Honourable Artillery Company

#1
I'm thinking of re-joing the TA after a considerable gap (but I'm still a sprightly thing at only 32!) and have been looking at London based units.
Interested in the HAC and done a bit of research, any posters here serve with them - any inside info or pointers would be appreciated.
Cheers guys (n' gals)
 
#2
the HAC is unique - it's full of ruperts! Don't get me wrong - had them attached on a Bde ex and they were excellent at long range recce - but they are all posh from the troopers to the colonel. Ended up saluting a lance jack for fecks sake! The HAC also are unique that it's the only regiment with it's own masonic lodge! And at last the HAC have been used on ops in Iraq - but if it's the full STA role we have yet to learn.

In all seriousness - try them out and see if you like it. If not there are a few other units that are worth looking at. The RGJ Companies of the London Reg (rumour control has it that 4 RGJ is to be reformed), or maybe 10 Coy (4 Para).
 
#4
What the Royal Tweed Jackets in Mayfair!!!!!

What part of London are you from, and how far are you wiling to travel.

If you want to be surrounded by large amounts of people who have never done anything but talk. Then the London Regiment is for you.

Great social life
About as much tactical sense as David Beckham
 
#6
The_Monocled_Mutineer said:
If you want to be surrounded by large amounts of people who have never done anything but talk. Then the London Regiment is for you.

Great social life
About as much tactical sense as David Beckham
arrse!
 
#9
Small world, was on a microsoft course last week on Tabbernackle street - across the road from the HAC and had lunch in the Plague Cemetery behind, except when it was raining...

£4.50 for a sandwich and a drink from Pret a Minger.!!!

must be posh.

Rincewind
 
#10
The_Monocled_Mutineer said:
What the Royal Tweed Jackets in Mayfair!!!!!

What part of London are you from, and how far are you wiling to travel.

If you want to be surrounded by large amounts of people who have never done anything but talk. Then the London Regiment is for you.

Great social life
About as much tactical sense as David Beckham
Chopper. Thats right, the 2 coys the Regt has sent to Basra had no tactical sense whatsoever. Who do you serve with? The RLC perchance?
 
#12
Was a thread last year on here slagging the hac :) .The rgj was a good bunch of blokes when I was there years ago not completly city workers .Davis street was great place to drink . :lol:
 
#13
Well I live in Watford, nothing around here at all.
I work in Westminster and so on the look for any mob close to central London... there is the Scottish regt on this road here (Horseferry Road) but HAC caught my eye...
Still very much open to suggestions though!
 
#14
Well you've got the Jocks in Horseferry, jackets in Davis St or PWRR near you in Edgware.

You'd be best served chatting to them before making a decision.
 
#16
Their web site gives a little info (although they've got their Regimental Slow wrong), also has contact details (although I understand they're not quick to reply).

Suggest you put your feet in to RHQ one evening - Wednesday night is drill night, Tuesday is course night, first Tuesday each month recruiting presentation with free beer (trust me, I'm a lobster).

You still pay to go to war, but what traditions. Some top-notch old harrovians etc, but a lot of earthy types too.

Also, three masonic lodges, other regiments also have such things.

One would hope that someone from the recruiting team keeps an eye on Arrse (if only for trouble makers, ex-Regs, Walts, OTC)
 
#17
JSPrest said:
Please stop calling those army blanket wearing bi9g talking do nothings jocks!!!

Its making my eyes sting just reading it
Steady......

While I do agree that Hodden Grey (or Salmon Pink as it has become over the ages) is not exactly what one thinks of when thinking of Kilts...

but the unit, history, tradition and "jocks" all make up a good unit.
 
#18
Pompey_Jock said:
JSPrest said:
Please stop calling those army blanket wearing bi9g talking do nothings jocks!!!

Its making my eyes sting just reading it
Steady......

While I do agree that Hodden Grey (or Salmon Pink as it has become over the ages) is not exactly what one thinks of when thinking of Kilts...

but the unit, history, tradition and "jocks" all make up a good unit.
mmmmmmmmmm..........Hodden Grey is very nice whiskey :wink:
 
#20
Other units worth looking at:
Westminster Dragoons, possibly? Know little about them
Inns of Court and City Yeomanry? - signals though, not my bag


But first and foremost...how about, if you feel up to it, and let's face it HAC Patrol Selection is pretty testing:

131 Independent Commando Squadron RE, up in Kingsbury, NW London. One hears very good things about them. A bit more variety than the inf or STA work (unless shitting in a bag and spending several days in a hole in the ground is your thing, who am I to judge) and at least as challenging.


Thoroughly decent reputation, and you get a nice little badge and a nice green hat.
 

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