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The good auld British Army, well i was in the army when i was 17 till i was 21 years old. My opinion "everybody should do at least 2 years service. In my opinion the army gives you respect, disapline and plus you get to visit some of the worlds far away countries. The time i spent in the army was not all good. But there is lots more good days than there is bad. I travelled to central America and asia. There is a lot of talk about the bad press the army gets but most of the people i served with would never complain. We had a job to do and we went and done it. So in my opinion the best start to a young unemploed male or female is join the forces for a few years and get out there.
Joining:- if you join the army before you turn 18 your 3 year colour service does not start till you are 18. Many people think that if they join and don't like the army they can buy themselves out. Which is totally unture. Every one has to do 3 year colour service to the queen. When you join before you are 18 you have a point of no return. After 2 months you have to sign to say that you are staying in the army and once you have signed the dotted line thats you for 3 years.But saying that in my opinion if you want to join the army you should go for the jouners. ie. before you turn 18. Because once you are 18 you only get 19 weeks training. Join before your 18 and you can have up to 18 months training and believe me the training is great.
training- As i joined before i was 18 i was sent to Newcastle for 6 months training. I loved it. You worked 5 and a hlaf days a week but you are so busy the days and weeks fly past. Every day you do some kind of fitness, mostly running as you need to build up your fitness to do the final test, 8 miles with full kit and rifle. Sound easy enough but try it going over hills and rivers and anything else they can find in your way. Apart from the fitness you learn the army history, first aid, health and higene, live shooting (great) everything you can think of and more. You go thro stages so its not all fired at you at once. If you join after your 18 you have to fit all the training in to 19 weeks which can be hard. Well in my opinion the guys joined early seem to go up the ranks quicker.
after Training- depending on which unit you are join depends on where you go. But it can be all over the world. I was based in Cambridge after training but went to Belize and served in the first Gulf war. Normal run of the mill days can be boring at times but if you are in a good platoon you can play football, go running, go to the gym or even just chill out with the mates playing cards. You get the chance to put your name down for lots of different things that go in the forces, You can apply for parra jumps, driving tanks, HGV, just about any kind of sport and if you stand out at a sport the army can put in a unit where it is all just guys from that sport. Boxing football are the mean ones.
my working day for the first year after training 0600 out of bed 0630 breakfast 0800 fall in for work - Drill, combat training, rifle shooting or even just cleaning 1000 naafi break 1030 back to work 1200 lunch 1400 played football 1600 finish for the day
second year 0530 out of bed 0600 on parade 0700 breakfast 0800 fall in for work 1000 naafi break 1015 back to work 1230 lunch 1300 back to work 1730 finish for the day
So depending who takes over at the top depends on how good or how bad the day can be. As well as your normal life in the camp you will go on exercise to train for war. well that is your job. In a normal year you can go out on exercise for anything from 2 days to 3 weeks and in one year me and my platoon done 13 exercise and as there is only 12 months in a year that is a long time away specially for the married men.
I will write more in the coming weeks If any one would like me to answer anything please fell free to ask
It really would be more helpful to know the sort of thing one could expect to do on a day to day basis as many people have a fear of joining up thinking it's really long and exhausting days or all danger. To encourage more people to seriously consider it as a career option you could talk about maybe starting salaries, career prospects, training available, etc. Welcome to Ciao. :)
sandemp 09.09.2009 19:01
danielse 09.09.2009 16:50
Just not enough here about your experience for it to be useful, I'm afraid.