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    (Original post by DeathGuardElite)
    Pay is good? for a private in the infantry? you're joking right? i could get better pay in the foreign legion hell my father earns more money.
    The MoD royally screwed up and ruined any respect i had for them if it wasn't for the massive cock ups in the government remember the MoD is part of the state, maybe i'd have joined the Army but i decided against it after spending 2 years of my life researching about it and getting the correct fitness level.
    For a 17 year old with no other qualifications, yes, the pay is good. Very good, I'd say, once you consider the total package on offer.

    Are other things available? Yes. Are they easier? Not really. Are they realistic? Not really.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    For a 17 year old with no other qualifications, yes, the pay is good. Very good, I'd say, once you consider the total package on offer.

    Are other things available? Yes. Are they easier? Not really. Are they realistic? Not really.
    treat like crap for 4 years crap pay even 17 year old me would have laughed. If he had the same knowledge i have today, when i was 17 i was doing the level 2 uniformed public services course then i did the level 3 course.

    Well if he was aiming for the parachute regiment the french foreign legion would be more realistic and about the same difficulty of the British Army.
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    (Original post by DeathGuardElite)
    treat like crap for 4 years crap pay even 17 year old me would have laughed. If he had the same knowledge i have today, when i was 17 i was doing the level 2 uniformed public services course then i did the level 3 course.

    Well if he was aiming for the parachute regiment the french foreign legion would be more realistic and about the same difficulty of the British Army.
    should probably inform you i am a female, who after considering my options i decided i didn't want to go and do my A-levels. I'm more than capable of completing them if i wanted to.
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    (Original post by REforever)
    should probably inform you i am a female, who after considering my options i decided i didn't want to go and do my A-levels. I'm more than capable of completing them if i wanted to.
    You should then.

    While yes you can join the Army without them, the higher the qualifications you have, the better off you'll be - both in and out of the Army.
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    (Original post by REforever)
    should probably inform you i am a female, who after considering my options i decided i didn't want to go and do my A-levels. I'm more than capable of completing them if i wanted to.
    Crap that changes quite a bit.
    Yeah i'd say you'll be fine with the British Army.
    You'll be a bit stuck in the role until 2018 if you wanted to go Parachute Engineer because it'd be considered an infantry role if the army had a brain.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    You should then.

    While yes you can join the Army without them, the higher the qualifications you have, the better off you'll be - both in and out of the Army.
    I agree with you on that point, I'd support her doing her A levels if she has the ability to do them from the fact it'd be a major benefit.
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    There's a lot of nonsense on this thread from people who've obviously never been anywhere near a careers office. Good luck OP - nice username btw - and as one of the few people here who have actually served (ex-RE officer) if you've got any specific questions you can't get answered from the internet or careers staff post them here and you'll eventually get someone who can answer them. Good luck!
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    (Original post by Duncan2012)
    There's a lot of nonsense on this thread from people who've obviously never been anywhere near a careers office. Good luck OP - nice username btw - and as one of the few people here who have actually served (ex-RE officer) if you've got any specific questions you can't get answered from the internet or careers staff post them here and you'll eventually get someone who can answer them. Good luck!
    Thank you
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    (Original post by REforever)
    Does anyone have any advice on the army? Whether it be tips on general life or training.
    Good on you.




    Firstly, I would advise you to aim to become an officer if you have the potential. Most females that join the engineers do so as officers. There are very few female Royal Engineers. Many of them are unhappy as nearly all of the Royal Engineers regiments have a very 'laddish' culture. If that's something that appeals to you - go for it.

    Secondly, you will almost never use your trade unless you are a driver or a signaller. It's a great shame that we spend so much time and money training people then they hardly ever get to use their trade unless they are part of a STRE (Specialist Team Royal Engineers.)

    Certainly go for the Royal Engineers if you want to be a Combat Engineer (That is, bridging, demolitions, water supply, etc) but don't go in as a specific trade as you'll probably never touch it outside of your A2 or A1 training.

    Finally, and this is more of a personal point so take it with a pinch of salt, I don't believe the army will be doing anything too interesting for the next few years and there's not a lot of political will to get it doing anything of consequence either. Consider the Navy or the RAF. You won't be doing much changing the world but you may do a great deal of 'changing yourself.'


    PM me if you want more specific information on trades and the like.

