The thread is a response to www.abovetopsecret.com...
This thread is unfortunately is not true,
There also seems to be a hell of alot of people backing the claim up, claiming to have served in the Army, i can only assume none of these people are
veterans and are simply lying for what ever reason, or left the army over 20yrs ago, and probably if they have, served in another country's armed
forces, there is plenty of help for veterans to adapt back into civilian life within the British Army, such as Career Transition programs, Army
Benevolent funds, and Re Housing projects, its been so long, most of the names have changed to, i'll try rummage around the house and find my leavers
pack and present further information, there is so much you can do that i could'n't possibly list everything in one such thread so feel free to ask
questions, i will try to make it as short as possible and tell you the route i took and things you can do.
Upon leaving the forces you attend lessons/classes mine was for a week, in which you will be briefed about resettling back into Civvy Street as we
called it, it is designed to educate you on all the programs available, and to advise you on options to take, this is not the 1970s many things have
changed over the years, there are many organization's you can go to for help, and this talk of having to join the back of the cues when you leave is
total BS, it's laughable, you are given PRIORITY OVER EVERYBODY, Jobs, Housing, everything, and you are highly highly employable with your army
In the army, it is none stop learning, what ever you want to do whether it be qualifications in "anything", then they will pay for you to go do
them, because making you better and a more skilled soldier is a direct benefit to them, they want to make you as best as you can be, mentally &
physically and its at no cost to you, and its all free, so some people come out with many qualifications to get on with there life's, if you plan it
in advance or are smart about it you can jump back on with no problem at all, and if you didn't, then there are still programs and loans for you to
go do that when you leave, this guy makes the British Army sound like a 3rd world Army which doesn't give a s**t this is simply not true, he is
deliberately lying & misleading people
So to you sir, I would love to know the FIRST 3 DIGITS of your Army ID number? this would tell me if you're full of s# or not which i suspect you
are, because nothing you have said is true
When you leave the army, there is plenty of help, even if you decide after your initial 25 week phase 1 training its not for you, you can still leave
and be considered a veteran and open to these programs, i think you can be considered so after just 6 weeks and you chose to DAOR, but the programs
you're entitled to cuts off to a certain extent, but you can still get housing upon leaving after such a short amount of time as 6 weeks, and yes
before everybody "priority", also if you are not driving at this point they will give you £900 - £1000 (free) to go on a crash course driving
course which i believe is on barracks, or on Civvy, which ever you chose
Here are some of the programs available,
Jobs and resettlement
You can chose to go back to collage, or take a trades course, most of your education you can re do for free withing the forces, for instance i resat
my GCSE's and even if you chose to go sign on and find you own way, you jump the jobs ques to "priority"
There are also programs for ex service men and women/vets to buy there own houses at 50% less value than civilians and also loans to help you buy,
there is so so many things you can do, depending on your situation all "priority"
Army benevolent fund,
Loans & such, on top of what the army provide you with upon leaving,
Take me for instance, here is my story and what i done, i left under my 4yr minimum service because i was injured in a pre-deployment training
exercise, in which i torn my ACL, i was sent immediately to the closes civilian hospital in which i was given an MRI Scan, something which on civvy
street you wait 6 months for or longer, which cost them just under £2k, i then spent 6 months in a rehabilitation coy on barracks after my surgery,
it didn't work out, my injury's meant i could no longer carry the weight of my full kit, a soldiers main mode of transport is our feet, especially
infantry such as myself, the army requires you are 100% and at peak fitness, mentally & physically,
So after a long battle to get back in shape i was discharged, i sustained the same injury while getting back in shape pushing myself to hard, which i
regret, i could have gone through it all again and re-traded into another less demanding role within the Army, Navy or Airforce, and options was put
on the table for me, but it wasn't for me i was an infantry soldier and that's all i wanted to do within the forces, so i decided to leave, this was
one of the most upsetting times of my life, i loved the army, war and the BS aside it was the best thing i ever did, and i made some good life long
I was briefed upon leaving, with all the programs and thought hard about what i wanted to do when i left and the help was more than enough to help me
resettle i chose to go on a construction training course as i done that before i joined, and i also took a 12k loan from the Army benevolent fund to
keep me going, which was more than enough, i also lied and said i had nowhere to go back to, bad i know but alot of the guys did this because it
take's longer to find housing for you if you are single "not married etc" if you're married with a family its much quicker process and "priority
placements", so i told them i could not go back to my parents because of problems and that i could go stay with a mate upon leaving (in which i went
home to my family) and just a few months latter i was given a flat in my home town, and after that i finish my construction course, bought a new car
with my loan, and had my own place, it got me on my feet and settle me back into my community just fine just as everybody else does,
Soldiering is a calling...
Why?? Because it is a profession as much as becoming a carpenter, lawyer or doctor...
So which is it? a calling or a profession?
Do you think that we become soldiers to "Get Paid"???
So much contradiction in this,
navigation (not sat nav) using a map and compass..
In training we learn 6 figure grid references yes, on tour erm no we do not
Same for the wounded.. Infact foreigners take priority..
There is plenty of help for wounded, i was wounded in the army and i was extremely happy with the help and treatment, in fact when you are badly
wounded on tours etc, you receive "obviously" more help than anyone, i don't know too much about the program in place for the badly wounded such as
loss of limbs etc, but i know people who have, to say they are left to rot with no help is disgusting, and the last bit is a total dream, as i know
first hand we get priority over everybody... period!