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Hi everyone, I've recently been offered the role of aviation groundcrew specialist and I've heard mixed feelings on the role. Is it a good choice or should I go onto something else? I want something that's very physical and I've heard rumours of lads being stuck in their hangar 99% of the time.
Not got any experience myself in terms of serving so my input is not gospel.

However when it comes to your job in the army, the only person it has to appeal to is you. Others will have mixed opinions but if it’s what you want to do then go for it. There’s pros and cons to all job roles, you’ve just got to find the one that appeals to you most and allows you to get the most out of :)
 
Thanks for your input! :) I am aware of this, however I've often heard that groundcrew get passed down all the naff jobs that no one else wants to do. On the other hand I've also heard the opposite. I know I would enjoy the role as I love aviation, however the last thing I want is pass down jobs.
 
I’m sure just like all jobs in the army people with less experience would get the pass down jobs more frequently than those that are experienced.

I may be wrong as like I said I’ve not served yet, but I’ve heard experience and rank plays a big role in the army. The more experience you have, the bigger the jobs maybe. I cannot say it’s 100% true as like I said I’ve never served.

Like I said there’s pros and cons to all job roles, it’s just finding the job you see yourself happy to be doing. Everyone starts from the bottom!
 
I’m sure just like all jobs in the army people with less experience would get the pass down jobs more frequently than those that are experienced.

I may be wrong as like I said I’ve not served yet, but I’ve heard experience and rank plays a big role in the army. The more experience you have, the bigger the jobs maybe. I cannot say it’s 100% true as like I said I’ve never served.

Like I said there’s pros and cons to all job roles, it’s just finding the job you see yourself happy to be doing. Everyone starts from the bottom!
I agree, however I think people deserve at least some form of authority, especially as it's the army and not a typical 'school leavers job'. Most people have experience in the roles that they're going for, including myself. Wouldn't want everything that we've built up over years to go to waste! Obviously yes everyone starts from the bottom but that's not to say they're less skilled. Personally I'd rather have a more challenging career. I know a couple of groundcrew specialists that are three years down the line and still doing the same old thing, I was just wondering if anyone else had any different experiences. Obviously there are pros and cons to each job however I'm sure some more than others. :)
 
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I agree, however I think people deserve at least some form of authority, especially as it's the army and not a typical 'school leavers job'. Most people have experience in the roles that they're going for, including myself. Wouldn't want everything that we've built up over years to go to waste! Obviously yes everyone starts from the bottom but that's not to say they're unless less skilled. Personally I'd rather have a more challenging career. I know a couple of groundcrew specialists that are three years down the line and still doing the same old thing, I was just wondering if anyone else had any different experiences. Obviously there are pros and cons to each job however I'm sure some more than others. :)
I agree fully, like I said I don’t have a clue as I’ve not served. But the army is based on a rank structure meaning regardless of prior civilian experience you will be below others and that’s just how it is unfortunately.

Hopefully you get the answers you need :)
 
I agree fully, like I said I don’t have a clue as I’ve not served. But the army is based on a rank structure meaning regardless of prior civilian experience you will be below others and that’s just how it is unfortunately.

Hopefully you get the answers you need :)
I know that haha it's common sense. However there just seems to be more controversy around this specific role.

Thank you! :)
 
Does anyone know what role I would need to be if I'm wanting to operate the new Ajax vehicle? It seems that under the Army refine, the Ajax will be the vehicle replacing both the Scimitar and the Challenger 2 (in some cases). So would I need to be a Tank Crewman or an Armoured Cavalry Crewman or does it not matter? Thanks
 
Does anyone know what role I would need to be if I'm wanting to operate the new Ajax vehicle? It seems that under the Army refine, the Ajax will be the vehicle replacing both the Scimitar and the Challenger 2 (in some cases). So would I need to be a Tank Crewman or an Armoured Cavalry Crewman or does it not matter? Thanks
Armoured Cav Crewman I'm fairly sure, Tank Crewman is just the Chally 2 unless your reg't gets swapped to a light/armoured cav one whenever they decide to **** with the budgets again. Double check with your recruiter, though.
 
