Officer Jobs in Tank Regiments

#1
Hi there,

Cavalry regiments seem to be full of different jobs, e.g. driver, tank crewman, gunner etc. I was just wondering, what happens when one gets a commission into an armoured regiment? Must the new officer choose a specific job to do regarding the tank, or do officers generally have a specific role?

tl;dr: what do officers, in general, do in an armoured regiment?
 
#4
Hi there,

Cavalry regiments seem to be full of different jobs, e.g. driver, tank crewman, gunner etc. I was just wondering, what happens when one gets a commission into an armoured regiment? Must the new officer choose a specific job to do regarding the tank, or do officers generally have a specific role?

tl;dr: what do officers, in general, do in an armoured regiment?
Command is the traditional role for an Officer.
 
#7
Pretty sure he would be the Troop Leader not commander.

RAC officers always lead. It stems from the days when mounted the officer would be one horse length in front of his men during a charge.

Standing by for loads of anti officer comments.
 
#11
As a young Troopy, you'll be expected to learn your way around the vehicles on the park with the lads. Most Troop Leaders do this by spending copious amounts of time pumping up the tracks with the wing mirror arms.
 

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As a young Troopy, you'll be expected to learn your way around the vehicles on the park with the lads. Most Troop Leaders do this by spending copious amounts of time pumping up the tracks with the wing mirror arms.
In a similar vein, I once witnessed a group of junior RN officers attempting to jump start a Gazelle by manually spinning the rotors round and round.


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Another favourite of mine is to make thick loggies, push trailer mounted generators up and down the park, in order to bump start them.
 
#15
Everyone knows that the turret pump is spring mounted on the rear left of a CVR(T) and that you have to traverse 13 and a half times anti clockwise before a turret lift.
 

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You maybe saw a pilot doing his pre-flight, the lazy cnuts stand still and spin the blades to inspect them rather than walk round :winkrazz: (hook baited)
Don't think I ever actually saw a Gazelle on deck, always had Lynx, Merlins and the odd foreign jobby.

Best bite ever is splash target coxswain. It's too complex to bother explaining fully, but the gist of it is explained herein:

http://www.navy-net.co.uk/rr-greatest-threads/64003-stc-branch-details-guidance.html

A splash target is a towed target which creates a nice spray of water for gunners and or aircraft to aim at, a splash target coxswain is a volunteer who 'drives' the target. Obviously days of special training and loads of PPE is required for this arduous and dangerous task.

Over time the bite has evolved into a highly secretive and specialist branch of it's own accord lurking somewhere within UKSF and lots and lots of idiots apply to join.





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#20
Hi there,

Cavalry regiments seem to be full of different jobs, e.g. driver, tank crewman, gunner etc. I was just wondering, what happens when one gets a commission into an armoured regiment? Must the new officer choose a specific job to do regarding the tank, or do officers generally have a specific role?

tl;dr: what do officers, in general, do in an armoured regiment?
In order to be clear, as an RAC officer (once you have completed your training) you will become a troop leader. In this role you will command a troop (Tp) of 3 tanks or 4 CVR(T)/JACKAL, one of which being your own vehicle and more importantly 11 soldiers rank ranged Tpr to Sgt. As will no doubt be suggested, your Tp Sgt will be your second in command as well as one of your subordinate vehicle commanders, while you are in command, you should clearly seek the advice and guidance of your Tp Sgt (and your other NCOs) as he will have served for at least about 10 years by this stage so should have a degree of experience.

You should remain a troop leader (which is a hugely enjoyable job) for at least 2-3 years (note this is much longer than the infantry), before progressing on to become a squadron second in command, recce troop leader or some other job either at your regiment or outside it.

Hope this helps.
 

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