What trades get what pay band?

#1
Hey, im starting selection soon and have picked my three choices.
VM
Air tech
RE electrician.
i am just wondering which is the best trade inyour opinion to pick for various reasons. i have looked around the site and already read other topics. i would just like to know your opinions from experience.

and also, do you know what pay band these trades belong in?

Also, are any of the jobs generally known as boring?
thanks in advance
 
#2
SGTsaladfingers said:
Hey, im starting selection soon and have picked my three choices.
VM
Air tech
RE electrician.
i am just wondering which is the best trade inyour opinion to pick for various reasons. i have looked around the site and already read other topics. i would just like to know your opinions from experience.

and also, do you know what pay band these trades belong in?

Also, are any of the jobs generally known as boring?
thanks in advance
VM and AirTech are highband once you get to LCpl except for Artisan SSgt.

I don't think you can state a best option, just go for the one that appeals to you most.
 
#3
Not forgetting the tech also gets his LCpl the day he finishes his course and opens his packet of Frosties.
 
#5
ok, cheers for the info guys. How long could a VM expect to wait until they get thier first stripe? I have been told that VM's get "on the ground" quite alot up at the front with the infantry. is this true? and would this be the same case for the other two trades (air tech and RE electrician?) Any info would be appriciated because my recruiter seems reluctant to tell me much :S
 
#6
SGTsaladfingers said:
ok, cheers for the info guys. How long could a VM expect to wait until they get thier first stripe? I have been told that VM's get "on the ground" quite alot up at the front with the infantry. is this true? and would this be the same case for the other two trades (air tech and RE electrician?) Any info would be appriciated because my recruiter seems reluctant to tell me much :S
After leaving Phase 2 Training any thing from around 18 months to 5 years.

As far as getting on the ground go's you may never get it or you could be in the thick of it. This all depends on postings, desire and ability.
 
#7
ok thanks. and does anyone know if there are any opportunities to gain a degree through these trades? It is always something good to have. I presume promotion depends on a mixture of leadership and skill at trade?
 
#8
SGTsaladfingers said:
ok thanks. and does anyone know if there are any opportunities to gain a degree through these trades? It is always something good to have. I presume promotion depends on a mixture of leadership and skill at trade?
At the moment I believe you will gain a foundation degree as an Air Tech on completion of Artificer training and a HND as a VM, RE sparky I cannot be so sure.

Promotion will depend on your ability at trade, military skills and whatever else you bring to the party.
 
#10
SGTsaladfingers said:
ok thanks,may i ask what trade do you do, and do you enjoy it?
i have cancelled it down to VM or air tech, but cannot choose between the two.
I was a VM and enjoyed it a huge amount, although I do not want to alter your opinion, there are downsides too.




In civvie street who would you pay more, a helicopter mechanic or a car mechanic?
 
#11
ok, thats good, if you dont mind i cann annoy you with some pretty bone sounding questions :p
did you see much "action" so to speak?
how often can you be expected to do operational tours?
what is the social side of life like?
and, this will cause controversy...vmA or vmB??

cheers
 
#12
SGTsaladfingers said:
ok, thats good, if you dont mind i cann annoy you with some pretty bone sounding questions :p
did you see much "action" so to speak?
how often can you be expected to do operational tours?
what is the social side of life like?
and, this will cause controversy...vmA or vmB??

cheers
Not very often (unless in very specialist roles (not likely)).

Often.

Very good.

In the past maybe A, but now B as we move into the 21st century.
 
#14
A is first in the alphabet, so they get to join the lunch queue first :)

Seriously though, A mechs are more likely to be in armoured units, so the choice of postings is slightly smaller, B mechs could end up at pretty much any unit.
 
#15
ahh right top stuff. been having a chat with my recruiter, and im now really confused. i dont know whether to go to uni and join the TA whilst im there before signing up, or just to jump straight into VM :? so many choices haha. dont know if i can be jacked with three years at uni though.
this may sound a really bone question, but, apart from fixing vehices, what would a normal day consist of?
 
#16
There is no 'normal' day! Every day is different, some mornings will start with a bit of PT, or maybe a parade. Some days you'll be fixing vehicles, some days, you'll be working on your own vehicle, preparing it for operations or an exercise.
You will spend some days doing training, things like range days when you'll have to pass the weapon tests and shooting tests.
If you are required to drive or command an armoured vehicle, you'll do courses to get your licence. You will be taught how to operate and command the vehicle, on road and tactically.
I spent 20 years in the British Army and no 2 days were ever the same. Sometimes it felt like they were, but every day someone or something annoyed me in a different way :)
 
#17
Also, anyone who "waits" for their first (or indeed any subsequent) tape deserves to wait for a long time. You should strive towards such things, not wait for them to come to you ;)

I was a VMA and enjoyed it a lot. I did an infantry type tour of NI, peace-keeping tours of Bosnia and several tours of Iraq which involved varying degrees of time on the ground and proximity to "the action".

Go for what you like the sound of based on your personal requirements for an enjoyable life and I hope you enjoy it and do well. :D
 
#18
ah right top stuff. VM sounds a lot more varied than what i first pictured it to be. so, judging by the last post then, you could be asked to serve in the infantry role? how often does this happen? not that i mind, if i have to do it i will, i would just rather be fixing things if thats what i signed up to do :p
 
#19
Any tradesman can be expected to perform 'infantry' duties. The duties are in fact those of a soldier. Throughout your training you will be taught how to fight and survive on the battlefield. They don't do it for fun, it's training that could save your - or your mates - life.
On my last Op tour, my soldiers were tasked with convoy escort duties about twice a week. The REME soldiers performed equally as well as their Cav and Inf counterparts.
 
#20
If your thinking about Air tech the postings are very small in number and mostly down south.

Your phase 2 training is about a year in length.

You'll do 3 to 4 years in the field force before returning for your class 1 course which is 6-7 months long.

To become staff sergeant is another course which is a year and a bit. This is done on selection and recommendation from 3 CR's.

Work can be varied, one posting you can be fixing Apache helicopters on the flight line and another you could be in a FOB in afgan fixing MUAV's. People slag techs off because they get higher pay band and get promoted quicker than other trades. Doesn't bother me, I just look at my bank balance and smile.

Its your choice, whichever you chose to do, your going to be bending spanners, taking skin off your knuckles and getting dirty.
 
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