Grenadier Guards

Hi I am looking for some advice, first time post so sorry if its in the wrong place.
I have my selection interview on Tuesday and have to confirm my 3 job choices.
I want to go infantry and I was interested in joining the Grenadier Guards
Can anyone tell me what its like
I know you join Nijmegen Company after basic training before going to 1st battalion.
I am wondering if your on ceremonial duties how do you keep your infantry skills up.
Also once you join 1st bn how much ceremonial stuff do you do, is it a lot or are is it like any other infantry regiment with the odd ceremonial duty now and again.

Thanks steve
Spent 8 years in the First or Grenadier Regiment of Foot Guards and in those eight years deployed to Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Excercises in Kenya, Canada and the Falklands. Took part in the Op Fresco firemans' strikes. Trooped the Colour for Her Majesty The Queen three times. Mounted Guard Of Honours for George W Bush, Jacques Chirac (someone spat on him as he walked through the ranks) and countless foreign presidents. Personally met HM The Queen. Personally met The Colonel, HRH Duke of Edinburgh. Met Maggie Thatcher.

I don't think any other Regiment in the British Army can offer such a wide spectrum of experiences as a Guards regiment. And if you are mega-keen, there is the Guards Parachute Platoon in 3 Para; the lads who have served in this unit are immensely proud of their Guards and Airborne heritage.

Their is a skill fade in Nijmegen but this is soon knocked out of you in the Battalion. The Battalion is full of legendary characters such as the recently fallen Sarn't Major, Daz Chant, a man who you held a respect for because of what he had done in his career even if he put you on 4 x show parades for a spelling mistake on your paperwork when you was the Picquet Corporal. People will accuse the Guards of being a bit of a fcukaround but this sort of thing becomes darkly humourous when you have been in a bit and you just laugh amongst yourselves at it!
When you are with Nijmegen Coy you will keep your infantry skills up with regular training exercises, more than likely in the UK, but with maybe one overseas exercise as well. (comparing it with F Coy SG, so don't take my word). You will do a lot of ceremonial and public duties, this will include among others, trooping the colour, Rememberance day parade and doing guard of honours for visiting heads of state. The company will build you up in a nine or so month period to go to the battalion. Not a bad Foot Guards Regiment to join.
Have to agree with all above and above all you will be joining one large family (apart from the Donkies :) ) even though we all are/were in different regiments.
Even though we slag each other something rotten we are all Guards.

I am sure Gren will be along shortly to put his slant on things :p
Sadly, being one of the old school, I didnt go through the new system of posting to a training company from basic.

That said, Pirbright was the Guards Depot back then and we didnt just let any old scrote go to it for training either :)

But all that aside, as said by others, the Guards is a family (as most infantry units tend to be), regardless of which one you choose.

Yes, there is banter and inter Guards rivalry, mainly because the rest wish they had gone Grenadier instead of the weak chippy shite they did go, but none the less, Guards is Guards (maybe not the jocks) but you get the point.

So even if you went a bit mad, and decided you liked sheep more than ladies, you would still be joining the best Division of the army, regardless what the chippy mobs say.

The Guards are the way forward for any infantry man, the history, the tradition, the uniforms so smart that they have a PHD from Oxford, and the ladies all love a fully grown man, (sorry John) unlike the other chippy fecks who take small people as standard ;)

But above all, the Grenadiers are the ultimate of the division, and as such, the rest will gob it off out of jealousy, just look down on them and laugh. :)

So go for it mate, and be prepared to spend the best years of your life, with the best mates you will ever have, and regardless of the situations you will find yourself in, they will always be there when you need them.

