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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.
 

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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

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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.
 

The_Duke

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Would light infantry get deployed more than mechanised infantry?
You will think this is useless, but the answer is “it depends”.

If the Govt commits troops to a theatre where is is all about protected mobility it will be mech. Jungles light.

Of course if it becomes an enduring task, either will do whatever is needed.

clear as mud, eh?
 

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You will think this is useless, but the answer is “it depends”.

If the Govt commits troops to a theatre where is is all about protected mobility it will be mech. Jungles light.

Of course if it becomes an enduring task, either will do whatever is needed.

clear as mud, eh?
That was actually useful. On the British army website it calls Light infantry "adaptable" so I assumed they are deployed more.
 
New to the thread and I’m nearing the date for my assessment but still unsure what trade to specialise in electrician sounded good but I’ve heard from a few people that the qualifications and skills you gain do not transfer into civilian life so I looked into air conditioning & refrigeration and it looks like the skills would more easily transfer to civilian life when the time comes that I’ll leave the army, any advice would be appreciated!
 
New to the thread and I’m nearing the date for my assessment but still unsure what trade to specialise in electrician sounded good but I’ve heard from a few people that the qualifications and skills you gain do not transfer into civilian life so I looked into air conditioning & refrigeration and it looks like the skills would more easily transfer to civilian life when the time comes that I’ll leave the army, any advice would be appreciated!
What civilian accredited qualifications are being offered? Our RE Electricians are all qualified in a City and Guilds sense. You seem to be talking about doing a job in the Army that is repeated in civilian life, of which there aren't that many, RE seems to own most of them. To be honest, after you've done a few years, you'll be looking more towards management anyway.
 
What civilian accredited qualifications are being offered? Our RE Electricians are all qualified in a City and Guilds sense. You seem to be talking about doing a job in the Army that is repeated in civilian life, of which there aren't that many, RE seems to own most of them. To be honest, after you've done a few years, you'll be looking more towards management anyway.
I can see that they both offer city & guilds all though electrician does offer level 3 it’s just posts like the following that put me off and I’ve seen a few like them I’ll attach a screen shot
 

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I can see that they both offer city & guilds all though electrician does offer level 3 it’s just posts like the following that put me off and I’ve seen a few like them I’ll attach a screen shot
The RE bit is rubbish, the R Sigs bit is correct, they focus on temporary power. RE bit is directly transferable, the R Sigs bit slightly less so but I look at it as setting a stage up at a rock festival, someones got to plan it, build it, and sign it off. A senior R Sigs Powerman can do that (and does do that). The RAF TG5 is another pretty good number. They have electricians and mechanics (HVAC, cooling systems etc).
 
The RE bit is rubbish, the R Sigs bit is correct, they focus on temporary power. RE bit is directly transferable, the R Sigs bit slightly less so but I look at it as setting a stage up at a rock festival, someones got to plan it, build it, and sign it off. A senior R Sigs Powerman can do that (and does do that). The RAF TG5 is another pretty good number. They have electricians and mechanics (HVAC, cooling systems etc).
Okay thanks for the reply that has reassured me if the experience and quals I pick up could directly transfer, would I get my city & guilds qualifications after phase 2 training or do I have to do additional training to gain those, also did you have any info on the air conditioning & refrigeration side of things?
 
Okay thanks for the reply that has reassured me if the experience and quals I pick up could directly transfer, would I get my city & guilds qualifications after phase 2 training or do I have to do additional training to gain those, also did you have any info on the air conditioning & refrigeration side of things?
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Hiya
Im also thinking marines or grenadiers.
the problem is that im a woman. This means that i could be the first female in either. (Im aware that many here will ridicule me but still).

i love the sea, front line and them being the best.

i also love ceremonial stuff and the guarding and both are elite

Someone help me out?
 
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