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Recy mech /light calv crew man

Hi I want to join as either recy mech or light calv crewman I was just wondering what happens after you complete training for recy mech like what regiments do you join and that. Also if you have been in either role if you could just tell me if it was a good choice you know. Cheers
 

Boxy

GCM
A Reccy Mech is a REME trade, or was and they are a very strange breed.

I was in Recce Troop for an Armoured Regt, then a Yeomanry Light Recce Regt...

I loved Recce, it was constantly bus, interesting and challenging, Light Cav is a different beast but looks to be a rewarding job
 
Not sure about the current exact trade descriptions but I suspect that your getting confused between Recovery Mech and Reconnaissance. Recovery Mech is a REME trade, so you need to join REME and then specialise after Phase 1. To be a light cav crewman, you need to join a RAC regiment in the light cav role.

If you become a Recovery Mech, you would be posted to a REME Light Aid Detachment (LAD) in any mechanised or armoured unit. For example, a Challenger regt, a light cav regt, an Ajax regt or a Warrior Bn.
 
Not sure about the current exact trade descriptions but I suspect that your getting confused between Recovery Mech and Reconnaissance. Recovery Mech is a REME trade, so you need to join REME and then specialise after Phase 1. To be a light cav crewman, you need to join a RAC regiment in the light cav role.

If you become a Recovery Mech, you would be posted to a REME Light Aid Detachment (LAD) in any mechanised or armoured unit. For example, a Challenger regt, a light cav regt, an Ajax regt or a Warrior Bn.
Cheers does that mean that you don’t get a choice in where you go and will probably move fairly often ?
 

AlienFTM

MIA
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Cheers does that mean that you don’t get a choice in where you go and will probably move fairly often ?
As a Recy Mech you'll move between parent unit Light Aid Detachments or whatever they're called these days every few years.

As a Light Cavalryman, you'll be badged into Queen's Dragoon Guards, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards or the Light Dragoons (the three light cavalry regiments) and potentially remain with them throughout your career. From their bases, they regularly deploy to interesting places like, currently, the Baltic States or (Light Dragoons) currently in Mali on Op Newcombe fighting ISIS or one of their flavours.

There may be some choice of light cavalry regiment, QDG if you're Welsh, Scots DG if you're, well, Scots, LD if you're English, especially Northumbria or South Yorkshire. But Army Manning being what it is, there's no guarantee.
 
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Mufulira42

Old-Salt
Not sure about the current exact trade descriptions but I suspect that your getting confused between Recovery Mech and Reconnaissance. Recovery Mech is a REME trade, so you need to join REME and then specialise after Phase 1. To be a light cav crewman, you need to join a RAC regiment in the light cav role.

If you become a Recovery Mech, you would be posted to a REME Light Aid Detachment (LAD) in any mechanised or armoured unit. For example, a Challenger regt, a light cav regt, an Ajax regt or a Warrior Bn.
IIRC if you stay with the mech side of the business you can certainly still enjoy working on your Jag or Bentley, when retired from HMF
 
As a Recy Mech you'll move between parent unit Light Aid Detachments or whatever they're called these days every few years.

As a Light Cavalryman, you'll be badged into Queen's Dragoon Guards, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards or the Light Dragoons (the three light cavalry regiments) and potentially remain with them throughout your career. From their bases, they regularly deploy to interesting places like, currently, the Baltic States or (Light Dragoons) currently in Mali on Op Newcombe fighting ISIS or one of their flavours.

There may be some choice of light cavalry regiment, QDG if you're Welsh, Scots DG if you're, well, Scots, LD if you're English, especially Northumbria or South Yorkshire. But Army Manning being what it is, there's no guarantee.
Yeh if I did go light calv I would go light dragoon’s just because there based in Yorkshire ‘my home town ‘
 
Yeh if I did go light Cavalry I would go Light Dragoon’s just because they're based in Yorkshire ‘my home town ‘
Chloe, isn't the idea of joining the Army to have adventures away from your "home town"? Are you a ........girl?

FOC
 

AlienFTM

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Book Reviewer
Chloe, isn't the idea of joining the Army to have adventures away from your "home town"? Are you a ........girl?

FOC
It's not as if she's likely to be posted to Hong Kong, BAOR or anywhere we've pulled out of in the last 75 years. Given a choice between Catterick, Aldershot, Tidworth or Colchester, close to home in the regiment in my role that recruits in my area is as good a choice as any.
 
I'm not being a bully, just suggesting she/he spreads their wings and takes all the opportunity that being in the (Household) Cavalry offers.

Anyway didn't you do a good job walking my Redsetter?
 
