Which TA unit should I consider in the Londonderry area ?

#1
Dear All

I’m considering joining a TA unit in the Londonderry area.
(Caw Camp would be the nearest for me)

I recently took a redundancy package in civvieland and so I'll have plenty of free time for the next while.

I’m the ripe old age of 41, but getting fairly fit again now that I have more spare time.

But at my stage, I’m not interested in an infantry unit.

If possible, my preference would be for one of the following posts :

HGV Driver
Recce Mechanic
Vehicle Mechanic
Metalsmith
Comms Systems Operator
Medic

From my research online, I gather there is a lot of Re-Org etc. going on at the moment

Which local unit would be my best bet ?

i.e, fairly well resourced, currently recruiting and genuinely keen on welcoming and training up mature (but fit and keen) new entrants, and a unit that should have a good enough short to medium term future ?

Many thanks

Monty Bren
 
#3
On paper these trades are available, but I'm wondering if anyone has knowledge/experience of which local / national TA unit I'll have the best chance in reality of getting regular training and experience in the trades I've listed. I don't want to join any unit and have any unrealistic expectations of the type of training I'm going to get in reality. That's no good to them or me.
 
#4
I'm not sure if the TA Medics are still in Clooney or if the camp is still open but the Medics there were a cracking bunch!
 
#7
Apparently they do a good line in fuel supply OP's as well, and lot's of HGV driving experience is available. Thanks, but no thanks though, i'd find the headgear too itchy.
 
#9
I did, thanks.

152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment and 253 (North Irish) Medical Regiment seem to be the nearest for me.

Which one would be the best bet ?
 
#10
Phone them up and see if you can arrange a visit.
 
#11
I will, but I was hoping for a bit more feedback/guidance first. There's also additional security headaches in NI. A pop in visit may not be that easy/convenient for everyone. Given I've detailed what I'm after, I was really hoping someone could give me some independent feedback/guidance here based on experience of the units before I contact the units in question and take up their time, and it's always valuable to get a few external opinions of units as well, I was hoping that's where ARRSE might come in.
 
#12
From the lack of responses, and reading other threads on here, am I right in thinking that although trades/specialism are available on paper in the TA, trade/specialist role training available in the TA is in reality a bit hit and miss ?

I'm trying do decide between driver or mechanic with the 152 (Ulster) Transport Regiment, or medic with the 253 (North Irish) Medical Support.

Any opinions along these lines would be appreciated.
 

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