Differences between light cavalry regiments

Ol_Hood

Swinger
I am very interested in joining the RAC and have been narrowing down my choice of regiment (I know I'm not guaranteed anything). I am looking for a recon based role so light or armoured cavalry. When I looked at each regiment on the website I noticed some differences between them. For example, the Welsh cavalry features more equipment on the website such as the L115A3 sniper rifle, guided weapons etc meaning that they offer specialisations to their soldiers, but the light dragoons don't feature those on their section. I know that different regiments have different roles but I was just confused at the differences between these - both being light cavalry regiments. My question is, aside from location and recruiting areas, is there really any difference between the RAC regiments of the same role or am I massively overthinking this? Do some offer different career paths to others? I'm also aware that they tend to recruit from specific areas. In my case that would be the royal lancers which is currently my first choice, however I'm not fully ruling out light cav. What are some differences between light and armoured that I would not yet know? Any help would be appreciated as I have my assessment on the 23rd Feb and really need a number 1 choice by then.
 
Light Dragoons were first into the role (not for any particular reason, they just were) and for a number of years they made it up as they went along. QDG and Scots DG are both senior cavalry regiments with long, distinguished histories (LD isn't that much shorter).

I can't speak for QDG and Scots DG, but my annual Light Dragoons Journal tells me they spend a lot of time on in Poland and were recently in the first Battlegroup on Op NEWCOMBE in Mali (replaced by QDG). Following the LD Twitter account, it's clear that they work hard, train hard, play hard. If I could be àrsed I'd list the sports they regularly win at.

LD are normally referred to as England's Northern Cavalry. They are also sometimes styled England's Light Cavalry (because QDG are Welsh and not surprisingly Scots DG are Scots).

So if you're English go LD, Welsh go QDG, Scottish go Scots DG. Simple. Whichever you choose, you'll have an interesting career.
 

Ol_Hood

Swinger
Light Dragoons were first into the role (not for any particular reason, they just were) and for a number of years they made it up as they went along. QDG and Scots DG are both senior cavalry regiments with long, distinguished histories (LD isn't that much shorter).

I can't speak for QDG and Scots DG, but my annual Light Dragoons Journal tells me they spend a lot of time on in Poland and were recently in the first Battlegroup on Op NEWCOMBE in Mali (replaced by QDG). Following the LD Twitter account, it's clear that they work hard, train hard, play hard. If I could be àrsed I'd list the sports they regularly win at.

LD are normally referred to as England's Northern Cavalry. They are also sometimes styled England's Light Cavalry (because QDG are Welsh and not surprisingly Scots DG are Scots).

So if you're English go LD, Welsh go QDG, Scottish go Scots DG. Simple. Whichever you choose, you'll have an interesting career.
Thanks for the clarification. I probably read into it too much. I assume that they all have the same specialisation routes and transfer opportunities as each other. Just a question of Royal Lancers vs Light Dragoons now and I'll be set. I'll have a dig around and see which role suits me more.
 
My personal opinion is that as far as regiments go the RAC has lost it's way, no fault of it's own but as a result of the dreadful cutbacks and having to assume new roles in order to survive. Regiments that until a few years ago were the heavy boys equipped with MBT's are now Recce cum infantry units, chatting on a personal level with blokes from my old regiment, they hate the current role.
Do your homework and choose wisely.
 

Ol_Hood

Swinger
My personal opinion is that as far as regiments go the RAC has lost it's way, no fault of it's own but as a result of the dreadful cutbacks and having to assume new roles in order to survive. Regiments that until a few years ago were the heavy boys equipped with MBT's are now Recce cum infantry units, chatting on a personal level with blokes from my old regiment, they hate the current role.
Do your homework and choose wisely.
I see how that would be annoying if it changed while you were in but that role sounds good to me. I want variety in my role. At some point I think I will try out for the special observers so the experience in dismounted recce would be great. I have obviously also looked into joining the RA however those roles don't have as much appeal to me.
 

aghart

War Hero
Don't worry about recruiting area's, they have grown so much that they really don't matter anymore. KRH recruit in Lancashire & Hampshire, the geography has gone to pot. Add to the fact that there is a real chance the RAC will not grant you your first choice. The good news though is that most RAC recruits want to go in armoured vehicles so if you want Light Cavalry your chances of getting your first choice are higher. If you are English I would avoid the the SCOTS DG just in case Scotland separates from the rest of the UK, and you have to choose to join the Scottish Army to stay SCOTS DG or transfer to another regiment.
 
