RAC - lowdown for a PO

Hello all,

I'm at the start of the Sandhurst selection process, I spent 3 years as a TA Infanteer, so I know nothing very useful about the RAC in terms of Regimental characters, how well they are regarded by each other and by the army in gerneral.

I'm seriously considering applying to an RAC regiment, and would like some sort of HUMINT on which one might be a good choice. I'm undecided as to whether I would prefer Armoured Recce or MBT's, so again I'd like as many opinions as possible.

I realise that you must get loads of posts asking stupid questions like this, but I'm concerned that my lack of knowledge might lead me to jump at the first regiment that dosent think I'm a complete tosser.

Please be as partisan as you like, any info is good. I'm not a champagne charlie, I'd like to join a regiment that is professional and well regarded, but has a good bunch of lads in all the messes.

Thanks for your help, and cheers for taking the time to read this.
The Household Cavalry consists of The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st The Royal Dragoons). They are the oldest and most senior regiments in the British Army and are split between two different units equipped to perform two quite different roles. The Household Cavalry Regiment has an operational role in armoured fighting vehicles which has seen them at the forefront of Britain's military operations including the Falklands (1982), the Gulf (1990), Bosnia, Kosovo and again in the Gulf in 2003 where D Squadron performed with such distinction winning 5 gallantry awards including a George Cross for Trooper Christopher Finney and a Distinguished Service Order for the Squadron Leader Major Richard Taylor. The Regiments are Guards Regiments and, with the five Foot Guards Regiments, form the Household Division.

The second unit is the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment equipped with horses. It is their unique privilege to meet the requirement to carry out mounted and some dismounted ceremonial duties on State and Royal occasions which include the provision of a Sovereign's Escort most commonly seen at the Queen's Birthday Parade in June each year. Other occasions include Sovereign's Escorts for Her Majesty The Queen during State Visits by visiting Heads of State, and as required by Her Majesty anywhere in the Kingdom. They maintain a world-famous tradition dating back to 1660.

A unique job calls for special soldiers: young men who can adapt themselves to the added responsibility and variety that a career in the Household Cavalry offers. Very often the men that form the Queen's Life Guard in Whitehall, in gleaming State ceremonial uniforms (known as Mounted Review Order), were only recently operating armoured vehicles or parachuting in their airborne role.

As equipment and weapons become more sophisticated, so the demand for quick wits, initiative and self-reliance in a soldier is greater than ever before. Should you accept the challenge, you will acquire not only new skills and greater confidence but you will also have those special qualities for which the Household Cavalry is famous: self-discipline, attention to detail and willingness to make that little extra effort; and these qualities will stand you in good stead for life.

Uniquely in the British Army, the Household Cavalry use their qualities to excellent effect by combining their role in armoured fighting vehicles (primarily Scimitar) with the mounted State ceremonial role. Whether on horseback in London or Edinburgh, or in armoured fighting vehicles in support of the United Nations or NATO in places such as Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia or the Gulf you can expect to see the Household Cavalry at the forefront of the British Army.

Who ever you go for have FUN! :D

Blind Pew.
Brief History of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards began its formal existence on January 1st 1959, when the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards amalgamated with the 2nd Dragoon Guards, better known as the Queen’s Bays. Thus ended the separate identities of two of the oldest and most distinguished regiments in the British Army. The Regiment can trace its history back to 1685 when James II raised both the Regiments in re-action to Duke of Monmouth’s claim on the British throne.

The Present
Since 1959 the Regiment has been equipped with the most up-to-date tanks and reconnaissance vehicles in service: currently the Regiment is equipped with Scimitar recce vehicles. In the Formation Reconnaissance role, the Regiment can be called upon to serve in a variety of theatres from Iraq to Northern Ireland. The Regiment deployed for operations in Iraq in 2003 and among many brave and deserving actions members of the Regiment were highly decorated with many awards, including two Military Crosses.

The Future
The Regiment recently moved to Osnabrück in northern Germany and is currently due to remain there until 2006. This year the Regiment deployed to Northern Ireland and has now returned to Iraq for a second tour. The high tempo of Regimental life can be seen in the wide range of sports played, notably the Regiment has been successful in Skiing, Rugby and Football.

Above all else, we are a family Regiment and one which people will always be a member of, even after they have left.

Is this any help?
Blind Pew.
Brief History of The Light Dragoons
The Light Dragoons were formed in 1992 as an amalgamation of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own) and the 15th/19th The Kings Royal Hussars. These regiments date back to the early eighteenth century and were originally known as Light Dragoons. As the name suggests, Light Dragoons were light cavalry mounted on fast horses able to move quickly across the battlefield. Their bold and daring reconnaissance actions provided the senior commanders with vital information on the enemy. The Regiment has a proud and notable history with numerous battle honours for the actions fought around the world. The Regiment is currently based in Robertson Barracks near Dereham in Norfolk.

