Thanks for this, I am seriously looking at the HAC following this post.A big factor in your choice of unit, should be geographical location.
It’s all well and good joining the 5th Glasgow Disaster Relief Regiment, but f you live in London it’s all largely pointless.
Best to speak to your local unit and see what sort of stuff they get up to.
I would suggest that the bigger and more diverse the unit, the more opportunities there will be to deploy with different units, in different roles.
Of course if you’re in London then there can be only one.
HAC all the way.
The HAC is a big unit (in Army Reserve terms) with a lot of fingers in different pies. When I was there HAC soldiers deployed with the Guards, 4/73 battery RA, RLC, REME, 29 Commando, 7 Para RHA, PWRR, RAMC plus a few others.
Not many other Army Reserve units have the contacts and clout to get soldiers into such a wide and varied range of units. It’s about casting your net wide and far. If someone is out there doing peacekeeping stuff, then they’re more likely to accept an AR soldier from a unit they know and have contacts with (never underestimate the power of inviting people to the best ball in town) than from a completely unrelated cap badge.