The "what trade should I go for" thread - all job selection related chat in here

Hi everyone I'm interested in joining as an Electrical Engineer- Comms and just had a couple of questions
1. How long is phase 2?
2. Do you just get posted to Signal regiments?
I don’t recognise the trade name, please post the link you got it from?
 

may14

Crow
Hi all,
I'm looking for some advice, I am currently in the application process but am unsure as to what job role to go for.

I have came up with three options; geographic technician, ammunition technician and operator military intelligence.
I'm looking at these roles because I feel like there is lots of room for progression and lots to learn within the role and with different specialisations. (if i've got this wrong please let me know or if any other jobs fit this I'd be interested in knowing)

I am wondering what the day to day life would be for these jobs? Would I have the opportunity to get out of the office in these jobs, as getting out onto the field is something that attracted me to the army along with having a trade?

Any knowledge you have on any of the roles stated would be really appreciated.

Many thanks
 
Just wondering if I could have some help with some questions.
I am joining the Royal Engineers so far as a Plant Operator mechanic. However, reading through some forums have told me that this role will not do much combat engineering. I would like to know how true this is as one of the main reasons for joining the Engineers is the combat engineering. Furthermore, one of the main reasons as going in as a Plant operator was so I could get my driving licence. If I change my role to carpentry and joinery will I still get a driving licence? Also do I have to change when I get to phase 1 or now ?

My start dates are the 20th of October 2019
 

oppoStu

War Hero
Just wondering if I could have some help with some questions.
I am joining the Royal Engineers so far as a Plant Operator mechanic. However, reading through some forums have told me that this role will not do much combat engineering. I would like to know how true this is as one of the main reasons for joining the Engineers is the combat engineering. Furthermore, one of the main reasons as going in as a Plant operator was so I could get my driving licence. If I change my role to carpentry and joinery will I still get a driving licence? Also do I have to change when I get to phase 1 or now ?

My start dates are the 20th of October 2019
This was recently updated, ALL royal engineer roles will get a drivers licence. This was reiterated a million times from every officer on my recent regimental visit.
 

oppoStu

War Hero
Just wondering if I could have some help with some questions.
I am joining the Royal Engineers so far as a Plant Operator mechanic. However, reading through some forums have told me that this role will not do much combat engineering. I would like to know how true this is as one of the main reasons for joining the Engineers is the combat engineering. Furthermore, one of the main reasons as going in as a Plant operator was so I could get my driving licence. If I change my role to carpentry and joinery will I still get a driving licence? Also do I have to change when I get to phase 1 or now ?

My start dates are the 20th of October 2019
And to answer your POM question, having read up a lot on this forum and going by what former POMs have said, you won't be doing much combat engineering...

Ideally change before phase 1, saves dicking around everyone since your phase 1 is aligned to your phase 2 dates.
 

oppoStu

War Hero
Please I am asked to set unavailability date in my portal to confirm my date. Help me with it.
Just talk to your CSM over the phone and arrange a date that works best for you, they will update your portal.

Then all you have to do is, login > events > click 'confirm attendance'.
 

Tookz

Clanker
Just research my role choices for AC, I am just wondering as a recovery Mech do just get posted to a reme regiment and then go on exerices etc with other regiments or do you get posted to different regiments?
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Mod Comment:

We get several of these types of threads every week, so please use this one for all trade/role comparison posts in future. Please be aware that:

1. Many Arrse posters left the army before these roles were even created, so anything they post may well be pure guesswork.
2. There is no such thing as an unbiased soldier when it comes to discussing their regiment or role.
There are some of us who left before computers were in general use let alone running things.
I left school there were no PC's. My last year as a regular and I was competent on vengeful and used to writing patrol reports on a green screen Amstrad that the Bn had purchased for several jobs. It was used more to write begging letters to bank managers for overdrafts but that's just life!
Good luck to the OP. Fast trackers in my industry now all hold equals in risk management and data evaluation. Once qualified the banks normally pinch them!
 

