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The_Duke

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I want to be an officer for the career however I would like to experience being a regular soldier first.
If you want to be an officer, do that. The road from soldier to officer is laid with pitfalls and far from certain.

You are gambling your career on the attitude and personal opinions of people other than AOSB and Sandhurst staff. Risky.
 
To get the best of both worlds
Here is an idea: Go to university to get a degree and whilst you are there join the reserves, THEN as you are coming up for your final year at uni apply for a commission.

That will give you some soldiering experience, you could even go off and become a reserve para, get your wings, do a basic brecon course and some other bibs and bobs. If you are a student and you speak very nicely to the reserve units admin officer and permanent staff instructor they can keep you very busy through your long summer vacation period and probably easter too. You would be amazed at the courses available to be done.

Tip: If you join the reserves do not go shouting to the management about how you are only doing it till you graduate as you want to apply for a commission. Some may take offence to you not wanting to stay in the reserves and limit the things you can do. Give it a year before mentioning to the admin officer that you are seriously thinking about applying for a commission as a regular.
 

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Here is an idea: Go to university to get a degree and whilst you are there join the reserves, THEN as you are coming up for your final year at uni apply for a commission.

That will give you some soldiering experience, you could even go off and become a reserve para, get your wings, do a basic brecon course and some other bibs and bobs. If you are a student and you speak very nicely to the reserve units admin officer and permanent staff instructor they can keep you very busy through your long summer vacation period and probably easter too. You would be amazed at the courses available to be done.

Tip: If you join the reserves do not go shouting to the management about how you are only doing it till you graduate as you want to apply for a commission. Some may take offence to you not wanting to stay in the reserves and limit the things you can do. Give it a year before mentioning to the admin officer that you are seriously thinking about applying for a commission as a regular.
This is a good idea and is probably what I am going to do. I didn’t think about going to uni before because I was so set on joining the armed forces after college but now that I have thought about it, it is the best option and is kind of silly that I did not think of it before. Thank you to you for this idea and to everyone else for the helpful replies I got.
 
This is a good idea and is probably what I am going to do. I didn’t think about going to uni before because I was so set on joining the armed forces after college but now that I have thought about it, it is the best option and is kind of silly that I did not think of it before. Thank you to you for this idea and to everyone else for the helpful replies I got.
You are welcome.
 
Hi all,

Unsure as to whether this is the appropriate thread or not but hoping someone could potentially answer my question.

I recently passed selection and during my interview I was advised to reconsider my original choices. My first choice was originally infantry, however I was pushed away from it (towards engineering or intelligence) as I was told it would be a waste of my qualifications and test results. My first choice is now Electronics Technician in the REME. My question is am I making a mistake or is the REME a good choice? I have researched but the army's website is fairly limited when it comes to info about the REME and the AFCO didn't give me much info. My main fear is that I'll get stuck doing nothing.

Anyway, sorry for the long post, if anyone could help I'd massively appreciate it.
 

NemoIII

War Hero
My first choice is now Electronics Technician in the REME. My question is am I making a mistake or is the REME a good choice?
I personally would say it's a brilliant, however it's very personal. If you go Infantry and had the opportunity to be a Tech, in 4 or 5 years you would probably be regretting it.

Did/Do you enjoy school? The REME is a very technical Corps, and you need to atleast have a interest in academic studies.

I'm only a Lowly Vehicle Mechanic in the REME after transfering from the Cavalry. Although I dont regret this things I've done, I much prefer being a VM than being in the Cavalry.
 
Hi all,

Unsure as to whether this is the appropriate thread or not but hoping someone could potentially answer my question.

I recently passed selection and during my interview I was advised to reconsider my original choices. My first choice was originally infantry, however I was pushed away from it (towards engineering or intelligence) as I was told it would be a waste of my qualifications and test results. My first choice is now Electronics Technician in the REME. My question is am I making a mistake or is the REME a good choice? I have researched but the army's website is fairly limited when it comes to info about the REME and the AFCO didn't give me much info. My main fear is that I'll get stuck doing nothing.

Anyway, sorry for the long post, if anyone could help I'd massively appreciate it.
The problem with REME Technician is that you're only fixing unit pieces of equipment, rarely complete systems ie you're a lab technician. We're also opening less and less up ourselves and pushing it to contracted repair. However, if you've got qualifications it is better than infantry.
 
I personally would say it's a brilliant, however it's very personal. If you go Infantry and had the opportunity to be a Tech, in 4 or 5 years you would probably be regretting it.

Did/Do you enjoy school? The REME is a very technical Corps, and you need to atleast have a interest in academic studies.

I'm only a Lowly Vehicle Mechanic in the REME after transfering from the Cavalry. Although I dont regret this things I've done, I much prefer being a VM than being in the Cavalry.
Thanks for replying. I do like the idea of a more technical role and academic stuff isn't really an issue for me. One of my other initial choices was light cavalry because I was split between the infantry and more of a technical role.

The practical part of me is telling myself to get a trade and do something more suited to the qualifications I already have but I like the idea of going on exercises, being outdoors, travelling etc. I'm really sure if the REME get to do much of that. I know that whatever I end up doing I can't expect to constantly be doing exciting stuff. As I said before the afco didn't provide too much in depth info so any info at all is genuinely helpful.
 
The problem with REME Technician is that you're only fixing unit pieces of equipment, rarely complete systems ie you're a lab technician. We're also opening less and less up ourselves and pushing it to contracted repair. However, if you've got qualifications it is better than infantry.
Thanks for replying. Are you in the REME yourself? If so any info you can give as to your experiences would really help.
 

NemoIII

War Hero
The practical part of me is telling myself to get a trade and do something more suited to the qualifications I already have but I like the idea of going on exercises, being outdoors, travelling etc. I'm really sure if the REME get to do much of that.
Still do that in REME. Runnning around being a soldier sounds cool till you're absolutely soaked, freezing and the wind has just took out your poncho.

If you're interested in being a tech then I would suggest you do it, @Kroneit44 is RSignals, he probably has a better understanding of REME Electronic tech vs what the RSignals has.
 
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