Just done ADSC and passed with a good B grade, first choice is the Household Cavalry which I've said I'd like to join in the next available intake in June for which there are 10 places (providing I remain in the top 10 HCAV applicants until I get my place allocated in March). However, I've recently been rethinking my choice, my second option is the Coldstream Guards. The reason I'm now reconsidering is because as I understand HCAV you do a 12 week riding course... followed by a 4 week kit ride... followed by 2 whole years of public duties straight off the bat. Obviously I wouldn't be applying for them if I didn't fancy the ceremonial stuff, but over 2 years including the training is a long time to be doing it! at least with the Coldstreamers, if I start tearing my hair out because it turns out I hate doing public duties then I know I've only got to stick it out till the end of the 6 months. I'd also hate it if in the middle of those first 2 years doing ceremonial with the cav, lads in the armoured regiment got deployed to Mali, Syria, Falklands or whatever and I was stuck shoveling shit in Knightsbridge - Yes I want the ceremonial side, but first and foremost a combat soldier! So in summary: Are those first 2 years really that bad? I've also been lead to believe that in the Household Cavalry you can stick with HCR indefinitely once those first 2 years are up but you will indeed occasionally do the 6 month public duty stints with the foot guards whether you like it or not. Is that right? I would take this up with my recruiter but he's a Royal Anglian and I'd rather have advice from lads who are/were in the Household Division if possible, thanks!