Life in the Guards

Hello all,

I'm interested in becoming a Guardsman, and was wondering, typically, what life is like in the Guards (Preferably Grenadiers or Coldstream). From what I understand, after completeing ITC, you're posted to the public duties companies, from which you progress into the 'regular' battalion, correct? When you've done some time in the battalion, do you ever get sent back to the public duties company? Or do members from the battalion ever do public duties?
Also curious about life in garrison. Are you required to live in barracks, or can you live elsewhere? And really, how much can you save, money wise, living in barracks? A lot, or is a lot deducted for food/rent etc?

Anything else you have to add about the Guards would be great!

Good questions. I too would like to know abit more about life in the Guards - I'm looking at Welsh Guards (also Grenadier guards) or the Rifles. I'm 22.

Obviously joining the Welsh Guards is a plus if you are from Wales as initially, it's prehaps less alien. (no jokes haha) I'm not sure if it would be cutting my nose off despite my face: spare a few taffy/sheep shagger jokes and slightly more familiarisation to begin with, yes, but I can't help feeling its part of the adventure to meet/live/train with others from around the UK. Even if at first I feel abit like the odd one out. Hmmm, I hope this is making sense gents. I have lived away from home before to study (not uni) so I wont be missing mammy an all that. 8O 8O

As for wbas88 mate - I think you get paid an extra £1100 or something a year (could be wrong) to cover the expensive of living in london (tho hardly enough I would say) Also I've heard the guards (mainly Grenadier) are quite pedantic, tho thats just their way. Finally, I'm pretty sure most guards rotate through ceremonial, and spend several months every few years at it - apart from Nijmegen Company.

You watched Guarding the Queen - its on youtube, posted by oddball (the same guy who uploads all the Ross kemp in 'Stan vids. Ive just had a look and can't find it so it may have been taken down, sorry :?

Anyway sorry to Hijack your thread mate.
Talking as an ex Grenadier, once you have completed ITC you will go to Nijmegen Coy which is predominently a public duties Coy. VERY rarely
Blokes go straight to Bn. Life in Nijmegen wasn't great when I was there, seen more as a phase 3 training unit, so you you get dicked about
A bit.

And yes the Bn also do public duties, I believe they were doing street lining for QBP in between PDT for a Herrick tour!

If your in the Bn and want to go back to Nijmegan then you can, you will be treated like god and will get away with murder, as its full of crows
You end up being left alone to do whatever you want and 9/10 no stags on a Queens Guard- good times!

Pm me if you want to know anything more.
Following is posted verbatim from a friend of mine who is serving in the Guards:

It would have to be the Grenadiers mate. How could he live with himself if he joined second best? After ITC you get posted to Nijmegen Coy (Grenadiers) or No 7 Coy (Coldstream). Both are ‘Incremental Companies’ and carry out public duties for 75% of the time. This is also an awesome time socially, living right in the middle of London! There is usually an overseas exercise every two years or so and a few company level exercises. There’s plenty of chance to keep your Infantry skills up anyway. You’ll probably spend about a year there give or take a few months and then find out where you get posted to in the Battalion. There’s all sorts of horror stories about getting ‘filled in’ every five minutes if you mess up but that’s b*llocks. As long as you realise your place and work hard you’ll get on fine. You’ll be surprised how quickly you aren’t the new boy anymore.

The battalion is where everything happens – Op Tours (Afghan in 2011 I think is their next one after this one), Major exercises, Courses, Adventure training, everything you can think of. As far as getting sent back to the incremental companies goes, it does happen but usually to NCO’s who are leaving or aren’t fit to deploy on operations. If your career is going well in battalion then you’ll never go back unless you ask. The Battalion does do public duties depending on where they’re based at the time. By the time you join (if) then they’ll be in Aldershot and you wont do any for years.

The best place to live when you first join is in camp with the lads. You’ll bond with everyone so much more quickly and I definitely recommend it. There’s plenty of time for living out when you get older! And besides its ‘dirt cheap’ living in barracks. More money for beer. Accommodation is about £20 a month and food about £100. If you did want to live out then you have to ask permission. This sounds a bit weird but its because they look at your finances and make sure you can afford it (duty of care and all that) but they’re usually good about it if you're a sensible bloke.

Don’t listen to anyone saying that the Guards is full of bullsh*t either. Especially other Guards regiments saying the grenadiers are! Its b*llocks. They’re just f*cking jealous. The Artillery, Signals, Logistics and god knows who else are far worse! Especially on operations, everyone is chilled out and mostly on first name terms. There’s enough to deal with with the Taliban.
Hope that helps. No prizes for guessing which Guards he's serving with .. :D


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