Which branch do you wish you had joined.

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  1. I joined as an e.m. and ended up in the fleet air arm in the radio trade working on aircraft. Looking back I enjoyed the life but having worked as a Phalanx engineer for British Aerospace I think maybe I would have enjoyed life in the general service as in the WE branch more.

    What would you change branch to given the chance?
  2. Is Diamond Lil's the new 'Fleet/Qtr Deck' forum??????
  3. Jenny if you want to move this to the quartedeck I have no objections
  4. Given my time again, I would do the same job as I do now, but would have chosen to do it in the RAF.
  5. I wish i'd joined the merch, does that count?
  6. Joined as a Sparker - hated it and left (like a twat!)

    Wish I'd been WAFU aircrew
  7. chieftiff

    chieftiff War Hero Moderator

    HERETIC :lol:

    I would have joined the Fleet Air Arm again but as a direct entry Tiff rather than waiting 15 years to see the light!
  8. Wouldn't you rather have been a mechanician? :smile:
  9. the_matelot

    the_matelot War Hero Moderator

    Are you mad??? You probably would've made it to the dizzy heights of Cpl by now if you were lucky!

    I spent 5 years as an AEM before retrading. Best decision ever.
  10. I know, I know :oops:
    The other side of the coin though, as Mrs. Squirrel (a RAF CT) points out, is that I'd probably be a Sgt in the RAF, as opposed to the dizzy heights of WO2. Swings and roundabouts I suppose, although it would be nice not to have to worry about finding a real job in a few years.
  11. and you can shut up as well :lol:
  12. I'd have joined as a Scribe from the word go instead of listening to the pack of lies I got spun at the Careers Office and wasting 6 years as a Sparker.
  13. I love to say I'd stay as a clanky tiff, but the grass seems so much greener in WAFUland. On second thoughts I do spend a lot of time 'socialising', fnarr fnarr, with wren writers maybe I missed my true calling!
  14. I always looked out from the General service WE branch and although I liked some aspects of other branches, I still think I made the right choice.
    Also having served on small ships and volunteering for anything and every thing I had a nice varied and exciting career if you get a chance, do it. DO IT!
  15. I would have still joined as a cook/chef, but, wish I had transferred to caterer earlier
  16. Nope, joined as a Junior Wafu , became a Chockhead, never wanted to be anything else really. Most of us who joined up together, are still in touch with one another 45 years later.
  17. I originally wanted to be a gunner (all the old movies were exciting to a young lad before 15yrs old :oops: ), but the old man (gunner turned ex Crusher) talked me into going into a branch that would serve me in the street - which it did for a while.
    Joined and stayed (because everyone wanted us as a mate !! :wink: ) a Dusty for 17 years.

    Mind you, if I'd wanted to be ashore most of the time, a reggie or a wafoo would have been ideal, but then I'd probably not seen as much of the globe as I did.

    As for being a crab - no chance, the most bitchiest bunch of buggers I ever met were all ex-crabs working for BAC/BAe in Saudi Arabia. Whinge, bitch, work to rule when things didn't go their way, expected extra pay because they were 'technicians', and as the Instructor Pilots / senior Management staff (all ex zobs) who still thought they wore light blue and ranks stripes.......... 'nuff said!


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