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A few questions about the army etc

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Greenlizard0, 3 Feb 2006.

  1. Greenlizard0

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    A mate is thinking of joining the army, and was wondering about experiences that members perhaps have? Therefore i'm throwing this question out to anybody here how has.
     
  2. pyro

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    How old his he? British citizent? Wants to go to uni? TA? Regular? Best thing to do is go to armyjobs.mod.uk and get an information pack, then go have a chat with an officer at his local recruiting office.
     
  3. Nix

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    I'm considering doing Officers training once I finish uni. I'm also considering doing the UOTC thing maybe next year. See how it goes, I might completely change my mind in a week.
     
  4. SpliffVortex

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    I think the royal Navy would be safer .
     
  5. Zip

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    I think drowning to death would be worse then getting shot to death.
    There more chance of drowning in the navy so i wouldnt join that unless i got an office job far from sea :p
     
  6. dirtydog

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    If someone is worried about their personal safety then perhaps a career in the military isn't for them, wouldn't you say? Putting your life at risk is part of the job description.
     
  7. peter_hutson

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    Could never join the Navy, the thought of being posted to a sub makes me feel sick.
     
  8. wordy

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    You have to voulenteer to serve on subs
     
  9. theleg

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    If I had my time over, id join the military at uni...sadly ive left it way too long.
     
  10. dirtydog

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    You're still young enough to join the military though aren't you?
     
  11. theleg

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    27 this year :sad2:
     
  12. PardonTheWait

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    You can join most of the trades in the RAF at anything up to 29 dude, I dunno if it's the same for the Army but I don't see why not?
     
  13. theleg

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    ive still got 2 years of uni to go..starting this sept..

    plus ive got a lot of stuff going on..business etc..

    I dunno..maybe ill give it all up to join the army...
     
  14. dirtydog

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    A quick look on the Army's website shows you need to be under 29 to be an officer, or 30 to be a regular soldier.
     
  15. Stringy

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    There is nothing wrong with worrying about your personal safety and joining the Military, it's doing your bit that counts. It's very unlikely that someone in the Navy (or ground trade RAF) would ever see combat, although if they did, after the rigourous training they endure, I've no doubt 99% of them would be able to see it through.

    I'm hoping to join the RAF as an Officer, either Fighter Controller or Flight Operations Officer. Now there is pretty much no chance that I'd ever see any combat action (other than basic defense tactics in the first 4 weeks of Initial Officer Training). I wouldn't say it was one of my main reasons for choosing the RAF, but I seriously question whether or not I think I'd be happy going for Army Officer or the Marines, when their main role is to shoot and get shot at. That's just the person I am, however if the time came where I was needed to pick up a gun and do my part, I would happily do it.
     
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  16. cleanbluesky

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    Join the TA if you fancy it - depending on what you want to do there are some very dedicated and prestigous TA units if you are motivated and fit enough
     
  17. cleanbluesky

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    Ask questions in the appropriate forum at http://www.arrse.com - but remember that those guys can be fiesty...
     
  18. theleg

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    Actually been speaking to a mate of mine whos in the TA up in sheffield..where my uni is..

    Ill prolly sign up when im back..

    but what are the chances of the TA doing anything?
     
  19. Ciao bella

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    but what are the chances of the TA doing anything?[/QUOTE]
    TA units are serving in iraq right now.espically the RLC
     
  20. FTM

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    think about what you want to do later in life also...a right trade learned in the army will get you a job after you leave

    My best mate was in the Royal Signals..setting up sattelite coms, repairing radios, general elctrical engineering...got a trade and was set for when he left the forces