Talking to a recruiter and he told me about this outfit

#1
I am going through the process with the army, looking into para from that point the recruiter, mentioned a group called Sphinx 7? Long Distance Recon work for field artillery. Says it is top notch, they need people and would get the chance to jump from planes and do a little more hands on?
Saying you can do this out of basic. Now I talked to another recutier on line, they said they had no idea about it.

Any knowledge from anyone would be great,

Cheers 2CB
 
#3
Not sure if this is the 'knowledge' that you seek, but...

2_Canadian_Beers said:
...and would get the chance to jump from planes...
Crap.

2_Canadian_Beers said:
Saying you can do this out of basic.
Crap.

You can certainly apply once you get to the Field Army - you don't even have to join the Gunners to join 4/73 Bty RA.

If you're that set on this sort of lifestyle, I strongly suggest you join 148 Bty RA - lots of badges, jump from planes, deploy from submarines etc etc - lots of good kit and tours all over.

Or you could spend the rest of your life in Catterick going nowhere fast. :D
 
#5
If you're that set on this sort of lifestyle, I strongly suggest you join 148 Bty RA - lots of badges, jump from planes, deploy from submarines etc etc - lots of good kit and tours all over.

Anyone have a link to the above regiment? Cheers 2Cb
 
#8
4/73, dont do jumps, but you can do them right from basic, but unless you are damn fit it is worth giving it a bit first. The training selection is 19 weeks long and is very hard.
 
#9
whilst I was digging around just intrested to find out what the inet says about them i couldn't find much at all on the Bty history pre amalgamation. What did 73rd sphinx do? and what about 4bty?
 
#10
orificecadet said:
whilst I was digging around just intrested to find out what the inet says about them i couldn't find much at all on the Bty history pre amalgamation. What did 73rd sphinx do? and what about 4bty?
4th was a field bty I believe

73 was a Mortar Locating Bty in the Old 94, funny thing is when I went to catterick for my course they have bty pic up from the old bty's I was in one of them due to my time working with 73 in 94
 
#11
Calypso said:
2_Canadian_Beers said:
Saying you can do this out of basic.
Crap.
Crap :wink:

You CAN go there from training and have done for quite a while, I was on my course in 95 and they were recruiting straight from depot then
 
#12
Carlos_Hathcock_II said:
4/73, dont do jumps, but you can do them right from basic, but unless you are damn fit it is worth giving it a bit first. The training selection is 19 weeks long and is very hard.
Just to add to CH2's comment

I found the general fitness not as hard as I thought, its more about stamina, paras may run harder and faster but you have to keep it for 20 weeks and believe me it grinds you down

The biggest killer for a direct entry from basic is knowledge, you need to be an acomplished soldier BEFORE you arrive, your map reading skills are vital, if you can't navigate, and navigate weel, you're stuffed. The 2 fittess guys on my course where not the sharpest tools in the box, the 2nd fittest was a complete mong with a map, always got lost EVERY navex, the fittest guy was fine, till we went to the mountains. Turns out he navigated by roads, sometimes travelling almost 3 times further than the rest of us, thing was he ran marathons for fun and did triathalons on leave. Put him in the mountains with out roads and he lost some 4 hours tabbing around the wrong valley looking for the RV, he failed test week (which is essentially 6 navex's in a week around otterburn)

Add to that OP skills, recognition and morse code as well as other ATD subjects of which you need to provide an excellent knowledge of and you see why so many fail.
 
#14
Para pay in 148 Bty is always a winner, £5 a day, although the submarine bit disappeared a couple of years ago. Annual exercises in the USA, Malaysia, Falklands, Africa (Ghana last year; another country this year) etc etc all add to the fun. Also based in Poole - or would you prefer catterick? Tough decision....
 
#15
Thanks for the information fellas, you are helping these last decsions in the process, as further I dive into this vast world of Army Life a recruiter, tells me 4 more things. A puzzle, but an adventure.

Cheers 2CB
 
#16
2CB

My advice to you is to forget 4/73 and 148 for now and concentrate on getting in, if you want an adventure then go 7th Para or 29 Cdo and then decide with a few years in where and what you want to do


You might just discover that a nice cosy warm CP or stores room is just the ticket :wink:
 

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#17
We had the pleasure at kellys garden of a NGSFO team from 148 and jolly nice chaps they were too!
 
#18
wellyhead said:
orificecadet said:
whilst I was digging around just intrested to find out what the inet says about them i couldn't find much at all on the Bty history pre amalgamation. What did 73rd sphinx do? and what about 4bty?
4th was a field bty I believe

73 was a Mortar Locating Bty in the Old 94, funny thing is when I went to catterick for my course they have bty pic up from the old bty's I was in one of them due to my time working with 73 in 94
Yes...but what does that add up to?
 
#19
I reckon the recruiter you spoke to was talking about 7 (Sphinx) Commando Battery RA which is part of 29 Cdo Regt RA. 7 Bty is based at RM Condor (co-located with 45 Cdo) in Arbroath and provides fire support for that Cdo. You can join 29 straight from basic and will have to complete the All Arms Commando Course to get 'green-hatted'.
 
#20
BreechCreature said:
You can join 29 straight from basic and will have to complete the All Arms Commando Course to get 'green-hatted'.
Although better to refer to it as a beret.... Not to be confused with AGC, Int Corps, Light Div etc. Now they are hats :wink:
 

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