Can I transfer to the Household Cavelry?

I'm 28 and a Cpl. I've been in the Army 7 years and always wanted to be in the Household cavalry. Am I too old to transfer into it? I'm not bothered about losing rank. Are they actively recruiting?

I don't want to disclose the job I do, just looking for any helpful advice... i.e. Please tell me I can and should do it! Ha.

Thanks in advance.
 
Yes cheers... ;)

What I want to know is, is the household cavalry one of the 'pinch point trades' that need transferees? Am I too old to join something like the blues and royals / life guards?

What extra training would I need to do?
 
There is a DIN regarding Pinch Point Trades, not sure if they are or not.

You could phone their RCMO for help, explain you don't want to break cover just yet.

Extra training, RAC Crewman for starters, unless you are one, and you'll learn how to ride a horse. It depends what you are already.

I'll reiterate that. You WILL learn how to ride a horse and do PDs. It is in RACES that HCav crows go through HCMR first. So expect some time in the saddle being gawked at before doing the FR bit.

You could keep your rank (changing to LCpl of Horse) depending on vacancies in the unit.
 
When I served we had guy's transfer in from -
Para's
Royal Green Jackets
Coldstream Guards
Grenadier Guards
Royal Irish
They were all serving for a good period of time as well first, at least half of them had rank - Cpl or similar.

Public duties is very different as an NCO to a Trooper, up to LCoH (what you'd come as across as) you still have to do riding school (everyone does, including officers) and clean your own kit, (CoH's and above have orderly's) but the standard for Queen's Lifeguard isn't as high as the Troopers as you're not fighting for a position.

You would have to go to Bovington to do stuff like the B3 drivers course, but as a course, rather than phase 2. You would be on a phase 2 crow course, but they would have more respect (the instructors) due to time served. You would also find yourself in Allenby bks, at the top of the hill, rather than all of the crows in Stanley bks at the bottom where all of the phase 2 go. There have been quite a few cases of guys spending 10 years in Knightsbridge and then going to Windsor, so taking on phase 2 and B3 course at rank is not unheard of.
 

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Just a quick one, if you have DII, search for the OAVL, which is the list of job vacancies looking for people. This will tell you if there are vacancies and last I saw, RAC definitely had them, not sure about HCAV specifically though. Down the bottom of the spreadsheet is also a tab called PTOL or something like that. This also lists Phase 2 courses that have vacancies that have been paid for but the person will not be attending (i.e. were injured or dropped out in phase one or some such). Might help you get an earlier course.

Directorate personnel, who host the OAVL, also have the DIN available for how to transfer if you want to know about the exact process. Apart from that, it's just a matter of completing the paperwork and sending it to your RCMO via the chain as applicable.

Best of luck!
 
Some excellent replies there... Thank you!

Haven't got time to write very much at the moment, but will tonight.

Quick one. What are the chances of specialising as a farrier?
 
So as a LCpl or equivalent I would most probably spend the first two year doing ceremonial?

Knowing Knightsbridge - You'll spend 2 years doing donkey bashing whatever rank you are! Farriers are picked from the troopers - rank doesn't matter, in the "Tests" per se, you're all treated like shit! In the 90's they would take 1 from each Troop ( 3 LG, 3 RHG/D) and take it turns to pick on them - then they may select 2 or them. They would go to Melton Mowbray to start the basic course - come back after about 6 months and then finish it off in the forge. I think the total course time is 2 years, but there is about a 4 year time bar on it. If a Trooper did it (went in the forge) after 2 years, he'd end up doing his 12.
So having been in 7 already -
7 in
2 in the Troops
2 year Apprenticeship
4 year time bar
Makes 15 years - You may as well do the 22, (or 24 if that's your contract). But hey, no tours, no Sailsbury plain, just summer camp for 3 weeks each year in Norfolk.

If I had my time again I would have become a tailor if I'm going to be honest! (Now the ginger ****** mate of mine is the master tailor)!
 
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Knowing Knightsbridge - You'll spend 2 years doing donkey bashing whatever rank you are! Farriers are picked from the troopers - rank doesn't matter, in the "Tests" per se, you're all treated like shit! In the 90's they would take 1 from each Troop ( 3 LG, 3 RHG/D) and take it turns to pick on them - then they may select 2 or them. They would go to Melton Mowbray to start the basic course - come back after about 6 months and then finish it off in the forge. I think the total course time is 2 years, but there is about a 4 year time bar on it. If a Trooper did it (went in the forge) after 2 years, he'd end up doing his 12.
So having been in 7 already -
7 in
2 in the Troops
2 year Apprenticeship
4 year time bar
Makes 15 years - You may as well do the 22, (or 24 if that's your contract). But hey, no tours, no Sailsbury plain, just summer camp for 3 weeks each year in Norfolk.

If I had my time again I would have become a tailor if I'm going to be honest! (Now the ginger ****** mate of mine is the master tailor)!

Thanks very much for your input/advise.

Will definitely be making some phone calls this week to see if it's possible and they are actually taking on. I hope so..pretty much got my mind set on it now.
 

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