Solider vs Officer

#1
I am currently at university studying criminology. I am at a split between entering the army (RMP) as a soldier or officer. Clearly there is a large difference in pay. And I'm sure most would assume that a degree means I should be applying as an officer. But would I see any benefits from having a degree as a soldier? (faster promotion? etc.)

Few things about me: I'm also in the OTC but all we seem to do is the fun stuff and haven't actually gain any insight into a life as on officer. My fitness isn't a problem (8min 12sec 1.5 mille) Just my main concern is I do not enjoy organising other people. That's not to say I can't do it, but I prefer being setting a tasks and completing them. Anyone have any suggestions to find out if officer is for me? Or questions I should ask myself. Basically I think I'd be a average officer or a excellent NCO.

From reading these boards the majority of replies are complete s***, only serious answers please.
 
#3
The point is Vinci, if you can't decide yourself, then you are probably not looking at being an officer. A basic and fundamental decision.
 
#6
seanbean said:
The point is Vinci, if you can't decide yourself, then you are probably not looking at being an officer. A basic and fundamental decision.
Indeed! - a good point, well presented. :wink:
 

oldbaldy

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#8
Vinci said:
I'll close the thread, got the answers I expected.
Why did you ask then?
 
#9
Vinci said:
From reading these boards the majority of replies are complete s***, only serious answers please.
didn't you write the book - how to win friends and influence people.?
 
#11
Vinci said:
I am currently at university studying criminology. I am at a split between entering the army (RMP) as a soldier or officer. Clearly there is a large difference in pay. And I'm sure most would assume that a degree means I should be applying as an officer. But would I see any benefits from having a degree as a soldier? (faster promotion? etc.)

Few things about me: I'm also in the OTC but all we seem to do is the fun stuff and haven't actually gain any insight into a life as on officer. My fitness isn't a problem (8min 12sec 1.5 mille) Just my main concern is I do not enjoy organising other people. That's not to say I can't do it, but I prefer being setting a tasks and completing them. Anyone have any suggestions to find out if officer is for me? Or questions I should ask myself. Basically I think I'd be a average officer or a excellent NCO.

From reading these boards the majority of replies are complete s***, only serious answers please.


It's like an expensive, classy shop.

If you have to ask, you can't afford it. ;)


I doubt you'd even make a mediocre shop dummy.
 
#12
Yeah, if you say something along the lines of "no **** answers please", doesn't take the brains of an arch bishop to understand what response you're going to get! Proverbial red rag to a bull etc.

If you hadn't noticed the sense of humour prevalent here... well... you’re not the sharpest tool in the box!

I would say that by saying you don’t enjoy organising people, you’ve already answered your own question. Don’t go for officer.

By the way, hope you pick up a sense of humour before you join up and don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

Edited to add.... You're a cock.
 
#13
Got to be the Soldier by a knock out

ok mine turn

Polar bear v Bengal Tiger?
 
#15
Vinci said:
I'll close the thread, got the answers I expected.
Rather a silly first post/new thread.

Even sillier condition attached.

I think you've answered your own question. If you don't enjoy organising people, you will make neither an officer nor a decent NCO. Possibly a poorish soldier, at any and all levels.

Get your ideas sorted out - as my old CO was fond of saying to ditherers . . .
 
#16
caubeen said:
Vinci said:
I'll close the thread, got the answers I expected.
Rather a silly first post/new thread.

Even sillier condition attached.

I think you've answered your own question. If you don't enjoy organising people, you will make neither an officer nor a decent NCO. Possibly a poorish soldier, at any and all levels.

Get your ideas sorted out - as my old CO was fond of saying to ditherers . . .
Nice one Caubeen; you beat me to it.
 
#17
As lots of people have said if you have to ask you probably aren't going to make it as an officer.

You ask if you are likely to get faster promotion as a NCO if you have a degree.

Well there are quite a few guys and girls joining the army these days as soldiers with degrees and if they are good in other respects then having a degree is not going to hurt. However getting promoted is going to be about your ability to do the job as an NCO.

However if as you say you dont like organising people then you are simply not going to have the basic skills the Army want from an NCO - organising people.

Fundamentally the basic job of both a junior officer and an NCO is organising people and making things happen.
 
#18
More importantly, unless you develop a sense of humour you are unfit for army service at any level.

Perhaps a job in PR for the navy would be appropriate.
 
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bokkatankie

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#20
I paid taxes for that????

Another example of why the military and a university education is not always the right answer.

But just imagine, a criminlogist in the RMP; next they will be having intelligent people in the Intelligence Corps.
 

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