whats the best trade?

#1
hi, Im in the last stages of the long process of joining the army, and im definately going for RE. Just wondering what any of you think the best trade is for a sprog? im thinking general mechanic (fitter general).

cheers.
 
#2
they will tell you to go fitter as there are a shortage of fitters within the corps, a good enough trade no arguement BUT for civvy street it has to be sparky / plumber or fridge mech for me.

lots of others will disagree no doubt but they all know the truth. :p :p :p :p
 
#3
well i dont really have civvy street in mind, being 16 and hoping for a long career in tha army. Is that something i should be thinking about? Ive been speaking to a fitter, he says its a great trade, the best in fact. ive still got sparky and plumber in mind, they were the other two of my three choices i think. i think i saw on a thread that you were a sparky, whats that like as a trade?

thanks for your help.
 
#4
sparks is a top trade but i am duty bound to say that but it really is. i have enjoyed my time within the corps doing my trade. :D :D :D :D

at the end of the day it is your own choice, civvy street may seem a long time away but do not bank on doing a full career not many do nowadays,i am a pension prisoner now pure & simple. so choose wisely is all i will say to you.

good luck whichever trade you decide on regardless you will enjoy the corps simply because we are the best...............hurrah :p :p :p :p

laters.
 
#5
I hate to sa it but listen to our friend Knocker there!! Some sound advice and remember even if you spend 22 years in the Army your Civvy career will be longer!!
 
#6
Ronnie8781 said:
I hate to sa it but listen to our friend Knocker there!! Some sound advice and remember even if you spend 22 years in the Army your Civvy career will be longer!!
knew you would come round to my way of thinking sooner rather than later ronnie 8) 8) 8) 8)
 
#9
blue_eyed_girl said:
the best trade is pilot or weapons systems operator in the Royal Air Force!
best ever!
:p
xXx
bore off blue job :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: get down your end & play.
 
#11
sprjim said:
On behalf of all Fitters, I'm offended you had to ask :cry:
WHY :\\ :\\ :\\ :\\
 
#12
It is, to tell you the truth going to be sh1t as a fitter in the future i was running a fitter section with 120+ bits of kit to look after now after the PFI handover i now have less that 50 the skill fade will kick in and everything will get left to REME when we go on tour You'll end up driving or knockering not that theres anything wrong with it but you will feel a bit left out in the cold POM would be my advice if you like diggers
 
#13
I as always am with Knocker on this one, it has to be Sparky, but as a push plumber or fridge mech, one of the things you have to remember is that at the moment you can only serve 22 years ( although this is due to change on 010108 when a 12 year engagement will be standard then offered longer ) I am not far off leaving the Corps and i hopefully have a long career ahead of me in civvie street.

Have a look here for info

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=32614.html

Sparky
 
#14
Ive got the job as a general mechanic! ive been told this morning that i start training in january. i was hoping september but im not complaining! just got to find a job until then. surely theres prospects in civvy street for the skills i'll acquire as a fitter!? How long after leaving the army do you start recieving pension?

thanks for all the replies.
 
#15
betty_swollocks said:
How long after leaving the army do you start recieving pension?
if you serve the full term (22 years) then straight away if not then you have to wait until you reach 55, sorry.
 
#16
i'm a ftr, problem i'm having is that the corps is so short of ftrs that i keep getting
f*ked off for other courses like b1 and well drillers coz the regt don't want to lose
us. any other ftrs out there having the same probs? id go sparky if i had the chance again.
 
#17
obi_dan_kenobi said:
i'm a ftr, problem i'm having is that the corps is so short of ftrs that i keep getting
f*ked off for other courses like b1 and well drillers coz the regt don't want to lose
us. any other ftrs out there having the same probs? id go sparky if i had the chance again.
Definately mate I have 15 Chainsaws to service, inspect, issue and maintain but because i'm not a B1 I can't use them. The regiment has just been issuing out civvy chainsaw courses with civvy quals and they wouldn't let me do this cause i'm not a B1.
Can I do my B1 Can I furk
 
#18
hurrahfortheRE said:
obi_dan_kenobi said:
i'm a ftr, problem i'm having is that the corps is so short of ftrs that i keep getting
f*ked off for other courses like b1 and well drillers coz the regt don't want to lose
us. any other ftrs out there having the same probs? id go sparky if i had the chance again.
Definately mate I have 15 Chainsaws to service, inspect, issue and maintain but because i'm not a B1 I can't use them. The regiment has just been issuing out civvy chainsaw courses with civvy quals and they wouldn't let me do this cause i'm not a B1.
Can I do my B1 Can I furk
lots of other trades in that bracket fellas though, as discussed previously in other threads.

its not right though gents :x :x :x :x
 
#19
sorry knocker, bit new to this! just abit frustrating coz it feels like were getting left behind as we're not encouraged to do a cse that takes away from fitting.
will check other threads!!
 
#20
wouldnt be so bad if the course was oversubscribed once in a while but its allways down on blokes
 

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