Reserve Recce Platoon

Are there Reserve Recce platoons ? Given what Recce platoons do (or what I think they do) I didn't think Reserves could join a Recce Platoon, in similar way similar becoming a sniper which I think makes sense. But, a local reserve infantry regiment has '(Reconnaissance Platoon)' listed next to their details on the army website.
 
They do every thing a regular regiment does, more or less. The thing is with the more interesting jobs it is a case of getting on with the right people, brown nosing a bit, being a regular face, not having a life and coming in on those extra evenings when the admin officer, or permanent staffer needs a hand.

There are reserve special forces, so why not reserve recce platoons.
 
Are there Reserve Recce platoons ? Given what Recce platoons do (or what I think they do) I didn't think Reserves could join a Recce Platoon, in similar way similar becoming a sniper which I think makes sense. But, a local reserve infantry regiment has '(Reconnaissance Platoon)' listed next to their details on the army website.
Come back on Friday please
 
They do every thing a regular regiment does, more or less. The thing is with the more interesting jobs it is a case of getting on with the right people, brown nosing a bit, being a regular face, not having a life and coming in on those extra evenings when the admin officer, or permanent staffer needs a hand.

There are reserve special forces, so why not reserve recce platoons.
Aye fair point, I had a look though some older posts on here which seem to end in they didn't exist.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
If the CO of an AR Bn wants to create a Pl with a focus on recce, they can. A decent permanent staff instructor and suitable training and it is perfectly achievable. Joining it will be more about location than any special requirements.
 
Support Company is an interesting place to be, as well as the usual infantry tasks you get to do a whole lot of different things too.
 

stuskimac

Clanker
I served in a Recce Platoon in the T/A for 6 years 1989 to 1996, most, if not all Infantry Battalions had a recce Pltn, regular & T/A. We were located within the HQ Company, some recce pltns form part of a Support Company. The recce pltn is a Battalion asset the CO can & will use as his eyes & ears on the ground and if he wants the low down on certain areas of interest, he'll detail them accordingly to go have a look & report back, that's their primary role. Most recce work is done on foot & using the mk.1 eyeball ! although we had Landrovers minus a roof, fitted with radios & a GPMG pintle mounted in the passenger seat area for protection, some recce work can be done in the vehicle mobile role, although its not as stealthy and on foot is the preferred option. Much emphasis is placed on good fieldcraft & Coms skills, as the art of reconnaissance is too see without being seen & sending the correct information back. I enjoyed my time in the recce pltn, it was a very interesting & challenging role, but it requires alot of commitment & a will to succeed. We suffered with retention & rarely ran at full strength, mainly due to the fact it was a physically demanding role, you did't get much sleep on Exercises, carried alot of kit on your back & walked long distances, which put alot of people off who prefered the easier jobs such as MT or Signals etc. We had several ex-reg recce guys, some fantastic NCO's & some really good PSI's, who gave us a great deal of support, a wealth of knowledge & really promoted the role. I enjoyed being part of a great team & had some of my best times in the recce pltn.
 
I served in a Recce Platoon in the T/A for 6 years 1989 to 1996, most, if not all Infantry Battalions had a recce Pltn, regular & T/A. We were located within the HQ Company, some recce pltns form part of a Support Company. The recce pltn is a Battalion asset the CO can & will use as his eyes & ears on the ground and if he wants the low down on certain areas of interest, he'll detail them accordingly to go have a look & report back, that's their primary role. Most recce work is done on foot & using the mk.1 eyeball ! although we had Landrovers minus a roof, fitted with radios & a GPMG pintle mounted in the passenger seat area for protection, some recce work can be done in the vehicle mobile role, although its not as stealthy and on foot is the preferred option. Much emphasis is placed on good fieldcraft & Coms skills, as the art of reconnaissance is too see without being seen & sending the correct information back. I enjoyed my time in the recce pltn, it was a very interesting & challenging role, but it requires alot of commitment & a will to succeed. We suffered with retention & rarely ran at full strength, mainly due to the fact it was a physically demanding role, you did't get much sleep on Exercises, carried alot of kit on your back & walked long distances, which put alot of people off who prefered the easier jobs such as MT or Signals etc. We had several ex-reg recce guys, some fantastic NCO's & some really good PSI's, who gave us a great deal of support, a wealth of knowledge & really promoted the role. I enjoyed being part of a great team & had some of my best times in the recce pltn.
Cheers for your long response and info, it's confirmed other things I'd read on here and the internet about a Recce Platoon bringing certain challenges. I've just recently attested so I'm not looking to far beyond the initial training, I might be shite at field craft , won't know till I start I suppose. But I think its good to know for the future if I did wanna try something demanding.
 

stuskimac

Clanker
Go for it mate ! I'm a few decades out of date but the principles haven't changed, Reserve Yeomanry carry out a very similar role, could be another option. Best of luck & remember to keep smiling, your training staff don't really want you to die & skin is waterproof !!
 