NemoIII

War Hero
Just research my role choices for AC, I am just wondering as a recovery Mech do just get posted to a reme regiment and then go on exerices etc with other regiments or do you get posted to different regiments?
After completing your Phase 2 you will be posted to a REME BN where you will enhance you skills as a Recce Mech. This will include going on exercise and recovering vehicles to 3rd line repair (REME BN)

Once you promote and complete your Class 1 you can then be posted to a Non-Reme unit such as Infantry/Cavarly/Artillery where most tasks will be recovering stuck and broken vehicles to your Unit LAD.

That's a brief overview, not sure how busy they can be as a Craftsman, but certain busy once you promote and are at a Unit LAD. Keep your nose clean and volunteer for exercises and I believe promotion is rather fast. I think it becomes hard to promote once you hit Cpl/Sgt, but just depends with what you're happy with.
 

Wozzywick

Swinger
Hey everyone. The role of signals officer seems to appeal to me from reading the description.
On this site I’ve read a lot of stereotypes about each corp, but nobody ever seems to mention signals. Stereotypically, what “sort of person” does the role of signals officer attract?
 

lsmi97

Swinger
Hi all, I'm wondering whether to go for avionics technician or aircraft technician. I've looked at both roles on the website and it seems both will give you a degree, however the avionics gives you a Bsc in electrical engineering but the aircraft gives you a foundation degree in aviation engineering, seems to me like the avionics would be better for a career after the army? Also, any idea if the intelligence corps is worth going for, as in is it interesting while you're in and what the prospects would be when you eventually leave?
 

heinz59

Clanker
Hi everyone, just having a look at my options and obviously my heart is set on ammo tech so that’s down as my first choice,
Trying to work out things for my 2nd and 3rd option; what RE trade does the most combat engineering?
I was looking at amoured engineer and driver and maybe household cav seeing as my allergy is better?

My man did tell me to put guards down cause I was obsessed as a kid but I have two fat bags on my chest that makes that unlikely
 
I recently completed an assessment centre. I got 148kg on the mid thigh pull, 3.9m on the throw and 2km in 8:05. According to the interviewer all job roles were available to me after the ACT test but I only marked 27 correctly on the TST test so this narrowed my job roles quite significantly, including the ones I was most interested in. Also my GCSE grades were quite poor and I only came away with a C in English and History, D in Maths and PE, Double E in Science and a GNVQ in IT. Those were over a decade ago as I'm now 30.

So considering, my age, my AC results and my GCSEs. Which role would you recommend I join?

The 3 main things I'd like out of the army are quicker rank profession, considering my age. A role which enables me to travel around the world most. A role which will give me a chance at gaining as many qualifications and/or licenses as possible.

Also, if I join, say, the signals as a comms engineer. Can I then later join a regiment within the signals that I don't have the required GCSE grades in, for example, a cyber engineer?

Any feedback is much appreciated
 
I recently completed an assessment centre. I got 148kg on the mid thigh pull, 3.9m on the throw and 2km in 8:05. According to the interviewer all job roles were available to me after the ACT test but I only marked 27 correctly on the TST test so this narrowed my job roles quite significantly, including the ones I was most interested in. Also my GCSE grades were quite poor and I only came away with a C in English and History, D in Maths and PE, Double E in Science and a GNVQ in IT. Those were over a decade ago as I'm now 30.

So considering, my age, my AC results and my GCSEs. Which role would you recommend I join?

The 3 main things I'd like out of the army are quicker rank profession, considering my age. A role which enables me to travel around the world most. A role which will give me a chance at gaining as many qualifications and/or licenses as possible.

Also, if I join, say, the signals as a comms engineer. Can I then later join a regiment within the signals that I don't have the required GCSE grades in, for example, a cyber engineer?

Any feedback is much appreciated
No one knows what is happening in the Signals at the moment as we’re going through a big change WRT our trade structures. And we’ve lost early promotion to LCpl. And VEng Long puts a stop to quick promotion.
 
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