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anyone done it or been to a tester training weekend away?
what's it like y'all....
One of my mates joined for 1 or 2 years but didn't get called out anywhere, but just ended up doing loads of drugs etc, one aquaintance who went to Serbia, Iraq etc is an occasionaly violent sick mofo but could have been like that before
Maybe it's a laugh if you don;t have to actually go to war and get stationed in a nice village in Germany and such like
Person I once rented a house with left TA in disgust as they just played crab football all the time, not what he expected
Bosnia or Kosovo.
Kosovo is still Serbia?
did yr mates think?
Tyhe one who went to serbia etc when I came round to his house was showing me loads of frim footage on internet like people having their spine sliced with a knife (rebels in (can't spell it) czechnya, didn;t really ask other one much about it, but I think he got bored with it, wanted to be at home with girlfriend
something that people only do if they're stupid or if they have no choice.
sounds like incredibly hard work, but he seems to be enjoying it.
not to mention i go to a military school, i personally love everything about the army....AMAZING i have two visits lined up for the next 6 weeks which are artillery and sandhurst....i have already done one potential officers course..good fun...seriously it's not bad, i've grown up with it in a sense anyway, form the school i've been going to...it's fun. plus you'll get so many opportunities.
many opportunities to visit strange and exciting places full of strange and exciting people who will probably shoot at you.
SEE THE NAVY!
have you been to a training weekend?
what's it like?
you get a clear insight into that particular regiment or corps, they assess you and you get to assess them if you like.
please don't take that in any sexual way...it was not purposefully inclined.
physical / mental?
whats the atmosphere like?
usually obstacle, running etc...sometimes command tasks (team building exercies) simple problem things....erm you get a tour and dinner, they always assess you...even at dinner, they will offer as much alcohol as you want (here's a tip, stick to 2 pints and then onto water) as sometimes they make you do a task after dinner and you have to be at your best..
atmosphere is great, everyone who is also at the visit is in the same boat, you just have to make sure you're a damn site better than them and that you know your stuff...
you ever shot a gun?
one was in the army for 5 years or so, the other two didnt get past the training. They painted a picture of a lot of what pretty much amounted to bullying. You definitely have to be made of the right stuff to be willing to be demoralised for no real gain.
Worst week of my life.
and christened on one.
Someone smashed a champagne bottle in your face? What a bunch of cunts!
even thinking about people joining the armed forces makes me feel faint. I can't imagine what would possess someone to do it.
An hour and ten minutes each way on the Victoria line in rush hour 5 days a week = Stealthy feels like capping brown people in the desert. For his country. A LOT.
involves dealing with the army (in a civillian admin type role), and it seems an oppressively laddy kind of boys club (think of a university rugby club and then imagine hundreds of them). I get the impression most people in the army view it as their life, rather than what they do from 9-5 to pay the bills, it doesn't seem the kind of existence where there's much seperation between your job and your social life.
Also, although the travelling may be appealing, it's on somebody else's terms, never your own, so it's extremely disruptive for your social and future family life, as you'll basically be moved, along with any future wife/kids/commitments every couple of years or so, whether you like it or not. It's pretty well paid, though, especially when you get to officer level and above, and supplementing the decent pay, things like housing are ridiculously subsidised (the other person in my office is married to someone in the army, and their rent for a month for a 3 bedroom house is about half a week's rent for most people in private acommodation), so although the pay's only reasonable, you get a lot of disposable income from it.
I'm assuming you're thinking of joining up as an officer.
What would be really cool, would be if people signed up in an army recruitment office, and when they walked through the door to get their shit, they went down a massive trap door, that lead to something really shit.
I mean 'what do you like doing?' 'having a gun, killing people, and gay sex' 'the army is for you then, my boy'
BEING IN A WAR AND HAVING TO KILL PEOPLE WITH A DISTINCT POSSIBILITY OF YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS BEING KILLED AND HAVING TO TAKE ORDERS YOU MAY NOT AGREE WITH AND ALLEGED PEER PRESSURE AND BULLYING AND WHAT HAVE YOU?
I think they've already got that one covered.
some perverts dig that shit. The same perverts that would take a wage to kill people they've never met before, in fact.
The shit thing should probably just be an incinerator. If there wasn't anyone left who'd take cash to kill people, there wouldn't be any wars, innit
basically like that, though, except with he trapdoor being metaphorical rather than a real one.
Plus, once you've joined and done a certain amount of time, you can't just hand in a letter of resignation and work your notice like you can in a normal job, you have to buy yourself out or stick out what you've signed up for, and if you've done a lot of training and courses, buying yourself out is prohibitively expensive. I think once you've done your 2 years or whatever grace time you get to change your mind, you've basically signed up for 20 years, with the only option to shorten that either paying thousands of pounds to buy yourself out or purposely getting caught taking drugs to get yourself kicked out.
and it's too be expected, I mean I'd hate to have to be in the army. But at the end of the day it's not like we could survive as a state without one and so it's probably not in our best interests to dissuade everyone from joining,
If they didn't volunteer then we'd be conscripted.
People join the army for a multitude of reasons, but, a specific desire 'to kill people' as tends to be suggested by the usual anti-military crowd isn't one of them.
Cunts like that are identified at an early stage and filtered out.
There seems a growing inability on the part of some Brits to grasp the fact that the army are only in Iraq/Afghanistan because the government that 'we' (not, me personally) voted for opted to send them there.
If anyone has a problem with that decision then they should vote for a party that opposes military intervention rather than take it out on the army.
Talk of 'thick' squaddies and 'posh' officers just screams snobbery/inverted snobbery.
on the person, though, as I say, I deal with people in the army as a part of my job, and it's really only for a certain type of person. It's a lot better if you go to university and join at officer level, but socially, the analogy of it being a bit like a larger version of a university rugby club (at Sandhurst/officer level) is about correct. Considering there's little seperation between your work life and main day to day social life in the army, due to the moving around lots and living and working with the same people in generally fairly remote barracks, if you don't feel like you're that kind of person, you're going to feel utterly alienated.
I'm not sure if the thread starter is thinking of joining up, but I have met them, and I'd say that he probably wouldn't fit in in an army environment
I was born in a military hospital in Germany, my dad is a recently retired army officer, I have an uncle and two cousins currently serving.
I spent my childhood living in garrison towns in the UK and overseas.
I just get fucked off when the same cliches are trotted out again and again by people who really don't know what they're talking about.
Obviously, in the military the line between work/social life is blurred...it isn't a 9-5 job. It's not like working on a customer service desk at the Alliance & Leicester.
when I was 16, but they advised me to do A Levels first.
If things don't work out in Australia, I've given serious thought to just joining the Army.
Loads of my friends are relatives are already there.
around about the same time I considered working on a cruise ship. In retrospect I'd have been shit at both