Your last day in the Regiment..A big let down?

SMiller

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Let's say I don't mind moving around, I settle down relatively quickly and adapt quickly without the pleasantries of life in a house. Like getting the gear on and don't mind getting down in the scrub.

How d'you think I'd fare?
 
I take it you're still in? With that attitude, if you want out, then you'll have a better mental outlook on it than most.

The only advice I'd give you when you decide to leave is for f*cks sake KNOW what you want to do. I had no idea and it screwed me. Even seven years on, I sometimes wonder what the point of it all is.
 

SMiller

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Not even in yet mate. Planning on going booties end of this year or asap next year, just depends when I have enough cash to get to the UK.
 
I'd never try and talk someone out of joining, especially now that open engagement means that you no longer have to commit for three, six or nine.

Go for it, mate.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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Corporal said:
Obvioulsy there are some big differences between the way our Armed Forces work. Quiet in the peanut gallery, please.

I've always thought that if you went past your first enlistment, you were crazy not to go to 20.


wellyhead said:
Also the statics of 22 yr men dieing not long after leaving is quite astonishing
Very true, the years take a toll. To be honest, I never met anyone to get out of the Marines after 20 that didn't look at least 10 years older than they were.
I don't know Corps......your mum doesn't look a day over 40. :wink:
 
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Biscuits_AB

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From initial appearance, most of the posters as RA . I might be wrong here but I was always led to believe that career progress in the RA was very good?

Some good advice given though.

From the information given to me over the years, I intend to get every thing I am owed during my resettlement. Everything. I have an idea what I want to do when the time comes, I'm digging around for more info on that line of work already and I'll concentrate on that.

I was told once by a former RSM, that in my last year of service I should forget all about the green machine and to concentrate on me. Once your gone, you're forgotten, that's life, so get what you can when your can. Seemed strange coming from a man of his rank then, but I can see now what he meant.
 

HLS

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Biscuits_AB said:
I have an idea what I want to do when the time comes, I'm digging around for more info on that line of work already and I'll concentrate on that.
If you need info on becoming a rent boy ask MDN :wink:
 
One problem being faced by many people leaving the army is that a system which used to work (re-settlement) can no longer keep pace with tours etc. If you spend 6 months+ of your final year on tour you will be hard pressed to fit any re-settlement briefings in at all (I was sent on tour 2 weeks before my course was due to start and barely got it in before terminal leave began), and it's even worse trying to book courses etc whilst being thousands of miles away. By the time you have done your tour, gone on leave done your course you find yourself standing outside the gates as a civvy, no clue about whats going on and you feel very, very alone. It's the re-settlement system which needs re-vamping, or better guidelines for units deploying on what to do with soldiers coming to the end of their service.
 

SMiller

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What about a yearly one for every Bn?
 

clansman1

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most amusing thread to read through...had me howling with laughter!!

When i left in '92 my rupert was so busy with upcoming deployment to Bosnia that he asked me to write my own career summary for the old little red book. Needless to say i took the urine and made myself out to be on an equal with god almighty himself!! even more amusing, when i finally got aforementioned book, there it was word for word!! kind of summed up 10 years service....

I also had to go to the PRI shop on camp to get my mess presentation sorted (usual statue thingy!), which i then duly presented to myself once i had glued on the plate which i had bribed an Inst. tech to do at short notice.

The lads did get me a surprise present on my last day (another statue thingy! fortunately not same as first statue thingy!), which choked me a bit, as it was out of their own pockets. Amongst all the tossers and shirkers were some good lads, and that is ALL i miss about the mob - you can keep all the petty military bollox, inspections, gaurds, area cleaning, fatigues whilst all SNCO's sat on their arses in the mess, how i miss it so....NOT

Final point, went to see the BFG clerk to sign my chit, had a left hooker Audi with german plates. 'Remember to return your plates immediately on your return to UK etc..etc..'
Needless to say i still have them 12 years on gathering dust in the shed. Also made a point of continuing to drive around for the next 3 months with them on the car to avoid an MOT.....happy times!!
 
As for reasons to get out, in my case there were many, one of them though was that i didn't want to become 'institutionalised' like some of the 'lifers'. Having gone in at 16 and never known civvy life as an adult the thought of coming out at 40 or older and then start trying to build a new career was not something i wanted to try. no way was i about to jump out of one uniform and into another as so many ex-squaddies do. I figured that at 28 i had a good chance of getting some decent usable quals and work up a new career.

Another reason was what i saw and experienced once i got promoted into the lodge. just about all the talk from that level up was 'blah, blah, GCC, blah, blah, CR, blah, blah, career profiling, blah blah, make yourself look good in front of the people that matter' not to mention the increasing restrictions on my private life when off duty. Being told who i could and could not have as friends, being essentially ordered on the p**s whether i wanted to or not. Not to mention being hauled in by the BC for an interview without coffee because he took a dim view of me seeing a particular Norwegian lass (now my wife) when i was still married at the time.

