artillery in London

#1
I'm moving down to London from the north west soon, and was wondering what sort of trades they had in the RA? I'm in the Royal Signals right now, but as there's no Ptarmigan down there I thought a change wouldn't kill me.
 
#2
The Kings Tp if you like blowing horses, 16 Regt Air Defence but soon to move to thorney Island.
 
#5
265 Bty of 106 Regt in Grove Park, Lewisham.
They are a Rapier equiped Air Defence Bty. I'm sure that you would be welcomed with open arms in the CP or on a weapons platform.
 
#7
Try the HAC. The active unit has a Surveillance and Target Aqcuisition role and includes its own signal squadron. The active unit page is here. http://www.hac.uk.com/regimental_frame.htm While the Sabre Squadrons go through some form of speaicl forces training, you would have the option of joining the signals Squadron and may have skills they might want.

While the HAC is part of the Gunners, its also a bastard child of the Brigade of Guards and one of the best clubs in London. It used to be rather snooty and demanded that any member should be a "gentleman". But I don't think it is quite the same now. I served in the early 1990s and my Platoon included bookies, bus drivers and publicans as well as city professionals. The Serving unit seemed to include a lot of IT bods as well -so it can't be that snooty. ;) The HAC originally was an all ocfficer organisation providing the officers for the Trained Bands of Londopn - Battle Honours "The Armada" "Edgehill" etc. and so its members are Gentlemen with a common mess (Suttling room) except on annual camp. It is a marvellous antidote to the rest of British Military tradition.

There is more to the HAC than the "active Unit" sand a chance to get involved in a lot of fun things. Here is a link to the HAC'sown page. http://www.hac.uk.com/traditions.htm Serving in the HAC exempts you from Jury service -thanks to Henry VIII.
 
#10
I might go for the HAC and see how it turns out; the Airborne Troop's a little too far for me though. The idea of doing something other than sitting in the back of a switch for hours seems rather appealing! Thanks for the advice
 
#12
Isn't one of the London Artillery units, Commando trained, as well?
 
#14
StabTiffy2B said:
Isn't one of the London Artillery units, Commando trained, as well?
Used to be 289 Cdo Bty, part of 29 Cdo Regt RA - but not for some years, and they are now part of 100 Regt, and about to adopt the para role. The Cdo role is just being given to 266 Bty (also part of 100 Regt) in Bristol - a bit closer to Plymouth than Romford! See the 100 Regt thread in the Gunner forum.
 
#16
mas30518 said:
I'm moving down to London from the north west soon, and was wondering what sort of trades they had in the RA?/quote]

There are loads:

a. Fire a gun on a target identified by those at paragraph c and where those at paragraph b tell you what those at paragraph c said albeit in their own terms....or

b. In your own terms relay to the guys at paragraph a what the guys at paragraph c said..............or

c. Observe big shells landing (nice at night with a bit of illum thrown in, oh and the smoke ones, Grrrrr). Once you have enjoyed the sight relay where the big shells were actually meant to go to both paragraphs a and b.

If ever, ever, paragraph c states "No rounds observed", paragraphs a - c freeze and consider career change.

Get qualified, move to civvy street and realise there is no call for paragraphs a, b or c.

Ubique!
 
#17
mas30518 said:
I might go for the HAC and see how it turns out; the Airborne Troop's a little too far for me though. The idea of doing something other than sitting in the back of a switch for hours seems rather appealing! Thanks for the advice
yeah, you could sit in an OP for hours instead. Chin chin old boy.

Seriously though, good unit, amazing TA centre, free gym membership etc

Not SF though
 

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