MBT Crewman or Light Cav

#1
Hi, past few weeks now I have been pondering between the two roles and what they do, and we'll what one I would rather do. I know that working in a MBT regiment, say 2RTR, would involve fitness, maintenence, training, driving etc. Then light cav in the SDG, would be basically infantry except using jackals to get around.

Can anyone else help. In the sense that I'm having difficulty choosing, I'm torn between them both in the sense I want to drive a tank and be part of a crew but I also want to do ground fighting on foot. I don't know if I really fancy Recon crewman because we'll I would rather drive a challenger 2.

Basically, would life in a Light cav regiment be any different from a infantry regiment? Cause if not then it looks like 2RTR is the winner.
 
#2
Hi, past few weeks now I have been pondering between the two roles and what they do, and we'll what one I would rather do. I know that working in a MBT regiment, say 2RTR, would involve fitness, maintenence, training, driving etc. Then light cav in the SDG, would be basically infantry except using jackals to get around.

Can anyone else help. In the sense that I'm having difficulty choosing, I'm torn between them both in the sense I want to drive a tank and be part of a crew but I also want to do ground fighting on foot. I don't know if I really fancy Recon crewman because we'll I would rather drive a challenger 2.

Basically, would life in a Light cav regiment be any different from a infantry regiment? Cause if not then it looks like 2RTR is the winner.
When are you joining up?
 
#3
Mph, not really my area but if i was a youngster faced with that choice Id go light. Scots DG is a good unit and I suspect wheel time will be easier to get than track time in the future.
 
#4
True, and from reading on other topics it seems that light cav will be deployed a lot more than other units in the army because of they're capabilities. I'm joining up this year, it's just I have braces in at the moment and don't get them out for another month or two so my applications on hold because the online medical states if you are undergoing orthodontic treatment you cannot fill out the form.

I'm hoping, fingers crossed and my app gets done quickly as I have already applied before, that I get in late this year or early next. Why? Are you joining up too?
 
#5
No it won't be. Completely different capability and skill set.



Yes, very different. Sure, the Lt Cav regiments will have a move towards dismounted capabilities, but the way we are looking at it is as mounted specialists who can dismount, as opposed to dismounted specialists who happen to be mounted.



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Ok that makes a little more sense that I initially thought, BUT what is it a light cav regiment can bring to a battle that an infantry unit mounted on Jackals cant?
Or am I seeing this wrong? When you say they would be more specialised on the jackals, do you mean like for example they would go ahead of a main force and do recce, with the capability to camp out in their jackals and fight in minor engagements etc? I think the role sounds really good I just don't understand what the role will be if you get me, can you elaborate. It's a case of always wanted to join the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards but don't want to be doing a job any infanteer could do.

Many thanks
 
#6
A light cav unit will be able to use the wagons well the inf will **** it up
 
#7
Hi, I was also interested in RAC as one of my joining options, behind infantry and artillery, my main problem is that I've been told I'm a tad large for tanks as I'm 6'5 and built quite heavily too (17 stone), can any one give me some advice?
Thanks in advance


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#8
Thanks, that's cleared it up a bit, it does sound really good and a little more involving than the infantry. I think I've made my mind up then, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards it is. I'm hoping to be in late this year or early next, which brings another question. If I am in next year and completed phase 1, will I be trained on challenger 2 because they don't loose them until 2015? Or would I just be the brew bitch until then?
 
#13
In this exact situation right now :/ I love the idea of being part of a tight knit crew of a large fighting machine, but I hate the idea of being limited to fighting within said fighting vehicle for all your engagements. So I am stuck between a cavalry or tank regiment :S
 

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#15
Yeah it really is a hard situation, think though. When are tanks going to be used again?
Last used in an actual invasion (sorry, liberation) in 2003 with continued use out to 2007. I wouldn't write them off just yet.

The thing I would question is the 'upstream engagement' that light cavalry is being earmarked for. This seems like a great idea, but how often are we really going to do this? I reckon one troop (maybe even a Squadron) per Regiment every couple of years is a realistic prediction. If you're in the chosen few then you'll have a great time in Malawi but if you're not then you'll have a fairly shite time training to no higher than CT2.


My point is that both Armour and Light have their advantages and disadvantages, but saying that one or other will be used more in the future is no more than an educated guess.


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#16
In this exact situation right now :/ I love the idea of being part of a tight knit crew of a large fighting machine, but I hate the idea of being limited to fighting within said fighting vehicle for all your engagements. So I am stuck between a cavalry or tank regiment :S
Scout will still be 40 tonnes but the crew will also do an element of dismounted training, particularly OPs. You shouldn't write it off just because CR2 is larger.


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#18
I would still enjoy working in a cr2, and I'm sure going into battle in one would be the greatest feeling ever
But how would it compare to riding into battle in a Jackal doing 60, firing the M2 while you bounce all over the place.

It should not really matter what kind of regiment you join. If you get tired of the machines you work on and want to change you could get a transfer. I hear it is allot easier compared to other services like the Infantry.
 
#19
I know. Hence why I am going RSDG and jackals...

I know, but when you join up you shouldn't want to transfer. It would not be easier I don't think
 
#20
I know. Hence why I am going RSDG and jackals...

I know, but when you join up you shouldn't want to transfer. It would not be easier I don't think
There are hoops to jump through but it is nothing compared to trying to transfer out of the infantry to a more technical Corps. Its not like you are going to join and immediately want a transfer once you reach your unit, the army frowns on that kind of thing. Its mainly for people who have been serving for some time and want a change of pace eg: Scimitar commander wants to see if he can move his skills on to the larger fighting vehicles by transferring to a tank regiment.
 
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