what courses are promotion qualifiying?

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  1. Hello im looking for definate advice as to what courses in the TA are promotion qualifying like CMT courses, etc
  2. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    As per Msr's usual response - ask your PSI!

    Courses carry promotion criteria, but vary by course and trade. The course book for the Sch Inf tells you what promotion qualification each course carries, and I am certain it is the same for the other specialist schools.

    If the course is outside of your usual trade, do not assume that it will be automatically promotion qualifying.
  3. many thanks i have a lot of Q's to ask the PSI now just getting the time around the training to do some admin and ask him when he is there?
  4. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    Alternatively, give us a clue to which arm/service you are in, and which course you are considering and someone on here may be able to help you?
  5. msr

    msr LE

    And how long you have been in.
  6. To be honest I would expect his Pl/Tp Comd to be the first port of call for these sort of questions, this should be getting raised at interviews when doing the career planning talk. Before this point I would be expecting Det/Section Commanders to be putting them back in their box, telling them what the courses are but also telling them that the boss will talk to them about it at MPAR/CR Time......now of course this may all be on the assumption that there are subbies around to do these jobs!!
  7. An almost correct answer.

    If you know what arm/ service you're in and what rank you're aiming for, it's likely that google will prevail- and if not then Armynet certainly has the info for several arms.

    However, ask your platoon commander- he is responsible for 'career guidance' and should have this stuff at his finger tips!
  8. im inf at the mo was either going to do a trade course within my unit or continue with my CMT training as i have dome cmt3 i havent had a career plan as yet and find in TA those interviews very rare do to lack of LT of just never gets flagged up its guess your course you would like go find it then as a psi to book it
  9. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator


    The only real absolute for Inf is for Pte to LCpl, which can only be achieved on the basis of passing a PJNCO course - either the main one at ITC Catterick or a Bn run one which has been externally validated by Sch Inf.

    Once you have achieved LCpl, then you have more options open to you. The primary promotional courses are run by Sch Inf - SCTC and PSTC for Cpl and Sgt respectively. You can also gain promotion on the basis of specialist courses for Mors, MMG etc, but you should be working within that platoon rather than seeing them as an "easier" route than Brecon.

    CMT is more difficult. I cannot say for certain without checking whether it is promotion qualifying, but can say for certain that it would not be looked on as favourably on a promotion board in my unit compared to an Inf course. Med is a vital but secondary role within the Inf, and your LSN allocation within the unit will dictate what rank positions are available to be filled.
  10. What?? Career planning??? In the TA?

    Subbies? Rings a bell... hang on, i'll remember in a moment.

    In my limited experience of the TA (getting to 10 years now) ANY course will make you eligible for a promotion.

  11. Even my underwater basket weaving course?

    On a serious note is there TA wide set down routes of promotion? Having spoken to mates in other units there seems to be no conformity in promotion.
  12. The_Duke

    The_Duke LE Moderator

    Yes, and contrary to TBs theory, there are strict criteria for promotion, at least within the Infantry. Any old course will most certainly not do!
  13. Infantry have set career paths if you are a rifleman you need to do PJNCO's to get promotion to Lance Jack. If you are badged corps but attached to an infantry unit you just need to do the relevant trade courses.
  14. I'm surprised that any course will make eligibility for promotion.
    The promotion eligible courses are specified- my old TA unit had a poster on the wall describing them. They are findable on Armynet.

    It includes Brecon, Mortar controller, service with SF, etc. And I don't honestly believe that in this day and age you can get a promotion without doing the relevant course- it's a tick box world we live in.

    Now- assuming you're a private- you still haven't said what rank you're seeking promotion to- then PJNCO cadre is pretty much your only option in the first instance. If you go down the medical route, then perhaps you should consider rebadging RAMC and doing their trade courses as part of the Regimental med det.

    Regards careers development- I'm a firm believer this doesn't happen becuase we don't demand it. Start asking, and it will happen. Don't ask, don't get.

    Also- were you not issued with a shiny careers development pack when you joined. I've got one at home somewhere. It's got all the info you should need in this respect. I'd get that out and force your platoon cdr to go through it with you. If you haven't got a platoon commander, then get the closest you've got and make him earn his money- Whether they like it or not, it's what the army pay them to do.
  15. You know the sunny hills of catterick are calling you it will be like an early christmas present :twisted: