Okay, first of all, if this is the wrong place for posting this then I apologise - I didn't want to post this in the RAC AND the REME forums, and while I spent a while searching, I didn't find anything that deals with these specifics - that's probably me being a mong though. For a while I had been going through the application process wanting to train to become a vehicle mechanic. This is all well and good, I'd follow in the family tradition (well, one of my family was in a REME unit) and that's all fine and dandy. But later on having done some more research and having spent far too much (some might say just enough to see the light) time on the RAC forum, I decided that being a tankie was for me. You get to drive big sod-off challies and fight as part of an active combat unit - something which you don't get to do in civvy life, at the risk of sounding glib, "fighting for you country" is not an everyday opportunity and seems to me, to be an honour and something to take pride in. Having said that, I am thoroughly balanced in my views and have a great deal of respect for both the tankies who fight in the challies, and for the mechanics who tirelessly repair them and keep them running. I don't want anyone thinking that I'm one of those "if you're not teeth you're not army" loonies, absolutely not. I know that soldiers and tradesmen of all regiments and units go above and beyond every single day, and would absolutely not want to mistakenly be believed to be disrespecting that. I was advised I might be able to get the best of both worlds, join the local tankies,, the RDG, and train, live and fight as one of them. Perhaps when I'm older and have less testosterone or whatever (no disrespect intended at all - see the above paragraph) I can go and get a trade, "settle down" to a degree if you like, to a job where I'm not on the front - but having spoken to the recruiting sergeant, it seems it, in his words, "doesn't work like that". I'm now told, according to who I speak to, that I can train to fight, go and fight and then maybe later in my carreer, rebadge as REME and train as a VM. But his advice was that if I join as a tankie, a tankie I will be until I leave. If I'm completely honest, I want to do both jobs. But then, I am not able to make this decision easily. To be frank, I'm completely stuck. I've heard complaints from both corps, some complaining that thanks to WFM, there's nothing to do of a working week when at home, others complaining that at the first him of problems, the tank is shipped off to the REME to be fixed. On the other hand, I've heard, particularly recently, of discontent in the REME, caused to a degree by that "LEAN" management ethos which to an outsider like me seems to have (in the manner of things at my civilian job) barged into a workforce that already knows how to work and how to do its job, and has told them to do it differently, consequences be damned. I know that things are not perfect in either corps, but I have (with some luck) only a few weeks to make this decision, and the decision I make will determine the path of my army carreer. One thing to bear in mind though is that I have little to no intention of continuing my trade - if I go for the trade - out of the army, once I leave. So now I need to know, is it true I won't be able to transfer? Is heavy armour really a case of trackbashing, deploying, then coming back and twiddling your thumbs for six months (surely not?), is the REME the job for me, do I want to work in a support trade for the rest of my twenties? I therefore throw myself on your mercies, asking all of you for any advice you care to give. All posts will be read (obviously) and hopefully they'll help me make a decision. Thanks in advance.