Yeah, i think it's the prying into my off duty private life that really was the straw that broke the camels back.
 
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Biscuits_AB

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HLS said:
Biscuits_AB said:
I have an idea what I want to do when the time comes, I'm digging around for more info on that line of work already and I'll concentrate on that.
If you need info on becoming a rent boy ask MDN :wink:
Apparantly business isn't going that well for him on account of there being little demand for fat blokes wearing leather shorts! :lol:
 
Speedy said:
I know that one. Came back from Boz in early 99 and was immediatly placed on Kosovo training. The training was done by the WSF who we'd been supporting in Bosnia. They just scratched their heads as we did.
Very same thing happened to me, got back from bos, signed off, warned for NI and did the training and then right when I was going to get out they wanted to send me to Kosovo and extend my service for it


I threw an almighty eppy over that one I can tell you. Thankful;ly by threatening to stove a senior ranks head in (no seriously) made them see sense and I got to leave.
 
SMiller said:
Not even in yet mate. Planning on going booties end of this year or asap next year, just depends when I have enough cash to get to the UK.
Great life, great blokes (booties that is) fcuk all promotion
 
Biscuits_AB said:
From initial appearance, most of the posters as RA . I might be wrong here but I was always led to believe that career progress in the RA was very good?

Some good advice given though.

From the information given to me over the years, I intend to get every thing I am owed during my resettlement. Everything. I have an idea what I want to do when the time comes, I'm digging around for more info on that line of work already and I'll concentrate on that.

I was told once by a former RSM, that in my last year of service I should forget all about the green machine and to concentrate on me. Once your gone, you're forgotten, that's life, so get what you can when your can. Seemed strange coming from a man of his rank then, but I can see now what he meant.
I would like to point out that the shagger of pigs and myself were in the smae unit, and the name is well suited I can tell you :wink:, RA careers is all down to what you do, PS and myself were extremly specialised and when we joined there were only 4 troops in the army that did what we did. Then options for change hoved into view and slashed that by half, we were screwed. There is a system in place called GCC, this maps your areer through senior rankdom and is a very tight promotion ladder, we jahve talked about it in this thread already. But if you can't get promoted because you are in aunit that has no promotion then you are totally screwed, miss GCC dates and no career for you.

It was so bad in our lot that junior guys were getting thier full screws before senior lance jacks becuse those guys had missed GCC already

If the army was a buisness and officers and WO's were the managers we would of gone bust donkeys ago
 
Basically the reason i decided to leave was one of many.
From doing a 2 year tour of NI, being posted to germany and within 4 weeks being posted to Bosnia for a 9 month tour. then with a short space of time being sent back to NI for another 2.5 years, essentially within specified units i was getting looked over for a lot of promotion boards.
Then when the time came i went back into a semi normal unit, and seen the guys trying to stab each other in the back to try and impress people, i thought this wasnt for me.
Another reason was when they eventually did offer me promotion, they were going to remove me from running a workshop to put me to working behind a desk permantly. So this also influenced me.
Also at the age of 29 i thought i would still be young enough for propective employers to actually give me a serious look, as unfortunatly the older you are when you leave they have to take more into consideration.

Before any one starts this is not a whinge, i am just stating some reasons why i decided to leave when i did.
 
Feck me, reading all your posts, I HAVE had a privileged life! I must be very lucky to have not been fecked around like some of you guys have.
 
On the day i left ..they had an honour guard, Corps band everyone in No2's or No1's they had a full regimental parade etc..






oh wait sorry that was for Col-in chief..i had 10 mins to hand in MOD 90 and told to piss off sharpish..no civvies allowed today :lol:
 

Gizzit

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I don't know what you lot are complaining about. Every time I've left a unit the day has begun with a cup of tea in bed brought to me by the 2ic, then a luxurious blowjob from the RQMS/RSM's 17 yr old daughter, depending on who's the more nubile.

I've then been dragged to work on a stone plinth by a host of adoring Bdrs, with sundry RAO types flinging sheaves of glowing CRs in my path.

The Adjt, naked 'cept for a loin cloth, has cooled me with a palm frond as I grind past RHQ, while the local primary school teacher chicks perform a topless mud wrestle on the lawn in front of RHQ.

On arrival at the Bty Hangar, I'm issued a gat, 400 rnds, and told that I could go to work on whoever I wanted. With half the Sodhexo workforce and Semper lying bleeding on the gun park, it's time for lunch.

After food cooked by the chefs from the WO and Sgts Mess (don't pretend you don't nab the good 'uns) I spend the afternoon being fellated by Norland Nannies.

It's then a triumphant procession out of camp, past the entire unit wearing Blues, with the RA band at their head, and a forty one gun salute as I stride manfully out of the gate with a foxy little female PTI (they do exist), as my leaving present

Thought that was standard...
 

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