Questions about joining the Household Cavalry

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  1. Hello everyone
    Recently I have left my TA Regiment to move over to the regular army and trade wise formation reconaissance sounds like a rather good job along with all the specialists jobs that sound even better.
    I'm looking towards the Household Cavalry as in addition to green stuff I like the idea of been paid to work with horses as well but I was rather dismayed to see that they seem to expect you to start with two years working at Knightsbridge.
    Don't get me wrong I don't have a problem with doing the ceremonial work otherwise I would not want to join but Two whole years do they really expect you to go that long without doing any soldiering?
    Any input from Household Cavalry members will be appreciated.
  2. I would assume that during the 2 years there will be "Battle Camps" to lovely places like Sennybridge where you will get to roll around in the red mud and remaster your infantry role.
  3. Most joining the Household Cavalry will have to intially do 2 years at HCMR. During which time you will do a limited amount of green army training, clearly the main effort is with ceremonial duty. Following this, unless you are a equine god it is likely that you will be posted to HCR and be able to fulfil your wildest fanasties of rolling around in ditches, covering yourself with track grease etc etc. Judging by the last 10-15 years you will have opportunities enough for soldiering.
  4. The main reason for sending new recruits to Knightsbridge first, is to ensure, that when they get to Windsor, 2 years down the line, they're no longer fresh out of training. Sounds pretty obvious but, 6 months in riding school and a further 18 months or so down the yards, tends to make the young lads grow up pretty quickly. You'll go away to Bodney Camp(near Thetford), once the ceremonial season has finished, for about 3 weeks, to do all your ITDs, or whatever they're called now, but the main focus is on improving your riding and having a break.
    Don't underestimate riding school, or the daily graft in the stables. It's long hours and sometimes you'll meet yourself coming the other way, consequently, when the now 20somethings get to Windsor, they're a more rounded, responsible individual. Added to that, they'll be about fed up with the grind at Knightsbridge, and will be ready for a move to operational service. I've taught lads from the Bridge, whilst working in the gunnery wing, and I've found them more receptive and intellectually more mature than phase 2 recruits, eager and keen to know more.
  5. Thanks for replying guys things do sound better that way as long as I can still develop soldiering skills while doing ceremonial thats not to bad.
    I know that the riding phase will be hard but the way that you've explained the reasons behind makes more sense.
  6. Riding school can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. If you can manage your time well, and get your nag and kit cracked, there's no need to be working all hours. If you fanny about with NAAFI breaks and an hour for lunch and 30 mins for tea, you'll fall behind and the next thing you know, it's half ten and you're still not done. The kit is easy if you listen to what's being told, plus, you'll soon find what you can and can't bluff.
    Riding is a completely different animal, you'll find yourself using muscles you didn't know you had, and you'll be hurting until your body adapts. You'll fall off, everybody does, just get back on top and carry on. All the best if you decide to follow it up, enjoy the experience safe in the knowledge you're doing something very few people in the military can do. Good luck.
  7. I'm looking forward to HCMR and HCR really. Off to Phase 1 tomorrow.
  8. Thanks again Nemisis I am looking forward to it really ,the riding doesn't bother me as I,ve been doing that for years although doing it with a sword in hand, cuirass, thigh lengh jack boots and a vision obscuring helm will be a new challenge but it should be good.
    Good luck Ash wish I had less time to wait, the waiting period really is anoying.
  9. You'll unlearn everything you know about riding, to be taught how to ride properly:) It'll be 16 weeks or so, before you start to get laden down with state kit. You'll have to pass out in khaki before kit ride starts, that's just to ensure you're a competent jockey, then you'll move from Windsor to Knightsbridge, and the hard work really starts.
  10. Riding school can be good fun, hard but fun.
    As said, it changes your outlook on everything.
    Ceremonial ain't that bad, as long as early mornings and late nights don't bother you.
    Another 'bonus' of being 'Up Town' is the nightlife.............. :drunken:;-P
  11. what running time you get at adsc
  12. unfortunately due to staffing needs both sides of the regiment need to function smoothly so yes all new recruits are indeed required to do the first 2 years on the ceromonial side.

    im an ex trooper and i can tell you its worth every momment you spend there. very very rewarding job and it definately comes complete with bragging rights. that side of the job is a once in a life time opportunity, one you should not willingly avoid.

    when i was in, their was very little option for advanceing soldiering skills, it was all foccussed on your equine abilities and second trade roles. but dont let that put you off, you will have ample opprotunity to do things you would have never thought you would be allowed to do or have the chance to do.

    what you do have to do is think about any possible transferable skills you can gain from both sides of the regiment the mounted side is a brilliant opportunity to pick up some really cool qaulifications which are highly sort after in civvy street. it also gives you the time and opportunity to study if you wish and improve upon basic education or go into more advanced education with your time.

    you also have lots of opportunity for specialist training programmes and so on. when i was in there was a chance to apply for the sas selection process. these dont crop up all the time but when they do you should definately pounce on the opportunity.

    and everything you think your good at now with horses you can pretyt much forget it, rideing in all that rediculous armour and clthing is something new!! and you cannot feel the horse through those boots.

    but it is alot of fun :)

    i really enjoyed it and i too wanted to be more of a soldier. the hours are long and the work isnt hard physically but it is mentally demanding. it will blow your mind, or numb it!!
  13. That does sound quite something and I'm now further down the recruiting process my choice still remains the HCR.
    Although I was told that in regards to joining the RAC although my choice would be taken into account I could potientially end up anywhere, but I'm still hoping its Windsor.
    But thanks for Informing me of that.
  14. Does anyone know if the Household cavalry is on high or low payband. I understand that the Infantry are on the higher scale apart from pte and ssgt but according to JSP 754 the HCAV are on lower apart from LCPL. The reason I ask is because I am looking to re-join and this is one of my choices. I would appreciate some info from anyone who has recently served or is currently serving with the HCAV also any advice and recommendations on the regt will be much appreciated. Many thanks in advance.