TA + Student

#1
I'm currently in sixth form at the moment and i'm seriously considering joining the TA to gain experience for joining the regs after my A-levels are done.

So i was wondering if anyone here is or has served in the TA whilst studying in sixth form and how did this fit in with their studies?

I've already read the wiki entry about students in the TA but couldn't find much on this subject.

Any help would appreciated.

Thanks,

Allyjs
 
#2
I did it. It's possible.

Just make sure your unit know, and they will make allowances for your studies.


Make sure you also concentrate on your studies, and don't get carried away with too much TA at the expense of your exams. The TA will always be there until you are 43. Time at college won't.
 
#3
I did, and I also did the first two years of my degree.. tbh it shouldn't really affect your studies, some of the weekends can be a bit of a nightmare to sort out, but if you plan properly it shouldn't be a problem.
 
#4
I am a single mum and just finished college! If i can organise it anyone can!! you'll thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and facing new challenges!!
 
#5
FluffyBunny said:
Make sure you also concentrate on your studies, and don't get carried away with too much TA at the expense of your exams. The TA will always be there until you are 43. Time at college won't.
Very sound advice
 
#7
allyjs said:
I'm currently in sixth form at the moment and i'm seriously considering joining the TA to gain experience for joining the regs after my A-levels are done.

So i was wondering if anyone here is or has served in the TA whilst studying in sixth form and how did this fit in with their studies?

I've already read the wiki entry about students in the TA but couldn't find much on this subject.

Any help would appreciated.

Thanks,

Allyjs
It wont get in the way, i was in the TA during my years at uni, (OTC were a bunch of walts) the pay was a nice extra and bounty time was F@@king great. what Regt you joining??
 
#8
The nearest TA infantry unit to me is 7 RIFLES so i think that is the most likely option for me. Then after A-levels and a bit of time in the TA then the Parachute Regiment as a regular hopefully.
 
#10
Colonel_Foreskin-Crumb said:
allyjs said:
The nearest TA infantry unit to me is 7 RIFLES so i think that is the most likely option for me. Then after A-levels and a bit of time in the TA then the Parachute Regiment as a regular hopefully.
Are you going in (the regs) as an officer??
Hopefully, i'm certainly going to give it by best shot.

However if the powers at be decide that the officer route is not for me then i'll go in as a private and try and work my way up (without sounding too ambitious and giving the impression that i'm going to take on the world).
 
#11
allyjs said:
Colonel_Foreskin-Crumb said:
allyjs said:
The nearest TA infantry unit to me is 7 RIFLES so i think that is the most likely option for me. Then after A-levels and a bit of time in the TA then the Parachute Regiment as a regular hopefully.
Are you going in (the regs) as an officer??
Hopefully, i'm certainly going to give it by best shot.

However if the powers at be decide that the officer route is not for me then i'll go in as a private and try and work my way up (without sounding too ambitious and giving the impression that i'm going to take on the world).
fair play, if you go to uni DONT join the OTC they are the biggest bunch of fcukwits out. also they dont get the same pay or bounty as normal TA. Good luck with it all.
 
#12
Colonel_Foreskin-Crumb said:
allyjs said:
Colonel_Foreskin-Crumb said:
allyjs said:
The nearest TA infantry unit to me is 7 RIFLES so i think that is the most likely option for me. Then after A-levels and a bit of time in the TA then the Parachute Regiment as a regular hopefully.
Are you going in (the regs) as an officer??
Hopefully, i'm certainly going to give it by best shot.

However if the powers at be decide that the officer route is not for me then i'll go in as a private and try and work my way up (without sounding too ambitious and giving the impression that i'm going to take on the world).
fair play, if you go to uni DONT join the OTC they are the biggest bunch of fcukwits out. also they dont get the same pay or bounty as normal TA. Good luck with it all.


Cheers mate :D . Yeah i've already been warned about the OTC being a drinking club.
 
#14
I really wish I'd joined up when still in 6th form, but I joined the TA in my gap year, and then continued at uni. Certainly the better option for me, better pay, more mature peers, the experience of being a trooper, and from what I've heard from people in the OTC , the TA are far more understanding when it came to uni work, and they were very supportive of me when it came to exams. When I went to see the OTC in freshers week (I was planning to train with them in term time, and with my old unit in the hols), they were just overgrown cadets with no professionalism about them at all. And their permanent staff were just rude.
If you're going to do a year in industry you should be able to go on attachment / transfer units which would probably be easier than trying to get to an OTC detachment (depending where you are).

Have fun and good luck!
 
#16
Wyvern said:
and from what I've heard from people in the OTC , the TA are far more understanding when it came to uni work, and they were very supportive of me when it came to exams.
Sorry, but I really do have to take issue with that. Since the OTC year is based around your Uni year, you don't have any training commitments in exam periods...OTCs always admit that your degree comes first and never pressure you to put work in second place.

However, I'm happy to agree on all your other points. \however, a small caveat...if you're thinking of joining the TA as an officer and you're a student, you'll more than likely be fecked off to the OTC anyway.
 
#17
that may be so, but the commitment wanted at other times was more than the TA; the TA know jobs always come first, and however much they take the p!ss out of students, uni was always viewed in the same light as work. And as my course doesn't follow a typical uni year, TA is better for me.

also - if you're gonna join the TA at uni, join as a soldier so you can have fun and not get tied up in paperwork..........
 
#18
Why not have the best of both worlds. Join your local TA unit and when you go to uni join the OTC as a TASO. By doing that you can train with the OTC during term time and return to your Group A unit when on hols or whenever you like. You get Group A bounty and are able to see it from both angles. Just to put one or two points correct an OTC cadet starting pay is actually more than a Pte in the TA although the bounty is substantially more. The OTC has moved on a great deal in recent years and is much more than a drinking club (well my OTC is). The suggestion that the OTC would not be understanding about your studies is simply absurd as we know exactly what is more important ie studies always come first.
 
#19
Wyvern said:
And as my course doesn't follow a typical uni year, TA is better for me.
Nor mine...we're both medics if I'm not mistaken. I've really never had any problems but hey, its horses for courses. Just wanted to give the flip-side a chance.

Consensus seems to be: TA if you want to do some proper soldiering (not as an officer) and don't mind having the piss taken, OTC if you want a flavour of the army (via attachments etc.) as well as a cheap drinking club and don't mind being in the company of admin-mongs.
 
#20
Does the TA dominate your civvy social life while at college/uni? Or could i get away with giving 1 weekend a month and Tuesday nights to TA, and the rest to civvy social life?
 

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