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Anyone here in the TA (Territorial Army)?

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  1. wolfeh

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    Hi all,

    I am thinking of joining the TA (I have my recruitment evening next wednesday :E), and I was just wondering if anyone here was in the TA, and what your thoughts and opinions are on being a part of it.

    Cheers,

    Wolfeh
     
  2. mcfarfs

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    Why join the TA? Why not join the regular army?
     
  3. wolfeh

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    Thats a good question,

    I was thinking of joining the regulars, but came to the decission (??) I would miss my civilian life to much.

    I am prepared to go on active service though if called up from the TA.

    Anyone who is/was in the regulars your thoughts are more than welcome too, maybe you can convince me the benefits of the regulars can be worth the loss of my "civil liberties" as I call them.
     
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    I am probably going to join the Army next year, when I am 18. I think I will probably do 4 or 5 years as a soldier, and then come back to civvie life and either join the fire brigade or the police force.

    wolfeh, just out of interest how old are you? What is you main job at the mo?
     
  5. wolfeh

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    I am 22 and a Manager for a High Street Store, which kinda makes me think I will be laughed out of the army.

    But the TA seems to have more options for me (well from the info packs they sent me).
     
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    I'm sure you won't be! One of the managers where I work (Argos) is currently on a Potential Recruits Course for the Royal Marines. He went up there on Tuesday and finds out if he gets in tomorrow. He is 22 as well.
     
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    Thats pretty cool :thumbsup:

    Maybe theres hope for this old dog yet ;)

    Dont know if I could hack the marines, they go through some tough training. I'm having my doubts if I can pass the selection for the TA, as I'm a bit overweight, despite running 2-3miles everyday before work :E
     
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    ....if you had to sneak up on an enemy sentry......would you be prepared to take him from behind ? ;)
     
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    With my bayonet or combat knife yes :D
     
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    Hey wolfeh just noticed you are from Kent! Where bouts are you from?
     
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    A little place by the sea called Ramsgate,

    Quite nice here, but not much in the way of anything to do. Hence I'm considering joining the TA to give me something to do.
     
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    I spent 5 years in the cadets and spent a lot of time with TA guys and they all seemed to be having the time of their lives (even the RSM who went ballistic that I had a Ka-bar on my webbing at 17 when his soldiers weren't even allowed bayonets :rotfl: ). I'm seriously considering it myself (currently 22 also) but want to settle down somewhere first.

    Try getting in touch with Family Guy, he spent a long time in the regulars and should have some good advice. :)
     
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    Eviljohn2, I'm thinking of the same but in reverse. Join the TA, then settle down by the end of the year once I've fallen into the routine.

    I was never a part of any cadet corp's, as things like that didnt interest me when I was younger. So joing the TA will be quite an experiance for me (hopefully a good one ;) )

    So far from all the people I've talked to about this, all the responces have been positive :thumbsup: So much so I am now quite looking forward to next wednesday.
     
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    There's a huge amount of fun to be had but similarly just make sure that you know what you're letting yourself in for - if you approach it properly it will consume your life. :)
     
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    I hope I know what I'll be letting myself in for, and be able to hack it.

    I just have some doubts as to weather I will be fit enough (I currently run 2-3miles a day before work (takes me 30mins at a slow jog), But am prone to excessive over eating, cigarettes and booze :rolleyes: which makes me, well look... fat).
     
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    I shall add some comments a little later...but I've been working nights and am going to bed... :boring:
     
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    anyone else got anything to add?
     
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    I was in the TA for almost two years. Joined when i was 17, i wanted to do something completely different.

    I was an infrantryman myself and I did enjoy my time doing it especially whilst training. But you have to realise that there is a lot of disorganisation i found. Training getting postponed etc etc If you find a well organised unit it will be great fun and challenging, if you are in a crap unit it will be very frustrating.

    Ben
     
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    Well I went along to the TA evening last night and everything seemed OK, pretty well organised and friendly. I wonder what it will be like though when they arent trying to recruit me :rolleyes:
     
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    My view is that you should join properly or not at all. Not having been in the TA or regular forces though I can't really make a judgement - just my view as an outsider
     
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    actually I do regret not joinging the forces, if I had my time again it is something I would definately try, although the Air Force would be my first choice.
     
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    If I had my time again, I would have joined the regualrs right after my A-Levels.
     
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    But you are only 22! There is no reason you can't join the regulars now.
     
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    There is, I dont think I could hack the Army lifestyle 24/7, Im starting to wonder if I'll be able to hold my tongue and not question what I'm told in the TA let alone the regulars.
     
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    You'll be fine mate, they don't tend to ask you to do stuff just for the hell of it. :)
     
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    Hopefully, It has been said that I have a problem with authority tho (mainly the Manager above me at work as she is a idiot)

    I am thinking of not going back untill I am personally happy with my physical fitness, Just wondering If not going back to hand in My paper work will damage my chance of joining in the future (they said there was no obligation to go back, but I dont want to be blacklisted as a time waster), Or if going back with all my paper work and talking to the recruiter again about it is best.
     

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