Crewman Application

#1
Hi everyone, i started my application 4 months ago and have only just got my first interview date as the NHS managed to lose my medical forms for a while.

Unfortunately for me i am a cnut and wrote down on the application that i want to be a tank crewman before reading much about it or about other cavalry roles. NOW i have decided i would like to try for mounted dutyman/tank crewman. My interview is on the 6th, next tuesday, and i will be asking the Sgt there but would like to ask you lot if its too late to change what i want to do and will the recruitment lads take this indecision badly?

Thank you for any advice.
 
#2
No it's not too late to change, any job choice is subject to you meeting the standards at ADSC.
Your Recruiter should encourage you and advise you of all the available options.
 
#3
Why change? Nowt wrong with Tank crewman and you will not end up shovelling horse sh1t all day, unless you want to that is. Most cav regiments still have a stable.
Then again i maybe slightly biased with my views and i am sure somebody else will give you different advice.
Whatever you decide all the best. Just aslong as it is cavalry you cant go wrong (9/12th L excluded)
 
#5
I wanted to change because i love the smell of shite. Seriously though i really want to be part of Formation Reconnaissance instead of armoured, and also have the chance to ride an 'oss again. Our old neigh-bours (see what i did there?) had some horses and i rode one as a kid but never got back in the saddle after we moved. Plus i've always wanted to be part of the pomp and cermony etc, something to be proud of.
 
#6
The Blues and Royals (now with real royals included) is the best choice for a mounted role and an option to be a crewman after if you want. There is also a little known regiment called the Life Guards if you like wearing red.
mounted
operational
RHG/D
 
#7
Thanks for the links. Is it more a case of Ceremonial OR Operational, with only a few with the option to train as both or is it Ceromonial THEN Operational? The first would infuriate me a touch because id like to do both. Cheers for the advice.
 
#8
That site just answered my questions. Thanks again. Did you enjoy the ceremonial as muc has the ops butler?
 
#9
STAB2ARABConverter said:
That site just answered my questions. Thanks again. Did you enjoy the ceremonial as muc has the ops butler?
I opted out and crewed CVR/T then MBT and finaly a trolly full of Tea :headbang:
but there are so many different things you can do in the H/Cav all the other Cav and tank regiments are jealous. OH YES YOU ARE. :numberone:
 
#10
Having been your recce back in the old days, no im not, nor when i was acting as runner in ops room, belfast, did i want to listen to a 22 year old lt, whose grandmother owned the land heathrow is built on, and earnt a 1p a plane, nor his sodding uncle who owned new south wales, and kept saying, boy,get me a tea.

Mind you it was funny when your Sqdn OC was arrested for having pics of boys in his house in Germany, and your SSM had to take 500 bottles of pills just to operate.

Not so funny was the rest of the tour, the lads were a great bunch, just anyone above Sgt seemed a nutter
 
#11
Ros Bif. Looks like its the H/Cav for me then. I have to take a run time for my 1.5 miles to the interview apparently, why is the selection run so short considering the stamina needed in the army??
 
#12
scarletto said:
Having been your recce back in the old days, no im not, nor when i was acting as runner in ops room, belfast, did i want to listen to a 22 year old lt, whose grandmother owned the land heathrow is built on, and earnt a 1p a plane, nor his sodding uncle who owned new south wales, and kept saying, boy,get me a tea.

Mind you it was funny when your Sqdn OC was arrested for having pics of boys in his house in Germany, and your SSM had to take 500 bottles of pills just to operate.

Not so funny was the rest of the tour, the lads were a great bunch, just anyone above Sgt seemed a nutter
No such animals :thumleft:
 
#13
See, well COH or Head Crabplate polisher, like i said wierd, mind you so was the Cpl or equivalant who during NI training dressed as a woman not only on duty but when he went down town, still gets brought up when we meet at OCA does.

First time i saw on scheme, a table laid with china for the officers, and they still had compo rats
 
#14
scarletto said:
See, well COH or Head Crabplate polisher, like i said wierd, mind you so was the Cpl or equivalant who during NI training dressed as a woman not only on duty but when he went down town, still gets brought up when we meet at OCA does.

