Ninja, do you think you could possibly write out a list of pros and cons for rmr? You explains things in a clear way! Plus I'm not sure on which of the pro's for full time would apply for the reserves, such as medical dental?
- Worry/anxiety for your Family & Partner. especially for the missus
- The potential to be operationaly deployed at minimal notice, thus making it difficult to plan ahead with utter certainty. I dont mind the minimal notice thing but if I had a summer holiday booked for the same time i'd be gutted that i'd wasted the money
- Trying to balance home life/work/education & maintain fitness in your own time. I train 5 times a week, is that a sufficent amount of time to be a royal?
TA seems more flexible and doesn't demand as much of your spare time. i.e. RMR want 2 weekends a month and the minimal notice thing.. RM's are considered more 'in-demand' than TA soldiers so i'm assuming TA get more notice of tours.
Hi all, I have just left an RMR rct troop as I am starting with the regulars so if you have any Q's i am happy to help. The one thing i will say is that with regards to injuries and not being covered by the Corps specifically (the cover stops when you are handed over to the NHS basically), there are some great Reserve forces insurance groups that are well worth a look into and an absolute must! they cover your kit too which is awesome when you see how much you actually get issued! The Wednesday nights are mandatory but as our Troop Sgt said, your order of priority should be Family, Work (civvy) then RMR. This doesnt mean you can bunk off every Wednesday but if work doesnt permit it one week dont worry too much. The same applied with Exercises to a degree, if you miss two though you are gone.
I wasn't in long enough to do one of the 2 week ex's but i have heard from previous troops that if you really cannot make it you can do it with another Unit such as London or Mersey etc. The only downside of course is that you will be the odd nod out which may sound childish but on Ex it is quite nice to know the other lads you are with.If you are unable to attend one of the 2 week bits of training is it possible to reschedule that or are you just back trooped?
IE not weekends but longer periods (exercises).
Hi James , what made you change to regulars from the reserves?. In terms of kit. Do you attend Wednesday's and weekends in full uniform or in civvys? Obviously going on ex and stuff you'll be in uniform. just wondered were your suppose to keep your locker with all your kit in, on the ta base or at home? .