The real army

#1
I'll get straight to the point, is it anything like the adverts, probably not i suppose as it makes trekking through a swamp look fun. But on the adventure & sport side of things, do you really get opportunity's to travel around the world,go ski'ing , parachuting & play lots of sport in general?
Basicly I want a rough picture of what army life is really like?
A friend of mine at school said he wanted to join up when he leaves and kinda got verbally abused that he'd never make it & it's only for hard' people & you'd get bullied there. Obviously there's probably some friendly banter there of just mucking around(i wouldnt really know).
If any of you saw that show 'mark of cain' ages ago you'll see what i mean , are there young soldiers really undiciplined like that?
Would you say 15£ a year is enough in your 20's?, it's not really clear to me but could someone tell me if you pretty much live in barracks apart from when on leave,ops, & ex?

Sorry for loads of questions but I would really apprieciate some opinions.
 
#2
fatiguedsheep said:
If any of you saw that show 'mark of cain' ages ago you'll see what i mean , are there young soldiers really undiciplined like that?
That programme had less fact in it than an episode of Doctor Who, and I'm still waiting to put the makers of it in a wheelchair.

Disregard everything it had in it!

Prae
 
#3
fatiguedsheep said:
I'll get straight to the point, is it anything like the adverts, probably not i suppose as it makes trekking through a swamp look fun. But on the adventure & sport side of things, do you really get opportunity's to travel around the world,go ski'ing , parachuting & play lots of sport in general?
Basicly I want a rough picture of what army life is really like?
A friend of mine at school said he wanted to join up when he leaves and kinda got verbally abused that he'd never make it & it's only for hard' people & you'd get bullied there. Obviously there's probably some friendly banter there of just mucking around(i wouldnt really know).
If any of you saw that show 'mark of cain' ages ago you'll see what i mean , are there young soldiers really undiciplined like that?
Would you say 15£ a year is enough in your 20's?, it's not really clear to me but could someone tell me if you pretty much live in barracks apart from when on leave,ops, & ex?

Sorry for loads of questions but I would really apprieciate some opinions.
Yes.
Do it you won't regret it.
Unless you are a Div. :)
 
#4
Eh? Trekking through swamps IS fun, I joined the Army purely for the chance to trek through swamps.

Unfortunately though, swamp trekking is seldom done nowadays due to H&S issues, and the lack of qualified swamp trekking instructors.

Regards
T_T
 
#5
Well I was in your position 2 years ago. The sport side is called 'Adventure Training', you'll do that after training.

Money, depends how you manage it, get into debt then your fooked. If you don't then you can survive a month easy. I don't think any programme has grasped what the army is like.
 
#6
Nightrained said:
Well I was in your position 2 years ago. The sport side is called 'Adventure Training', you'll do that after training.

Money, depends how you manage it, get into debt then your fooked. If you don't then you can survive a month easy. I don't think any programme has grasped what the army is like.
There was a documentry going back a few years now, Soldiers to be.

Anybody remember that? View's on weather that was true to life?
 
#7
fatiguedsheep said:
Would you say 15£ a year is enough in your 20's?,

............

it's not really clear to me but could someone tell me if you pretty much live in barracks apart from when on leave,ops, & ex?
Mate I'm a Recruitment Consultant and I know a good deal of people well into their 30's don't make 15k a year, plus they're civvies so nearly all of that is absorbed right into housekeeping and they have little/no disposable income. Living in barracks your expenses are very low, thus your disposable income is v. high. I think it roughly works out in terms in disposable income, to double and a half your forces salary when comparing to civillian city salary.

....

You can live off-base, with a letter of permission from your CO which as I understand is just a formality anyway. But why would you want to?
 