First time i saw on scheme, a table laid with china for the officers, and they still had compo rats

That would be (0H) Zero Hotel I had the pleasure of working on that call sign right up untill Comd 5 Airborne discovered it's existence. During the second world war they used to take silver and paintings with them till half of it got nicked by arabs :brilsmurf:
 
#15
the_butler said:
That would be (0H) Zero Hotel I had the pleasure of working on that call sign right up untill Comd 5 Airborne discovered it's existence.
I thought Zero Hotel bit the dust when it burnt down in mysterious circumstances (was it the Butler?) on Soltau in about 1989. Anyway, us lowlife in the squadrons never got a look in, not so much as a corn dog sarnie after the O Group, and if dinner was announced before questions, then tough sh*t, dinner took priority and we all bimbled back to our hides none the wiser.

In fact the Life Guards had a far superior set up, run by the larger than life Lord D***ney (substantive LCoH, local SCpl!). His packed lunches were legendary, mainly intended to wind up the brigade staff as we turned up to TEWTS with individual wicker baskets of smoked salmon sandwiches, flasks of game soup and half bottles of wine. Those days are long gone. It was fun, but there are other priorities in life and I can´t see the Zero Hotel chef taking on the Taliban with a soup ladle and a pan of caremelised challots.

Back to the thread - go HCAV, best of all worlds.
 
#16
Jorrocks said:
the_butler said:
That would be (0H) Zero Hotel I had the pleasure of working on that call sign right up untill Comd 5 Airborne discovered it's existence.
I thought Zero Hotel bit the dust when it burnt down in mysterious circumstances (was it the Butler?) on Soltau in about 1989. Anyway, us lowlife in the squadrons never got a look in, not so much as a corn dog sarnie after the O Group, and if dinner was announced before questions, then tough sh*t, dinner took priority and we all bimbled back to our hides none the wiser.

In fact the Life Guards had a far superior set up, run by the larger than life Lord D***ney (substantive LCoH, local SCpl!). His packed lunches were legendary, mainly intended to wind up the brigade staff as we turned up to TEWTS with individual wicker baskets of smoked salmon sandwiches, flasks of game soup and half bottles of wine. Those days are long gone. It was fun, but there are other priorities in life and I can´t see the Zero Hotel chef taking on the Taliban with a soup ladle and a pan of caremelised challots.

Back to the thread - go HCAV, best of all worlds.
the mysterious fire was a result of dangerous Capt Dan Gur**y wanting a cup of tea just as we were packing up. the gas was not tied down and fell on its side. and ignited. We evacuated all the staff, Officers and about 3000 massive turkeys (all over the countryside) I personally ran into the barn were the RHQ ossifers were working (reading, sleeping,) and shouted "GET OUT NOW" to which I was looked upon as if I was bonkers. I then shouted "FIRE." That did the trick I was almost killed in the stampede to safety. I lost all my kit a lot of my hair but beef E***s saved the choggie book and became the most hated man in RHQ.
Footnote : 6 hours later the QM (God bless his boots and cotton socks) replaced everything including the Bedford and we had to stag on :thumbdown:
 
#17
You can change your options at any time in the process before attending selection. If your recruiter is cap badged to the RAC Regiment you initially opted for he may be reluctant to change but, YOU CAN. Any problems pm me I am a Blue & Royal and a recruiter at HQ Recruiting I can contact your recruiter and explain the error of his ways.

Having said that, before you make any choices have a good long hard think about what you expect from a career in the Army.

Best of luck.
 
#18
Cheers Blue Cav, i may very well have just emailed you at the HCAV website! I've just asked them but will probably get a faster response on here, do you need to be an experienced rider to join the Ceremonial Regiment or does it matter if you have little or no experience on horseback?? Last time i got on a horse i was knee high to a water bottle.

All the recruiters at AFCO Birmingham seem to be infanteers and tried to sign me up to the rifles so no problem there!
 
#19
You do not need any experience to apply, they will teach you everything from scratch. Birmingham was my old office. Tell the senior recruiter that you have spoken to me, he is a mate and will make sure you are ok.
 
#20
Anyway if your from the black country, thought you have gone Lancers, but see you want to ride horse, so its the Hcav for you, dont forget the tips, you'll make a lot of money in your uniform at the wnaking partys
 
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