Should I Leave The UOTC and join a Yeomanry Squadron?

(This is a shameless advert for the QOY in Scotland)

1- You get to play with armour (and stripped down land rovers are on the way) and command real soldiers.
2- You get a sexy job to do (Formation recce is v. good and with new forward air control role it is getting better)
3- If you Commission whilst at Uni they will not call you up till you have finished your studies.
4- We have many more MTDs than we can use
5- Quite a social bunch- a good ball each year, a couple of dinners
6- Two Squadrons in Scotland both need at least two Officers (so you could even turn up mob handed). One 30 min North of Edinburgh (Cupar), one 30 min South of Glasgow (Ayr).
7- Big bounty (Type A Bounty)
8- It would not be social suicide (like joining Signals/Loggies….).
9- Chance to do lost of fun stuff: Skiing in the Alps, Cresta Run, All Arms Commando Cse
10- Chicks dig it
11- More freedom as a Subbie than Infantry as the Armoured Troops have to deploy well in front of SHQ
12- Each Sqn has just opened new Troop locations so Regiment is in an expanding market whilst some TA roles seem to be being phased out.
13- Post commissioning courses are interesting. Gunnery (Bovington), Tactics (at Recce School, Warminster),
14- Good posting if you wish to be called up. We now only send our Officers to RAC Regts so no “loggie pish” for 6 month if you go on a tour.
15- Relaxed atmosphere- no “red coat” nonsense. No “Sirs”, all Officers on first name terms. Colonels are called Colonel.

Okay it has a few down sides no woman, a demanding job, small squadron size, and the locations are not that easy to get to, but that is more than compensated for.
You know you could of timed this thread better; being that most OTCs are currently on their summer camps!

Not to say, though, that the idea is a bad one! I transferred from my OTC to a yeomanry regiment and have to say that i haven't looked back! Great fun, and can confirm all the benefits that _Recce put forward.... (though maybe the girls are better at OTC).

Fair enough but is there ever really a bad time to point out that a move from OTC to Yeomanry is quite simply the smartest choice?

Only solution is to pretend I am an Hon. Col. and just keep repeating myself till all listening agree out of politeness.
What about all the business of owning land etc - is that the case, particularly in Scotland where the impression can be " oh I have a little farm in Fife..... called Fife". I thought you had to have loads of it to join. Am I wrong?
Yeomanry_Recce said:
6- Two Squadrons in Scotland both need at least two Officers (so you could even turn up mob handed). One 30 min North of Edinburgh (Cupar), one 30 min South of Glasgow (Ayr).
You've either never been to Cupar or Ayr or you travel by helicopter...
antphilip said:
...they have/had 3 girls :D
Well a few female soldiers but not female officers! So for a 'young sir' the draw (unlike the OTC) is not girlies.

OJARHead, Sadly those days have gone (nearly) so we will even take people who can't ride, don't own a sports car and have no third income.

Selection is basically:

Get a Commission then-

Can you use a knife and fork? Yes (No HKLP)
Do you tie your tie in a big footballer's knot? No
Does your suit have more than 3 buttons? No
Can you Reel? Yes(ish)
Can you actually run a mile and a half quicker than the soldiers? Yes
Do you know the role of Cavalry in War? ....

I see so if one is halfway between Ayr and Cupar, which one should a young officer approach?
Are both Sqns more or less the same or do they differ and in what way?
Well what is the dif. between the East and West Coast of Scotland?
We each have our own opinions.

Really both have the same role and we meet up so often that there is not (too) much in it.

Officer-wise, Ayr has draw from as far North as Glasgow were as Cupar draws from Aberdeen (Forfar Tp) and right down the East Coast to Edinburgh.
given that there is not really that much choice of teeth arms in Scotland you must be turning subbies away - or are there vacancies for 2Lt Lt and Capts?
Come on over OJARhead.

There are a few spaces at 2Lt/Lt and Capt ranks as FAS has created a few new posts in each Sqn which will be filled.

But is there a waiting list, at the moment no.

We will take most Ocdt and then selected them for commission if they pass the board and seem to have what it takes, but we prefer fully Commissioned chaps as we can get them trained straight away.
Interesting offer and tempting, perhaps later
Rather too found of the Rifle Green at present & living in the South
Also quite a lot of hostility out there towards you blokes - what are the reasons? I suggest you look at the other thread - amusing exhange
Pockets here and there but we will soon mop that up!

Think it must be mixture of pure envy, total ignorance and the usual ‘patter’.

We have a history of slight irreverence/suspicion until proven otherwise, of those outside our direct chain of command. This is actually quite useful in a massively over tasked TA.

Having a few Majors/Colonels who are prepared to ruffle a few feathers to ensure training goes ahead despite the KAPE Days/Open Doors Day/MACC Tasks/H&S at Work Training/BDE or DIV SAM/ LSI and all the other bollocks usually helps.

The fact we are formation recce, not close or combat recce also usually escapes most of Remfs who do not know the difference.
As a fresh faced troop leader if you were not being over familiar to some Run of the Mill County Regiment's CO then you were not really on exercise.
yeomanry for sure!!Go for it!
I never joined the OTC (chose the TA), and on my intercalated year I joined the Royal Wessex Yeomanry as a tpr, it was fantastic! :eek:) I'm pretty sure there were a few female officers knocking around there, and a handful of girls in each squadron - and I'm due to be attached to the QOY as a medical cadet, albeit in England, so there'll kinda be at least one female officer!I really can't wait to start with them.
I've been in a field hospital and the infantry,and can honestly say the yeomanry was the best by a long long way...
I think the fact you said 'Social Suicide' in your initial post and that you listed informality; 'no sirs etc' as a plus,speaks volumes about how you'd be treated by the troops if you were to join a yeomany regt without showing a little humility as the new boy.

Good luck

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