Young TA Officer?

#1
I am aware that this has probably been covered in the past however I shall carry on regardless. I’m 19 and in my second year of my LLB and prior to applying to university I was absolutely determined I was going to be an officer however due to advice from careers officers and my parents I went to university first. Now I’m doing a good degree and taking 4-12 years out of my career would render my hard work at university borderline obsolete. Many will suggest joining the UOTC however I had a long conversation with their representatives during fresher’s week and I was not impressed with their scruffy appearance and altogether unprofessional attitude (seemed to be trying to convince me that cheap drink and curry was the main reason I should join rather than providing basic skills in leadership etc in order to strengthen my application to Sandhurst). Anyway I am beginning to rabble so I will come to my main point, what are the realistic chances of me gaining a commission as TA officer at present?
 
#2
Rhuaridh said:
I am aware that this has probably been covered in the past however I shall carry on regardless. I’m 19 and in my second year of my LLB and prior to applying to university I was absolutely determined I was going to be an officer however due to advice from careers officers and my parents I went to university first. Now I’m doing a good degree and taking 4-12 years out of my career would render my hard work at university borderline obsolete. Many will suggest joining the UOTC however I had a long conversation with their representatives during fresher’s week and I was not impressed with their scruffy appearance and altogether unprofessional attitude (seemed to be trying to convince me that cheap drink and curry was the main reason I should join rather than providing basic skills in leadership etc in order to strengthen my application to Sandhurst). Anyway I am beginning to rabble so I will come to my main point, what are the realistic chances of me gaining a commission as TA officer at present?
Which University are you at?
 
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#8
We used similar tactics at our freshers fayre, simply because most Uni students glazed over as soon as we mentioned the serious stuff. - The UOTC can be a glorified drinking club with a bit of green stuff to 'get out of the way' if you want it to be. However it can also be very green and offer you valuable training and advice with regards to commisioning.
 
#9
Rhuaridh said:
I will come to my main point, what are the realistic
chances of me gaining a commission as TA officer at present?
Excellent.

Get down to your local unit and start the process.

msr
 
#10
Rhuaridh said:
Tonic_wine said:
I doubt you will find any TA vacancies in the Stirling area.

I would know, I went to your university.
I don't stay in Stirling though I live in Hamilton and drive in.
6 SCOTS has their headquarters at Maryhill and is your local TA inf unit. Why not give them a call or PM me.
 
#11
msr said:
Get down to your local unit and start the process.
Or realise that uni is essentially about drinking and bonking and therefore there might be a (limited) point to Tayforth?
 
#12
hodges said:
We used similar tactics at our freshers fayre, simply because most Uni students glazed over as soon as we mentioned the serious stuff. - The UOTC can be a glorified drinking club with a bit of green stuff to 'get out of the way' if you want it to be. However it can also be very green and offer you valuable training and advice with regards to commisioning.
Hear, hear. I am so sodding sick of people badmouthing the OTC. It is not meant to be an equivalent of the TA. The OTC can be a fantastic resource for POs and I make no apologies for people who are arrogant-every unit has them and certainly people can get an inflated sense of their own importance from all that officer chitchat.

Likewise, it's rather difficult to get hungover students to the OTC if they start thinking they'll be deployed as soon as they sign!

Anyway, that's me being indignant.
 
#13
Your local options are Infantry in motherwell or Signals in East kilbride. Potential Officers are gold dust so both will take your hand off, pm me if you want to chat about the East Kilbride option.
 
#14
msr said:
Rhuaridh said:
I will come to my main point, what are the realistic
chances of me gaining a commission as TA officer at present?
Excellent.

Get down to your local unit and start the process.

msr
That comes as somewhat of a surprise because I read on here before that the average age of new officers in the TA was 25-30 and I thought my age and "lack of life experience" (as they so poetically put it) would severely hinder my chances?
 
#15
Rhuaridh said:
msr said:
Rhuaridh said:
I will come to my main point, what are the realistic
chances of me gaining a commission as TA officer at present?
Excellent.

Get down to your local unit and start the process.

msr
That comes as somewhat of a surprise because I read on here before that the average age of new officers in the TA was 25-30 and I thought my age and "lack of life experience" (as they so poetically put it) would severely hinder my chances?
That is based on what you have posted. Like I said: get down to your local unit and speak to them.

msr
 
#19
Tonic_wine said:
avoid the OTC like the plague.

As my esteemed collegue mentioned, they are on par with cadets.

jumped up, arrogant and useless.
:twisted: Bit like having a degree from Stirling, then :twisted:

(sorry, couldn't resist it, yes I know Law got a 5 in the 2001 Research Assessments)

As with anything, what do you want to achieve?

If you're definitely going TA Gp.A, and you're likely to stay in the central belt practising law, join 6 SCOTS. They're always on the lookout for young officers. You'll be a bit young at 19, but then I'm gradually getting more and more out of date, and you'll probably be at least 21 by the time you commission...

If you're going regular, or if you're terribly terribly serious about getting a first-class degree, join the OTC and get some drinking and shagging done safe in the knowledge that the training times fit in with your coursework. Who knows, perhaps you can dispel any impressions of scruffiness through your own personal example and high standards....
 

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