RAC Officer - The reality please

#1
I am a state school educated (good one though!?) graduate, who is interested in becoming a RAC officer.
My question - is is there still a 'private school / second income' type ethos connected with joining a Cav regiment?
Would I stand any chance in joining one due to my 'Joe average' non connected background?
Additional to this my Grandfather was a SSM in the 'Queens Bays' in the very dim & distant past - would this make any difference good or bad?
Answers on a postcard......Please
 
#2
At risk of sounding like a stuck record, the answer you are most likely to get on here is, "go through the officer application process and meet as great a variety of (RAC) Regiments that you can". You'll get the least ambiguous idea on how you would fit in.

Edited to add: a grandfather who served in the Queen's Bays is unlikely to carry any weighting. A father/brother/uncle/close relative who has served within the last 10-15 years will help you out. Hopefully you will sail through the interview process on your own merit, not by family connections.
 
#3
I had no idea that the RAC were quite so fussy. You could always try the AA as I think they promise to fix 90% of all vehicles by the roadside. I imagine some kind of mecahnical ability would be a bonus - do they cover that in {good} state schools?
 
#4
you also have to have your chin removed and have the ability to be a twat. just look at james blunt for any pointers. if that doesnt help try one flew over the cuckoos nest for what the officers mess is like
 
#5
I bet James blunt really gives a sh@t what you think . Have a look at the RTR they have really down to earth officers (on the whole)
and the RTR are pretty good at there job .
 
#6
sadly in the cav regiments class does still come into it. I agree with paveway RTR are very down to earth and good units.
james blunt wasn't RAC
 
#7
vandyke said:
james blunt wasn't RAC
Yes he was. Last time I checked the Household Cavalry were part of the Royal Armoured Corps.
 
#9
brewmeister said:
vandyke said:
james blunt wasn't RAC
Yes he was. Last time I checked the Household Cavalry were part of the Royal Armoured Corps.
hate to split hairs!! well actually I love it, but the Household cavalry are not and never have been part of the Royal Armoured Corps.

It is the Household Cavalry & Royal Armoured Corps, clearly your not an ex JLR

 
#10
aghart said:
It is the Household Cavalry & Royal Armoured Corps, clearly your not an ex JLR
OK. You got me there. You may have noticed my avatar which is a bit of a giveaway. But hair-splitting aside, they all use tanks. Well, armoured messtins in the case of HCR, so they're all tarred with the same brush.
 
#12
paveway_3 said:
I bet James blunt really gives a sh@t what you think . Have a look at the RTR they have really down to earth officers (on the whole)
and the RTR are pretty good at there job .
i dont suppose he does. mind you what do you expect coming from some one who advocates the RTRs as an option. thats even worse then council house cav
 
#14
tankieboy said:
Stupid puddle jumper.
Clank! Clank! I'm a tank. Happiness is a damp ditch.
 
#15
The problem with the RTR is that everyone assumes that they are the working man's cavalry, hence an uptake of 20-30 odd for every place even at RMAS.

There's plenty of other good'uns out there - QRL - gleaming bunch, QDG - never met a bad one, Scots DG - you can't help but love them, picnic hampers and all. Just have a look at them all and get some visits under your belt.

And that's from a stinking infanteer!
 
#16
Jeeeeezus - I just posted in the cav section. I knew that my map reading was bad, but this is ridiculous.
 
#17
As an RTR officer I would suggest that not all Cav regiments are as bad as they are made out to be. Yes some definately are "different" but that's not to say they are bad. Best bet is to get around as many as you can and see if you fit in the mess.

I went to a state school, not even a "good one", but I'm doing fine. You'll find the lads are generally very good wherever you look, you just need to make sure you can fit in with your fellow officers.

Diplomatic hat taken off... Join the RTR mate.
 
#18
DPM said:
The problem with the RTR is that everyone assumes that they are the working man's cavalry, hence an uptake of 20-30 odd for every place even at RMAS.

There's plenty of other good'uns out there - QRL - gleaming bunch, QDG - never met a bad one, Scots DG - you can't help but love them, picnic hampers and all. Just have a look at them all and get some visits under your belt.

And that's from a stinking infanteer!
SCOTS DG probably have the most upper class officers out of all the regiments. I dont think i ever met one that came from a Working or even middle class home. I believe your mess bill each month will be more than your army wage :D

Having said that they are a great regiment so give them a look, I would recommend your local RAC unit
 
#19
The reality is RAC Regiments are slightly different than others, of course. The Household Division are the elite and quite rightly so, however if you shop around the others you may find what you're looking for. RAC Regiments can afford to be very very selective as we are small, and have many applicants. So don't worry about schooling and income, worry about being a good chap, and fitting in. If you don't fit in then you won't enjoy it, visit as many Regiments as possible and you ll soon find out if it is right for you.
 
#20
Location Location Location

With the armed forces review if you really want to be stuck in Germnay for the rest of your ineviteble single life try those based in Fallingbostel or Paderborn.

Or perhaps some of these closer to home options like who ever is moving to Catterick in 08, or whoever is going to be based at Tidworth and Warminster. Is it the LD at Swanton Morely etc etc
 

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