thinking of joining TA

#1
hi i'm thinking of joining the 36th Signals in Southend, i was wondering if anyone had any experience with the unit in question.

also i was wondering if anyone knew if the stance concerning ADHD was any different in the TA from that of the Regs.
 
#3
granite20 said:
why dont you look at the Infantry as a better possibility.

West Ham TA!
a bit of a mix between covienience and medical
 
#4
Your name and desired unit don't seem to match :?
 
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Lance_Bombardier said:
hi i'm thinking of joining the 36th Signals in Southend, i was wondering if anyone had any experience with the unit in question.

also i was wondering if anyone knew if the stance concerning ADHD was any different in the TA from that of the Regs.
PM sent!
 
#10
Pluvia_Plumbum said:
ADHD and Signals an Interesting Mix!

"CC1 - anyone ? anyone there? someone talk to me". lol :roll:
Anyone particular you had in mind?

Didn't seem to affect them too much!!! Well not really other than that one time .....

Nishka
 
#11
36th in southend are a great bunch! But you wanna move up country and come join the 31st and some of their sqn's! they are the bee's knee's! x
 
#12
Depends how fit you are.If you're a lardy suggest the T.A
 
#13
Lance_Bombardier said:
i know, name refers to my ACF rank. 8)
How old are you, 17?

The reason I ask is, from experience with others, If you are thinking of "leaving the cadets to join the TA", you're best bet is to give it a good 6 months to a year before you make the jump as it were.

I'm no medical expert, And im not up with the rules and regs, however, as far as I'm aware, the "one army" concept also applies to the medical joining rules (In terms of previous or past conditions anyway).

Think long and hard before joining the TA. Its not cadets, Its nothing like cadets. Its not a youth club, Its a job.

The things you've learnt in cadets will undoubtably help you in some ways, not so much in others, but even if you ignore ALL my other advice:

DO NOT ever say "I know this, I learnt it in cadets" If you can, keep it as low key as possible in regards to telling people, Dont announce it to anyone, but DO put it on your joining forms.

If you need help or advice on joining etc, post here, Or PM me.

TA Signaller & EX Cadet...


PTS265
 
#14
I made the jump. But I waited about 6 months, like the man said. Expect a lot of stick because you were a cadet, expect a lot of discrimination (in my lot, ex-cadets/regs cannot win Best Recruit) although your mates will appreciate your extra knowhow, but be very, very careful how you put it about, don't put it about that you are an ex-cadet, just reply in the affirmative if asked. Just listen to all the advice on here, especially about keeping it schtum.
Feel free to pm me, too.

TA Sex God and Ex Cadet...

HJ

Edited for mong-like grammar
 
#15
we have a few ex cadets at our unit and they all integrate very well and do well on all there courses. However there was one chopper who was an rsm in the cadets and thought therefore he was still an rsm in the TA, which was hilarious.
 
#16
Oooh, there was an ex cadet RSM in my recruit intake. Complete chopper as well; 5ft nothing, ugly as sin and built like a twiglet. He'd got into the habit of addressing everyone around him as either 'dick' or 'cnut', including the DS. I was consistently surprised that he lived through each night, considering the concerted efforts his roommates put into breaking him.

He's a Captain now*.


Ex-Cadets who keep it to themselves, and just look a little shinier that the rest, normally do well on the courses. But the occasional tool ruins the batch.

*Not really. I just wanted to end on a positive note.
 
#17
ben0239 said:
we have a few ex cadets at our unit and they all integrate very well and do well on all there courses. However there was one chopper who was an rsm in the cadets and thought therefore he was still an rsm in the TA, which was hilarious.
Would he be the individual who is rather tall and is still around ?
 
#18
I'm in 36 Sig Regt, (although in a different squadron from the southend boys). They all seem to be good lads, up for a laugh. I'm an ex-cadet too, did 6 years as a cadet and 3 as an adult instructor. Expect a lot of flack for having been a 'Girl Guide' (I certainly did). Just take it on the chin, and remember that no matter how much you did in cadets, you do NOT know everything, as i've seen other ex-cadets think. Other than that, go for it!

PuD!
 
#19
There is no problem in being cadets and joining the TA, as long as you realise that you are leaving a young organisation with a military ethos and joining the army.

We recently had a couple of real issues which has tainted the whole ACF to TA thing, guys who know they are moving on but realise they are recruits do well, those that think they have trained already and wish to continue with their "career" are the ones to look out for. I had a discussio with someone who couldn't decide wheter to carry on with cadets or commit to the TA, he wanted to see "how far he could go" in the ACF, things is he was 17 and a half and was only a Lance Jack, I mean how far can you go ? I could understand someone who was up for Cadet RSM to hang on for the year before embarking on a TA career.

I think a lot of the problems are the AIs who tell their cadets all sorts of half truths and rumours, for example I'm a sigs instructor and entitled to wear crossed flags and I was told by an cadet that they had the same qualification, err no not even close mate. I had to explain to a couple that they would have to go through training as we have zero idea of the level of training they had and the quality of the instructor.
 
#20
thanks dudes for your excellent advice also for the encoragement.
gonna take the advice especially about the training issues very seriosly and hope to do well.
(Who knows, if i get in our paths might cross someday and i'll be able to thank you in person)
 

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