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

Hi,
I am set on joining the army and the two roles that I'm thinking of going for are either RMP or CMT. Would it be possible for some people to give me some advice or pro's and con's as I still can't decide which after doing research and think it would be best to hear from those with experience,
Thanks!
 
Hi,
I am set on joining the army and the two roles that I'm thinking of going for are either RMP or CMT. Would it be possible for some people to give me some advice or pro's and con's as I still can't decide which after doing research and think it would be best to hear from those with experience,
Thanks!
RMP - Pros
- Police = Good Civilian Prospects
- Courses such as Close Protection = Good Civilian Prospects
Cons
- 2 year wait according to my recruiter when I said I wanted to do it as it was an option

Go for it!

My options are:
SCOTS, PARAs, Artillery + I've recently thought about Light Cavalry Crewman & Intelligence Corps

Any info would be good on what to do!
 
It depends entirely on what the Corps or other organisations need, coupled with your intelligence, aptitude and attitude.

Obviously people who just coast along after joining will follow easy paths and have a mediocre career.

Equally obviously no one will select you to train as a cartographer if your maths is so poor you can't read a bank statement.

In my case I studied GCEs at night and passed the lot and I did 2 years of an OU BA degree course - the Falklands war intervened - as well as passing the Institute of Explosives Engineers course at Loughborough Uni.

The courses that will be available to you early on will almost all be related to your regiments role and needs. Which is why I did a Ferret scout car drivers course shortly after arriving in Germany.

I never regretted doing that course. Learning to handle a four and a half ton, top heavy pocket behemoth with a 6 cylinder Rolls Royce engine and dodgy brakes was certainly character forming.

Later on I was offered the chance to train as helicopter crew but eschewed that in favour of EOD.

I did a number of other things that I won't mention but because I was inquisitive and willing to learn, I was involved in some very interesting things.

I know this is an old post, but what sort of qualifications would someone new in the Royal Artillery have as options?
 
I know this is an old post, but what sort of qualifications would someone new in the Royal Artillery have as options?
If you mean what courses or options could you undertake as a Gunner. Well, you could try for the Special Observers. You could also ask to undertake P-Company and get that under your belt. I've heard as long as you've passed the All Arms Pre Parachute Course you could join SFSG no matter your cap badge.

Do what you can, research everything and if it appeals. Try do it!
 
If you mean what courses or options could you undertake as a Gunner. Well, you could try for the Special Observers. You could also ask to undertake P-Company and get that under your belt. I've heard as long as you've passed the All Arms Pre Parachute Course you could join SFSG no matter your cap badge.

Do what you can, research everything and if it appeals. Try do it!

Thank you !
 
I've recently had my selection at glencorse, and I am now trying to choose a job between an aircraft technician and a vehicle mechanic.

What is the day to day life in both jobs, pros/cons, postings, variety, which is the better job to go for etc.

I've heard rumours from people that are in phase 2 that aircraft technicians get sh*tted on, is this remotely true?

Its much appreciated if anyone can help with the above. Thanks
Don’t believe any rumours, units are constantly relocating, For pros look at what formally accredited qualifications you get. I would have thought that a wider variety of postings would be available to VMs. Postings are made and broken by people, generally the chain of command and these a constantly swapping out.
 
I'll be going in for my P1 training later next month and i've chosen HR Specialist, i was informed i can attain my wings from P company and take the All Arms Commando Course, however what's the chances of these actually coming true?
 
I'll be going in for my P1 training later next month and i've chosen HR Specialist, i was informed i can attain my wings from P company and take the All Arms Commando Course, however what's the chances of these actually coming true?
Statistically low but anything is possible. Odds increase if you get posted into 16 Bde. Concentrate on passing your mandatory physical tests well to prove your physical aptitude to your DS will have lots of people telling them that they to do P Coy/SAS etc with very few actually doing it.
 
I'll be going in for my P1 training later next month and i've chosen HR Specialist, i was informed i can attain my wings from P company and take the All Arms Commando Course, however what's the chances of these actually coming true?
Friend of mine wanted to go to the Commandos. Problem was there was only one job for his trade with the commandos, and that was at Sgt level. It took him 6 years to reach the rank and a couple of years of pushing to be the one out of a few that was chosen to go and fill the slot - after passing the course. But, the opportunities are all there you just have to go grab them........after knifeing and garroting everyone else to get to them.

Good luck Kiddo, work at it and be patient, you'll get there if you want it.
 
Alright, got deferred for 3 months due to a 'knee injury' when in fact it was a niggle I had. Sure as hell it turns out it's related to tight muscles because every time I stretch it goes away. Anyways, I was out the game for a while due to torn hamstring and only got my running back in order. 1.5 is not great but started back with 12:47 but will lower that and 2 miles in 19:40.

In the months I've been resting, working out etc I've been researching more. I initially wanted to push for SCOTS, PARAs or Artillery but recently been looking at Light Cavalry and noticed that I'd probably end up going Royal Scots Dragoon Guards if so. I've read their website, they're Recon and based at leuchars station in Scotland. However, I've never been the overly Ceremonial type. Does the Dragoon Guards perform Ceremonial duties in the way the Guards would??

I know all Corps and Regiments will Parade, March etc but Ceremonial duties isn't my thing. I just don't want to end up choosing something I'd end up not liking.

If anyone has got any info on comparing what I'd get out of Infantry as opposed to Light Cavalry and vice versa then I'd appreciate that so I know what decision to make. (Day to day life, training, courses, qualifications, tours etc)


**I have noticed this too but any clarification on whether it's mandatory or not would be great 'Off the battlefield, the regiment takes part in ceremonial duties, including a prominent role in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo'.**
 
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