Why did you or your mate join the TA?

#1
The reasons I can think of are:

1. Adventure - which is good for the teeth arms and some other parts

2. To defend our country - good for all arms

2a. To serve our country - e.g. in Iraq etc

3. Try before you buy - i.e. see what army is like before you join up - good for all arms

4. Loved the army (ex regular) - good for all arms

5. Wanted HAZMAT or HGV license - good for all arms, if we didn't have the new vocational driver stuff

6. Need extra income - Good for all arms

Probably some more, but 1 & 2 was our bread and butter but now is 3, 4, 5 & 6 now our prime recruitment demographic especially in the non teeth arms. 1/2 still probably works for some units such as SAS/Inf etc.

Is pride a big factor? e.g. You maybe 2nd best but your SAS/Para/Inf so who cares or your a nurse/doctor and so not 2nd best.

Me, I was 1, 2 (2a when I had no family) and 3. As for pride I fit into the nurse/doctor thingy.
 
#4
polar said:
The reasons I can think of are:

1. Adventure - which is good for the teeth arms and some other parts

2. To defend our country - good for all arms

2a. To serve our country - e.g. in Iraq etc

3. Try before you buy - i.e. see what army is like before you join up - good for all arms

4. Loved the army (ex regular) - good for all arms

5. Wanted HAZMAT or HGV license - good for all arms, if we didn't have the new vocational driver stuff

6. Need extra income - Good for all arms

Probably some more, but 1 & 2 was our bread and butter but now is 3, 4, 5 & 6 now our prime recruitment demographic especially in the non teeth arms. 1/2 still probably works for some units such as SAS/Inf etc.

Is pride a big factor? e.g. You maybe 2nd best but your SAS/Para/Inf so who cares or your a nurse/doctor and so not 2nd best.

Me, I was 1, 2 (2a when I had no family) and 3. As for pride I fit into the nurse/doctor thingy.
7. A cry for help and attention that went sadly unheeded!
 
#6
I am a 2 and to echo boney "for the challenge".

So I can bore all my civi collegues with my stories of derring do from the weekend. Impress the wimmen down the pub as I am in the same Army as "THEM"

maybe I should change my name to Gareth
 
#8
needed a student job, got turned down from tescos. decided to look for more "unorthodox" ways of scraping a part-time living, then, when i thought about the TA: chance to serve on ops, adventure, not your average student job, half decent money (bounty not in :shakefist: ), something to put on my CV








and another string in the bird pulling bow :thumright:
 
#10
In 1987 I decided to join the HAC because I wanted use of a good clubhouse in London, and 20 years later am still in the TA!
Still probably mainly to do something different and challenging and to serve my country.
ET
 
#11
extrader said:
In 1987 I decided to join the HAC because I wanted use of a good clubhouse in London, and 20 years later am still in the TA!
Still probably mainly to do something different and challenging and to serve my country.
ET
MMMnnnn Nuff said.. :)
 
#12
8. A medical examination lax enough to ignore lower limb injuries encountered during regular service. :wink:
 
#15
I joined to get fit and to get the experience to join a particular unit not mentioned much on this forum, but 11 years later I think its too late now but saying that it has been the time of my life, I complain and bitch about the place (as we all do) but I would not change a single thing as its apart of me and my family (apart from enlisting Gwars into my beloved Squadron).
When I get lads coming through the door saying they want to do this or that I ensure that they get the best opportunity to fulfill their ambitions instead of the recruiting staff I had.
UNLESS they are of a particular hair colour then I inform them that the TA is disbanding and that he OR she should try the Regulars, (one Army recruiting).
 
#18
woman in the street gave me a white feather, and asked me if I had 3 equally layabout mates
 
#20
Left the army, got really bored and my Monday -Friday job was doing my nut in! Its true it ain't greener on the other side. So the TA makes up for that a bit and tops up the pay packet :D
 

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