Why Should I Stay in?

#1
As a REME VM I have often worked overtime when the regiment i work for have all left the tank/gun park, when i get posted from a unit who has just been on tour i go to unit who are gearing up for a tour. I watch others around me get time off for sport or adventure training while i get told we have too much work on for me to get any down time. so where are the positives to life in the REME? I know there muse be some but as i'm once again away from my family and on over time it's pretty hard to find them.
 
#3
I agree with you. My last unit was LWC BG LAD, which was a very busy LAD. Excercises 24/7, which was fine, but there was no light at the end of the tunnel. We fixed a warrior/tank/43's/CVRT, just for it to be replaced by another that had reecently been trashed. I've been out for a year now, and I'm chuffed to bits with Civ Div. All I can say is don't sign off on a whim, make sure you've got an idea what you want to do, and research all possibilities before you leave.

Best of luck
 
#4
smudge67 said:
My last unit was LWC BG LAD, which was a very busy LAD. Excercises 24/7, which was fine, but there was no light at the end of the tunnel.
smudge were you an Armr? i was at LWTC 1999-2002 (top of the hill proper jobs) and agree with all your comments, ive been out a few months now and agree, for gods sake dont leave on a whim, make sure financial arrangements are sorted ie. no debts whatsoever. that way you can afford to get a lower salary to start with. cos if you have been in over 8-9 yrs it will be.

i was a VM(A) in REME and totally appreciate what the first post is saying, most get the job done with no fuss therefore the powers that be think there is not much of a problem with undermanning. maybe the only way is to stop acheiving the goals, that way you have to make a point? i now this will never happen tho as people will not want to let themselves down and we are a proud corps, time a lot realised what REME does for them

catch 22

and very bad :x :x
 
#5
Why should you stay in? Because you're needed. VMs are chronically undermanned as you know; just because the REME rubs you in all the sh*t in creation and then expects you to like it and sign an affidavit affirming your love for the Corps and your intenton to go tiffy, never question the latest barking dictat from DEME(A), kiss ring all the way to LE and then be RCMO in a REME Bn where you can give this answer to anyone who comes in your door, just because of all that, don't you have any loyalty to your Corps?
Hang on...
 
#7
Army Surplus Special, yes I was an Armr. I would've been there when you were there. I ended up at the top of the hill with Recce in the end.
 
#8
Anyway, it's not a career it's an adventure! (this must be true, a bloke told me in a pub and he had a flat cap and a whippet and everything)
 
#10
greasyoik said:
I was looking for positives any one got any?
ROFPML - You wish!
 
#11
All the swarfega any man could ever want? :wink:
 
#12
greasyoik said:
I was looking for positives any one got any?
I always said that I would leave when I wasn't enjoying itr anymore. I stopped being enthusiastic about the army at my 9 year point but had to spend another 3 years to get the pension done and dusted for my future.
If you are not enjoying the army anymore then leave. Don't struggle on in the hope it might get better because chances are it won't. As others have said though, make sure you are ready for civ-div when you leave (debts cleared etc).
 

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#13
Speedy said:
greasyoik said:
I was looking for positives any one got any?
I always said that I would leave when I wasn't enjoying itr anymore. I stopped being enthusiastic about the army at my 9 year point but had to spend another 3 years to get the pension done and dusted for my future.
If you are not enjoying the army anymore then leave. Don't struggle on in the hope it might get better because chances are it won't. As others have said though, make sure you are ready for civ-div when you leave (debts cleared etc).
Quite true and it applies for all arms. If you no longer enjoy it then perhaps even a change as in a posting wont help. I would have stayed in if a certain Major hadnt blocked a 12 month stint driving stabs around in Somerset. Doesnt mean that I would have lasted much longer on my return but it would have meant that the unit wasnt as chronically undermanned as it was when I left. Rifle platoons made of 18 men all ranks is not what I consider to be close to strength. Your dream will fade hopefully to be replaced with a nicer new one. If that dream is in Civdiv then I'm afraid so be it. I was lucky that then it was almost impossible as a single soldier to rack up big debts. I left owing my mate £50 towards my PVR I did settle up and an overdraft of over £200. Big debt then.
 
#14
I bet when you do get time off you go and sit in your room on your own with all your mates and play on your play station like a saddo! Why should the army give you time off? your only going to waste it w**king off in your room with your 10 year old porn mags! Get a life! Stay in or sign off, but stop bloody whinning!
 

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#15
Bulfordbootboys said:
I bet when you do get time off you go and sit in your room on your own with all your mates and play on your play station like a saddo! Why should the army give you time off? your only going to waste it w**king off in your room with your 10 year old porn mags! Get a life! Stay in or sign off, but stop bloody whinning!
Easy tiger thats my current job description youre giving out.
 
#16
Bulfordbootboys, you misunderstand the plight of the VM. There is not enough to go around a unit that actually looks after its vehicles/eqpt, let alone those units that think they can break vehs/eqpt and use another one until it breaks etc etc etc :evil:

What happens to the poor VM is unfortunately he has to work all the hours you work and then lots more, only for the vehicles he fixes to be replaced with more that have been broken :(

When a REME guy says "overtime", it is a bit misleading. Unlike civvy street there is no such thing, as civvies generally get paid time and a half or double time. As the army supposedly pays us all a damn good wage, comparable to equivalent civvy trades as some d1ckwads :x would let you believe in other forums on arrse, it is not overtime as we are paid 23.59 hrs a day. :D
 
#17
First of all have you thought about doing a sport or some adventure training to get some time off?

Secondly your LAD should be requesting ISTs through brigade from your now 411 established REME workshop. As soon as you go on to overtime or are about to go on to overtime then an IST should be requested where practical.
 
#18
Question may have been answered Greasy.

I've finished my time and happily drawing my pension now but completely understand the feelings of VMs (although not my trade).
 
#19
You always have access to Swarfega, and you have no need to join the AA.

Dont know you're born! :wink:
 
#20
Stay in old chap - may be worth while hanging on there while the rest of the UK economy goes down the swannie! People being made redundant all over the gaff, I would stay in a bit longer.
 

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