And thats the truth.
Twice-the-man said:
Mounted Guard Of Honours for Jacques Chirac (someone spat on him as he walked through the ranks).....
OMG! That could have turned nasty and diplomatically embarrassing. Did the culprit avoid detection?
Onetap said:
Twice-the-man said:
Mounted Guard Of Honours for Jacques Chirac (someone spat on him as he walked through the ranks).....
OMG! That could have turned nasty and diplomatically embarrassing. Did the culprit avoid detection?
One more bit of spit on Chirac..........who'd care of even notice?
Onetap said:
Twice-the-man said:
Mounted Guard Of Honours for Jacques Chirac (someone spat on him as he walked through the ranks).....
OMG! That could have turned nasty and diplomatically embarrassing. Did the culprit avoid detection?
I can't remember exactly but there was some kind of row going on at the time and the French were being their usual sh!t weasel selfs. I think it was either 2003 or 2004. Fcuking hate the French.
Concur with Gren & Twice The Man (or Twice The Mong as we called it-that was a really bone recruiting poster lol). The friends you make are for can be a total fck around at times, but when you look back you remember it fondly for some mad reason. It really is a second family. I've been out for longer than I was in now and yet still maintain strong ties with some lads still serving, some choose not to it's your choice. Totally different from the Old Bill I hear-when you leave thats pretty much it. You will find a good share of wayne anchors there...same as in any organisation. You get out what you put in...depends if you're a 'Driller or a Killer' as the saying goes. Glad I did the Red Army bit and justly proud-preferred the green role more (especially the specialised one-Recce-) though but that's my opinion.
Ref the Guard of Honour French thing.......funny story BUT maybe not for an open forum eh?! Journo's scan this website regularly and I can see the headline now........
NIce to see Gren posting his usual well balanced response :twisted:

Have to agree with him though, you have the rest of the chippies who wish they were the best but no matter how hard they try they never will be.

BD you need some dwarfs in the Regiments, even if it is to get someone in to do the cleaning :p
Bolo-Driller said:
I think they should introduce height standards again in the Guards - what do you reckon Twice the man? :D
Yeah cheers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good one mate, I knew the message "You are about as bolo as Lloydy's ear-flap beret" would unmask my identity!
If you join the Guards you will be forever known by the rest of the army as a "woodentop". Could you live with that? Could you? Really?

Now, if you join as a Rifleman - that's a name with respect.

Riflemen are less into bull5hit and more focussed on getting the job done with the minimum of fuss

The emphasis is on personal initiative rather than group obedience

Riflemen march faster and with a swagger - the ladies lurve a confident man who can keep up a fast pace :wink:

(have to add - if my son went herma and joined the Woodentops I'd back him all the way. Apart from the Jocks 8) )
I'm sorry I can't allow that sort of comment from a regiment formed 10 minutes ago and named after a soap opera character - Sharpe's Rifles or is it Bean's Rifles - or is it Mr Beans Rifles?

Moto: "It's easy to be sloppy" - calling officers boss - what's that all about? Every one is on first name terms from the CO down to a lance jack (a contrived rank exclusive to fish and chip regiments) - what you really need in a disciplined environment like the Army.

Nickname - "falling plates" because targets will fall when hit.

The Rifles - Chosen men - yeah chosen for their sloppiness and lack of discipline. End of rant.
The term "woodentop"? I've never understood the way this is seen by some as a derogatory term for Guardsmen. Shock, horror, we know how to drill properly (apart from the Irish Guards...) and its one of the many roles that we can carry out with distinction.

I am impressed though with the esprit de corps that seems to have been formed with the creation of The Rifles super-regiment; I know it might be heresy for some to say this, but 1 Rifles doesn't look half as chippy as 1 RGBW or 1 Devon and Donuts.
And in fact I've just realised I have inadvertantly outed myself as a Walt. 'Bolo-driller' who has discovered my identity will know I did not actually Troop The Colour 3 times. Didn't quite make it into the 96 rank and file (due to vertical issues) and found myself stood in the gutter all 3 times.... But at least I got to sit in the NAAFI at Chelsea Barracks while 'Bolo-driller' and his overgrown friends went round and round that drill square!!!!!!!

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