Advantages Good Experience
Disadvantages Often Dangerous, Underpaid for half the work !
The British Army provides a real way out for many people, it gives morales and standards to many young people, who otherwise wouldnt have a chance of survival in their home environment.As an employer, it often neglects its duty of care, and the work environments can be exceptionally challenging, the day to day life often crosses the thin line of ridiculousness, and again, as an employer, the Ministry of Defence fails to protect its employees from several areas of harm that should not be found in the Army.
The Recruitment process usually starts in the Recruiting Station, where a potential recruit will make several visits to discuss their options.After a few tests, they can choose a trade, in which the Army will train them to be proficient in their undertakings. As time continues the Soldier will gain valuable experience in his trade, and gain more qualifications.
When ready, the potential recruit will visit a selection centre, where the Army will try to better understand the persons ability to be a soldier. Tests take place, like a medical, physical and mental aptitude test - Typically this lasts a weekend.If succesful, the applicant will have an attestation date, where they will return to the recruiting office, and take the oath of allegiance in front of an officer, following this, they will be called forward for basic training.
Basic training occurs at several locations around the country, depending on which branch of the army the applicant has joined, usually, the applicant will be with other soldiers from their own Corps, or even Regiment.Training lasts about 11 weeks, and in this time, the recruit will learn all about basic soldiering skills, as well as developing their mental and Physical Stamina.
Often recruits will fall by the side, and be found not to be suitable for the army, and therefore discharged. A window of opportunity comes after a fortnight, where the recruit can leave of free will if they do not wish to continue, at all other times, they are locked in by Crown Contract.Some recruits may fail to meet the standards, and in this case, they may be selected to go back a step, usually called back troopings, and may have to go to another troop, 2 weeks behind them, or be placed in a holding troop to enhance their physical ability for example.
At the end of the 11 week period (Which seems like a life time) the recruit then enjoys their \"Passing out Parade\" a family day, where Mums and Dads (Typically) come and see their loved ones march up an down a Square (Parade type place)Most recruits then move towards trade training, which for many is much much harder than the basic training.
This can last from a few weeks, to a year or so, depending on their trade, and is often refered to as Phase II and Phase III training.Many Cap Badges see this as the time when they mold the recruit into a Soldier, and certainly for the Royal Military Police, Royal Engineers and the more traditional and solid formations of the Army, this is true.
Soldiers can also opt to specialise, for example, become Paratrooper attachements, or Commando Attachments, this option remains for the rest of their career though, but undoubtedly it is best to make this move when at the peak of your physical fitness (It soon goes downhill after a posting)ARRIVAL AT UNIT
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