Differences between light cavalry regiments

Snapper 25

Old-Salt
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.
It’s true that the guys who were on tanks probably hate the new role. Most people who have joined since the change probably did so because of it. So you would imagine they probably like it.
 
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.


Umm... but aren't dragoons really just mounted infantry?
 
Umm... but aren't dragoons really just mounted infantry?
In Light Dragoons Mallinson opens with a quote from Samuel Johnson's dictionary. He defines a dragoon as "a soldier who fights indifferently on horseback or on foot". His 18th century interpretation of Indifferent was "without difference". Unfortunately in their first outing against the Sweaties, 13th Dragoons performed rather less than indifferently.

QDG and Scots DG were in the same stable (if you'll pardon the pun). Tarred with the same brush.

15th were the first of a new breed of Light Dragoons, who set the bar high for the rest of the new light dragoons by earning the first ever battle honour by slaughtering battalions of French infantry, capturing handsful of cannon and colours at Emsdorff. Older regiments had battle honours subsequently backdated.

As a sop to the senior dragoon regiments with noses out of joint, they were restyled to dragoon guards.

Turns out 300 years later, clock turns full circle and Light Cavalry fight without difference mounted or on foot.
 

Mr_Nice

Swinger
Light cav is a varied and interesting role incorporating many facets. Not only do they operate both wheel based vehicles, jackal etc but some still use CVRT (Scimitar). Light cav is a flexible asset hence can be used in both the mounted or dismounted infantry role with snipers, JTAC, ATGW.

In terms of which regiment to join every regiment in the RAC traditionally recruits from a specific local catchment area which has its own advantages. You will have something in common with the lads you’ll be working with. If you’re going on leave you can share a lift with someone going to your town. Although this isn’t a pre requisite, you can join who you want. If you have a burning desire to join the Household Cavalry and ‘wallop’ donkeys then go for it.
 
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.
Numerous emasculations of the RAC since 1989 because tanks are expensive have led to desperate attempts to retain cap badges at any cost.

If creating the Light Cavalry role can keep cap badges alive, I'll take it. Imho LD have made a helluva fist of creating a role for themselves. Fingers crossed one day our defence force will recover to be an army again.
 

Ol_Hood

Swinger
Light cav is a varied and interesting role incorporating many facets. Not only do they operate both wheel based vehicles, jackal etc but some still use CVRT (Scimitar). Light cav is a flexible asset hence can be used in both the mounted or dismounted infantry role with snipers, JTAC, ATGW.
Exactly what appeals to me about the role. I will try to get on the sniper course. I want to, at some point, apply for the special observer course (I know that means having at least 2 year placement and possibly changing regiments completely). I think the recce experience from the light cav role will stand me in good stead - especially if I passed my sniper course (as hard as it will be).
 

CaptainRidiculous

On ROPS
On ROPs
Off topic, sort of...
Do the Hussars and lancers still do ridey-horsey stuff?
We see the Household Cav a lot at Trooping of colour etc, but the Light cav regiments?
 

Boxy

GCM
…as the regiment is an amalgamation of an English and a Scots regt…
That will come as a shock to the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards)
And making the PoW feathers and Ich Dien on No2s a bit ridiculous
 

Ol_Hood

Swinger
Does anyone know if you can do more than one specialisation? E.g. sniper and javelin operator. I can't imagine it takes much training so keep up your skills as a javelin operator so does it depend on how complex your specialisations are with regards to how many you can do?
 

Mr_Nice

Swinger
Off topic, sort of...
Do the Hussars and lancers still do ridey-horsey stuff?
We see the Household Cav a lot at Trooping of colour etc, but the Light cav regiments?

The only regiment that has a ceremonial mounted role is the Household Cavalry of which consists of the Blue’s and Royal’s and the Life Guards. Coincidentally the Blues had a squadron attached to the air assault brigade hence were para trained and entitled to wear the maroon beret. However this was when I was serving which was a long time ago in the 90s
 

CaptainRidiculous

On ROPS
On ROPs
The only regiment that has a ceremonial mounted role is the Household Cavalry of which consists of the Blue’s and Royal’s and the Life Guards. Coincidentally the Blues had a squadron attached to the air assault brigade hence were para trained and entitled to wear the maroon beret. However this was when I was serving which was a long time ago in the 90s
Thanks.
 
That will come as a shock to the 3rd Carabiniers (Prince of Wales’s Dragoon Guards)
And making the PoW feathers and Ich Dien on No2s a bit ridiculous
Not really as the Prince of Wales is also the Earl of Chester hence his feathers and motto and both the 3rd DG and Carabiniers were regarded as Cheshire cav regts under the Haldane reforms along with the 5th DG.
 

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