working in the armed forces.
I’m an aircraft technician (mechanic) in the navy, not a bad life, done 10 years and plan to do another 12. Think you may have a wait on your hands if your thinking of joining up though as the latest defence review has impacted us all quite a lot with job cuts imminent, recruitment stopped/slowed down for a while.Posted 7 years ago
My best bit of advice before you go to any kind of interview would be to have a good look at what you want to do career wise as there are loads of different jobs within the forces and if you want to do it long term your better off with a job that interests you.cycles2goMember
I did 4 years in the marines, great life when your young. Got to see some amazing places (and some pretty s**t ones) and meet people from all over the world.
Would say go for it if your the outdoorsy type, just be used to the idea that you’ll be away for long periods of time.
If your looking at longer term you’d be best getting a trade in the RAF/Navy/Army as the jobs in the marines are pretty limited but its a great life experience. Beats a GAP year any day!Posted 7 years agoSand CrabMember
I’ve been in 10 years and have no plan to leave any time soon. I’ve had a fantastic time, travelled the world and worked with some brilliant people (the best part of it for me).
All 3 Services have both good and bad points, it depends on what you want to do. Have a look at all the trades and branches available and go from there, but be aware that the advisor at the CIO will put the “Service need” before your own – something you’ll have to get used to!
Hope it goes well, shout if you need any specific gen
SCPosted 7 years agorentonMember
Ive been in the RAF for the past12 and a half years as a weapons technician/bomb disposal and have had mixed feelings about it.
highlights…. 3 year tour in cypurs.
low points….. working with the army as the 2 services really dont mix.
just got back on sunday from the falklands where ive been for 4 months, the army have completely effed up my section!!
posted to another camp from jan next year and have been told i will be out to afghan by june!!
please email me if you want and honest opinion about life in the forces.
one thing though if you like thinking for yourself dont join the army!!Posted 7 years agooneoneoneoneMember
Im In the Army (REME Shipwright) im currently serving over in the falklands. Im quite lucky as im in very small trade group (only 24 of us in the army). I have been in for 6 years now, and im lookig to do another 6 years. The only advice i would give you is to do a job you enjoy as some times it can be sh1t. Im 23 and enjoyed most of my carrer and wouldnt change a thing!!
ShaunPosted 7 years agostevedeMember
Dislike for services that your not in is pretty silly IMO, i don’t like the army,navy,raf etcPosted 7 years ago
The thing is that you get idiots in most jobs both on civvy street and in the forces, thats life, i’ve worked with some morons in my time in the navy and some pretty damn decent blokes too, regardless of service, i know lads in all 3 services (4 if you count rm seperately) that break each stereotype so you can’t just make sweeping statements about in entire force.DufferMember
I’ve been in the RAF for 5 years. I enjoy the job, but you have to accept the BS that comes with it (and i get very little BS in relation to the Army/Navy). I’ve seen planty of the world – and be in no doubt, if you join you WILL be spending time in Afghan. Some of the RAF are doing 6 months+ of EVERY year away, such is the state of our aircraft fleet.Posted 7 years agolandy813Member
I’ve been in RAF for 13 years and have loved most of it. I specialise in servicing and repairing medical and dental equipment fantastic job but I am away a lot from home. On the plus side I did get to go to cape town for a week or 2 working. I have a 9 year old daughter and have only seen 4 of her birthdays and 1 of my 5 year olds. Afghan sucks ass big time!!
Whichever service you choose you will have a great time, life, career and opportunities.
They all have bad points but what job doesn’t? I joined up at 23 used to be an electrician, and never want to go back to that life style.
Your welcome to PM me if you need more info about the different jobs in the RAF or any other details.Posted 7 years ago
It’s a good life for a young man, I did 8 years mostly at a commando unit.Posted 7 years ago
I found that it changed me quite a lot for life, they instill morals, pride, confidence and discipline. I am in no doubt that I am a better man for it and looking at some of my old friends, would not like to think where I would be in life had I not joined.
There are many choices open to you, the most important thing I could tell you is; don’t be led by the recruiter.
