Fella, you shouldn't be asking that question here. What is good for me may not be good for you.
I'm an ECE (old money term for a land systems tech) and would say that that is best. No doubt Aircraft/Avionics/VM/Weapons?Shipwrights will tell you they are the best. You will also get disillusioned tradesmen saying that their trade is the worst.
Your best bet is to try to work out what you want and if possible get some kind of work placement. At least that way you may get an insight into your future employment.
As said before it all depends on what you are actually interested in mate, i was a VM and loved my job however some aspects of it could get you down.
Recovery Mechanics probably have the greatest amount of job satisfaction however there are downsides to that job also, promotion used to be the main one but not sure if thats changed in recent years.
If i had my time again, i think i may have looked at the technician option closer, probably Aircraft technician as i was into spannering and as much as they may argue they are just posh VM's with shadow boards and tiny hammers!!
What are your interests?? that is the key really as too many people now join the REME to fill pinch trades that the recruiters need to fill, they dont really wanna do it and as a result are W*NK at the job as they have little or no interest in it.......
it honestly depends on what your own personal intrests are and if you are looking for quals that can help you get a civvy job later.
most trades give you a qual and a good grounding for life after green,
some like armourer dont, theres bugger all call for gunsmiths in the UK, (and to be honest these days an armourer is just a storeman with a box of parts and a set of gauges, a gunsmith needs metal working/cutting experiance, like a fitter/turner apprenticeship)
your talking about going reg i take it and not TA?
20 years ago I asked a VM SSgt in the recruiting office about what would be a good job in the REME. He said "For all the time I have spent in the Army there is one trade who get paid well, work now and again on firing camp, promote quickly and when they do cock up don't get into that much trouble". 20 years on as a Tech, with the exception of the trouble bit I would agree. Hope this helps.
Yeah, I agree alb. I mean , where else can u get paid for sitting in a box body reading your books on little boys for hours on end. Really ladies...ahem...... I do believe this is the time to throw in a shout for A Mechs.
Stand by...........box !!!
I'm sure as an A Mech you were never an ARRSE virgin. You probably have a tin of XG-279 under your desk just in case you need to lube. Being an A Mech is something you need to stand on your soap box and shout about. What I would'nt do however is go on a thread and use the words ARRSE Virgin in the past tense.
"Shooting down the wrong range will not get you an APWT pass however it may make you friends in high places"
On the first day God created the RD to wonder around and make sure the world was neat and tidy.
On the second day, God created Tech Store-men to go around and account for all the stuff he had created.
On the third day he created Armourers to produce little popguns, to shoot down all the birds sh*tt*ng on his lovely land.
On the fourth day he created Tels Techs, to knit nets to catch fish to feed the other men.
On the fifth day he created Vehicle Mechanics to create machines to move around the new world.
On the sixth day, God created Reccy Mechs to reek havoc and pull down all that had been created.
On the seventh day, God finally created the perfect Tradesman, and so it was that the ECE came to rule the world.
There is only 1 proper TRADE left in the REME. Metalsmith. The rest are memory skills practice and there is always someone you can ask for advice with all the others. I expect a few caustic comments, especially from reccy mechs and VMs
I must agree with you, metalsmith is probably the only real trade left. The emphasis has went away from being a tradesman to becoming a box changer, which applies to most trades. There is little skill involved in diagnosing a fault if you only go as far as a main assembly or electronic box. The question of what is the best trade should probably read what is the best job as there are few trades left to note.