RAF reg, Marines or Paras ..which to join

Hi everyone,

I have just turned 25 and considering applying for the RAF regiment or Royal marines as an officer.

I would like to know what makes people join the RAF regiment over the marines or paras and vice versa. Please also include your experience and any advice you could give me.

Many of the resources I have looked at seem to be very general and all glossed over. I would really appreciate some first hand experience.

Thanks in advance
Leeroy said:
I would like to know what makes people join the RAF regiment over the marines or paras
being weak at PT????
Depends what type of bloke you are...
In spite of what they might say, there`s no real difference between Para Reg and RM officers, but it takes a special kind of man to organise the stag list for an airfield :p

Seriously, if you like being cold & wet, go RM.
If you like Colchester, Go Paras.
But if you like pies and computers, Royal Signals might be right up your street :wink:
I have also heard a lot about Raf Reg recently, but have no idea what their selection process is. Any RAF Reg out there? I know this is the army rumour service, but I would be interested in what it entails.

(Not for joining though, just interest!)

In response to the original post, a lot can be found out from the navy marines website and army parachute reg websites. The test weeks are the main points they show. (So an idea of final fitness etc. can be roughly compared from them)
If you want to REMF it to the max and go on regular Op stag tours to Basra Airfield the RAF Regt is the way forward. Although as a rupert you wont stag on. They are supposed to assault airfields etc etc. But do you really believe they would let the Crabs do that when the Para's are generally more up to the task. I seen a few rock apes in BATUS and they are horrendously shit. & i mean shocking!!!

If your that way inclined mate its all about the PARA Regt or the Marines. Both good at what they do. & both full of very busy bunnies! Happy hunting!
Whatever you want, it's all there for the taking....

Don't be going on who's beret you look the hardest in either....read up on them, talk to the careers officers for the respcetive units and pick whats best for you...
Why of why do people continue to compare the RAF Regt to the Regiments of the british Army or the RM. It pains me.

If you want to guard RAF stations Home and abroad (Basrah) for the rest of your career, and get a massive chip on your shoulder because you need to convince everyone that the RAF Regt are as effective as any Inf Bn then join the RAF Regt. If you do, don't come back here and wind flash up or get him any where near the subject of that other fine RAF institution - the RAFP it will keep him going for days.

Wake up, smell the coffee. Do your research. By all means look at the Paras and the RM but don't discount the other fine Inf Regt and of course the other corps (especially the RAC)
Tankie is right there , Civvies think of only the paras and the marines yes they are great at there job but the army is a big company . I am in recce within the RAC that is a tough job but because paras and marines get all the press civvies dont know about it . There are many outstanding INF regiments (green jackets, LI ,to name but a few) that have a good rep within military circles , as do a lot of the tank units , just do your research and keep away from the RAF reg .
Recce, is your tree incident going to make it on to your Avatar?
A lot of what people know of RAF Regt is all second hand. There are only 2500 Regt personnel and some like 2 Sqn are excellent soldiers. They have won gold medals on Cambrian when Paras and Marines crapped it, and provide an extremely effective force. I was in the Hebrides live firing Rapier when the RA turned up. Shit soldiers, crap drills and pompous officers - didn't get one missile up the range. RAF Regt - slick drills, well prepped and shot down countless drones. I was also down the Falklands with RRW, went on an exercise to play enemy and they couldn't administer themselves in the field, and they are an Inf Regt!! It is all down to personal preference - If you want to be based in one location for up to 6-9 years with detachments worldwide then RAF Regt would be a good choice. Do not kid yourself that you will get away with less fitness just because they are not regarded as teeth regiment. Also most RAF bases are better equipped, nicer and newer. So better messes/NAAFI, better gyms, nicer single man rooms. Do a FAM visit to each Regiment. I was on the Paras website the other day and know they have dates in Jan for weekend visits, they even pay your travel etc.
This could start off as another anti-RAF reg thread , all i will say is my expirience of them has not been good at all and that is based on fact . Do what you need to do mate but do your research as i have said the army(and marines) is a big company there is something for you in it.

It would be all the same amterial all over again with the same people getting their two pence worth in.

I have worked with them, and in the majority they are a good bunch. We did discover that when they (especially some of the younger ones) had been away from their nice new gyms, comfy accom blocks etc etc they were just not happy in the field being soldiers.

Oh well let battle commence. I'm sure they will be droves of RAF Regt bods signing up for another series of pongo baiting - can't wait, better warn flash off.
Christ! Is this another wind up?

If you need to ask, young man (I assume you are a man), I'd have a long hard look at why you want to be a Soldier. The desire to only consider the Royals or Paras can be a Walt thing. Both are excellent outfits and require an extra level of dedication - that being said; their best are no better than the rest of the Army's best, it's just that their worst are not as bad as the rest as they have the extra hurdle before joining, but compare them at your peril with the bloody Rockapes. The army, for the time being, (CGS & Bliar allowing), has some excellent 'real' Regiments too.

If you are really a 9 to 5 merchant who likes dressing up in uniforms and bluffing your way then the RAF Regiment is for you. When you get there, you will discover it is full of sad f*ckers who are only there because they are not 'good' enough to get into anything else of a light blue persuasion, ie too blind to fly, to clever to be a mover, to gungy to be a cook, etc etc. You will soon discover that the Crabs themselves look down on you, it really is the very bottom of the 'military' barrel.

If you think you can: join the Maroon & Green fraternity, and good luck to you. But why not join a decent local Regiment first - you can always transfer or do an attachment later on when you know which way is up!

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