RAF Regiment Officer

Discussion in 'Infantry' started by bsucdp, Aug 12, 2005.

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  1. I'm looking at joining the army or possibly the RAF Regiment as an officer.

    Can anyone offer any insight into the main differences, and what the raf regiment is like?

  2. RAF Regt???? CRAP full stop even the rest of the RAF don't think much of them.

    RAF Regt Wiki Entry.
  3. The RAF Reg are a complete bunch of Knobbers , everybody knows it as well . Dont bother unless you want to ''bigtime'' it about Basra airport in a cut down wimic landrover with all your gay gucci kit on .
  4. I will let some others do the slagging and "we are better than them" stuff, just a few points.
    First, with in the RAF, the "mainstream" of the officers who go up to big things, promotions wise, are the General Duties Branch, and that mate means the Pilots and Navigators, (WSOfficers in modern designation) So that means you are joining a supporting arm of the RAF, therefore you are going to be although very wary and responsible, only able to get promoted so high or so far before the glass ceiling kicks in as a RAF Regt Officer.
    Second, the RAF Regt is getting smaller, they have recently lost their Rapier Squadrons, they did anti aircraft defence for the RAF, so now they are just down to Field Squadrons, which do some very good work, but are light troops as they have no armour or heavy weaponary beyond WMK Landies and Mortars; but have recently been doing good works in the sand box, still remains that they are being reduced in size, therefore more comptetion for few jobs etc. Granted promotions are not the be all and end all, but promotion means better pay, and better pay means you have more to take home to pay for the mortgage and keep the mrs happy and pay for the kids cwazy mobile phone bills etc.... may not mean much to you now, but when you have to pay huge bills.... more money coming in is a good thing!
    Army is of course having cuts, but the army is huge compared to the RAF Regt so more opportunities and as long as you go to a Combat Arm, well i am presuming you are interested in the Infantry, there is no real glass ceiling, its just down to your ability.
    Either which way, do a lot of research, talk to the recruiting officers and go on visits and see where you would be happiest and all that. Nothing wrong with the RAF Regt, contrary to what a lot of slagging they get here, but might not be everyone's cup of tea as it is some times side lined. What ever your choices, Good Luck
  5. very helpful, thanks.

    You said about promotion prospects- which regiment in the army has the best chances of promotion to a high rank?

  6. I'm not sure that any Regiment or Corps is predisposed to faster promotion prospects, but to paraphrase a quote, the field marshal's baton lies higher in a soldier's bergen when he's a member of a teeth arm.
  7. Royal Green Jackets, if you believe the hype
  8. just bear in mind that they won't even consider you for Raf Regt if you're not the best in your officer training intake, and now it's getting smaller its going to get even harder to get in.
  9. If you only want to pretend to be a soldier then join the RAF regt
    If you want to be better but only do it in your spare time then join the stabs
    or if you want it full on join the Army and do it for real, not poncing around a secure airport looking like Andy Mcnab - all the gear but no idea.

    kck kck
    be the best
  10. To be honest some of them are good blokes and have a grown up attitude about what they do and what their limitations are, they also realise they cannot equate to the Infantry in most arenas. That said, they are very good in their own specialisation and certainly should not have lost Rapier. At the end of the day they do a good job defending airfields and that takes some of the heat off us. In answer to your question on who to join...the Infantry if you want to be part of the bigger picture and the RAF Regt if you want to be in a limited job.
  11. RAF Regt have patrolled alongside the Inf many times. The Fawr Peninsula was patrolled by RM, RAF Regt & someone else during Telic 1. For a more balanced view, suggest you ask the RAF Regt as opposed to the Army. Try a careers office. However, your question about looking for a regt where you get rapid promotion makes me wonder if you've really thought about this Military Officer thing properly. I dunno whether those currently at the top of the respective trees wanted to be there from minute one, but the good blokes (IMHO) seem to be the ones who are surprised about their promotion.
    Just look to be good at what you do. If they likes you, they'll promote you.
  12. Gearupflapup,
    Technically speaking, the GD branch is all RAF officers of wg cdr rank or above; the 'old' GD branch is now named the 'Flying' branch. The Rocks senior man is an Air Cmdre and the branch seems to hold undue influence in the RAF in my opinion. However, they're a fairly good bunch.

    Where did you hear that rubbish?!!!!! I know many individuals who have gone Regt after being chopped from other branches, or who have struggled at Cranwell.

    Generally, I'd agree with most posters here, if you want to do soldier stuff, join the RM or Army. But I wouldn't get too excited about reaching general rank yet. Ambition is a good thing in sensible moderation. I'd suggest that joining either the RM or most Army regts offers more than enough opportunity for a full and satisfying career. But take one step at a time. I suspect that if you walked into an RCB or AIB saying you want to be CGS or Cmdt RM, they'll think you're a bit arrogant.
    Best of luck in whatever service you choose.
  13. Lord, I'm posting after the Mush again!

    I think you need to ask yourself whether a) you want to join the RAF or another service, or b) whether you want to be Light Inf or not. If the answer to a) is RAF, then go for Regt; otherwise, talk to people in the Army or RM. Neither option is particularly easy, and certainly doesn't guarantee rapid promotion. To be honest (IMO), if you want glory, money and an everlasting pension fund, the services mightn't be your bag - try civ management schemes and sell your soul. You're unlikely to be a good officer in any service/trade if your heart isn't in what you do and who you work with 110%.
  14. Magic Mushroom,

    A Cpl in the Regt who lives in my town was talking to me about it, I was looking into joining (until I decided I want to be in my local Army Regt) and he said that it was now more difficult to get in, as did a F/Sgt and a Sgt from the AFCO.
  15. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    You are well to think ahead, but I would advise against considering an Arm or Branch on the basis of the best high-level promotion prospects! go for something you will enjoy, and into which you will put 100% effort. Don't worry about getting beyond 1* for a few years yet :)