#8
fatiguedsheep said:
I'll get straight to the point, is it anything like the adverts, probably not i suppose as it makes trekking through a swamp look fun. But on the adventure & sport side of things, do you really get opportunity's to travel around the world,go ski'ing , parachuting & play lots of sport in general?
Basicly I want a rough picture of what army life is really like?
A friend of mine at school said he wanted to join up when he leaves and kinda got verbally abused that he'd never make it & it's only for hard' people & you'd get bullied there. Obviously there's probably some friendly banter there of just mucking around(i wouldnt really know).
If any of you saw that show 'mark of cain' ages ago you'll see what i mean , are there young soldiers really undiciplined like that?
Would you say 15£ a year is enough in your 20's?, it's not really clear to me but could someone tell me if you pretty much live in barracks apart from when on leave,ops, & ex?

Sorry for loads of questions but I would really apprieciate some opinions.
Brilliant life, get a great career with lots of sport, adventure training and travelling whilst getting paid for it. Also giving young lads and lasses a focus in life and in many cases away from troubled areas and into employment.
Your questions are well constructed have you ever thought of a career in journalism :? if not nip down to your local careers office or go on the net at www.armyjobs.co.uk and find out more. :wink: :D
 
#9
Yeah what IRON said; careers office.

Having a chat with the Sgt's doesn't commit you to an application, just go in and tell them you're just gathering info at this stage, and will decide after that if you're going to actualy apply.

You hear some horror stories about recruiting sgt's, but the vast majority seem to be alright and won't pressure you into applying.
 
#10
Why is every new member whom asks a question about Army life immedately labeled as a journo? I mean, theres vigilant, and then there's excessively paranoid. Gve the lad a break. And only constructive comments can come out of this thread. Its not like he's asking about anything that may be detrimental to the Army's public image.
 
#11
The_IRON said:
fatiguedsheep said:
I'll get straight to the point, is it anything like the adverts, probably not i suppose as it makes trekking through a swamp look fun. But on the adventure & sport side of things, do you really get opportunity's to travel around the world,go ski'ing , parachuting & play lots of sport in general?
Basicly I want a rough picture of what army life is really like?
A friend of mine at school said he wanted to join up when he leaves and kinda got verbally abused that he'd never make it & it's only for hard' people & you'd get bullied there. Obviously there's probably some friendly banter there of just mucking around(i wouldnt really know).
If any of you saw that show 'mark of cain' ages ago you'll see what i mean , are there young soldiers really undiciplined like that?
Would you say 15£ a year is enough in your 20's?, it's not really clear to me but could someone tell me if you pretty much live in barracks apart from when on leave,ops, & ex?

Sorry for loads of questions but I would really apprieciate some opinions.
Brilliant life, get a great career with lots of sport, adventure training and travelling whilst getting paid for it. Also giving young lads and lasses a focus in life and in many cases away from troubled areas and into employment.
Your questions are well constructed have you ever thought of a career in journalism :? if not nip down to your local careers office or go on the net at www.armyjobs.co.uk and find out more. :wink: :D
Was that irony, Iron? :twisted:

Litotes
 
#12
Litotes said:
The_IRON said:
fatiguedsheep said:
I'll get straight to the point, is it anything like the adverts, probably not i suppose as it makes trekking through a swamp look fun. But on the adventure & sport side of things, do you really get opportunity's to travel around the world,go ski'ing , parachuting & play lots of sport in general?
Basicly I want a rough picture of what army life is really like?
A friend of mine at school said he wanted to join up when he leaves and kinda got verbally abused that he'd never make it & it's only for hard' people & you'd get bullied there. Obviously there's probably some friendly banter there of just mucking around(i wouldnt really know).
If any of you saw that show 'mark of cain' ages ago you'll see what i mean , are there young soldiers really undiciplined like that?
Would you say 15£ a year is enough in your 20's?, it's not really clear to me but could someone tell me if you pretty much live in barracks apart from when on leave,ops, & ex?

