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Transition from Regular to Territorial

#1
So I've had a bit of new today and am looking into the possibility of joining the TA. I'm currently REME but am possibly open to a change of capbadge. Any advice on good units in the South east?

I will have been in for just over 17 1/2 years when I leave am currently a SSgt, can I keep my rank when I leave, does it depend on staying the same capbadge?
 
#2
I know from my time at 151 RLC we used to have an LAD staffed by 103Bn run by a staffy at Sqn level and they were a fairly decent outfit, alternatively 104 as a hybrid might be an easier transition. I know a few bods at 104 (as I'm sure you do), but the NICs should be able to absorb you in rank.
 
#3
After all the slating ..... From my experience, pre capita, if there is a slot for you at your preferred unit then it's relatively seamless, I lost my rank but I went into a different arm, I did keep the pay though and straight into top level bounty...as I said this was before capita it's probably screwed up now...good luck


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#4
So I've had a bit of new today and am looking into the possibility of joining the TA. I'm currently REME but am possibly open to a change of capbadge. Any advice on good units in the South east?

I will have been in for just over 17 1/2 years when I leave am currently a SSgt, can I keep my rank when I leave, does it depend on staying the same capbadge?


My advice(for what it is worth), would be to sort out your personal circumstances first (job, family etc). The TA will still be here in 6 months time. There will be a fair amount of musical chairs post FR2020, so you may wish for the dust to settle first before commiting to a new unit.

With your skills and experience you should have no trouble in fitting in at what ever unit you pick, but I would leave a bit of an air gap first.

Good Luck
 
#5
Is the world ready for "New Spaz"?

I hope that the transition to STABdom won't dull the razor sharp abuse and invective that we have grown accustomed to from
Old Spaz.....

Wannabe Stab Cnut....;o)
 
#6
My advice(for what it is worth), would be to sort out your personal circumstances first (job, family etc). The TA will still be here in 6 months time. There will be a fair amount of musical chairs post FR2020, so you may wish for the dust to settle first before commiting to a new unit.

With your skills and experience you should have no trouble in fitting in at what ever unit you pick, but I would leave a bit of an air gap first.

Good Luck
I know what you're saying Foz but I need to move pretty sharpish or I won't get the bonuses. Does anyone know how soon you have to join after leaving the regs?
 
#7
I know from my time at 151 RLC we used to have an LAD staffed by 103Bn run by a staffy at Sqn level and they were a fairly decent outfit, alternatively 104 as a hybrid might be an easier transition. I know a few bods at 104 (as I'm sure you do), but the NICs should be able to absorb you in rank.
I fixed one of 151's MAN trucks once so they might be keen to take me on, I've already got a HGV licence too.
 

Ravers

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#8
I know what you're saying Foz but I need to move pretty sharpish or I won't get the bonuses. Does anyone know how soon you have to join after leaving the regs?
I wouldn't leave it any more than a year. I seem to recall if it's under a year, you'll go straight on to top whack bounty.

£1600 a year tax free for doing MATTs. It's for winners.
 
#9
Some details are on DII, but you can get a Commitment Bonus which is £2000 lump sum and £1000 in stages, on top of annual bounty.
Other incentives designed to attract ex-regulars into the TA include retention of seniority, reduced annual training requirements and reduced call-out liability while ensuring entitlement to the TA Annual Bounty. Not sure if you'd keep rank, maybe depend on PIDs.

Good luck
 
#10
You do know you'll have to work Fridays and weekends? Right?

You will retain your rank as long as they can find coveralls to fit.

IIRC the standard TA REME SSgt issue set appears to be Height : 5'3" and waist size 44"+
 

The_Duke

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#11
I wouldn't leave it any more than a year. I seem to recall if it's under a year, you'll go straight on to top whack bounty.

£1600 a year tax free for doing MATTs. It's for winners.
You actually do MATTs?

How quaint, you must be one of those junior rank types. Officers and SNCOs in the TA rarely bother themselves with such trifles.
 

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#13
You actually do MATTs?

How quaint, you must be one of those junior rank types. Officers and SNCOs in the TA rarely bother themselves with such trifles.
I know that to you and most other members of the TA, banging in a PFT is quite difficult and requires a huge amount of preparation and physical exertion, but for me it's really not that much of a hassle.
 

The_Duke

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#14
I know that to you and most other members of the TA, banging in a PFT is quite difficult and requires a huge amount of preparation and physical exertion, but for me it's really not that much of a hassle.
It requires very little preparation or physical exertion for most of the TA either. A barely legible scribble on the training record sheet is not the most demanding task.
 
#16
Yeah it's the commitment bonuses I'm concerned about not qualifying for as I'm pretty sure as an ex reg I get the top whack bounty just for turning up. What's the minimum amount of days you can do a year and can it be made up of week nights if I'm not too busy?

Cheers for the sensible replies.

Those taking the piss can **** off you *****.
 
#17
^ 15 day camp + 2 weekends if you pick a sponsored unit

15 day camp & 6 weekends in a normal one.

Get your days in early to guarantee your bonuses as the bastards had a nasty knack of cutting training back once the budget was spent so those that hadn't already qualified for bounty couldn't.

That's why I binned it. I was 2 days off Bounty but my cock had taken over my commonsense before Christmas and I'd spent weekends with my girlfried rather than get my days completed before the embargo came in.
 
#18
What's a sponsored unit, is that like a national unit and what capbadges are they?

Also what's the score with trade courses, I like being a SNCO but fancy a change to be honest, can I just retrade, do the course and change capbadges or is there more to it. I've spent years grafting to sort other people out and fancy being able to mong it a bit.
 
#19
What's a sponsored unit, is that like a national unit and what capbadges are they?.
Non-Yeomanry units basically. "Sponsored" are the corps and service cap badges you would be familiar with "Independants" are the Yeomanry, HAC, and the like. National units have lower training commitments and tend to be ex-regs where you are posted to the nominal role of a unit in your geographical area for administrative purposes but your training and employment is managed centrally from the national unit where the jiff factor is high.
 
#20
Non-Yeomanry units basically. "Sponsored" are the corps and service cap badges you would be familiar with "Independants" are the Yeomanry, HAC, and the like.
Sponsored Reserve units are a very few units where your membership is required by & linked to your civvie job.

National Units are the deep specialists - quite a few cap badges have them. Many do not. SAS(R), the TA EOD bunch, SGRS. There are others (TA RMP SIB?) - but the internet here is dire so I'm not going to search for the large pdf booklet on the army.mod.uk website. The point is that you turn up with the core non-mil skills, ex-reg or civvie earned.

Regional Units (used to be called Independent) are the mainstream TA. Inf, RE, REME, RLC, Medics, even the MI.
 

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