Special Reconnaissance Regiment

Discussion in 'Int Corps' started by ab2k, Apr 19, 2005.

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  1. I read a couple of weeks ago in the press about the establishment of a new Special Reconnaissance Regiment. The article did not make it clear whether women would ultimately be eligible for a role in the Regiment. Similarly the info on the MOD website is vague at best, and army careers officers seem to know nothing about it. I'm curious because it sounds like my ideal job. I am female, hence the question about women in the SRR. I joined the TA and hoping that in time I'll join Int Corps. When I have finished my Masters, however, I intend to go to RMAS and pursue a full time career in the army.

    Apologies for the long-winded background to my email. In hort, I am simply asking whether anyone with his or her ear to the ground has any information about the SRR, it's perceived role and eligibility criteria that might be useful to a potential recruit. Thanks.
  2. In short, yes there will be "certain roles" open to women. Quite what those roles are, remains to be seen.
  3. if you take the RMAS route it is going to take you many years to get to where you think you want to be. You might be a lot quicker getting there as a soldier.

    Save yourself 6-9 years and cut out the middle-person, and apply here
    Get your Second Career first

    If you try and follow a path in special ops or MI, you will only end up progressively disgruntled before transfering to
    1st Bn the TFB ( Trust Fund Babes)
    <........DAMNED good looking girls....>
  4. Full details are now available in "DIN 2005 DIN02-025: Volunteers for the Special Reconnaissance Regiment". Should be in your admin office now.
  5. women have been with SD for many years. you have to be pretty damned good mind. good luck. many are called but few are chosen.
  6. So what would constitute a 'damn good mind' and how do they pick their people? What kind of testing is used? Aptitude tests? Psychometrics?
  7. I think aptitude with the exploding boof knife (MkII) is a critical skill.

    A massive moustache and large dive bag filled with heavy sounding things is an advantage. A nickname like "Smudge" or "Legs" will go a long way.
  8. Obviously a "damn good mind" would be a bonus, but I think that Cardinal has fallen victim to the "eats, shoots & leaves" syndrome & actually meant "you have to be pretty damned good, mind." :wink:
  9. and a black North Face puffer jacket
  10. To be honest ab2k, I'd just join the army first and see how you get on. After that, if you must go and be GI Jane, then fine. It might seem like your ideal job now, but like everything else it gets tedious as you get older. Besides, when you get "Haw-hawing" with all the other young Wodneys in the Mess, you might decide you are having too much fun to actually go and do a job that involves working some funny and long hours.

    If you do decide to have a go, my advice to prepare would be to chuck your masters degree out of the window (well not really as it'll come in handy later - but not for this job), learn to become somewhat practical, become interested in gadgets and do a lot of hobbies that require some fast thinking followed by intensely long periods of boredom.....then 2 minutes excitement followed by boredom....you get my drift.
  11. and of course, youll need to pass selection!! so dont join the Army just because you want to be part of the SRU, cos you may not make the grade.
  12. one is expected to walk from one end of the gymnasium to the other and back, in heels, whilst balencing a bag of sugar on ones head.

    A slight diversion is that one has to wear boxing gloves and a head protector.

    Assessment principles revolve arount the application of Heueristic principles, tied to applied subjectivity and cognitive face-fitting theory.

    ....theakstons perculiar......etc
  13. Funny, netleynirse. You really helped there. Thanks ever so much for taking time out to share your wisdom.
  14. Of course there is a role for women. I enjoyed making brews for the blokes for the last 3 years! But seriously, it's there for the taking, just make sure you go in with eyes wide open and don't expect the usual fare of easy treatment. A masters degree won't help in the least. determination, a sense of humour and some damned good nail strengthener is what you need. Don't worry about the PT, except for the milling...
  15. I should caution at this point, that any discussion of the SRR's special tactics for dhobi and ironing is likley to be frowned upon by the mods.

    Nowhere is the importance of women in the unit more vital than in the top secret creche for lost, captured and surrendered child soldiers. Some of that work is apparently more demanding than having to look after young officers.

    Although established for over 10 years the work of the Special Shopping Unit is likley to remain classified for at least another 20 years. The SSU test week culminates in having to get from one end of Oxford street to the other, with only one credit card. Few men are admitted to this unit, and special gender free tests have been introduced on Tottenham Court road. ( the Cotswold Camping final ex at south cerney, proved too hard, no one passed that time)

    The Special Communications Unit looks like a load of women sat round chatting over Latte's or Chardronay spritzers, is in fact a highly specialised short standing OP and counter surveillance team, that provides close support to the SSU and some other government departments abroad!!

    The SSU helped to set up a sister unit at Fort Bragg, where the selection final exercise in LL Bean soft furnishings remains a benchmark within allied nations.

    "per amex ad astra" as it says on their capbadge.......