Sorry for loads of questions but I would really apprieciate some opinions.
Brilliant life, get a great career with lots of sport, adventure training and travelling whilst getting paid for it. Also giving young lads and lasses a focus in life and in many cases away from troubled areas and into employment.
Your questions are well constructed have you ever thought of a career in journalism :? if not nip down to your local careers office or go on the net at www.armyjobs.co.uk and find out more. :wink: :D
Was that irony, Iron? :twisted:

Litotes
I do think this lad is genuine but do know of similar posts recently which are definately searching questions so have to keep on the ball. Like your little pun with IRONY/IRON have you ever thought about a career in comedy your great (either that or Im getting an old fart) :D
 
#13
crescent said:
You hear some horror stories about recruiting sgt's, but the vast majority seem to be alright and won't pressure you into applying.
I was hooded, forced into the stress position and subjected to mock executions until I signed the bloody paper when I went in tother day. And they stole my iPod.
 
#14
Worth doing, because no other emloyment will give you such a sense of camaraderie, teach you respect for yourself and others, or make you confident to deal with any situation you may encounter.
Plus you get the chance to shoot scrotes.
 
#16
duckiciao said:
crescent said:
You hear some horror stories about recruiting sgt's, but the vast majority seem to be alright and won't pressure you into applying.
I was hooded, forced into the stress position and subjected to mock executions until I signed the bloody paper when I went in tother day. And they stole my iPod.
And your one of the Recruiters :D

As a ex Recruiting Sgt, Crescent I have to totally disagree with your statement and say that the vast majority of us are/were monsters so dont under estimate the horror stories.

IMHO though I would say that you will get more honest free advice and assistance off of Army recruiters and feed back then fom the civilian counterparts. You should realsie this from being involved with the civilian careers side.
 
#17
The_IRON said:
IMHO though I would say that you will get more honest free advice and assistance off of Army recruiters and feed back then fom the civilian counterparts. You should realsie this from being involved with the civilian careers side.
Absolutely.

If you fail an interview or a CV screen with a civillian recruiter, you're worthless to him/her and just a waste of time and resources from then onwards. Completely the opposite with the Army.

IRON: Ah well, in that case - horror stories are true, I was just lucky with my nice Sgt's then ;)
 
#18
I came out in 1990 after being injured in the final weeks of RMAS course :x - even though I was in for a relatively short period of time, I would go back tomorrow if they'd let me! It seems like yesterday (now getting slightly weepy :roll: )
 
#19
Look, just imagine being on exercise, on top cover with a GPMG and blasting out 800 rounds on a patrol and lobbing smoke. Now, that's cool. Join up.
 
#20
fatiguedsheep said:
I'll get straight to the point, is it anything like the adverts, probably not i suppose as it makes trekking through a swamp look fun. But on the adventure & sport side of things, do you really get opportunity's to travel around the world,go ski'ing , parachuting & play lots of sport in general?
Basicly I want a rough picture of what army life is really like?
A friend of mine at school said he wanted to join up when he leaves and kinda got verbally abused that he'd never make it & it's only for hard' people & you'd get bullied there. Obviously there's probably some friendly banter there of just mucking around(i wouldnt really know).
If any of you saw that show 'mark of cain' ages ago you'll see what i mean , are there young soldiers really undiciplined like that?
Would you say 15£ a year is enough in your 20's?, it's not really clear to me but could someone tell me if you pretty much live in barracks apart from when on leave,ops, & ex?

Sorry for loads of questions but I would really apprieciate some opinions.
Well, in my last posting my m8 went to Malta and Germany and all over the UK to play Rugby, plus there was a skiing expedition for the unit, so it is true, there are ample opportunities for sport and whatnot. I think on the sport side of things you have to be fcuking good though.

Its takes a lot of commitment and a strong desire to want to be in the Army to get through training. Plus its not the exsclusive domian of 'hard' cases. There was plenty of young lads who fancied themselves as gangta's on my phase 1 who recieved a very rude awakening when the DS got hold of them.

As for bullying, in most cases people who spout that sort of garbage are usually useless, lazy, obnoxious, wastes of space who dropped out of training. These O2 theives get ample chances to sort their lives out.

Oh and Mark of Cain was utter, spurious drivel, this is what we thought.

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