What you need to know is the RAF have the best looking women BUT they have standards. The navy the next best looking women BUT they also standards and smell of fish. The army have absolutely gopping trogs with huge arses BUT have no standards whatsoever. 😀c9tlnMember
i was in the navy as a OM(minewarfare),not a bad life for a single young lad,if you like drinking and cleaning you won’t go too far wrong as that’s about all you’ll do.
backhander-i never once met a wren with standards and they weren’t that good looking either,unless at the end of the night at joanna’s! very correct about pongo women though!Posted 7 years agoMintmanMember
I’m a Marine Engineer Officer in the RN. Been in 7 years now and love it. Been deployed a couple of times and worked on frigates and aircraft carriers. Now working on a new ship in build which is a rare opportunity.
Job is a mix of engineering, HR, training, project planning, Resource management and fire and flood fighting (not as rare as you might think). Pay is good, good people (generally) and a fun life with a good chance to do sport and outdoor stuff in work time (job permitting obviously)!Posted 7 years agoash.addyMember
Go for it spent 5 years as an aircraft mechanic in the Navy on a commando squadron, got pensioned out after a climbing accident. Got to say best 5 years of my life, made great mates, saw a lot of the world and experiences too many to recall. You’ll get the bullshit with all the forces just remember…. Basic training – just get through it any way you can (lots of bullshit) – trade training (a little less bullshit) – doing the job a great laugh and hard work, long hours but lots of laughs and a great life.
Go for itPosted 7 years agoPunk_DrummerMember
RAF here 20 years so far 10 to go. Avionincs techniain more commonaly known as a fairy, spent 5 Years ish a pan trash doing flight servicings, Best 5 years of my career had lots of fun, granted there was a fair amount of BS but in general all good. spent 5 years in a bay, before getting back on aircraft, now training AMMs how to Carry out flight servincings, hardly a day goes by with out me thinking what a cool job I have usually when walking along the Pan with various aircraft around me, although not a spotter so to speak I just love being and working around aircraft.
Like has already been said CIO go for the needs of the service not individual, when i first applied to join I was told I could only join as a driver, my reply was whats the point of joining the RAF if I can’t work on aircraft I can be a driver anywhere
Bear in mind each service has there fair share of Horror/feel good stories. Plus what has been said about Basic and trade training there is a lot of BS just grin and bare it and you’ll be fine as my grandad told me the day before I left “Keep you mouth shut and your Bowels open” and also bare in mind that depending on your choice you will be put in harms way.
Good luck in any decision you make.Posted 7 years agoBazzMember
Spent 6 years in the army, infantry, but have been out for 10 years now, some of the best years of my life but definitely a young single man’s job. If your thinking long term then go for a trade, if your just looking to do a few years then i can highly reccomend it but you will be away alot if not on ops then on exercises. You could do alot worse in these uncertain economic times.Posted 7 years agobeamersSubscriber
Er, it is in the chat forum.
Been in the Army for 12 years.
Been to some great place eg Canada for 2 years which was just great.
Fortunately I’ve not had to work with the RAF (I’m looking at you Rents)although raced against them frequently at Mountain Mayhem and SITS and they seem like a nice bunch.
Low points – Can’t really think of any to be honest. Our current Married Quarter is a bit ropey though.
If you are thinking long term don’t join the RAF as it’s days are number IMHO, especially when the carrier(s) arrive. 🙂
And discuss.Posted 7 years agoScamperMember
Mrs Scamper is a nurse in the RAF and in response to above comments I can confirm she has extremely high standards. 🙂 She does get confused by wednesday, unsure if its the start of or the end of the weekend. Generally uncontactable after 4pm the RAF is a great life especially if you like champagne and nice hotels while the less than sharp Army rough it.
But seriously, she enjoys it, apart from some of the usual military bullshit.Posted 7 years agoanokdaleMember
Army here 22yrs, left in 2005, enjoyed every minute of it, would do it again, missed family birthdays etc etc but thats the job, I always tell kids who are thinking of joining up to look at the trade side of life so airframe techs etc the stuff you could use outside and i also tell them to look at the officer route, i know some are knobbers of the highest order but it does help you move on later. Not a bad life altogether and not as BS as it once was.
I get miffed with comments like mansonsouls above about good job for facist, because of people who serve you are able to say things like that without comeback, remember if WW 2 had not been won you would yourself be walking around in jackboots, for those that knew Aldershot in the day he is the sort of bloke that would have died on Flagstaff, Miles Hill and the Tanktracks on Long Valley. Lest we Forget.Posted 7 years ago
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