RHF or Royal Scots???

#1
Hi Everybody

I am a confused mother to a soon-to-be 18 year old who's is driving me crazy about joining the Infantry (light role) but can't decide between the RHF or R Scots.

I havn't a clue about the two different battalions, so I was hoping for some kind gents to please give me sort of an idea.... ie, do they each specialise in different things such as training, tours or exercises....Any info would be a help :oops:

Please help!! & thanks for your time, lol :D

Mary
 
#2
RHF Glasow, Royal Scots Edinburgh & now down to the borders after the 'super' regiment was formed, all the Scottish infantry are numbered from 1-7 Royal Regiment of Scotland, Scots for short. I'm sure the better informed on this site will be more than able to help with the different roles, although it's more or less tours of Iraq or Afgahnistan.
 
#4
Mary_Doll said:
Hi Everybody

I am a confused mother to a soon-to-be 18 year old who's is driving me crazy about joining the Infantry (light role) but can't decide between the RHF or R Scots.

I havn't a clue about the two different battalions, so I was hoping for some kind gents to please give me sort of an idea.... ie, do they each specialise in different things such as training, tours or exercises....Any info would be a help :oops:

Please help!! & thanks for your time, lol :D

Mary
Mary - whichever Bn he chooses I, for one, wish him all the best and wish that I was in his boots starting a career in the Infantry. I did a couple of decades in the Inf and loved it - hope he does too.

And well done you for supporting him in his choice - too often mums flap about their sons electing to join the most professional organisation on the planet. There will be times ahead when he needs your support - stick with his choice. I forget who it was said something along the lines of every man regrets not being a soldier or a sailor - when your son is 75 he will never have that regret.

Good luck to you both. :D
 

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#5
I think that this question is supposed to be slightly pointless now. If your son joins Regiment A he can move about between A-E throughout with possible postings to F&G! (A=RS/KOSB, B = RHF, C = BW, 4 = Hldrs, 5= A&SH -- F&G = TA)

However, if he joins as a member of 1 SCOTS and pledges allegiance to The Royal Sots, then he will be blessed for life :clap: 8)

Having shown my personal bias, I have to say that I don't believe that there are any 'bad' battalions in the British army, or particularly good ones - just those going through different phases of life. Wherever your son wishes to serve, and I am so pleased that he does, he will find a comradeship he will never find in civvy street.

Good luck to him.
 
#6
Still known as Borderers!!

1 SCOTS or Royal Scots Borderers (an amalgamation of the Royal Scots and King's Own Scottish Borderers) recruit from Edinburgh and the Lothians, Lanarkshire, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway. They are stationed in Edinburgh's Dreghorn Barracks.
 
#7
Mary_Doll, the super regiment concept hasn't been in place long enough to dilute the old regional ties and he'll likely find more in common with people from the same area as himself.

I'm assuming from your monicker that you're from Glasgow (or at least West Coast). In that case, he'll probably feel more at home just now in 2SCOTS (RHF). In addition, as they're currently based in Dreghorn Bks, Edinburgh, he'll be able to pop home when he gets the chance. Once he gets himself established, he'll be able to move between battalions to whatever role interests him.

As has been said, there aren't any bad Infantry battalions in the British Army. Wherever he goes, I'm sure he will love his time. I wish him every success. He's about to enter the most exciting and memorable period of his life.

"Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier, or having been to sea" - Samuel Johnson

Just don't let him join the Navy, eh?
 
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Auld-Yin said:
I think that this question is supposed to be slightly pointless now. If your son joins Regiment A he can move about between A-E throughout with possible postings to F&G! (A=RS/KOSB, B = RHF, C = BW, 4 = Hldrs, 5= A&SH -- F&G = TA)

However, if he joins as a member of 1 SCOTS and pledges allegiance to The Royal Sots, then he will be blessed for life :clap: 8)

Having shown my personal bias, I have to say that I don't believe that there are any 'bad' battalions in the British army, or particularly good ones - just those going through different phases of life. Wherever your son wishes to serve, and I am so pleased that he does, he will find a comradeship he will never find in civvy street.

