R Sigs to armoured/light cavalry

mofoman

Swinger
Basically I'm currently in the signals and I can't say that I'm a fan of the job, I'd like to be doing some proper soldiering rather than playing with comms kit in a Div HQ. Has any one had any experience with the transfer process? I'd like to do formation recce as it sounds like a decent job. I'm currently leaning towards 9/12th lancers. If anyone has any experience that they would like to share or if someone could give me an honest opinion about the job (preferably active or recently active people's opinions). To be honest any advice would be great. Thanks in advance.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
By the time you might get there, 9/12L will have been amalgamated away.

I transferred out of cavalry, armoured recce as it was then, much of my time having been a Control Signaller running the battle group command net and communicating with Div. My new role ought never to have seen me ever get out from behind my desk (RAPC att REME). But as soon as they learned my outgoing trade, I never missed an exercise and them on the Div log net.

I fear your skills may lead to a similar experience.

I could be wrong. I am not wrong in saying recce is a great place to be.
 

mofoman

Swinger
Yeah I believe they're amalgamating with the Queens royal lancers to create the royal lancers.

I was told that once you have a specialist background that you will usually get pushed into similar roles. I wouldn't be too bothered about a radio operator role as long as it doesn't involve laying cable in an HQ or moving a DRASH tent 20 times because some staff officer doesn't like the shallow dip his chair sits in.

I just feel like I'm not doing the things I joined the army to do.
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
Yeah I believe they're amalgamating with the Queens royal lancers to create the royal lancers.

I was told that once you have a specialist background that you will usually get pushed into similar roles. I wouldn't be too bothered about a radio operator role as long as it doesn't involve laying cable in an HQ or moving a DRASH tent 20 times because some staff officer doesn't like the shallow dip his chair sits in.

I just feel like I'm not doing the things I joined the army to do.
Sounds to me like it could be a good move for you. But consider I am talking from thirty plus years remote.
 
A transfer should be possible, depending on manning in the regiment to want to go to. As stated above, 9/12L is amalgamating with QRL to form RL which will be an armoured cavalry regiment based in Catterick. Given that this is two regiments into one, they are likely to be pretty flush with manpower in most rank ranges and in fact will (like RTR) be pushing surplus manpower out to other RAC regiments. This means that you may have more luck with another RAC regiment at this stage.

Your trade and rank would probably determine whether you would keep your rank and seniority and exactly how you would be employed in the RAC. Either way, if you did transfer, you would be trained as an RAC crewman (CR2/CVRT/JKL) and probably do at least a year in a sabre Sqn; with your R SIGNALS experience, there would always be a temptation to drag you into Comd Tp, but even this (while being signals focused) should be far enough away from your current work to satisfy.

Good luck. I suggest that you speak to your chain of command and ultimately your RCMO about this. Consider where you want to be based (possibly where you come from originally) and which RAC role you want I go to in order to select a regiment.


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A transfer should be possible, depending on manning in the regiment to want to go to. As stated above, 9/12L is amalgamating with QRL to form RL which will be an armoured cavalry regiment based in Catterick. Given that this is two regiments into one, they are likely to be pretty flush with manpower in most rank ranges and in fact will (like RTR) be pushing surplus manpower out to other RAC regiments. This means that you may have more luck with another RAC regiment at this stage.

Your trade and rank would probably determine whether you would keep your rank and seniority and exactly how you would be employed in the RAC. Either way, if you did transfer, you would be trained as an RAC crewman (CR2/CVRT/JKL) and probably do at least a year in a sabre Sqn; with your R SIGNALS experience, there would always be a temptation to drag you into Comd Tp, but even this (while being signals focused) should be far enough away from your current work to satisfy.

Good luck. I suggest that you speak to your chain of command and ultimately your RCMO about this. Consider where you want to be based (possibly where you come from originally) and which RAC role you want I go to in order to select a regiment.


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Good advice BC I am of course R SIGNALS and have had one of my lads jump across to the RDG a few years ago as he thought the grass was greener. However he found out that Comd Tp is very much the same as a Bde HQ albeit with a smaller tent! He still did all the mundane track bash, driver jobs along with the same day to day routine albeit with a different cap badge above his left eye. Mofoman you need to be clear when transferring across as you may lose your seniority or rank or indeed both and have to start again, but if this does not bother you then start the ball rolling with your CofC and the RCMO.

Mofoman I take it you are at 3 Div by the sound of your whinge - not all R SIGNALS units have Drash tentage and there are some cracking jobs out there when you start broadening your experience and skill set.
 

Glass Jaw

Swinger
Mofoman,

It depends on what you define as proper soldiering. If you are looking for a job where you want to do combat type stuff and you are fit and of age, why not try for the Royal Marines? Much of the time in the Light Cav/Armd Recce units, you will do some armour type stuff, lots of basic level foot work and a whole lot of maintenance, especially on CVRT.

I don't know what you think you'll be in for in a teeth arms unit in the conventional forces. If there are any local, have a chat with some of the guys. And by that, I mean troopers, lance corporals and corporals...not those who have been there so long you will get a very biased opinion.

Timebandit is right in that you will probably end up being spammed to do sig stuff anyway, because you will know how and, to be honest, others are either too lazy or stupid to do it.

If you want to change to RAC, all the best, but as said above, the grass is always greener....
 
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