Royal Gibraltar Regiment??

#1
Does anyone have any info on the Royal Gibraltar regiment? It is proving really difficult to find any at all.
I'm looking for information on what they're like.
Is the regiment particularly bullshit orientated or relaxed?
Is it a good life over there in Gib?
Would I do the same infantry training over at ITC Catterick and jump on a plane over to Gib?
Also what are the chances of deployment?
I'm really considering changing them to my second choice as where I would be posted is a big deal for me and the nicer posting the better considering I'll be stuck there for a large chunk of my life.
Cheers in advance
 
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#3
The do their training at the ITC the same as everyone else, ive only ever seen one on tour and he was the BSN GSM back in 2007.

When in training I got chatting to an English guy who was joining the Gib Regt. He said he got a lot of shit for being English and that a lot of the blokes spent alot of time talking in their weird Spanish-English so made it hard for him to fit in with the rest of his Plt.

This isnt intended to put you off, but its something to consider especially if you dont have a connection to the Regiment/ Gibratla.
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#4
As RN meeting them in the Tri Service SR Mess (WO/SNCO) there, if you ain't a local or RSM/CSM don't bother. Ignorant twats wouldn't even speak English in the mess unless forced to.
 
#5
As RN in the Tri Service SR Mess there, if you ain't a local or RSM/CSM don't bother. Ignorant twats wouldn't even speak English in the mess unless forced to.
Bit like being with a Gurkha Unit then!
 
#6
Ah cheers for the insight lads. I guess it's not the right fit for me after all.
I'm bouncing around regiment choices is all, one day I'm fixed on the Rifles and the next the Grenadiers. I'd definitely want to be a guardsman if I wasn't so short! I have to make my mind up soon as selection is coming up.
Cheers again!
 
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#7
Height is no restriction on joining the Grenadier Guards. We've got some right short arses. All it will mean is you can't go to The Queens Company
 
#8
I know there's no restriction but I'm taking the piss short, around 5'7". Would that not affect me being in the Grens? Because if not it is something I've wanted to do for a long while
 
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#9
I know there's no restriction but I'm taking the piss short, around 5'7". Would that not affect me being in the Grens? Because if not it is something I've wanted to do for a long while
Not in the slightest there's a guy in my plt who (I think) is shorter than that.
 
#10
I'm bouncing around regiment choices is all, one day I'm fixed on the Rifles and the next the Grenadiers. I'd definitely want to be a guardsman if I wasn't so short!
As Zarathustra has said, not a problem. I served with the Grens on a Herrick tour for a while and found them to be a very professional unit.
 
#11
Alright cheers for that guys, I'll get on to my Sjt and change my choice to Gren.
Hardest thing will be breaking it to my mate who's going coldstream

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#14
Gibraltar Regiment are about 250 regular troops strong - they train at ITC and Sandhurst and have about 10 pax deployed with the Queen's Div Regiments on HERRICK at any one time. They also, uniquely for the infantry, have an EOD Det, and train with the RE for that role. Their main role is FP in Gibraltar and ceremonial, they also exercise annually in Morocco and provide Short Term Training Teams to North Africa (mostly Gambia of late). Most of the Regiment are not Gibraltarian, over 50% are expat Brits living on the Costa and transferees from the wider British Army. They also have a TA company and a TA Band.
 
#15
As RN meeting them in the Tri Service SR Mess (WO/SNCO) there, if you ain't a local or RSM/CSM don't bother. Ignorant twats wouldn't even speak English in the mess unless forced to.
Agreed. Learn Spanish if you want to rate with them on their own level. Not sure if their bandies ever get tired of playing St Michael's Cave but it's an experience to savour at a dinner.
 
#16
Alright cheers for that guys, I'll get on to my Sjt and change my choice to Gren.


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Hope you like drill. And huge hats. And palaces.

It's not too late to go RIFLES, who can offer you unlimited variety based on 5 x Reg Bns with different roles and locations. Not much drill, and no big hats or palaces.

That said, GREN GDS are still a top bunch.
 
#17
I like drill, the hats are fine by me, and castles are pretty cool.

I'm inevitably going to bounce back and forth between Rifles and Grens over the next few weeks, it all depends which one I'm fixed on when the Sjt calls asking for my final decision. Being a 3 Rifles man himself he'll probably try and push me into the green.

I could just see myself being a Guardsman more than I can picture myself being anything else. Plus the central London posting is quite appetizing to me.
 
#18
The do their training at the ITC the same as everyone else, ive only ever seen one on tour and he was the BSN GSM back in 2007.

When in training I got chatting to an English guy who was joining the Gib Regt. He said he got a lot of shit for being English and that a lot of the blokes spent alot of time talking in their weird Spanish-English so made it hard for him to fit in with the rest of his Plt.

This isnt intended to put you off, but its something to consider especially if you dont have a connection to the Regiment/ Gibratla.
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That Gib people chatting to one another in their own lingo is the done thing on the Rock. You can be chatting with a shop assistant in, say, Morrison's about when the next batch of Newcastle Brown Ale is due in and if he does not know he will speak to his boss in their own weird Gib lingo to find out and then revert to the Queen's language to tell you. Some people think they do it to annoy you but I think it is a wee bit ignorant!
 
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#19
I've never been to Gib and was only relaying what I was told by someone joining the Gib Regt. He was of the impression that they were doing it because he was an "outsider". It's probably no different to the stick and Englishman would joining the Scots.
 
#20
Most of the Regiment are not Gibraltarian, over 50% are expat Brits living on the Costa and transferees from the wider British Army.
Every day a school day. I didn't even realise you could join from scratch unless you were a local yokel.
 
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