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Formation Recce

#1
Hi all,

Did my BARB test on Tuesday and currently filling in the medical forms. Looking to go in as Formation Recce, however i'm struggling to decide which regiment. Spoke to my careers SGT and decided on either the Queen's Royal Lancers or the Household Cavalry. Was wondering if anyone has served with or along side either of the two regiments and could give me a few extra bits of information about the two. I'm 18 and from Kent.

Cheers

ConCTKD
 

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#2
Hi all,

Did my BARB test on Tuesday and currently filling in the medical forms. Looking to go in as Formation Recce, however i'm struggling to decide which regiment. Spoke to my careers SGT and decided on either the Queen's Royal Lancers or the Household Cavalry. Was wondering if anyone has served with or along side either of the two regiments and could give me a few extra bits of information about the two. I'm 18 and from Kent.

Cheers

ConCTKD
If you want to go Recce do some reconnaissance – there are bundles of threads/info on the subject posted around here.
 
#4
#5
While speaking to the recruiting SGT about HCav and that the ceremonial side of things really doesn't jump out at me in the slightest, he said you don't have to go to Knightsbridge if you don't want to and that they'll only put you there if there is a shortage? Is there any truth in this?
 
#6
you are looking at doing 2-4 years at Knightsbridge,QUOTE]

While speaking to the recruiting SGT about HCav and that the ceremonial side of things really doesn't jump out at me in the slightest, he said you don't have to go to Knightsbridge if you don't want to and that they'll only put you there if there is a shortage? Is there any truth in this?
Absolute lies, its the directive of the Commander HCav (a.k.a Silverstick) that all new recruits go 'up town' first, unless they are allergic to horses (and believe me, this is thoroughly investigated, no pulling the wool over peoples eyes) or you sustain some horrific injury during riding school that means you can't sit on a horses or you won't be able to wear state kit.
 
#7
Both regiments have decent reputations from an operational/green soldiering perspective. If you want a mixture of ceremonial/horsey stuff and green soldiering go HCAV. If you are not interested in the ceremonial/equine side, just the green bit, then go QRL. Easy as that.
 
#9
Is there much of a waiting list if dont wish to do ceremonial that anyone knows of? Was nearly a year ago was knocked back on medical grounds but should be all good now specialist is happy i dont have arthiritis and was a mistake from doctor..
 
#10
Is there much of a waiting list if dont wish to do ceremonial that anyone knows of? Was nearly a year ago was knocked back on medical grounds but should be all good now specialist is happy i dont have arthiritis and was a mistake from doctor..
You'll do ceremonial whether you want to or not, its part of the RAC Employment Structure, and it mandated by Commander HCav that all recruits go to HCMR, and at the moment you're looking at being there for 2 - 4 years, unless you have something exceptional that precludes you from serving in a ceremonial role i.e. allergy to horses (not bluffable), being the wrong shape or size for the kit (rare) or sustaining a serious injury during riding school (******* painful).
 
#14
QRL aren't mate, pretty sure HCav are the only RAC regiment with a ceremonial regiment
A couple of years ago B Squadron QRL did stagging on for Her Majesty, so it is possible (slightly) that they could again, though probably only if they return some stolen items :)
 
#15
http://www.arrse.co.uk/rac/172591-household-cavalry.html

This one perhaps is specific to your HCav request? If you want to join the HCav you are looking at doing 2-4 years at Knightsbridge, plus a 12-18 month waiting list to actually start basic in the first place.
I know for sure that people have got to P1 less than 5 months from passing ADSC, so unless the waiting list has skyrocketed since late 2011 then 12-18month is inaccurate.
 
#16
I know for sure that people have got to P1 less than 5 months from passing ADSC, so unless the waiting list has skyrocketed since late 2011 then 12-18month is inaccurate.
I myself only did 7 months between walking into the careers office and tipping up at basic, but that was in 2008, and the word on the street currently is its a long ole wait to get into the army these days, indeed, its a long ole wait to get into any of the forces, a friend of mine waited at least 2.5 years to get into the RAF recently, another friend waited over 3 years to get into the navy.
 
#17
2011 wasn't that long ago, they only passed out of P1 a few weeks ago. It also seems to be generally much less of a waiting list for combat than for trade roles.
 

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