Ta Opinion

Hi all.

Im a 32 year old man and wanting a new challange in life. Instead of being a boring sales asistant. Im considering joining the Ta. Could anyone give me any advice and what is the armys opinion on the Ta. A few guys i work with used to be in the army and they said they hated people fron the ta. What is the best thing to do within the ta. What ahpeens in the ta also..Many thanks Stu
Age wise you should be fine. Like MSR said, pop down to your local TAC and have a chat.
At my local unit 28 engrs in Hameln . my troop of of T. a , ( 412 ) , have got the respect from the reg´s ; took a long to drill it in there thick skulls and a few are still sceptic . but on the whole we get along fine . Till we put a hole in one of there rig`s ;)
Some TA hate the reg's too, both can be as bad as each other for sh1te drills and being bell ends......mainly the regulars in the later.

The Army's opinion of the TA? the TA is army, if you mean the big bad regular soldiers then depends who you speak too, TA have earned respect from the reg's over the years because of what we do, how we do it and how we've performed in Iraq, Afghan and other theatres....how can somebody hate the TA and the thousands of guys in it when they've never met everyone?

The guys you work with must be young and naive and better off out of the Army......or old and stupid....and better off out....

As for the rest, as has been said, go down your local unit or the websites....:)
Your right, the guy i work with is old and stupid.i know this may sound daft but what do you do on a week night then on weekends? Im going tonight to sign up
It very depends on the unit you join. That's whay it is best to go and ask them directly.

Let us know what your reception was like at the TAC.



On a Tuesday we maintain our vehicles, clean weapons, practice our trade and military skills, on a weekend we train. Either in feildcraft or trade. It really depends on which unit you join.
Pay no attention to anyone who says they hate the TA, people like that generally know very little about us and probably feel a little threatened by a TA Pte who earns the same amount of money as a reg captain :D
It varies mate of a drill night and alot depends on your unit, from lessons in Map Reading, Harbour drills to PT to weapon handling to Foot Drill, and of a weekend, again it depends on the unit you join. I'm infantry so it will usualy be out in the field, maybe doing lessons on various subjects out there from judging distance, to section attacks to Ambush drills....General stuff an Infantier should know and practise....Hope that helps a bit mate but it is better to go down tonight (which you are) and speak to the recruit team...;)
I'm usually fairly good at spotting wind-ups and this looks like one.

Stumann73, phone the TA Centre before you go to check when the drill night is. It may not be tonight.

If you get into the TA, you will still be a boring sales assistant. To be honest, you stand a better chance of entry if you come across as bored rather than boring.

The TA trains one evening per week, at weekends and for a 15 day Annual Camp. I presume that as a boring sales assistant, you will work weekends. Can you afford the commitment?

You're not by any chance one of the "few guys i work with used to be in the army and they said they hated people fron the ta" are you?
Ive already contacted the ta and i got a letter this morning inviting me there tonight.

I know i will still be a bored sales asistant. But at least i will be doing something else aswell. I have got the time and commitment. The reason i want to join is to give me a new option in life and do something my kids will be proud of. And if u work at IKEA i may be one of those guys..!!!
Which part of the country you in Stu?
depends get used to hurry up and wait it what makes the army run .if your lucky after a month or so .
Whilst not wanting to curb your enthusiasm (all potential recruits are good), you don't just walk, in sign on the line and get told you're now a soldier.

More than likely you'll get a sh1te load of paperwork. You do that then get a date for a medical, then you get attested. That is when they'll start looking at things like uniform.

Keep up the motivation. Unfortunatly, the start of the process is also the dullest and most tedious. It is worth it in the end :wink:
STUMANN73 said:
Gateshead. May i ask y?
Just trying to figure which unit you are going to speak to. What trades do they have at the place your off to?
Hi Stu

Good luck with joining. There are Gunner units in your general area that you might like to consider.

Much more exciting that scrabbling round in the mud with the Infantry :D

Normally, you will attend the TA Centre (TAC) and get some sort of an interview by the recruiting team (may be labelled RRTT) and the World's supply of forms to fill in.

They will filter you out pretty quickly if you have any huge skeletons lurking. Rehab of offenders act applies, except in certain very specialist units, so if you have any form, tell them. If they find out later and you didn't let them know, it's straight out at bayonet point. Most offences do not result in an automatic bar to entry unless they are still current.

At some point there will be a medical (probably not on your first night) but it tends to be fairly simple covering things like pulse, eyesight, hearing, blood pressure etc. If you suffer from a variety of conditions, including asthma or exzema, you may have trouble getting in. Ask the Doc when you see him.

Once your security clearances are through (which can take days or weeks, depending on your relatives, where they live and how many of them are terrorists) you will be attested (sworn in) and probably issued some uniform fairly shortly afterwards.

The details vary from unit to unit, but generally, all the above will be covered at some point. You then start training.

In summary, if you have questions or think there may be anything stopping you joining, ask them. It's much better to do that, than get weeks into the process and get binned for something you should have said at the outset, like "I can't train on any Saturdays or Sundays".

Kind regards


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