Would You?

B_AND_T

MIA
Book Reviewer
#1
I first donned the green kit in 1984 and over the years have seen many changes, a lot of which I don't like.

So my question being, knowing what you know now would you join up these days?
 
#2
Even more so these days though that's because civvy street is even worse than it was 20 years ago. The army is nowhere near as much fun as it used to be but at least blokes get to put their training to good use now instead of mincing around west Belfast or Co Tyrone. Much more money nowadays as well and a lot less bullshit.
 
#5
Be in like a shot, having done a fair bit of "mincing" as fallschirm puts it, good pay, mates and best of all put into practice all that training, of course the next generation probably wont get the duty frees etc, which used to go some way towards making up for all the crap postings and the needless bullshit, yea were do i sign
 
#11
In a heartbeat, although not as my old trade as it is no longer with us.

Which leads nicely to another question:

Knowing what you do now, what trade would you join up as? With one eye on civvy street, I think I'd probably go for something in IT/Comms.
 

wedge_cadman

War Hero
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#13
Knowing what you do now, what trade would you join up as? With one eye on civvy street, I think I'd probably go for something in IT/Comms.
The fools have let me back as I am fortunate enough to be dual traded in the eyes of the corp. My trade stream is short due to ops and general wastage. Draughtsman and Surveyor have done me well :)
 
#14
God yes. Miss the banter, the piss ups and telling a colleague that they are a cnut with a smile without a six month inquest.

Don't think they'd take a fat cnut with mental health issues though.

Insert TA gag here (__________________)
 
#15
In a heartbeat, although not as my old trade as it is no longer with us.

Which leads nicely to another question:

Knowing what you do now, what trade would you join up as? With one eye on civvy street, I think I'd probably go for something in IT/Comms.
I would still stick to EOD/Plant OP
 

Auld-Yin

ADC
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#18
Of course!! No other place to be. Mind you, if I did get the chance, I hope the Big-Yin gives me some common sense next time round :)
 
#19
Absolutely. And at this stage of life wishing I'd stayed in for the duration...

Would still join as a scaley fairy. Easy transition to IT (mind you, this was when it was all just starting out and you could actually fix things). Can still leave the youngsters behind when it comes to getting systems back on the road - comes from understanding the basics rather than being a board-swapping monkey (and it's nearly 20 years since I left the industry).

Now living the life vicariously through No. 1 son. But jeez - it's like Fred Karno's army nowadays. In my time ........ ;-)

GMOB
 
#20
I'd rejoin tomorrow, if I could.
I'm not sure that I'd want to go back into REME as a CE Tech (or what ever the modern equivalent is). I get the impression that the trade has changed too much and isn't as good as it was.
Considering that much of my life since the Army has been spent writing software User Guides, I'd like to try something that's IT-based. God knows what, though...