Current Role of The Regiment
The Light Dragoons is a Formation Reconnaissance regiment equipped with a range of highly mobile light armoured vehicles. These include Scimitar, Striker, Spartan and Sultan Combat Vehicles. The vehicles are fitted with specialist observation equipment, a 30mm automatic canon and powerful diesel engines. The firepower and mobility of the vehicles allow highly trained Reconnaissance soldiers to conduct their primary task of locating the enemy and raiding key enemy targets. In war you could find yourself deep behind enemy lines scouting for information or calling in fighter jets to destroy key enemy targets. In peace time you may well find yourself peacekeeping on the streets of Iraq or Bosnia.

Where ever the Army is deployed the Recce soldier is at the front, preparing the way for the rest of the Army. This requires a dynamic and highly trained team. In 2003 the Regiment conducted operations in Bosnia and Iraq. In Bosnia soldiers conducted operations against organised crime and weapon smuggling activity. In Iraq, the squadrons helped to stabilise the country in the aftermath of war by conducting anti terrorist and anti smuggling operations.

The Future
The Regiment is currently converting its communications system to a new digital technology (BOWMAN), and conducting high intensity training in preparation of a potential deployment anywhere in the world during 2005.

Are we getting close?
Brief History of The 9th/12th Royal Lancers
The regiment was formed on the 11 September 1960 following the amalgamation of the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers and the 12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s). Both regiments were raised in July 1715, due to the revolt by the supporters of the Stuarts against the rule of King George 1. During the Indian Mutiny in 1857, the 9th won their nickname "The Delhi Spearman" which was bestowed upon them by the defeated mutineers – the Regiment was awarded twelve Victoria Crosses during this campaign. In the Great War, both regiments served on the Western Front.

Today, the Regiment celebrates annually the Mons/Moy weekend, commemorating the Battle of Mons and the action at Moy, which were the last occasions on which the regiments charged with the lance. In World War 2, the 12th covered the withdrawal of the B.E.F. to Dunkirk. Subsequently, both regiments served with the 8th Army in the North African and Italian campaigns. In the post-war period, the regiments served in Palestine, Malaya and Germany.

The Present
The 9/12 Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales’s), is currently based in Hohne in Northern Germany with the role of 1st (United Kingdom) Armoured Division Reconnaissance Regiment. The Regiment recruits in an area north of London through the midlands to Derbyshire and prides itself on its professional yet family character.

Current and Future
Since 1960, the 9th/12th Royal Lancers have served in Cyprus, Northern Ireland, Aden, and in the Gulf War on Operation GRANBY. The regiment has performed the role of the opposition force in Canada, and has undertaken tours of Bosnia and Kosovo. The Regiment has recently returned from Op Telic 3 (IRAQ), and after a well deserved leave period will be gearing up for a busy year in 2005.

Brief history of the Regiment
The Queen’s Royal Lancers formed in 1993 when the 16th/5th and 17th/21st Lancers amalgamated. The various constituent Regiments trace their formation back to the 18th century and in the case of the 5th Lancers back to the late 17th century. The regiments deployed to almost every corner of the British Empire and fought in key campaigns from the American war of independence, Peninsular War, Waterloo, the Boer War, the Great War and the second World War to name but a few. Finally participating in both Gulf Wars. In addition the Regiment has deployed on Peace Support Operations from Beirut, Cyprus and Belize to the Balkans on numerous occasions throughout the last decade. The Regiment retains the motto ‘Death or Glory’, as its cap badge, given to the 17th Lancers on formation, following the death of General Wolfe from his wounds after their success against the French in Quebec.

Current history of the Regiment
During 2003 The Queen’s Royal Lancers deployed 2 Squadrons to fight in the Gulf campaign, provided troops to cover the fire strikes and conducted a full training year in Germany, culminating in a two month exercise in Canada including two battlefield tours, a trekking expedition and a surfing expedition to Hawaii. The Regiment are currently deployed two Squadrons on Op TELIC (to Iraq) with 1 Mechanised Brigade and was the 11th year in succession that the Regiment had deployed elements on operations.

Future of the Regiment
The Regiment is due to remain in Catterick for the foreseeable future training in the UK and preparing for operations. The Regiment will focus on core skills and individual training courses to ensure the Regiment’s soldiers are ably prepared for the next challenge. The Regiment has begun its conversion to Formation Reconnaissance (FR) with the Scimitar Reconnaissance vehicle. The Regiment will continue its personal development of its soldiers in 2005 with adventure training expeditions including sailing from Lisbon to UK.

Thats it for now!
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