TA Tours Summer 2009

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  1. Hi all, new to the forum.I have searched to see if this topic is anywhere else on the forum and couldnt find it...
    Iv joined the TA (infantry) and am about to complete my recruit training. Im soon going to be a university student in September but desperate to tour next summer. My unit is supposedly going to Afghan for a six month tour but due to exams etc I can only commit from June to October (roughly) and have been told my chances off going are very small. Is it possible to do shorter lenght tours, would I have to retrain in a more specialist trade, I tried to working out which TA unit's are on tour next summer and thought about leaving my unit to join another who would allow to me tour for a shorter lenght of time but its impossible to know who is touring when. I cant take a year out of uni to do a six month tour because im doing a five year course....advice would be much appreciated!.
  2. Unlikely as mobilisation for a tour is 11-12 months including training, tour and leave. You could go to Canada for the summer and do GDs in BATUS, not operations but at least it's somewhere abroad
  3. OK cheers for the advice but how would i go about getting involved with canada or cyprus or something like that? i have no idea which units are going there or who i should contact. i just want more experience, i have four months off over summer so im sure there must be something i can do in TA during that time...
  4. PSI or PSAO, talk to them, tell them what you want to do.
  5. msr

    msr LE

    Get your education sorted as a first priority.

    The army will be trawling for tours forever.

  6. If you are in full time education, you cannot be moblised, as msr stated get your education behind you and some military experience first then go on a tour.

  7. `

    Speak to your chain of command, why is your PSI or PSAO controlling your career? Your troop/platoon commander should be your first point of call.
  8. You can be mobilised, its just that being a student is a legitimate grounds for appeal.

    Get uni sorted first, you won't want to go back to university if you go on tour, its very hard to keep the educational "groove" in place.
  9. I would be very surprised if you were given a shorter tour due to the mobilisation (training required) and your experience (different matter if you were ex-serving perhaps).

    However, if you are about to be a uni student, you could easily be an officer. Even if you do not wish to pursue the Army as a career, you probably should be able to get an attachment over the summer. Depending on how flush your unit is with MTDs, you might even get paid (but I would very much doubt it).
  10. amen

    they will tell you in 20years these were the best times of your life being a student... make of that what you will. but there are always opportunities for going away somewhere if you really want to


  11. Interesting, have they scraped the half tours then?

    In 2005, 205 Fd Hosp went to Iraq, & had guys who only did 3 months, then went home & another batch came out. Was this unique to that unit?

    The Engineers only seem to do tours of a few months also, to do various tasks, might be worth looking into doing a tour with them?
  12. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    4 Para certainly do half tours - 3 months deployed, total mobilised time around 6 months. It is all down to what the deploying and receiving units are able to agree upon.

  13. Yeh thought that might be the case. I suppose a lot also depends on how much time you can devote, I mean not everyone can commit to a full 6 month tour, I imagine thats why 205 only did 3 month tours, the NHS couldn`t let all their Docs & Nurses go for full tours?

    I also imagine that if they`ve got 2 blokes who both want to do 3 month tours, then they`ve got the 6 months covered..?