Hey all, I'm having trouble deciding between going for the Irish Guards or the Royal Irish Regiment (I'm from the Republic, incidentally). I'm planning to go for a commission, but not to make a full career out of it (maybe 5-7 years). I've heard the Guards two two years on, two years off (i.e. two years on active duty folllowed by two years doing ceremonial stuff). Is this the case? My big worry is that if I go into the Micks, I could spend two thirds of my time just doing ceremonial stuff, maybe never getting deployed. I've heard that the RIR, on the other hand, tend to be pretty busy, being (for the moment) in 16AA, so there's a good chance my years in the Army would be interesting ones. Basically, do the Guards get deployed any less than RIR, or is it exactly the same, just with extra ceremonial duties?