Caveat. From the 1970s.I ask this because an integral role is driving tanks. I was wondering whether one had to have a license before applying as this is a major part
I always wondered, is it better to train a tank driver from absolute scratch, or one who already had a car license and knowledge of driving?Caveat. From the 1970s.
An integral rôle for a tank driver is to drive a tank. The army will train him. All crewmen will be trained as drivers. Commanders will probably learn to drive a tank on their troop leader course.
I have no idea, I'm afraid. I took a group A licence with me when I joined. Went to NI as drivers started disappearing on Scorpion courses ahead of rerôling as recce at end of tour, which got me gigs driving Makrolon-heavy Land Rovers and, after maybe ¼-hour learning the mysteries of the pre-select gearbox, Ferrets.
My very first "proper" driving lessons and driving test were in a Chieftain when I was about 18.
As long as you don’t get crossbindMy very first "proper" driving lessons and driving test were in a Chieftain when I was about 18.
Think I just had an army driving permit in Germany at the time?
Got my normal licence soon after on a Landrover.
I have probably driven everything since like an MBT but have noticed the other cars don't get out of your way as fast.
Years ago when I did my Police Advanced Car Course, one of the PCs in my car was exactly that. He was the police equivalent of a depot driver, passed his test at 17, and not driven until his Standard course a few years later and scraped that. He'd transferred to firearms and therefore needed his advanced ticket.
Off the top of my head.My brother was in the Northumbria Constabulary Special Patrol Group. The day I passed my group A test, he handed me his copy of Roadcraft, by HMSO, compulsory reading in his rôle. Reading that has served me well over nearly 50 years.
They dont even get Cat H do they?It is very unlikely that an officer would routinely drive the CVR (T) range of vehicles.
Damn, I was about to regale the young man with war stories from the D&M phase of my Tp Ldrs’ course of 1983. You’ve quite spoiled my afternoon.MOD comment.
I see people are struggling with the forum rules again.
If it isn’t accurate, up to date and helping to answer the OPs question it doesn’t belong here. Comedy attempts to the NAAFI, general driving chat to the motoring board.
No, you will get taught at Bovington if you don't already have a driving licence. You will need a licence to learn the basics of driving a tank during the Driving and Maintenance phase of the Troop Leaders' course.Do you need a drivers licence before joining the household cavalry, or is this unimportant as it is learnt after sandhurst.