Which branch do you wish you had joined.

slim

War Hero
#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?
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
#7
Squirrel said:
Given my time again, I would do the same job as I do now, but would have chosen to do it in the RAF.
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!
 

slim

War Hero
#8
chieftiff said:
Squirrel said:
Given my time again, I would do the same job as I do now, but would have chosen to do it in the RAF.
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!
Wouldn't you rather have been a mechanician? :smile:
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
#9
Squirrel said:
Given my time again, I would do the same job as I do now, but would have chosen to do it in the RAF.
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.
 

Squirrel

Lantern Swinger
#10
chieftiff said:
Squirrel said:
Given my time again, I would do the same job as I do now, but would have chosen to do it in the RAF.
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!
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.
 

Squirrel

Lantern Swinger
#11
the_matelot said:
Squirrel said:
Given my time again, I would do the same job as I do now, but would have chosen to do it in the RAF.
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.
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!
 
#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.
RoofRat
 
#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!

:smile:
 

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