Ex-rankers were - it was felt - only tolerated in the Mess.

That said, QDG may be different and for all I know your Daddy's a Lord anyway, so previous service in the ranks may not be considered an issue.

IF
 
#7
Hat20 said:
'The charges for oversleeping may be considered un-officer-like' Good gad what happened to the days when getting up at all was considered most un-officer like till an OR had brought tea round to ones room.
Yeah I know, but then some wise guy decided that offr's should start to try and earn their living! Still waiting in most cases!
 
#8
Sleeping in.....QDG..... sounds like an entry qualification.
 
#9
By debt, do you mean the sort of thing that most people have e.g. car loan, mortgage, credit cards, or is this a default or some other problem? If the latter, take advice and sort it out - CAB or National Debtline can help. Ultimately it is a private matter, but you need to be in a position to meet the various expenses you will incur once commissioned.
 

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#10
trooper_tomo said:
ok chaps, i am in need of some honest and impartial advice. At present i am serving in the Engineers as a LCpl in a technical trade.
You may find it easier to commission into the RE. There are plenty of quality people who have done this and gone on to do really well.
 
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ViroBono said:
By debt, do you mean the sort of thing that most people have e.g. car loan, mortgage, credit cards, or is this a default or some other problem? If the latter, take advice and sort it out - CAB or National Debtline can help. Ultimately it is a private matter, but you need to be in a position to meet the various expenses you will incur once commissioned.
What are the expenses i may incur? Apart from Corduroy trousers and check shirts??
 
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