Time off at weekends for a young officer?

I am quite aware of the impending flaming I am about to encounter, but would like to ask the following question:

As a YO, do you get your weekends off to do as you like - or is it 7-days-per-week? Or, are there certain weekends you do and don't get off?

A particular regiment I am interested in joining are based in Surrey. I couldn't help but notice this is considerably closer to the counties of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall - where it starts to get rather good for surfing - than my current location.

Assuming I do good, hard work throughout the week - how often would I be able to drive out for a weekend's surfing? Say, leaving late Friday/Saturday morning and returning Sunday night.

I am not proposing parking a khaki VW Campervan outside the Mess, or sporting dreadlocks under my beret - just pursuing an excellent sport at weekends when possible!

It entirely depends on how busy you are. If you've been warned off for ops then you'll be very busy, if you've just returned slightly less so.

Normally though as I understand it battalions try and work to a 5 day week, with the occasional long weekend though some will always be on duty.

As a caveat I'm still at RMAS so know not of what I speak.
You'll generally be fine most weekends. I think you should park the VW outside the Mess. A bit of individualism should be encouraged.
Time off!!!!!! You'll be wanting paying next!
If you intend going to infantry battalion, I wouldn't worry about it at all.

You should be able to get away Thursday to beat the weekend traffic and strolling in about Monday lunchtime is de rigeur. In fact, the more time you can spend away from preventing the Pl Sgt running the platoon, the better.
Weekends'll be fine as long as you don't piss off the Adjt and get dicked for Orderly Officer, but do your homework on your route, or you'll spend most of your time on the Ringwood/Poole bypasses as they are always heaving on Friday evening.
Ever considered RN, RM or any other unit stationed 100 miles closer to Newquay than Surrey.

Officers? Maps? Pah!

Most Fridays in the summer it will take you the best part of two hours to travel as far as Stonehenge, then at least another three hours after that.
Thulo_Goli said:
Even worse if you go by M3/A303 !
I always used to find that the bugger with Wednesdays is that they mess up both weekends. It´s probably changed a bit since my day. Bloody smelly in here. Dribble.
Officers are reminded that After Duties Friday means after breakfast Thursday, not after tea Wednesday...
overpromoted said:
Don't expect too much time off at RMAS though. Often the "long weekends" are what most people would simply describe as a "weekend".
Too true with a weekend actually being what most would call Sunday
Mr_C_Hinecap said:
The Army does have a Surfing Assn.
Yup, Google came up with this

FFs you dont play Polo, my god you'll be saying you dont hunt and shoot next
Interesting advice from someone who was never an Officer & cannot in any sense of the word be considered to be young, tropper. Did you gat any days off during the Peninsular War ;)
hahaha time off at weekends... if you are planning to go infantry then you will have plenty of time to go surfing during the 'working' day... the last thing the guys want is you hanging around camp getting under your section corporals' and platoon sergeant's feet. Knock off after you have done PT (which is usually after breakfast), and completed your daily armoury check and that is you for the rest of the day...

Be sure to go to tea & toast (at 1030hrs) to let everyone know you have done a 'full' day's work...

I can say this with authority as I live it....
It is an infantry battalion I intend joining. I recently drove from Cambridge to Plymouth on a bank holiday via the M25 (a testament to my planning ability) and it took over 8 hours, vs. the record of 4 a friend once set.

Most of that was crawling due to a very sensible chap who had parked on his roof in the middle of two lanes. The latter part of the journey really wasn’t too bad – I find it hard to believe 4-5 hours from Surrey, looking at the map? Leaving Thursday or at least early Friday would be good though.

Good to hear there is a surfing association! I really want to go for Army boxing, but know it is a huge commitment at RMAS. I don’t know how surfing/their snowboarding team factor in (if they are done at the same time as boxing or only as trips) but I def. want to go for either or both of those.

RN & RM have crossed my mind, due in particular to the emphasis on watersports (not of THAT variety) – but the Army is the service that has always appealed to me. It’s the one I know about and the one my friends have joined – Navy is an alien world to me.

And I’d quite rather not be bummed in my bunk, if possible.

And as for long weekends, an infantry 2nd Lt. recently referred to his ‘long weekends’ at Sandhurst.
“Ah... So you get Friday to Monday off? Nice”
“No, we left Friday night or Saturday morning and returned on Sunday... Hang on!”

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