There are also the Royal Dragoon Guards, who have strong connections to Yorkshire. Now also Light Cav.
Odd world we live in where light cav went MBT and what were heavy cav ended up in everything else.
I suppose it gives those styled as Dragoons time to be a bit more dismounted.
 

AlienFTM

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I'm not being a bully, just suggesting she/he spreads their wings and takes all the opportunity that being in the (Household) Cavalry offers.

Anyway didn't you do a good job walking my Redsetter?
But, with respect, @Chloegb didn't express a desire to wallop donkeys. Her choice was Recy Mech (possibly confusing Recy and Recce) or light cavalry. Start throwing options in, it becomes a question for another existing thread.

@Chloegb , wrt your original question, be aware that light cavalry is a mechanical role. If you become a driver (and why not? I'd expect you to be trained in all crew roles) you'll be allowed to tinker with your Jackal and only if you break it substantially will you have to call in a Recy Mech, and pay in yellow handbags (in joke).

In other crew roles, you'll be able to tinker with other mechanical stuff appropriate to your role. I can't give much more detail because light cavalry isn't what I did (because it didn't exist then, and it's a different beast from armoured reconnaissance).
 

AlienFTM

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There are also the Royal Dragoon Guards, who have strong connections to Yorkshire. Now also Light Cav.
Odd world we live in where light cav went MBT and what were heavy cav ended up in everything else.
I suppose it gives those styled as Dragoons time to be a bit more dismounted.
I hadn't realised that RDG had gone Light. But I'm pretty sure I saw them in Tidworth a couple of weeks ago, and being myself a northerner, if it comes down to "my homeland" or "another sh¡thole at the other end of the country", I'd go local.
 
But, with respect, @Chloegb didn't express a desire to wallop donkeys. Her choice was Recy Mech (possibly confusing Recy and Recce) or light cavalry. Start throwing options in, it becomes a question for another existing thread.

@Chloegb , wrt your original question, be aware that light cavalry is a mechanical role. If you become a driver (and why not? I'd expect you to be trained in all crew roles) you'll be allowed to tinker with your Jackal and only if you break it substantially will you have to call in a Recy Mech, and pay in yellow handbags (in joke).

In other crew roles, you'll be able to tinker with other mechanical stuff appropriate to your role. I can't give much more detail because light cavalry isn't what I did (because it didn't exist then, and it's a different beast from armoured reconnaissance).
IIRC, Recy Mechs don´t fix anything - they pull it out of rivers/ravines etc so that VMs can fix it. Their principle skill set it to be able to lift an A frame with one arm whilst lifting a 60t shackle with the other.
 

Arte_et_Marte

ADC
Moderator
Hi I want to join as either recy mech or light calv crewman I was just wondering what happens after you complete training for recy mech like what regiments do you join and that. Also if you have been in either role if you could just tell me if it was a good choice you know. Cheers
The basic training (Class 3) for a Recovery Mechanic is awesome. before you do anything you will be loaded onto a driving course and will pass you HGV Class 2 and obtain a track licence, then you can start the course. You will be taught ground mechanics (diferent types of earth, mud, sand etc) rope splicing, radio procedure, mines and booby traps and the theory of recovery. On the Recovery heath you will be taught on every Recovery vehicle in service, learn how to recover vehicles in near impossible situations, you will be up to your chest in mud and water, but strangely you will have a smile on your face as you learn that it requires organised teamwork to carry out such tasks, and you will earn how to drive your vehicle cross country

There are lots of posting opportunities as a Recovery Mechanic in REME, you will move every two/three years. It is normal for a new joiner to be posted to a large workshops to cut your teeth, these are now called Battalions. They are not that well liked, (because they are an 800+ strong unit, half of whom will be Vehicle Mechanics who think they are better than you and there is still an element of bullshit, unnecessary parades, getting shouted at, a prowling RSM etc.) However you will need the training in that environment, where the essential teamwork of a Recovery Crew are moulded, there will be about 20 Recy Mechs, you will learn the ethos of the trade and you will be prepared to for any job that will happen in the future, giving you the confidence to move on to your next posting which invariably will be as a Lance Corporal (your first promotion) in an L.A.D.

REME serve with every part of the Army, from Infantry units to fully Armoured Tank Regiments in an L.A.D (Light Aid Detatcment) They are much, much smaller that a Battalion, depending on your posting, ie type of unit, your Recovery section can be as little as one, just you, or ten, commanded by a Sergeant. You support the Regiment that you are with and you will make friends and become part of that Regiments fabric. Life is much better here as you have much more freedom and confidence to go about your duties as an individual.

Whilst at your second posting (or if you are very lucky, at the end of your tour with your first) you will attend Recovery Camp, This is a two week exercise doing nothing but recovery work, similar to your basic course, but much more involved and you will be exhausted, however a pass here will get you a pay rise and you will be a Class 2 tradesman as you return to your unit.