Good luck to him.
Seconded - no favouritism here :D
 

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#10
Smart as C

2 SCOTS are actually based at Glencorse, just outside Penicuik - spiritual home of The Royal Scots.

Busterdog - F Off. :censored: 1 SCOTS are known as Borderers only by ex Borderers 8) Just because we allowed you to jump 24 places in line seniority don't mean you can, or even think you can, take over.
 
#11
Such harmony amongst the porridge wogs. I'm glad to see all of His Tonyships political arrse kissing wasn't all wasted.
 
#12
Auld-Yin said:
Smart as C

2 SCOTS are actually based at Glencorse, just outside Penicuik - spiritual home of The Royal Scots.

Busterdog - F Off. :censored: 1 SCOTS are known as Borderers only by ex Borderers 8) Just because we allowed you to jump 24 places in line seniority don't mean you can, or even think you can, take over.
I stand corrected, thanks A-Y.

Glencorse... (eye starts twitching).
 
#13
Auld-Yin said:
Smart as C

2 SCOTS are actually based at Glencorse, just outside Penicuik - spiritual home of The Royal Scots.

Busterdog - F Off. :censored: 1 SCOTS are known as Borderers only by ex Borderers 8) Just because we allowed you to jump 24 places in line seniority don't mean you can, or even think you can, take over.
Just when we thought all was harmonious in the army's finest battalion!
I'm only going by the overseas edition of the Scotsman which insists on calling 1 SCOTS the Borderers (as do most of the English speaking members of the Bn apparently). So right back at you Auld-Yin!!!
Though I did wonder why 1 SCOTS weren't given Glencorse as their base would've made more sense.
 

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Busterdog said:
Auld-Yin said:
Smart as C

2 SCOTS are actually based at Glencorse, just outside Penicuik - spiritual home of The Royal Scots.

Busterdog - F Off. :censored: 1 SCOTS are known as Borderers only by ex Borderers 8) Just because we allowed you to jump 24 places in line seniority don't mean you can, or even think you can, take over.
Just when we thought all was harmonious in the army's finest battalion!
I'm only going by the overseas edition of the Scotsman which insists on calling 1 SCOTS the Borderers (as do most of the English speaking members of the Bn apparently). So right back at you Auld-Yin!!!
Though I did wonder why 1 SCOTS weren't given Glencorse as their base would've made more sense.
Busterdog - you should remember the old saying "Don't believe all you read in the papers" ;P
 
#15
As an ex-RHF man myself, my recommendation is obvious. Royal Signals all the way. Ha ha only joking, whichever he goes for then good luck. Why don't you go to the RHF forum at http://www.rhf.org.uk/Newforum/phpBB2/index.php . You can maybe ask the guys on there for advice.

PD.
 
#16
As another ex RHF man of Cold War vintage there is no contest, but check the forums and don't spend your life in Edinburgh Redford was bad enough but Penicuik is a nightmare.
Well done Mum on being behind your sons choice.
 
#17
Busterdog said:
Still known as Borderers!!
That we may be but we're also being referred to simply as Royal Scots by most people outside of the regiment. RiP KOSB. I'm still hurting.

It's also pretty painful hearing members of other Bns within the reg still referring to themselves by their old titles. I saw a Sgt in our gym the other day and asked him which Bn he was in. He said, "We've only got one in Royal Highland Fusiliers". I mentioned about the 'recent' amalgamations and he replied, "yeah but our CO told us not to worry about that - we'll never be called that".

Joy. So it really was just an exercise to f*** over KOSB and RS.
 
#18
I'm an ex-KOSB :(

it was a well known fact that RS & KOSB were getting stabbed in the back over that situation (especially the KOSB)! :evil:

however life goes on & the RSB as it's supposed to be named will carry on regardless,.

whatever regt the lad goes in i'm sure he'll blend in soon enough, wish him all the best!
 
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