Inf or RAC? Does it matter? Help please. Read on ...

#1
My son is joining the RAC regs at some stage in the future. He is currently in full time education and is keen to get into the green so he is joining the TA. Our very much local is Inf but there is a RAC unit which is just enough of a 'pain in the ass' distance away.

So, the question is... As he is set on RAC will it be of benefit to join an armoured TA unit before the regs, or make no difference?

TBH. I think it is worth it as I'm ex-RAC myself, I said tanks are tanks but I've been out a few years so I'm not in the loop anymore.

Thanks in advance.
 
#2
Not a bad idea really. Same situation for me (full time education), but RMP instead of RAC. But. I think transferring is annoying and *sigh*, get used to hearing 'back door entry'.
 

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#3
My son is joining the RAC regs at some stage in the future. He is currently in full time education and is keen to get into the green so he is joining the TA. Our very much local is Inf but there is a RAC unit which is just enough of a 'pain in the ass' distance away.

So, the question is... As he is set on RAC will it be of benefit to join an armoured TA unit before the regs, or make no difference?

TBH. I think it is worth it as I'm ex-RAC myself, I said tanks are tanks but I've been out a few years so I'm not in the loop anymore.

Thanks in advance.
Being TA Inf won't make a difference when he applies for the Regs (whatever cap badge). He will still need a letter of recommendation from his CO and authority from Glasgow. In some areas there is only one TA unit in reach of people so that is their only option.

What RAC unit is looking for in the future? Only asking as some of the RAC TA units (cavalry) don't have that much armour any more.

Hope this helps a bit
 
#5
My son is joining the RAC regs at some stage in the future. He is currently in full time education and is keen to get into the green so he is joining the TA. Our very much local is Inf but there is a RAC unit which is just enough of a 'pain in the ass' distance away.

So, the question is... As he is set on RAC will it be of benefit to join an armoured TA unit before the regs, or make no difference?

TBH. I think it is worth it as I'm ex-RAC myself, I said tanks are tanks but I've been out a few years so I'm not in the loop anymore.

Thanks in advance.
When he joins the Regs, he'll get no particular advantage to having done TA RAC over TA Inf. So it makes more sense to join his local unit, less commuting, local mates etc. And if its RIFLES, so much the better. I'm out of date but "Armoured TA" may be a relative term: which Regt/Sqn would it be and what exactly is its role, eqpt etc?
 
#6
Or do what most of my platoon did Bypass school, disgrace themselves in the TA, and scrape into the regular inf on a D Grade at ADSC. Jobs a good 'un.

On a serious note Op your son may aswell go inf so he can say hes been there done that got the tshirt put it in the ******* wash! :D if I was in his position id try and see as much of the army as possible before chosing where to go firm.
How's ITC going T L :) ?
 
#7
Good advice chaps. Many thanks.

He's thinking of joining the RTR. The TA armour is the Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry. I've heard they are a good unit. I have no experience you them personally.
 
#8
Join the RMLY (despite the rumours of being chopped) they are a very good unit doing some interesting conversion training and will still be around in the future.
 

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