Specialist Units

Discussion in 'Army Reserve' started by polar, May 4, 2005.

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  1. I'm considering joining a specialist unit in a few years (so I can have more time at home), the TA website states you only have to do 19 MTDs a year compared to 27 for normal TA. I know the 27 figure is a lot lower than I normally put in and I guess the 19 MTDs is also lower, anyone know how much time I'd roughly put in ? (I'm a frequent attender at the mo)

    Also is the training/jobs specialists do far harder than normal TA, what I mean is if I'm a IT operator in a normal TA unit that means I'll be employed connecting a PC to a network but in a specialist unit I'd be expected to configure a network, manage a server etc. (I looking at joining RSigs IS Specialist pool when its set up after the FAS changes)

  2. Know absolutely nothing about what it would be like in the Signals but as for the Engineers:

    The training / jobs are not so much harder as very different. Sure, it is at a higher level technically - you are expected to turn up and perform to some extent. The level is higher because it is less diluted by things specific to the miltary. As ever in the Army though, lack of knowledge need not necessarily be a major problem if you are upfront about it, prepared to learn from your colleagues and not bullsh1t.

    From personal experience, 19 days is about all it is. Perhaps 21 (only get given 2 days for a weekend now...). Not sure how tight they are for MTDs but it appears that that's it and is all that is expected.

    Having come from an independent unit, this is obviously a lot less than I am used to and I am looking to try and do some more days. I would send a ote of caution for those thinking about a similar move: you may think you want more time at home but may also find that you miss it a ot and didn't want quite so much time at home. Also, with the infrequency of training, it's a very different atmosphere - you don't know people as well and are not generally such good mates. All in all, it seems much less social - both on a weekend and in terms of functions. Another thing to miss :(
  3. As a former RLC Specialist I was doing in excess of 50 days per year, which was the driver for transferring to an independent unit. 60% of the units are made up of the 19-day a year men and a large proportion of reduced camps to boot. They have recently introduced tighter control measures with a new computer system to monitor MTD consumption.
    I would say at an OR level you wont meet each other very often but as a Senior or Officer you will have a much larger and tighter Regimental mess which meets on a very regular basis.
  4. thanks for the replies. The biggest thing that'd put me off is the distance the unit would be but if they do the sensible thing and put it in the middle of England, then I may consider it.
  5. As a REME Specialist, I have been able to put in 45 days + a year, it all depends on unit budgets and availability of courses ect, but there are always opertunities to help out training staff.
  6. Isn't 81 SigSqn mainly BT guys? Thought they were all telemechs.
  7. where are 81 based?
  8. Corsham (was originally formed at Leeds moving to Middlesborough post WW2)
  9. 81 Sigs are mainly BT, they do (as far as I can tell from what my mate tells me), hardly anything at all bar the odd conference call and BBQ at the honourary colonels house... I'm sure that they do more than that, but they don't parade etc on a drill night as far as I know.

    LIAG - You'd need to be a fairly clued up Internet Security type chappy, and know your firewalls from your DMZ's. LIAG are mainly Officers, they are PQO's I believe and you'd get commissioned in as a Capt.

    81's your best bet if you have the skills they need... if you don't work for BT it might be tough.

  10. 81 Sigs are supported by BT and contrary to the above they do deploy all over the globe, not necessarily as a whole unit. The majority are telephone technicians who can hit the ground running. Seting up exchanges etc.

    So I belive...
  11. 81 weren't interested in me, I'm a network manager, so I suspect they're quite specific in only wanting PSTN/Telephone Exchange engineers.

    LIAG I'm sure would have had me like a shot but the PQO put me off - all nice going in as a Captain and all but you can't then transfer to some other unit. (At the moment they're all officers but I hear that's changing)

    Personally, I joined the local RSigs unit and if I get on with it I'm planning on going the officer route in a year or two so I have more TA (And perhaps full-time Army IT) options open to me long term - I could always apply to transfer to LIAG in, say, 5 years once I've already got a pip but I suspect I'll never get around to it as the current lot seem a nice bunch. :) Still, that may all change post-FAS as it seems the TA is going to be far more IT-based and they'll need people with industry experience - but I'll worry about that once I've done TAFS and the 2 week camp and GAPS and...

    Many people can't wait to get their hands on the weapons when they join. Me - well, I saw the NCRS kit last night. Now that looks like fun.

    With the independant unit committment - a lot of the stuff you're given up front when you ask about the TA doesn't make it clear, but the one-night-a-week counts as a quarter day - so if you go every week that's 13 days, one weekend and a two week camp and you're done for your bounty. It's probably more complex than this as I think you have to do certain tests, like weapons and fitness so you seem to need to do more than one weekend to get it all in but basically the commitment isn't really that much higher than a specalist unit

    (Oh, and if anyone looks at my previous posts - I eaisly outpaced a couple of other recruits including a 17 year old on a 3.5 mile run last night. No fitness worried any more then)
  12. Shouldn't their badge be a silver RJ-45 rampant on a field of beige plastic?

  13. For a modern army, I'd suggest fibre optic connectors.

    For the British Army, 10Base-2 BNC connectors... or vampire tap ethernet... (Anyone else remember that stuff? Horrid stuff)