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    (Original post by Supersaps)
    Good on you.




    Firstly, I would advise you to aim to become an officer if you have the potential. Most females that join the engineers do so as officers. There are very few female Royal Engineers. Many of them are unhappy as nearly all of the Royal Engineers regiments have a very 'laddish' culture. If that's something that appeals to you - go for it.

    Secondly, you will almost never use your trade unless you are a driver or a signaller. It's a great shame that we spend so much time and money training people then they hardly ever get to use their trade unless they are part of a STRE (Specialist Team Royal Engineers.)

    Certainly go for the Royal Engineers if you want to be a Combat Engineer (That is, bridging, demolitions, water supply, etc) but don't go in as a specific trade as you'll probably never touch it outside of your A2 or A1 training.

    Finally, and this is more of a personal point so take it with a pinch of salt, I don't believe the army will be doing anything too interesting for the next few years and there's not a lot of political will to get it doing anything of consequence either. Consider the Navy or the RAF. You won't be doing much changing the world but you may do a great deal of 'changing yourself.'


    PM me if you want more specific information on trades and the like.

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    would you recommend the navy or RAF more than the army now. Or maybe another corps?
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    (Original post by REforever)
    would you recommend the navy or RAF more than the army now. Or maybe another corps?
    Couldn't really comment on opportunities in the RAF or Navy but I would consider all 3 services. Even if it means you have to change your username.

    What are you hoping for from your career?
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    (Original post by Supersaps)
    Couldn't really comment on opportunities in the RAF or Navy but I would consider all 3 services. Even if it means you have to change your username.

    What are you hoping for from your career?
    fulfilment, i just want to do something i'll enjoy and won't look back and regret and the sense of pride from being in the services
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    (Original post by REforever)
    fulfilment, i just want to do something i'll enjoy and won't look back and regret and the sense of pride from being in the services
    Admirable but difficult to give advice from. Keep the enthusiam though.

    Have you considered the Intelligence Corps? Military Police? RAVC? Medics?
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    (Original post by Supersaps)
    Admirable but difficult to give advice from. Keep the enthusiam though.

    Have you considered the Intelligence Corps? Military Police? RAVC? Medics?
    my bad, wasn't the best answer lol. yeah i need to have a more detailed look at everything. I need to not focus on what corps the role is from and look at what the role entails instead. like i'll see a role and then get turnt off because it's in the RLC for example.
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    What sort of thing appeals to you? Do you like fixing things? Driving? Flying? Medical? How fit and sporty are you? Have you seen any roles so far which sound interesting? Google 'army rolefinder' and see how you get on with that.
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    (Original post by Duncan2012)
    What sort of thing appeals to you? Do you like fixing things? Driving? Flying? Medical? How fit and sporty are you? Have you seen any roles so far which sound interesting? Google 'army rolefinder' and see how you get on with that.
    no matter how much i look on the rolefinder i just cant seem to be like "yes that's what i want to do"
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    (Original post by REforever)
    no matter how much i look on the rolefinder i just cant seem to be like "yes that's what i want to do"
    Don't worry, there isn't always something like that. Maybe start by narrowing the options down to 5 or 6 then doing some more detailed research on those? At the end of the day, it's a job, and there are upsides and downsides to any job.

    As someone else posted, have a look at RAF and Navy jobs too - some trades are quite similar and they'll come with their own pluses and minuses.

    Are you thinking about a full career or just doing a few years?

    Have you been to a careers office yet?
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    (Original post by Duncan2012)
    Don't worry, there isn't always something like that. Maybe start by narrowing the options down to 5 or 6 then doing some more detailed research on those? At the end of the day, it's a job, and there are upsides and downsides to any job.

    As someone else posted, have a look at RAF and Navy jobs too - some trades are quite similar and they'll come with their own pluses and minuses.

    Are you thinking about a full career or just doing a few years?

    Have you been to a careers office yet?
    i'll be doing it until i feel it's time to stop but it won't just be for a few years
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    Yeah start training now and focus on strength and stamina rather than hypertrophy, it will help you in the long run. Also try to get yourself in the habit of waking up early and find yourself a morning ritual to getting up and getting alert asap
    (Original post by REforever)
    Does anyone have any advice on the army? Whether it be tips on general life or training.
 
 
 
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