TA in Southampton

#1
I'm extremely interested in joining the TA, there is a unit in Southampton where i live, however seeing as i dont drive i would probably be unable to get there (Hurdle number 1)

also i did join the regulars, and i was MD'd from basic training with an ankle injury, what is the process for this sort of situation (Hurdle 2)

and then theres the "Other Half", although a box of All gold and a bunch of flowers and she'll say yes to anything (hurdle 3 over)

is there anyone on here serving in the TA unit in Southampton, if so would you be able to let me what is like,

Oh i'm specifically looking at the Artillery Battery based there.

thanks for any advice in advance
 
#2
buy a bike as norman tebbit said . As long as not medically down graded should be ok. oh as i live in portsmouth now obligtory die scummer die :lol: good luck
 
#4
Cacman said:
I'm extremely interested in joining the TA, there is a unit in Southampton where i live, however seeing as i dont drive i would probably be unable to get there (Hurdle number 1)

also i did join the regulars, and i was MD'd from basic training with an ankle injury, what is the process for this sort of situation (Hurdle 2)

and then theres the "Other Half", although a box of All gold and a bunch of flowers and she'll say yes to anything (hurdle 3 over)

is there anyone on here serving in the TA unit in Southampton, if so would you be able to let me what is like,

Oh i'm specifically looking at the Artillery Battery based there.

thanks for any advice in advance
The cloud puncher battery might not be the best place to go, the TA are losing their LLAD role. We've got a lad just transferred down from there to Hilsea in Portsmouth, and a good 30% of C coys Orbat is from the Southhampton area.

Bryn
 
#5
The cloud puncher battery might not be the best place to go, the TA are losing their LLAD role.

Not quite true, 106 Regt, of which the Southampton Bty is a part, is keeping the CAD (HVM) and AD (FSC) roles.

104 and 105 Regts are Re-roling.
 
#7
Thanks HVB_Boy for pointing that out to our Infantry friends! I was going to phrase it as 'I don't believe that is entirely correct' rather than 'You're talking out of your arrse.co.uk'. :)

The Southampton Battery is also the most recruited TA unit in the South (SERFCA region), which speaks for itself really. And currently has most people deployed on Telic!
 
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#8
stanley said:
Thanks HVB_Boy for pointing that out to our Infantry friends! I was going to phrase it as 'I don't believe that is entirely correct' rather than 'You're talking out of your arrse.co.uk'. :)

The Southampton Battery is also the most recruited TA unit in the South (SERFCA region), which speaks for itself really. And currently has most people deployed on Telic!
Well Up the Carabiniers i say :D
 

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#9
Hmmm....might not be your scene but there is also TA element which works out of Marchwood - 165 Port & Maritime Regt RLC(TA).

They are mostly Port operators but also have a small vessel troop which operates mexeflotes, Ramped craft Logisitic and Landing Craft.

if you are interested PM me.




Le Chevre
 
#10
Warning, cloud punchers are butt of rest of arty's jokes! As they couldn't hit a barn door at 10 metres, mind you, if it's going mach 2, there might be a slight excuse there. I am loving my time in arty, but I'm on training in light gun bty. so a bit diff. To be honest I've heard air defence is a bit boring, but since I've never done it, can't comment. Up the artillery anyway, the senior regiment in the army I believe.
 

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#11
woody said:
oh as i live in portsmouth now obligtory die scummer die :lol: good luck

Nov 13th - St Mary's.......

There can be only one! 8)
 
#12
The RA unit at Southampton is the best recruited, but then cities and towns with huge numbers of students tend to have this problem, and it is a problem . They may get more recruits but retention of said recruits is nearly impossible. Most opt to move to more highly visible units that have better funding or do more interesting jobs. HVM isn't exactly a black art, but its not exactly glamorous, especially when the kit will never be used operationally, except on Stormer vehicles which only the regs have.
 
#13
I must say, hit, nail & head come to mind there clerk. I myself admit I was only planning on doign about a year with the terriers before going regular, but am having so much fun that I might do 2 or 3. Get superfit & poo hot on military skills in those years then join the mob with a good start. Touch wood anyway.
 
#14
I know the afore mentioned lad who transferred to the Infantry in Portsmouth very well (ok, i AM the lad in question). The Soton artillery battery is a good outfit with great guys but the kit and the job is a pain in the arrse. If you think you can put up with living in a 2ft by 2ft pitch black space in the back of a pinzgaur truck wih lots of nasty sharp edges and crap driving then HVM is the way to go. I found 457 a thoroughly enjoyable unit to serve with for nearly 18 months while they were doing lots of infantry work. As soon as i had experienced two weeks solid air defence i canned it - i just didn't find it interesting or challenging. <no offence to anyone still serving in AD or HVM - great guys, crap kit>
 
#15
STAB_in_the_dark said:
I know the afore mentioned lad who transferred to the Infantry in Portsmouth very well (ok, i AM the lad in question). The Soton artillery battery is a good outfit with great guys but the kit and the job is a pain in the arrse. If you think you can put up with living in a 2ft by 2ft pitch black space in the back of a pinzgaur truck wih lots of nasty sharp edges and crap driving then HVM is the way to go. I found 457 a thoroughly enjoyable unit to serve with for nearly 18 months while they were doing lots of infantry work. As soon as i had experienced two weeks solid air defence i canned it - i just didn't find it interesting or challenging. <no offence to anyone still serving in AD or HVM - great guys, crap kit>
As I said Tues, I find it odd that an AD Bty has Pinzs, and yet my old Field Bty had RB-44s. You lads still only get one live round a year?
 
#16
I believe that the one live round EVER rule applies to TA HVM gunners because the missiles cost about £40,000 a piece and they usually miss (the gunners, that is)
 
#17
Well, I wouldn't hold your breath for any TA arty unit having Pinnys for long, I know for a fact that my BTY & whole regiment is losing them I think & replacing them with the CP vehicle. It's a shame as I do love those Pinnys. Word is they cost too much to run, what a surprise, it's to do with money!
 
#18
STAB_in_the_dark said:
I believe that the one live round EVER rule applies to TA HVM gunners because the missiles cost about £40,000 a piece and they usually miss (the gunners, that is)
Not the same as "30 rounds FFE", is it?

Bryn
 
#19
King hell, most awesome thing I've seen about an 18 round FFE, just turned the hillside to black, amazing sight, just made me wanna go OPs even more, so I can see the destruction!
 
#20
Have followed this thread with 'some interest' as I live by Soton, but work in Pompey..... and strangely am aiming on a London TA unit.

Obviously if I was just starting I would go for the Pompey unit as I am moving over that way shortly cause the drive to work is too much of a pain... especially with the ludicrous fuel prices.

However before my sojourn abroad for 6 years I was with the London Regt and am in the midst of sorting out a return there. Hoping the PSAO wont throw a blue-hairy-fit at my travel expenses to drill nights & weekends!

But am trying to keep informed with local units as never can know what's going to happen.

Must admit I didnt like the look/location of the A.D units TAC on Millbrook Rd - but that is just opinion and no indication of the unit itself. Have spent quite a bit of time with Arty units but that was Field Arty - enjoyed that, never cared for A.D much.
 
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