Joining up - potential Royal Anglian

#1
Evening guys,

Just want to introduce myself and ask a few questions ref sign up etc

I'm in the process of gettin my application sorted and getting barb test dates etc sorted.

Am looking at joining the Vikings where possible.

The guy at the careers office wasn't a lot of help so thought I'd use the wealth of knowledge on ARRSE to help.

Rough ideas on times/performance for the reg? Am doing training at the moment with a 1.5mile run time of approximately 10mins after 3wks training. Press ups/pull ups are no issue just need a little more work on Situps.

Also wanting to progress as quickly as possible once in - ideas on timescales to promotion etc?

Trades available within the Vikings?

I can't get on the army website on my phone for some reason so can't look up on there !!

Any other tips/help/advice much appreciated

Cheers

Mike
 
#3
Any particular reason why mate??
 
#4
just a bit of banter mate, ive been told both battalions are great and has a tight bond between each other (as said by a corporal who served in both). poachers recruit from my local area but cause vikings are preparing for a tour next year its not down to preference. its down to where you are needed so you could end up in either one.
 
#5
Fair play. Well Vikings recruit from my area so assumed I'd get pulled there anyways but am more than happy with either.

Are there any opportunities for specialist training within infantry roles?

My other preference was AT but that's purely dependent on BARB and ADSC scoring
 
#6
i honestly have no idea mate better off asking your recruiter down your local careers office
 
#8
The guys at the afco don't seem to be interested unless you're going for RA .. I'll do some digging around online
 
#13
I'm in the same position as you are joining the Royal Anglian, I'm waiting to do my BARB test's and what not, So I'm also trying to decide who I'd like to join, But I was hoping someone on this thread could help ?!
 
#15
Well I've actually ended up applying for the RAF reg .. No doubt I'll get the usual slating now from the arm chair generals but after talking to people and thinking about it I've decided to go for it .. Smashed my ASTs and now waiting for medical then selection .. Once in in wanting to get pre para done and hopefully join II sqdn RAF reg ..

Thanks to everyone who offered help and support on arrse - much appreciated and good to see that there's a host of ppl willing to help despite the odd aggressive/sarcastic thread.

Good luck anyone else looking to join up!
 
#16
have fun doing that then i met some on work experience with the rock apes most of em seem alright but one of the full screws was an arrse
 
#17
Well I've actually ended up applying for the RAF reg .. No doubt I'll get the usual slating now from the arm chair generals but after talking to people and thinking about it I've decided to go for it .. Smashed my ASTs and now waiting for medical then selection .. Once in in wanting to get pre para done and hopefully join II sqdn RAF reg ..

Thanks to everyone who offered help and support on arrse - much appreciated and good to see that there's a host of ppl willing to help despite the odd aggressive/sarcastic thread.

Good luck anyone else looking to join up!
I am not going to slate you but I genuinely don't know why anyone would want to join the RAF Reg. They don't do anything and they certainly are not Infantry, no matter what they say. But it works for you so good luck!
 
#18
Well a couple of the squadrons are attached to various infantry units in the army and are as active in 'front line' combat as the infantry.. 2sqdn also seems to be a fairly good stepping stone to sfsg and other things as well if you prove yourself so more than happy to go down this route as seems to offer a little more than Vikings would've potentially and hadn't really looked elsewhere in army really ..
 
#19
Please dont go RAF reg.

Seriously, they really dont do anything.

Stick with your choice to join either 1RA or 2RA. Im Poachers, and theres always a bit of banter between the two. Depends what you wanna do. If you wanna go Afghan, go Poachers, if not go Vikings as you wont make the cut off date for Vikings. By the time you pass out, both will be perm based in the UK.

Any questions ask me.

GL with whatever choice you go for.
 
#20
Well a couple of the squadrons are attached to various infantry units in the army and are as active in 'front line' combat as the infantry.. 2sqdn also seems to be a fairly good stepping stone to sfsg and other things as well if you prove yourself so more than happy to go down this route as seems to offer a little more than Vikings would've potentially and hadn't really looked elsewhere in army really ..
It is quite simply untrue to say that they are as active as the Infantry in front-line combat. They have sold you a line that is total bollocks. As someone who has been on tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan it galls me that the RAF Reg have this over-inflated view of themselves, they essentially stag-on Camp Bastion occasionally driving round the perimeter fence and even that they manage to **** up. You will literally come across story after story (some of which may be rumour but some are very much real) about their utter ineptitude on recent operations.

As for your ambitions for SFSG then you should know that only a platoon are currently attached compared to significantly larger numbers of Paras, Marines as well as other Infantry C/S.

The long and the short of it is go where you feel happy, however do not in any way think you are joining an upmarket Infantry unit and be under no illusions that if you want to close with and kill the enemy you will be unlikely to do it in the RAF Reg. If you want to jump out of planes, join the Paras.
 

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