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Can anyone tell me what infantry regiment is known to be the one that ''goes in first'' and generally are away alot on ops and tours i really would like to be in a regiment that does alot of tours and really gets in the thick of the action when needed so any help would be appreciated cheers
 
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Try joining the Jocks or the Irish regiments they seem to be the favour of the MoD when the shit hits the fan!
 
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azzer said:
Can anyone tell me what infantry regiment is known to be the one that ''goes in first'' and generally are away alot on ops and tours i really would like to be in a regiment that does alot of tours and really gets in the thick of the action when needed so any help would be appreciated cheers
Giving you the benefit of the doubt that this is indeed a serious question, and not a ridiculous wind-up, I wont lock this thread. People, please offer your considered advice on this one.

Thanks

DM
 
#4
Don't think it will really matter in the future who you go to - everyone will be getting in the mix more regularly due to reductions in Bn numbers.

Go towards your local mob - likely to be happiest there
 
#5
If you really want to guarantee ops then go for the RLC, Royal Sigs or Engineers - they might not be as sexy as the Inf but they sure do get about!
 
#6
engineers is always a good one, you get the option for 59 cdo or 9 sqn at the end of phase 2. they always get about. however you will have to endure the piano a few times till you get there.
 
#7
There are more soldiers in the Royal Engineers with 2 rows of medals than any other Corps. Definate 1st in on every tour to set infrastructure up and a trade to boot!
 
#8
As already said you will probably be happiest in your own regiment but try and organise a visit as every regiment has its own character and different roles. It took me a long time to choose who to join and in the end I decided not to join my local. But the RE or Sigs they get around a lot plus you get a trade which is good as you may not stay in the army all your life but thats not to say you can't do that in the infantry.
 
#9
The thing is, Infantry Regiments are by definition different to the Corps, even the Para / Commando Sqns. Having worked with the Sigs and R.E's (Incl. 9 Sqn and 59 sqn guys) the one fundamental difference I noticed is that the Infantryman may easily meet his match with regards to fitness, aggression and esprit de corps, but any dedicated infantry soldier has (naturally) a greater wealth of expertise with regards to small-unit admin and tactics. I mean no insult to the Corps here, like I said, they're often as fit, dedicated, aggressive etc etc.

You need to ask yourself what you really want to do on these Op tours. Infantry or Combat support.
 
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azzer said:
Can anyone tell me what infantry regiment is known to be the one that ''goes in first'' and generally are away alot on ops and tours
The Parachute Regiment is usually the first in. We were basically first to go into:

Kosovo
Sierra Leone
Maciedonia
Afghanistan
Iraq (alongside other infantry units)
 
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Fallschirmjager said:
azzer said:
Can anyone tell me what infantry regiment is known to be the one that ''goes in first'' and generally are away alot on ops and tours
The Parachute Regiment is usually the first in. We were basically first to go into:

Kosovo
Sierra Leone
Maciedonia
Afghanistan
Iraq (alongside other infantry units)
You know what you're talking about Mr. Fallschirmjager! Could you help me out with my info thread?

ta! 8)
 
#12
Kosovo? I thought I saw the Gurkhas up front?

Macedonia? No fighting

Sierra Leone - I thought the Royal Irish were there before the Para's?

Afghanistan - RM were first there



......and don't forget,

Bosnia - not used during UN/IFOR

Gulf 1 - not used



So the moral of the story is - the Para's are not always the first in, but they do get about (having 3 Bn's sure helps though!)
 
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TheSpecialOne said:
Kosovo? I thought I saw the Gurkhas up front?

No, it was 1 Para. Didn't even see any Gurkhas!

Macedonia? No fighting

So. It was still an operational tour! Doesn't have to be any fighting to class it as one!

Sierra Leone - I thought the Royal Irish were there before the Para's?

1 Para did two tours. The second tour (A Company - Op Barras) went in to help 22 with the hostages.

Afghanistan - RM were first there

Wasn't this thread referring to ARMY infantry Regiments!!!



......and don't forget,

Bosnia - not used during UN/IFOR

Because we were/are not mechanised/Armoured infantry.

Gulf 1 - not used

Again, because we were/are not mechanised/Armoured infantry.
 
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Fallschirmjager said:
TheSpecialOne said:
Kosovo? I thought I saw the Gurkhas up front?

No, it was 1 Para. Didn't even see any Gurkhas!
Afraid you're wrong on that one Fallingbloke, Gurkha's most definitely there, I know their OC Recce from the time, he was one of the first across the border (obviously behind those with black tape across there eyes).

But as has been said, the Paras do get about, as too does the remainder of the Army it would appear. This is likely to be the case for the forseeable future, so the best advice, returning to the question, is to visit as many Inf Bns as you can (if you can) to find the one within which you feel most comfortable.
 
#15
Yep - defo Gurkhas up front in Kosovo.

And just because you don't like them it doesn't mean you can discount them - the RM are just as much a squaddie as you

and yes - you were not mech/armoured - not everyone can operate from armour but everyone feels the effect of gravity! :wink:

Seriousely - with all the new formations you might find that the Paras will take a less prominent role - lets face it, 3 Bns against 5 - the odds are that some reg's will get more ops
 
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TheSpecialOne said:
Yep - defo Gurkhas up front in Kosovo.

Just talked to my mucker and you are right. There were Gurkhas there. They went by road move to the Katchanik pass whilst we flew in by heli.

And just because you don't like them it doesn't mean you can discount them - the RM are just as much a squaddie as you

I've many friends in the Marines. Who said i don't like them!!! The original question was asking which ARMY unit was usually the first in.

Seriousely - with all the new formations you might find that the Paras will take a less prominent role - lets face it, 3 Bns against 5 - the odds are that some reg's will get more ops

I bloody hope so! :D
 
#17
Sorry Fallbloke - just got the impression that you don't like Booties
 
#18
It's a misconception that Paras and Marines don't get on. We have alot of respect for each other and if i had to fight alongside another unit i'd want that unit to be Royal Marines TBH. After all, they're nearly as good as Paras!!! :D
 
#19
I'd prefer a Bn of bog standard infantry in Warriors to plodding booties myself 8)
 
#20
It depends why you want to be in a Unit that "Goes in First". If it is to see a bit of action then it doesn't really matter what tour you go on, the chances are you get to see as much action on OP IVEGOTAGREATIDEA 1 as you are on OP IVEGOTAGREATIDEA 97. I would suggest TELIC 4 proved that for all units that went on it.

Most Infantry Regiments are employed heavily now due to the cycle of operations. My own bn has had 5 High intensity years which included 4 Operational tours, a bit of MACP, an arms plot and 2 compressed (really compressed) training years (Years my arrse 8O ). Our other Battalion has had pretty much the same cycle but on different tours suited to their current role.

PARA's have their role and are by definition shock troops, no point putting a shock formation in 3 years after the war is over! Armoured Infantry has its role, but rolling through Fermanagh in a Warrior probably wouldn't be that expected.

May I suggest you consider what attracts you to the Infantry and see where you would be best suited in terms of feeling comfortable in a Regiment. Nothing worse then being in a sticky situation with blokes that you don't like (or they dislike you!!!). I have seen a couple of Infantry Officers pull the pin because they just did not fit in.
 
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