Life in the Coldstream Guards

#1
hello i was just wondering what life is like in the coldstream guards.
i am joining the royal artillery but i have a friend of mine who is thinking of joing coldstream guards and he would like to know what life in battaion is like and when the next intakes are

thanks.
 
#3
Coming from a perspective outside of the Battalion, I've worked with a few of the blue red blue mafia and I have to say I do prefer the Coldstream Guards over the rest. Much less of the old f**k around factor and quite relaxed (but obviously not in a bad way ;) )
 
#10
And the one in fron has single buttons on his tunic. Must be in Queen's Coy.

A very sad week for the Grenadiers and will be felt across the family of the Brigade of Guards. Septic Norman, I hope you have looked at the news.
 
#11
I was 7 years Inf before transfering to the RAPC. After my transfer course my first posting was ....back to the Infantry......4 years with 1 Coldstream Guards.....one of the best units I served with in my 25 years in the "pay world"........they, like all Guards units are a real Family Regiment. They look after their own. I was due to leave after 2 years but extended to 4
 
#12
Sorry if this is a dumb question but i'm not sure which information on the internet is up to date.
Where are the Coldstream guards based now?
I know the Irish are at Windsor and the Welsh at Aldershot but unsure about the rest.


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#13
7 Company Coldstream Guards - Woolwich Barracks, London.

1st Battalion Coldstream Guards - Afghanistan - Op HERRICK 11 with 11 Bde

- Home Base Aldershot.
 
#14
Cheers for that Nark. I'm currently in process of joining up, waiting for my medical papers to stop being mucked about and just looking round at various regiments whilst waiting.
The wife wants to stay living in Thames Valley Area initially so just tryig to see which regiments are based in the area.
Happy wife , happy life!


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#15
Sorry to disappoint you Foitin, but if you join the Coldstream Guards you won't be seeing much of your wife. You will be too busy on operational tours overseas - and for your down time between tours you will have the honour of guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace and Trooping the Colour in London.

Leisure time will be spent in Val d'Isere in France skiing with your mates.
 
#16
I'd expect to be busy and the missus ain't niaive as to think i'll be home all the time, she just wants to be able to live local to where we all ready are. Something to do with liking the milk man or something???
Are the married quaters for the Coldstreamers in Aldershot or London?
 
#18
Foitin,

Thanks for your message. I am still serving, but the people in the Army Careers Offices are better positioned to answer any of your questions. In the Coldstream Guards you will be very busy and you will lead an active and varied lifestyle.

These facets of life in the Regiment will include Operational Tours overseas, preparing for Operational Tours overseas and training other regiments for Operational Tours overseas.

At the other end of the military spectrum, and in between Operational Tours, you will have the honour of parading in London and enjoying the music, pageant and glory that only Guards Regiments can provide on ceremonial duties. You will be exceptionally fit and you will take part in sporting activities of some kind. Every year most Guardsmen go skiing overseas. Training is continuous, and you will have the opportunity to learn to drive, operate communication systems, become a medic or specialise as a sniper or anti-tank gunner. You can become a paratrooper with the Guards Parachute Platoon if you apply and pass the selection course.

I hope this helps. See your local Army Careers Staff for more details.
 

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