Danny - glad to see you're thinking of coming over from the other ride (RE).
I've been out for nearly 10 years, but spent 22 as a VM(B). Unless it has changed drastically....
Apply for VM(B)...you may get offered VM(A) (armoured vehicles), but don't let them corrupt you.....incoming
After the course at SEME (Bordon) postings will be available. It used to be the case that the higher you came on the course the better chance you had of getting the posting you wanted (from those available).
Postings are normally for 3-4 years at a time. At the end of this you can submit a preference of posting form which Records either ignore or give you the opposite (the are exceptions).
Passing the Class 1 course (used to be 6 months duration) brings with it civvy qualifications (City & Guilds....do they still exist?).
During your career you may be identified as Artificer material (Tiffy). Then you attend selection etc and a course if you are lucky. This would then open the door to accelerated promotion and management positions. Otherwise you stay in the Artisan stream, where the ceiling is normally SSgt.
That's it in a nutshell. Keep away from them RE fella's.
I'm going for the same job...Already a qualified mechanic in Civvy Street but get a golden hello if get in!! I here its pinchpoint too...Is there a long waiting time once selection is passed?? If there is ill go RM or Armourer and get a different NVQ
Just thought I should point out that you might pick VM(A) or VM(B) but there's no guarantee you'll end up doing it it. There's at least 3 guys I've met recently who have been put on VM(B) courses having opted originally for VM(A). No choice involved, the trg co-ord office just told 'em what they're going to do.
Of course it may only work the one way and B mechs don't end up being streamed onto A mech courses...
Lukie... The RM have there own armourers, VMs and I believe a few other tradesmen who do their trade courses at SEME. Standing by to be corrected but I think you have to do something like 3 years as a general duties marine first though.
i dont think it matters anymore A or B, take a look at the Cfn to Lcpl promotions in the corps comic you will see very few A mech's in tank regiments and you will see lots of B mechs in tank regiments so god knows what they are upto. just remember that one day you will have to leave REME and do it outside for a living, not many AFV trucking down the M1
Excellent post mate, "A" Mech the chosen ones Seriously though, there is a lot of threads in here these days where lots of whinging seems to be the way ahead. My memories of the Corps (distant though they may be) is that we always approached any problem with a sense of humour. Lets have more banter on here
Might be barking up the wrong tree, (out of my comfort zone, being a stinkin' Tech ), but I thought new entrants were now VM(U) and did "equipment" courses ready for which ever role thay are posted too. Making it possible to do both A and B Mech posts - some wonderful idea of solving the 'pinch' by enabling MS Sldr Wg to post any VM anywhere thay're needed.
Gundog...I think I had more than my fair share of laughing at A mechs....grubby little lump changers
Lukie....I thought you said you were skilled...FFS don't even think about becoming a dragknuckle Reccy Mech (mind you, anyone with an IQ over 5 would shine and soar through the ranks of the grunting fcukwits)
Back to danny's original post....can't go far wrong as a B mech. You can easily fit in at A mech postings (you can do their job, but not as easy for them to work on anything which requires a bit of skill and fault diagnosis). There are also far greater posing opportunities for B mechs. From the posts above you can obviously see a bit of B mech envy coming out.
By the way danny....a lot of what you see on here is is just good humoured p1ss taking which you'll see plenty of. You may not like it (going from your post on the RE forum), but you will be the sprog and be spoken to as a numpty on your first posting. As time goes on and other sprogs are posted in they'll start taking flak away from you.
im not sure whiterover but my careers sarj has asked if im after a or b, and its currently about 6 month wait on most trades in reme/re so im just gunna wait and stick to the trade i want, but some great advice guys cheers and a nice bit of banta which is also great,
also does anybody know or guess at this my best mate since i was a toddler is joinin up at the same time as me, same career and same phase 1 start what are the chances off being sent to the same unit / base?
Im serious when I suggest, ahem, check out the Royal Armoured Corps and what there trade groups have. In my time I have seen how much more hands on and you still get lots of quals,promote quicker and drink more, just something to consider. I would go that route if I had my time over again.