working in the armed forces.
Don’t waste your breath anokdale, he obviously has a very loose grip on reality and what the armed forces do.Posted 7 years ago
I can honestly say that I’ve done my absolute and very best in difficult places to improve the lives of some of the poorest and vulnerable people on the planet at that time. Can you say that mansonsoul?
Work in the armed forces 😉 if you call it that lol apart from a few rough conflicts that were fun anyway I had a great time I was a signallar and mountain leader, did loads of skiing ice and rock climbing lots of time in Norway and bavaria also two long stints in sardegna to rock climb and drink.
Left and walked straight into a guiding job in the alps so it was good for that too. shame I decided the fire service was a good move and Left 🙁
Short term I’d recommend royal marines , long term I’d say royal signals then post to a commando unit best of both worlds
Echo above the do what you want not what careers office want you to do
My mate who is still in was goin to get out about three years ago but asked about flying and now he’s a helicopter pilot , admittedly he went straight out to afgan but he’s having fun. So lots of possibilities matePosted 7 years agointo de_voidMember
Whilst I don’t agree with Mansonsouls’ comments I fully support his right to make them and to express such opinions; I served 18yrs in the Royal Marines and spent years of my life deployed on Operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Iraq in order to allow people like him to express such views in other countries not as stable and liberal as ours.Posted 7 years ago
So crack on Mansonsoul because everytime I hear a statement expressed in the manner of yours it reminds me that the sacrifices I made (and thousands of others like me) were valuable and worthwhile. One day you’ll hopefully be able to see through the politics and media spin and appreciate the freedoms you have.mansonsoulMember
That World you want is what we all want but it is not going to happen
Call it naivety, that’s fine. It’s wishful, without a doubt. This attitude perhaps explains why it always will be nothing more than wishful thinking.
Backhander, I support some of Britain’s most vulnerable people every working day, and I do it without a gun in my hand, or billions of pounds of military hardware ‘helping’ them.
I stand by my assertion that it is soldiers, politicians and their ilk that cause the problems, not solve them.Posted 7 years ago
Anokdale I wasn’t being specific I was covering all the forces in general its all relative depends on your version of work getting beasted on the hills and in snow is hard but fun digging in again hard but fun on reflection but its not the same as a real job in civvy street is it more a vocation
Ive done forces and mountain guiding and rigging and now fire service and rigging was real work but still not a dreary nine to five lolPosted 7 years ago
That’s probably because you don’t need a weapon to do your job in the UK. I assure it was required in places like Sierra Leone and Bosnia. Maybe we should have sent social workers over instead?Posted 7 years ago
I’m also quite happy for you to blame the politicians, but the voters should not escape blame either.into de_voidMember
Anokdale, you’re former Para Reg and yet you’ve just agreed with a Royal Marine…you’ve made MY day!
Backhander, please tell me you weren’t one of those loons who nearly killed half of Zulu Coy 45 Cdo when you set off an avalanche demo with way too much explosive up near Bardufoss in 94…if you are you owe me a beer and some replacement keks!Posted 7 years agobullheartMember
I stand by my assertion that it is
soldierspoliticians and their ilk that cause the problems, not solve them.
Fixed that for you. You are trolling; nothing more, and that line was designed to provoke, making it a very weak statement indeed.
I support some of Britain’s most vulnerable people every working day, and I do it without a gun in my hand
Do you effect change? If so, good. Are decisions made above your pay grade that fail to reflect the situation on the ground, by people with no understanding of what you have to deal with on a day to day basis? And does that frustrate you? I think you’ll find that your position parallels that of the regulars in our armed forces.
For the record, I don’t agree in reasons behind the conflicts we as a nation have participated in during the last twenty years, but I support every member of the armed forces that has done so.Posted 7 years agoSamCookeMember
I served in the Army for 12 years, best years of my youth. Was gutted when they disbanded 5 years ago, but we’d been doing much less by then anyway. But i agree with the sentiments, if it hadn’t been for the old guard giving all that they gave we wouldn’t have the freedom that we have now.Posted 7 years agogogMember
Been out a while now, (well 15 years), still miss it at times. Agree with what has been said about getting a trade, whichever service you join. Plus as said, just get through basic training and trade training, the real forces are nothing like that at all!Posted 7 years ago
PS for those that want to extract the urine, I was a craphat medic, but met my wife who was a QARANC….Quick and Ready and Never Caught 😳simply_oli_yMember
Hey all. Cheers for all the info. Quick update and the details as requested, Im 21 next month. Got 2 highers abduction 9 credit level standard grades.Posted 7 years ago
To be honest the marines appeal more. The physical and mental challenges sound rather good. Took a trip to the careers office yesterday.
They didn’t suggest any roles! said to be a long waiting list for raf/navy trades. And having a proper look at various jobs I’ve realised the number of qualifications you can gain in the marines are also useful.
Commando and para careers are available in other regt/corps than the para reg and RM. You can do both in various corps plus be an army diver in the RE and still get a trade (and blow up a lot of stuff). I’m not saying anything negative about the paras or marines, just explaining that you can still do the ally stuff and get a trade.Posted 7 years ago
as back hander says too lots avail hence my recommendation of r.sigs for trades/pay if you plan on staying in a while as once trained lots of doors open up to you. my mate is still royal signals but is actually a cmdo trained helicopter pilot now 😉 lots avail once in its all down to you and what you aspire to. good luck fellaPosted 7 years ago
ah no hence the scaleyback comment 😉 carrying far too much kit and a radioset on your back wreck it lol
depends really on what you fancy doing and what skills you have to offer as most regiments do trades that are good and most offer cmdo/para/sf unit options and all offer lots of outdoor pursuits courses too
you could work in mobile secure comms for instance but do it in a commando unit as a trained commando and also be an outdoor pursuits instructor , the world is your oyster as they say . lots of optionsPosted 7 years ago
Fair play mate, get in see what you fancy and go for it, at least the banter will be good and most of us who were in will admit to missing that on the outside. Good luck, 21 you sprog, i had 58 pattern webbing, puttees, dms and an SLR at that age, gortex was a thing of the future and GPS, you dont need them the stars dont need batteries. 😉Posted 7 years ago
Only got them in for bone inspections, you know the standby kit stuff, other than that used a Yank steel mug and a racing spoon 😉 did you ever have to have 6 six inch nails in your standby kit, never sussed what they were for, mind you most of your bootie kit would have consisted of female evening wear 😉Posted 7 years ago
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