To join the TA or not to join??

#1
I am thinking about joining the TA, but I was told that you don't need to go aboard as its a volunteer roll. You train every Tues evening and go away for 6wkends (one wkend off, one wkend on) then when you've completed that you go to boot camp for 2wks.. you get paid about £35.00 a day when training. Once you sign up it's a 12yr thing, but you can leave, but you just have to get 3months notice.. But what does the TA get out of it?? It all seems to good to be true.... Anyone can you help?? i've already did the online chat online on the army site and I went into one of the offices and was given some info, but people are hearing things and the lies they have told..False hopes should I say..I think it would be a good job opportunity but some people are unsure what their real agenda is..I would never volunteer to go and fight (maybe die) my partner and my sister are worried I may have to go away for min 6months..My partner would be more happy once he knows I will not go aboard..People have asked me what does th TA get out of you when you sign up if your not going to go aboard and fight..
 
#6
@2/15 I spoke to some people and went into the office and that's what they told me, but now i'm hearing different things about people who was told its volunteer but ended up getting forced to go aboard to fight
 
#8
Jarrod248 I'm asking for real info not you moaning away as I want to know if I'm being told the right thing by them or just a bunch a lies
 

Soggy4978

Old-Salt
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#9
@2/15 I spoke to some people and went into the office and that's what they told me, but now i'm hearing different things about people who was told its volunteer but ended up getting forced to go aboard to fight
You are aware that TA stands for Territorial ARMY, yes? Last I heard army's were for fighting. You don't have to go away unless you volunteer to (at least that's my understanding but I've never been a STAB. But why join the TA if you'll "never volunteer to fight"? Do you just want the lovely uniform? There's plenty of it on eBay.
 
#10
@Jarrod248 If you havent got anything other than crap to say Dont bother wasting my time to read your BS!!..
Ignore Jarrod, everything you have said is perfectly correct. There is no commitment on your part, its easy money and if a SNCO tells you to do something you are perfectly entitled to refuse and go home until they aologise. You certainly do not have to be prepared to fight, that would just be unreasonable. As for 6 month tours why would you want to commit to that? It would encroach seriously on your personal life and 'they' ought to accept that

In return for your honouring them with your time the TA gets a highly trained, honed warrior and politicians get the evidence to show that a 'citizen army' can pick up the mantle as they downsize the regular forces.
 
#11
If you get mobilised you don't really have a choice - you're off. It can happen at any time after your training, usually with a heads up but that may not be given. If you can't handle that then don't drag down the reputation of the unit you wish to join and don't bother - I don't know how it works in your local TA centre but my unit treats every day in uniform as a build up to deploying on Ops - if you don't want to fight then why the hell do you want to be a soldier? People like you give the rest of the TA a bad name.
 
#14
I want a job and I want to get trained to become an electrician and the TA can provide me with that. I don't care what others think. I already explained my circumstances to the officer and what I want out of it and what I am willing to do and not willing to do and he still states its volunteer role based..I'm just trying to make something of myself to supprt my family.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#15
Join.

Cry throughout your training

Fail all your fitness tests, but cry your way out of it

Cry at your unit once you finish training.

Shag the PSI

Suck the blokes off after a night in the bar, then cry about it in the morning.

Leave the TA insisting that you were "bullied"

Go for it, it is a well established path.
 
#16
The main aim of the TA is to train up reservists ready to deply to a combat zone if necessary. I don't want to be picky but it is abraod not aboard (unless you want to join the RN reserves).

"The Territorial Army, or TA as it is usually known, is part of Britain's reserve land forces. Together with the Regular Reserve the TA provides support to the Regular Army at home and overseas."
 
#17
I am thinking about joining the TA, but I was told that you don't need to go aboard as its a volunteer roll. You train every Tues evening and go away for 6wkends (one wkend off, one wkend on) then when you've completed that you go to boot camp for 2wks.. you get paid about £35.00 a day when training. Once you sign up it's a 12yr thing, but you can leave, but you just have to get 3months notice.. But what does the TA get out of it?? It all seems to good to be true.... Anyone can you help?? i've already did the online chat online on the army site and I went into one of the offices and was given some info, but people are hearing things and the lies they have told..False hopes should I say..I think it would be a good job opportunity but some people are unsure what their real agenda is..I would never volunteer to go and fight (maybe die) my partner and my sister are worried I may have to go away for min 6months..My partner would be more happy once he knows I will not go aboard..People have asked me what does th TA get out of you when you sign up if your not going to go aboard and fight..
Nice wind up! What's your real user name?
 
#18
@TheDuke: I will never do anything like that!! I don't do something half way I work hard for what I want and I don't sly my way into doing nasty things like that at all..!!
 
#19
"...........if your not going to go aboard and fight.."
"...........ended up getting forced to go aboard to fight "

Boats are not usually involved

I want a job .......I'm just trying to make something of myself to supprt my family.
Is this a wah? - you are aware that it's a part-time sort of arrangement ?
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#20
@TheDuke: I will never do anything like that!! I don't do something half way I work hard for what I want and I don't sly my way into doing nasty things like that at all..!!
"I don't do something half way", but, can I, you know, like, get all the training and stuff but not go and do the messy bit of the job, innit?
 

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