Armoured Cav Crewman I'm fairly sure, Tank Crewman is just the Chally 2 unless your reg't gets swapped to a light/armoured cav one whenever they decide to **** with the budgets again. Double check with your recruiter, though.
Perfect, thanks.
Out of interest, do you know what happens to Tank Crewmen if their Reg does get swapped to Light Cavalry? Do they get put into a different tank regiment or forced to train in armoured cavalry?
 
Perfect, thanks.
Out of interest, do you know what happens to Tank Crewmen if their Reg does get swapped to Light Cavalry? Do they get put into a different tank regiment or forced to train in armoured cavalry?
Not sure myself, that's what makes me hesitant to make tank crewman even though it's appealing to me as well as high priority. I'd imagine they get re-trained, if it's determined the role is too costly for it's current use it wouldn't make sense to just swap them around and keep the same number of them.

I think that's what happens in the RAF with their rapiers, the squadrons were just retrained.
 
Hello fellow nose breakers.

I was just wondering if I could get some information on the life of an Irish Guard. What they do when they aren't on guard duty and what guard duty is like.

Also about the Parachute Regiment please.
 
Not sure myself, that's what makes me hesitant to make tank crewman even though it's appealing to me as well as high priority. I'd imagine they get re-trained, if it's determined the role is too costly for it's current use it wouldn't make sense to just swap them around and keep the same number of them.

I think that's what happens in the RAF with their rapiers, the squadrons were just retrained.
I think choosing a high priority role might actually speed up your application - I believe they prioritise you. So long as there isn't another Army refine you will be able to look at the 2020 Army refine and see which regiments will be operating the Challenger 2's and which are being switched to Ajax.

All that being said, you join RAC first, then get assigned a role according to the Army's needs and then your preference. So I think you'd have to be happy with the other cavalry roles too anyway.
 
Alright then. I plan on applying to be an EWSO (Electronic Warfare Systems Operator), but it is quite vague as to what I'd actually be getting up to. Would it be quite combat-oriented? I've always thought being an infantryman would be fun and it's something I've looked at, but I am also quite interested in IT and I was wondering if this would be a decent compromise

UPDATE: Called the AFCO near me and they said some more about it; doesn't really seem like the thing for me.

Thanks,
M
 
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My 3 options were SCOTS, Parachute Regiment and Artillery yet recently on the Army website I've noticed RIFLES being put under the Filter of Special Forces. Could anyone clarify why this may be? I know they've done extensive tours of the middle east and seen some combat but why the 'special forces' filter?

I've chosen Infantry to do combat based roles so....??
 

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My 3 options were SCOTS, Parachute Regiment and Artillery yet recently on the Army website I've noticed RIFLES being put under the Filter of Special Forces. Could anyone clarify why this may be? I know they've done extensive tours of the middle east and seen some combat but why the 'special forces' filter?

I've chosen Infantry to do combat based roles so....??
Rifles is not special forces. However 4 RIFLES is a Specialized Infantry Batallion, so that may be what they are going off
 
Rifles is not special forces. However 4 RIFLES is a Specialized Infantry Batallion, so that may be what they are going off
I understand that, it's just the british army website had them down as being filtered within special forces which I was confused by. Just wanted to see if anyone had any knowledge on why that may be. 1 SCOTS is going to be a Specialized Unit too yet they weren't there so.. You're probably right though mate.
 
I understand that, it's just the british army website had them down as being filtered within special forces which I was confused by. Just wanted to see if anyone had any knowledge on why that may be. 1 SCOTS is going to be a Specialized Unit too yet they weren't there so.. You're probably right though mate.
I get a bit confused by that as well. But still, RIFLES are best ;)







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