If you work hard at your first LAD the chances are that you will go to another LAD and not back to a Battallion. If your first LAD was with an infantry unit, your next one will probably be an Armoured or Royal Artillery LAD, the next one with a Signals unit and so on. It is likely that you will serve with another REME Battalion again, but this time you will have a couple of stripes up and you will be in more of a teaching role and you will of course be better treated (Rank has it's privileges.)

You can go all the way to WO1 as a Recovery Mechanic now, but no matter how long you are in trade, or what rank you are when you leave, you will learn many skills that will help you get a decent job in Civvie Street.

I served 14 years as a Recovery Mechanic, leaving as a Sergeant. It was a long time ago, but apart from the vehicles, the job, the friendships and the pride have not changed.
 

Snookie

Swinger
The basic training (Class 3) for a Recovery Mechanic is awesome. before you do anything you will be loaded onto a driving course and will pass you HGV Class 2 and obtain a track licence, then you can start the course. You will be taught ground mechanics (diferent types of earth, mud, sand etc) rope splicing, radio procedure, mines and booby traps and the theory of recovery. On the Recovery heath you will be taught on every Recovery vehicle in service, learn how to recover vehicles in near impossible situations, you will be up to your chest in mud and water, but strangely you will have a smile on your face as you learn that it requires organised teamwork to carry out such tasks, and you will earn how to drive your vehicle cross country

There are lots of posting opportunities as a Recovery Mechanic in REME, you will move every two/three years. It is normal for a new joiner to be posted to a large workshops to cut your teeth, these are now called Battalions. They are not that well liked, (because they are an 800+ strong unit, half of whom will be Vehicle Mechanics who think they are better than you and there is still an element of bullshit, unnecessary parades, getting shouted at, a prowling RSM etc.) However you will need the training in that environment, where the essential teamwork of a Recovery Crew are moulded, there will be about 20 Recy Mechs, you will learn the ethos of the trade and you will be prepared to for any job that will happen in the future, giving you the confidence to move on to your next posting which invariably will be as a Lance Corporal (your first promotion) in an L.A.D.

REME serve with every part of the Army, from Infantry units to fully Armoured Tank Regiments in an L.A.D (Light Aid Detatcment) They are much, much smaller that a Battalion, depending on your posting, ie type of unit, your Recovery section can be as little as one, just you, or ten, commanded by a Sergeant. You support the Regiment that you are with and you will make friends and become part of that Regiments fabric. Life is much better here as you have much more freedom and confidence to go about your duties as an individual.

Whilst at your second posting (or if you are very lucky, at the end of your tour with your first) you will attend Recovery Camp, This is a two week exercise doing nothing but recovery work, similar to your basic course, but much more involved and you will be exhausted, however a pass here will get you a pay rise and you will be a Class 2 tradesman as you return to your unit.

If you work hard at your first LAD the chances are that you will go to another LAD and not back to a Battallion. If your first LAD was with an infantry unit, your next one will probably be an Armoured or Royal Artillery LAD, the next one with a Signals unit and so on. It is likely that you will serve with another REME Battalion again, but this time you will have a couple of stripes up and you will be in more of a teaching role and you will of course be better treated (Rank has it's privileges.)

You can go all the way to WO1 as a Recovery Mechanic now, but no matter how long you are in trade, or what rank you are when you leave, you will learn many skills that will help you get a decent job in Civvie Street.

I served 14 years as a Recovery Mechanic, leaving as a Sergeant. It was a long time ago, but apart from the vehicles, the job, the friendships and the pride have not changed.
That brought back memories reading this excellent post.
Likewise I really enjoyed my driving training and basic recovery training at Borden, I even managed to top my course so I had first pick of the postings.
Had some right characters as instructors, SSgt Campbell who was mad as a box of frogs and SGT Bone who didn’t take prisoners but was sound as fcuk, SGT Andy Lees terrific guy who always looked out for you.
Still remember there names after 30 years.
Made some great m8s in the Recy Mech world during my 6 years in the Army.
 

Arte_et_Marte

ADC
Moderator
That brought back memories reading this excellent post.
Likewise I really enjoyed my driving training and basic recovery training at Borden, I even managed to top my course so I had first pick of the postings.
Had some right characters as instructors, SSgt Campbell who was mad as a box of frogs and SGT Bone who didn’t take prisoners but was sound as fcuk, SGT Andy Lees terrific guy who always looked out for you.
Still remember there names after 30 years.
Made some great m8s in the Recy Mech world during my 6 years in the Army.
Excellent. Cheers.

Billy BONE was my Lance Jack at 4 Armd Wksps, my first posting. He was hard as nails.
 

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