3rd Bn Royal Welsh

Morning Ladies and Gents,

I'm off to University in Cardiff in September and am hoping to join 3 Royal Welsh. Does anyone have any idea as to whether they are currently recruiting bearing in mind the current 'economic climate'?

If indeed they are recruiting, when would be the best time to get the ball rolling? I'm quite a way from there at the moment, but would like to get the recruitment process done before I head there.

Thanks in advance,


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As a student in Cardiff, and you think you'll have enough spare time for the TA, FFS are you gay


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I was 38 when I went to the University of Glamorgan and the social life was fan ruddy tastic and thats in wild Welsh Wales,North of the M4, at 24 in Cardiff you'll be shagging more than squaddying


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Ah right you are. Apologies, I thought you were having a dig. Long term missus for me unfortunately!
What bad luck, when I was STAB in 3RRW we had loads of students start out as Keen as F@ck, until the beer and birds caught up with them, some drill nights it was like the land of the living dead, and the UOTC were worse
I can imagine. I'm planning on avoiding the UOTC like the plague. Bunch of throbbers who think they're God's gift from my experience. I'm looking to do some proper training as opposed to joining a drinking club.

Was there much of a social life within 3 RRW?


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There was when I left, E coy 3 RRW HSF was a drinking club with guns, and I don't mean the guns on issue
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To try and answer your questions-

To the best of my knowledge, the Bn is still recruiting - in fact, we've got a fresh batch in at HQ Coy at the moment. Whether or not this will still be the case in September, I don't know. I would hazard a guess of yes, since we're due to supply a load of guys for Herrick 16 later this year.

HQ Coy is somewhat different to the rifle coys, because it supplies support functions rather than angry, hateful men with bayonets :) Unless you've got some burning passion to be a medic, chef or clerk (and I think they might all be full anyway), you'll probably end up in Signals Pl or, as an outside, MT. Don't let this put you off - you'll still be trained as a rifleman initially, and I know a couple of guys who live in Cardiff but parade at C Coy in Pontypridd.

As to avoiding the OTC - horses for courses. I did 2 years in the OTC before I joined the grown-up TA, and it didn't do me any harm at all. Your mileage may vary, and you're right inasmuch as you will find some truly chippy attitudes there. It's true that the OTC calendar is fitted to the university year, but you're (marginally) more likely to get paid with a Group A unit, and the bounty's way, way better. Also, we need more signallers :)

My advice would be to wait and see. I suspect come September you'll be fine to join, but with budgets as they are, who knows. Good luck.

I'm currently a student with 3 RW and have been for the past 2 years. I initially went for the UOTC but failed the medical (for a heart murmur, which I subsequently got OK'd). I decided to join the TA instead and haven't regretted it since. I've been to Cyprus, completed a driving course and been on god knows how many weekends. As for missing out on beer and women, I've not found it too much of an issue other than missing the odd Friday night out. But to be honest, if you are keen, that shouldn't bother you at all. Although there perhaps aren't as many pissups as the UOTC, there are certainly more decent exercises. I would reccommend joining C Coy as HQ don't seem to do as much "nitty gritty" stuff if that is what you're after.

A few tips though. First of all, don't regard it as a bit of a jolly that means you can get paid a decent amount every month. The Bn are focused on operations at the moment, and you shouldn't see getting mobilised after uni as out of the question. Turn up keen and motivated and the blokes will respect you. I hope recruitment goes smoothly for you.

Any other questions PM me. I'm happy to help.
Gents, once again, many thanks for the informative replies. As far as I'm concerned, I'm sold. Does anyone have the recruiting e-mail address for them?


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