Discuss Regiment choice? in Infantry on The Army Rumour Service; looking to enlist early next year - will have a crack at RCB but have decided will join up what ever happens - have no military background - want to join a regiment that will ...
looking to enlist early next year - will have a crack at RCB but have decided will join up what ever happens - have no military background - want to join a regiment that will get sent on operations. which would be best choice for this? any ideas?
If it's Infantry try for a local Regiment, you will have more in common with your muckers. The infantry is the most demanding but you get more satisfaction. For more pay, easy life and less crap - get a trade. Royal Engineers have the best of both worlds and more tours than Status Quo! Royal Sigs is more cushy, but for a clean and crisp uniform, agreeable bed times and loads of medals for turning up try the RLC.
Select an infantry unit that's got tracks. You'll have a cracking time as a PC and will, undoubtedly, spend some time down the two way range. It also makes for more exciting time on exercise as you spend less time bowling between activity carrying a house on your back and more time fighting (and you get a bigish gun to twat about with, going duh duh duh dum). You also have somewhere to store your goodies. And, as if that ain't enough, as you become more senior, they even give you a big planning tank thing with lights and heaters and cooking things - you get that in 16 Air Assault but you have to carry it in your pockets.
You are also more likely to command a Brigade - dream on.
If you want to be stuck in one job for the rest of your life, then join the infantry (OK, you can be a Para, mech or armd infantryman).
If you want variety, decent qualifications, and more guaranteed tours than the inf, then join the gunners. Bloody hell, most have done three tours in three years (two to Iraq, one elsewhere). However, if you are going to join as a tom, be prepared to take shit wages - not like they do a technical, challenging job or anything!
And if you want a job where you are really appreciated, then join the AGC, they are great! Or Loggies if you want to be commanded by useless Officers and "robust" SNCOs!