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MrMountainwhale

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This is probably a silly question but will the interviewer likely turn you away from joining if you have a trade?
the reason I ask is because when my grandfather wanted to join the paratrooper's he had said that the interviewer would not accept his application as he had already got a trade.
 

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This is probably a silly question but will the interviewer likely turn you away from joining if you have a trade?
the reason I ask is because when my grandfather wanted to join the paratrooper's he had said that the interviewer would not accept his application as he had already got a trade.
In short, no.

It's quite possible the interviewer may ask if you have considered joining the Royal Navy in a branch more aligned to your trade but the choice of job is yours.

The Army tended to recruit to Regiment or Corps and often the guy interviewing the individual used to earn a recruiting bounty for recruiting to their trade. Odds are your Granddad, for example may have been processed by a Royal Engineer or REME recruiter who saw not only his potential but his own. Not saying that happened, but it is possible.

I've recruited qualified Nurses into the RN as Medical assistants, for example because they declared they wanted to go to sea. Their equivalent "trade" was Naval Nurse, but they didn't want to join in that specialisation as seagoing drafts are rare for Naval Nurses. Equally there was a qualified Professor of Physics who joined the RMR as an Other Rank and I also know of a qualified GP who joined the RNR as an Other Rank (Rating). In the Royal Marines there can be many people who join as Other Ranks, despite holding a degree. One recruit troop of 55 Other Ranks, had 17 graduates and you'll usually see anything between 2-5 grads in an Other Rank Recruit Troop.
 

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In short, no.

It's quite possible the interviewer may ask if you have considered joining the Royal Navy in a branch more aligned to your trade but the choice of job is yours.

The Army tended to recruit to Regiment or Corps and often the guy interviewing the individual used to earn a recruiting bounty for recruiting to their trade. Odds are your Granddad, for example may have been processed by a Royal Engineer or REME recruiter who saw not only his potential but his own. Not saying that happened, but it is possible.

I've recruited qualified Nurses into the RN as Medical assistants, for example because they declared they wanted to go to sea. Their equivalent "trade" was Naval Nurse, but they didn't want to join in that specialisation as seagoing drafts are rare for Naval Nurses. Equally there was a qualified Professor of Physics who joined the RMR as an Other Rank and I also know of a qualified GP who joined the RNR as an Other Rank (Rating). In the Royal Marines there can be many people who join as Other Ranks, despite holding a degree. One recruit troop of 55 Other Ranks, had 17 graduates and you'll usually see anything between 2-5 grads in an Other Rank Recruit Troop.
There were 2 graduates in my original recruit troop. Me being one of them. My AFCO dug out blind to get me to go Officer. No chance! I wanted to roll in mud and I can tell you, I've done loads of that!
 

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the reason I ask is because when my grandfather wanted to join the paratrooper's he had said that the interviewer would not accept his application as he had already got a trade.
Depending on your grandfather's age:

1. During wartime many trades were classified as Reserved Occupations which were vital to the war effort. My old pa was a lathe machinist at a firm producing parts for the Admiralty. He was repeatedly turned away from the recruitment office for this reason.

2. In the 1970s it was not unknown for Army recruiters to 'persuade' applicants to choose a regiment or corps which was undermanned. Happened to me. My CA repeatedly tried to convince me to enlist in REME (which was his own corps) because he said that's where the clever lads went!
It was only when I said I'd withdraw my application and apply at another office that he relented.
 
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