If the CO of an AR Bn wants to create a Pl with a focus on recce, they can. A decent permanent staff instructor and suitable training and it is perfectly achievable. Joining it will be more about location than any special requirements.
At the risk of incurring your wrath and Ire

Given each Brigade has an organic recce regt - why does each Inf / battalion require its own platoon troop

Logic suggests it performs a differrent function - but would it be more efficient to move that manpower and task to the recce regt.

Its a genuine question - it may well be something of a social hand grenade - but it really isnt an attempt at trolling.
 
Renaissance platoon sounds more fun, more warry fashion and flair than a Brighton whorehouse.
 

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They do every thing a regular regiment does, more or less. The thing is with the more interesting jobs it is a case of getting on with the right people, brown nosing a bit, being a regular face, not having a life and coming in on those extra evenings when the admin officer, or permanent staffer needs a hand.

There are reserve special forces, so why not reserve recce platoons.
I find having an aptitude for the ‘special’ job you want to do is more useful.
 
At the risk of incurring your wrath and Ire

Given each Brigade has an organic recce regt - why does each Inf / battalion require its own platoon troop

Logic suggests it performs a differrent function - but would it be more efficient to move that manpower and task to the recce regt.

Its a genuine question - it may well be something of a social hand grenade - but it really isnt an attempt at trolling.

Well this is the same question as why does a battalion have drivers when there's the RLC, why does it have signallers when there's the Royal Signals, etc etc. And the answer is that sometimes it makes sense to delegate control of those functions to be used at the discretion of a lower-level commander than a Brigadier. Not always of course, for example all Chefs are RLC and attached. But a battalion is (theoretically) an organic unit that has all the capabilities it needs to operate for a period of time independently. It's a matter of scale too. A battalion will have indirect fires capability (e.g. mortars) but it won't have the next level up, which would be artillery operated by the Royal Artillery.

You can take this question to its logical conclusion of why does the RAF have the RAF Regiment instead of the Army securing airfields, and there's your answer. Like yourself, I am not trolling here!
 
You can take this question to its logical conclusion of why does the RAF have the RAF Regiment instead of the Army securing airfields, and there's your answer. Like yourself, I am not trolling here!

That made more sense when they had air defence squadrons, which if im honest id bring back at the expense of ground defence if need be. The latter could be done by Light Infantry (would at least give ome of the 20 odd battalions an actual role) the former cant.
 
That made more sense when they had air defence squadrons, which if im honest id bring back at the expense of ground defence if need be. The latter could be done by Light Infantry (would at least give ome of the 20 odd battalions an actual role) the former cant.

The real reason we have so much Light Infantry is that we have the PIDs but can't equip them with more than the basics, hence their unclear role.
 
The real reason we have so much Light Infantry is that we have the PIDs but can't equip them with more than the basics, hence their unclear role.

Considering the present size of the army, I assume you meant "reason why most of the infantry is light infantry is because", rather than implying we have a lot of them... ;-)
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
Considering the present size of the army, I assume you meant "reason why most of the infantry is light infantry is because", rather than implying we have a lot of them... ;-)
Ditto Light Cav. Which I think the OP might want to consider, as there are a number of Reserve Light Cav units knocking about.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
At the risk of incurring your wrath and Ire

Given each Brigade has an organic recce regt - why does each Inf / battalion require its own platoon troop

Logic suggests it performs a differrent function - but would it be more efficient to move that manpower and task to the recce regt.

Its a genuine question - it may well be something of a social hand grenade - but it really isnt an attempt at trolling.
In a nutshell - levels of control, tasks and capabilities.

A Bde may typically get a Recce Sqn (rather than a Regiment). There are always more tasks than troops, and the Sqn is likely to be tasked by Bde onto more complex tasks. Range, complexity, duration etc.

The CO will still want to know more about his own objectives, flanks etc. Having a platoon trained and equipped to react quickly to these information requirements gives the CO flexibility. Think 81mm mortars vs RA. It would be great to have the specialist units assigned to every single unit and task, but the danger is that there are none to support the CO where and when required.
 
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