Hey all, I know this topic tends to raise a bit of a shitstorm on the forums, but I want to ask about elitism in getting a commission in the Guards. I'm from the Republic (of Ireland) and I'm currently thinking of going for a commission in the Irish Guards. From all the replies to other topics on ARRSE about the Guards turning people away due to a lack of polo ponies, I got the impression that since the 80s the Guards had taken people on merit, and no longer just opted for those with landed titles, rich parents etc. However, according to a guy I know (also from the South), who is currently commissioned with the RIR, when he went up to Belfast and spoke to a recruiter initially (some Colonel, I believe), and told them that he wanted to go for the Irish Guards, he was asked how much land his family owned, and was then told if he didn't have polo ponies, lots of land, etc. he wouldn't even be considered, so he went for RIR. I was under the impression that this was just a stereotype these days, but the fact that a recruiter actually came out with this leads me to believe that there might be a degree of truth to it. Can anyone verify this one way or the other?