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looking to enlist early next year - will have a crack at RCB but have decided will join up what ever happens - have no military background - want to join a regiment that will get sent on operations. which would be best choice for this? any ideas?
If it's Infantry try for a local Regiment, you will have more in common with your muckers. The infantry is the most demanding but you get more satisfaction. For more pay, easy life and less crap - get a trade. Royal Engineers have the best of both worlds and more tours than Status Quo! Royal Sigs is more cushy, but for a clean and crisp uniform, agreeable bed times and loads of medals for turning up try the RLC.
Select an infantry unit that's got tracks. You'll have a cracking time as a PC and will, undoubtedly, spend some time down the two way range. It also makes for more exciting time on exercise as you spend less time bowling between activity carrying a house on your back and more time fighting (and you get a bigish gun to twat about with, going duh duh duh dum). You also have somewhere to store your goodies. And, as if that ain't enough, as you become more senior, they even give you a big planning tank thing with lights and heaters and cooking things - you get that in 16 Air Assault but you have to carry it in your pockets.
You are also more likely to command a Brigade - dream on.
If you want to be stuck in one job for the rest of your life, then join the infantry (OK, you can be a Para, mech or armd infantryman).
If you want variety, decent qualifications, and more guaranteed tours than the inf, then join the gunners. Bloody hell, most have done three tours in three years (two to Iraq, one elsewhere). However, if you are going to join as a tom, be prepared to take shit wages - not like they do a technical, challenging job or anything!
And if you want a job where you are really appreciated, then join the AGC, they are great! Or Loggies if you want to be commanded by useless Officers and "robust" SNCOs!
Variety and differing opinions are the making of a good forum. I tried to inject a bit of debate and allow other arm to interact with their Infantry brothers and all that. If we banish, for example, non-Infantry personnel from the Infantry forum, then there will be a very one sided, sheltered view of life on the battlefield. I was merely allowing other, possibly non-military personnel, so see that there is more to life than the Infantry. Bloody hell, the Artillery FOO/Acks work hand in glove with Inf/Armd BGs and support specific Coys/Sqns and train for years with them. They are part of that BG, moving along the FEBA, so is that REMFY??
Time for the Inf to be aware that they have other arms who are attached to them who go as far forward, if not further than they do i.e. Artillery FOOs, Engr Recce Offrs etc. We are in much danger as the Inf are, especially when we carry out operations in the Infantry role, for example Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq etc. An example of this can be found at the following ARRSE thread:
We cannot work without each other, some of us are attached to the Inf and Cav for Ops and Exercises. So let everyone have an opinion. Am sure a bit of variety/lively debate is welcome on every Service/Arm Forum.
Many thanks. Just trying to put a misguided and misinformed infantryman in his place.
I only drink G & T or a Ladyboy (Alan Partridge special - Pint of Lager/Double G & T/Double Baileys - seperate glasses obviously), my chick has more sense than to go with an Infantryman and I am the only one that can piss in my bed!
Come on the map of Africa; bollo*ks, I've followed through!
take no notice of this prat. It depends on what appeals to you most. If you want to learn a useful trade find a suitable corps. If you want to fight join one of the teeth arms.
I'm in the Infantry and we'd be pleased to have you.
Goatbag. True when my 22 yrs is up my Fighting/shouting skills will probably not be of much use in politically correct civ st. I will be forced to rely on my BA (hons), numerous A levels etc to help me find work. I am not unique. True some Infantry lads never got the option to be a tele tech or a mechanic or whatever but alot of us did and still chose the Infantry because it is what we wanted to do.
first of all do you want to enlist for just four years or could you see yourself doing a full 22 years?
whatever you decide dont just go and enlist in the recruiting sgt's regiment
like so many people do, take your time and find out about the right one for you, think about how fit you are- doing you like fitness- if so 16 air assault- or if you want a trade 59 independant commando royal engineers,
or 29 commando RA, they are both in devon which are good postings, they are also part of 3 commando royal marines so you will be away loads,
up to 9 months a year... if youre interested let me know...