Top tip. As with any other interview, it pays dividends to know something about the firm / organisation you want to join - it demonstrates a little bit of investment of effort on your behalf. If you can't even mamage to get the name of the Regiment you want to join even vaguely right, I wouldn't present myself on their doorstep wanting a Commission with them. Try the RLC, it's easier to spell and remember. As it happens this is a fine Infantry Battalion who have a cracking history behind them. I suggest you acquaint yourself with it.
They are part of the crew running Ten Tors i think. Don't know much more than that and i was laughed at by a bunch of pissed squaddies bombing it about in a landie, they all had D&D cap-badges and as a result i tend not to talk to them.
I was on an exercise with them in, oooooh, 1987. Their ops officer used to come up to our location at night for the scoff cos his echlon cook was shiite ! Offered me a two week attachment to one of the companies for the remainder of the ex, to which as a mere Airtrooper with a fondness to refueling cabs and not living under a hedge, I declinded ! I had a laugh with some of the lads. Seems like one of those Regiments with a long family tradition built in, so theyre a more 'close knit Regt', but I don't know if it's changed since '87?
At Salamanca it was the 11th who were to achieve the unthinkable. Positioned in the centre of the line, they stood firm in an infantry square as those around them fell back under the onslaught of a French cavalry attack. As the French horsemen threw themselves on the square, determined to break the British line, the 11th refused to yield, and their unbreakable hedge of bayonets scattered the French squadrons. They then advanced within range of the French Infantry and opened up volley after volley of devastating musket fire, causing the French to withdraw. Their division was reformed and sent to capture a key feature on the French plateau. The 11th advanced again but met stiff resistance from a well prepared defensive position. For over an hour the two sides fought amid the smoke and fire of burning grass until finally the French withdrew, thus opening the way for another great British victory. It was at Salamanca that the Regiment earned the nickname "The Bloody Eleventh" - a reflection of the 341 casualties suffered in the battle, and the courage and tenacity of the Westcounty soldier
...bloody hell, don't know what they are like now but they used to be amazing
(Banj1981 might have been confused by the fact the the Duke of Devonshire is "Devonshire" as are lots of Devon-related things but the regiment uses "Devon")
...basically it's so bloody confusing even their own website gets it wrong.
The "Devonshire and Dorset" Regiment is the County Regiment of Devon and Dorset and is the Senior County Regiment in the British Army.
Of all the county regiments (i HOPE you know what a county regiment is) the D&D take position at the right of the line.
This has little significance today but it basically means that you are more praiseworthy, of higher priority and of a better class that the other county regiments. (RGBW, Cheshire, Anglian..etc)
That said, County regiments are below most of the Cav in the heirearchy. All the Guards Division are near the top with the Lifeguards at the very top i think...but then if the RHA have their guns on parade they trump everything and are to the right of even the Guards Division.
KRH are higher than D&D but below all the guards and the QRH are higher than the KRH but below the Guards Division.
Basially it is an army 'class system' and almost as confusing as the normal one in Britain!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but the Army List gives the order of precedence for all regiments. It goes: Household Cav, RHA (only on parade with their guns do they take the right of the line), then the RAC. The Guards come several rungs further down the ladder, above the Inf but less senior than Sappers and Sigs.