Discussion in 'Infantry' started by cdt_parker, Mar 12, 2006.

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  1. hi, i have a few questions on the infantry.1) if i were in a mortar platoon, where exactly would i be on the battlefield as i would like to be close to action but would want to be a fairly safe distance away from the thick of it to provide mortar fire? 2) if i joined the infantry would i be able to become a sniper straight away or would i have to serve a few years? and finally is there any other jobs in the army where you would be providing heavy fire in support of the infantry.
    thanks for any replies

  2. Stand-by....
  3. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    Try the gunners,son. You'll be safe there....
  4. I can see some mileage in this one .....
  5. I think that this is a genuine quest for knowledge so I thought I'd give you a sensible answer before the inevitable torrent of abuse your naivity is sure to generate.

    First of all if you want to join the Army to be safe, don't bother. If safety in uniform is what you want, become a traffic warden (whoops I've slipped into sarcasm).

    Mortars will be a maximum of 2km behind the troops they are supporting (this gives them approx 4km range in front of friendly forces). Often they will be closer. They are however particularly vulnerable to counter battery fire.

    Only top soldiers get to pass the sniper cadre and getting on to it will take at least 2 years of apprentiship learning the trade. If however you are a good shot they may let you on to a marksmanship cadre (depending on the role of the Battalion at the time). However, this is not the same as being a sniper which is as much about fieldcraft, observation and communication as it is about shooting accurately over long distances.
  6. If you really want to be safe - stay in the cadet force. The army doesn't need anyone whose prime concern is their own safety.
  7. ok thanks percy, what i mean by safety is by not being on the front line in the thick of the cation, i mean providing some type of support to the people who are in the thick of the action

  8. Sounds like the Man needs an RLC job. Cant move for the amount of guys who want to be rear party Infantry in our Corp
    I have no problem with the guys in the front line What i cant stand is all the Infantry Walts who join us
    If I am in the same country as the enemy I am in the wrong place

  9. Being mortarman in an Inf Bn does not nec mean you will always be 2km back manning the moratr line. 9 times out of 10 you will just be another inf soldier in a platoon in the inf role (i.e. foot patrols in dangerous areas). Take Iraq for instance, Mor Pl soldiers are patrolling just like any other inf soldier. In most Inf Bns you would normally have to "cut your teeth" in a duty coy for a couple of years before attending a cadre and being selected for the Mor or ATk Pl. As previous writers have said, if you want to be "supporting" front line troops only and don't want to be one, then do so by buying a Poppy each year to support the RBL and all the brave lads/girls who have gone before us. There is now such thing as a "safe" job in the Army - just ask any RLC loggie running the resuppply runs to Al Amarah each week - they are basically logisticians in the Infantry role, doing a superb job.
  10. Don't worry mate I remember going to the Army careers office and saying I wanted to be a driver in the Army, the recruiting Sgt broke down laughing and then broke it to me that 90% of the Army drvers LOL! (so I joined the Infantry and I am still here 19 years later - so we can all be accused of asking a seemly daft question or two)

    The fact that you are interested in a carerr in the Army is comendable and those who serve should not loose sight of that fact. basically what many of the posts here are saying is that you should think seriously about a career in the armed forces by viture of the job we do its dangerous no matter what corps or regiment you join. If you choose to join think seriously about what part of the Army interest you (if you are a cadet what do you enjoy the most?) this will give a steer as to what to join - better to do something that you enjoy than something you think you should do. When you join also consider life after the Army we there are two certs in military life one in you join the other is you leave in one form or another - so join with an eye on what you might like to do in the future - maybe go for soething that will give you qualifications you can use after you leave.

    If you join the Infantry you will serve in a rifle company for your first few years as you need to build on the basic soldiering skills given you at basic training (remember when you leave basic training you have the fundementals and there is still a lot more to learn) - those who serve in our support units are trained and experienced soldiers this means they have proved themselves, have good quality soldiering skills and can concentrate on the specialist role they are undertaking - most specialist platoons have a selection or criteria to be met etc and this will be clear depending on which unit you join.

    Whatever you decide like many have said the days of old with fairly fixed front lines etc are all but gone - the army adopts a manouverist approach where the battlefield can be fluid, one minute behind the front line the next you could be right on it - its a fact of life. The Army life can be fun, adventurous with which you can make it what you want (look at those soldiers in the winter Olympics squad) - it can also be hard, tiring and dangerous (look at those in Iraq or Afghanistan) - but that comes with the territory.

    Whatever you choose mate good luck

  11. WTF? Try the Royal Corps of Remfs. Works for me.