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    Hey,

    Anyways I'm considering joining one of the three branches of the military but I am also studying at University so I'll enter once I graduate. I am more than qualified when it comes to grades asked. My questions are:

    1) Would joining the TA or reservists help my future prospects with any branch? Say two years with the T.A before applying proper for other branches such as the R.A.F, would that help.

    2) In joining a reservist would I be able to fit that around my studies. I now I can with T.A. but not sure with others?

    That's it basically. Thanks for any replies.
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    (Original post by TCD23)
    Hey,

    Anyways I'm considering joining one of the three branches of the military but I am also studying at University so I'll enter once I graduate. I am more than qualified when it comes to grades asked. My questions are:

    1) Would joining the TA or reservists help my future prospects with any branch? Say two years with the T.A before applying proper for other branches such as the R.A.F, would that help.

    2) In joining a reservist would I be able to fit that around my studies. I now I can with T.A. but not sure with others?

    That's it basically. Thanks for any replies.
    1) It will give you a taste of what it's like and it will give you experience. The former is especially important since you'll be able to gauge if it's the sort of thing you'd be interested in doing full time. I'm not sure if it would actually quicken your application to the regulars.

    2) Depends what your studying but it is possible. Others have done it before. The TA is something like every other weekend or something like that. When you go it will take up your whole weekend but that's what you sign up for. Depending on what branch you go into and what your job is you might go off for exercises, these may take a week, 10 days or maybe 2 weeks so you'll have to take that off from uni.
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    Thanks for the answer! Another Q. Say if I wanted to go in the Air Force or Navy, would going into the T.A be a good option? Or is there some equivilant of the T.A for the other two branches?
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    (Original post by TCD23)
    Thanks for the answer! Another Q. Say if I wanted to go in the Air Force or Navy, would going into the T.A be a good option? Or is there some equivilant of the T.A for the other two branches?
    The air force and navy do have reserve units as well. The only question is whether there is one near you.
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    (Original post by TCD23)
    Or is there some equivilant of the T.A for the other two branches?
    However you join you'll be expected to show a lot of knowledge about the military, so this isn't your regular TSR 'just use Google' answer - if you haven't heard of the RNR it's a sign you should be doing a lot more research of your own before you start thinking about joining.
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    Since you are still at university, look first at the UOTC, URNU and/or UAS. These are the 'no pressure/no obligation' ways to get a good close look at the Services, designed to fit around university life and would then aid you in a 'proper' application if the time comes.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Since you are still at university, look first at the UOTC, URNU and/or UAS. These are the 'no pressure/no obligation' ways to get a good close look at the Services, designed to fit around university life and would then aid you in a 'proper' application if the time comes.
    Good answer and helpful! Thanks
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    Just to add to this again. If I joined the TA's would I be mobilized at all? Obviously as a student that would not be a viable option so I wondering would I still be able to join.

    Also once I complete my studies and have a degree would I be able to leave the T.A's to apply to the military (e.g RAF, Army) proper or wouldI have to complete a certain length of duty?
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    (Original post by TCD23)
    Just to add to this again. If I joined the TA's would I be mobilized at all? Obviously as a student that would not be a viable option so I wondering would I still be able to join.

    Also once I complete my studies and have a degree would I be able to leave the T.A's to apply to the military (e.g RAF, Army) proper or wouldI have to complete a certain length of duty?
    You can find all the answers to that within this forum, on the TA website and of the various Forces' careers sites. You have to do some research yourself.


    What i will say is that if you join the University-based units that I mentioned in my previous threads, there's no chance of deployment whatsoever.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    You can find all the answers to that within this forum, on the TA website and of the various Forces' careers sites. You have to do some research yourself.


    What i will say is that if you join the University-based units that I mentioned in my previous threads, there's no chance of deployment whatsoever.
    Unfortuantly my University doesn't have one. Also just to note I have done plenty of reseach but I haven't been able to find information regarding my questions, thus why I'm asking on here.
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    (Original post by TCD23)
    Unfortuantly my University doesn't have one. Also just to note I have done plenty of reseach but I haven't been able to find information regarding my questions, thus why I'm asking on here.
    Where are you? Judging from your posts I'm guessing Queens? If that's the case then you do.


    And within this forum the answers are there.
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Where are you? Judging from your posts I'm guessing Queens? If that's the case then you do.

    And within this forum the answers are there.
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and I can't find any thread that state the situation with studying at Uni and being in the T.A but I'll have another look
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    What are you interested in doing within the Forces - which type of role? As some specialist roles are harder than others to join. Royal Marines Reserves, Para Reserves and such.


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    (Original post by TCD23)
    Unfortuantly my University doesn't have one.
    The COs of any of the units are able to extend the scope of their unit to include students who aren't currently at an affiliated university.

    They will usually only do so if you a) have the officer entry academic standards and b) are studying for a bachelors degree (no Foundations years or certificates etc).

    Your best bet would be to write to the CO of your preferred unit, (OTC, URNU or UAS) explaining your career plans and how you fit the calibre/entry requirements for officer entry) and asking if you can apply in October and if successful, if they can affiliate the Conservatoire.
 
 
 
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