I’ve met a few LD, and they were cracking lads who were enthusiastic about their jobs.
 
That's good, I hadn't thought of that. Maybe it's the rain that puts people off light cavalry :rolleyes:
Maybe this is why (as I've said elsewhere) the Light Cav regiments are traditional Welsh, Scottish and Northern regiments. No weak-kneed namby-pamby shandy-drinking southerners.
 
Maybe this is why (as I've said elsewhere) the Light Cav regiments are traditional Welsh, Scottish and Northern regiments. No weak-kneed namby-pamby shandy-drinking southerners.
Ha! The five and nines I bumped into wouldn't have known if it was raining or not.;)
Apart from Peter Davey. Mebbe.
 
Don't worry about recruiting area's, they have grown so much that they really don't matter anymore. KRH recruit in Lancashire & Hampshire, the geography has gone to pot. Add to the fact that there is a real chance the RAC will not grant you your first choice. The good news though is that most RAC recruits want to go in armoured vehicles so if you want Light Cavalry your chances of getting your first choice are higher. If you are English I would avoid the the SCOTS DG just in case Scotland separates from the rest of the UK, and you have to choose to join the Scottish Army to stay SCOTS DG or transfer to another regiment.
I understand that in the event of independence the Scots DG will currently elect to transfer to the English Army establishment (as it would then be) and if necessary revert to just 'The Carabiniers' bit of their full name.

Given Jock recruitment is rather low at the moment, to use typical English understatement, B sqn is predominantly an English sqn as the regiment is an amalgamation of an English and a Scots regt and they have suddenly remembered that to make up for the shortfall in manning; plus they didn't want to be known as The Fijians Own for ever.

Officer wise they have always been (since formation in the '70s) at least 50% English minimum.
 

Bardeyai

Old-Salt
I am very interested in joining the RAC and have been narrowing down my choice of regiment (I know I'm not guaranteed anything). I am looking for a recon based role so light or armoured cavalry. When I looked at each regiment on the website I noticed some differences between them. For example, the Welsh cavalry features more equipment on the website such as the L115A3 sniper rifle, guided weapons etc meaning that they offer specialisations to their soldiers, but the light dragoons don't feature those on their section. I know that different regiments have different roles but I was just confused at the differences between these - both being light cavalry regiments. My question is, aside from location and recruiting areas, is there really any difference between the RAC regiments of the same role or am I massively overthinking this? Do some offer different career paths to others? I'm also aware that they tend to recruit from specific areas. In my case that would be the royal lancers which is currently my first choice, however I'm not fully ruling out light cav. What are some differences between light and armoured that I would not yet know? Any help would be appreciated as I have my assessment on the 23rd Feb and really need a number 1 choice by then.
Don’t listen to any of them. You started off with the right answer, go for The Motto. Double plus good especially now that we’ve gotten rid of the DoY…. We have, haven’t we?
 

Ol_Hood

Swinger
Don’t listen to any of them. You started off with the right answer, go for The Motto. Double plus good especially now that we’ve gotten rid of the DoY…. We have, haven’t we?
Haha. Any particular reasons to pick armoured over light? as from what I've seen I'm favouring light cavalry
 

Bardeyai

Old-Salt
Haha. Any particular reasons to pick armoured over light? as from what I've seen I'm favouring light cavalry
Unless things have changed, and they do, Royal Lancers are currently light Recce? You can go for whatever you want and good luck to you whatever you choose.
Just don’t mention Prince Andrew for a while
 

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