The rifles, choose battalion?

#1
Do you get to chose what battalion you want to join within any regiment, in my case the rifles?
 
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stevieni22

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#4
You put in a PPP in week 14 in ITC with three choices for your firse posting within the regiment they wont post you near home - its the way the Div Capt in ITC wants it as then people get used to going home and bin it when going away on tour, hope this clarifies things for you,

Steve

Swift and Bold!
 
#6
martin7606 said:
How near is too near to your hometown?
Usually the one nearest your home, the one which will take you the least amount of time to drive to after knocking off on a friday.

As in, rfn atkins why do you want to be posted to such and such? Because I live 20 minutes away sir, will fcuk off home very night and not bother my arrse bonding with the lads and if a tour comes up try and body swerve it onto rear party and pyss it up with my civvie mates for 6 months then sign off when everyone gets back and gives me sh1t for being a war dodger.
 
#7
stevieni22 said:
You put in a PPP in week 14 in ITC with three choices for your firse posting within the regiment they wont post you near home - its the way the Div Capt in ITC wants it as then people get used to going home and bin it when going away on tour, hope this clarifies things for you,

Steve

Swift and Bold!
That has got to be the biggest load of hoop I've ever seen. Whilst some may do that, I think there are a plethora of other reasons for lads to sign off, other than 'getting used to going home at the weekends'.
 
#8
chocolate_frog said:
stevieni22 said:
You put in a PPP in week 14 in ITC with three choices for your firse posting within the regiment they wont post you near home - its the way the Div Capt in ITC wants it as then people get used to going home and bin it when going away on tour, hope this clarifies things for you,

Steve

Swift and Bold!
That has got to be the biggest load of hoop I've ever seen. Whilst some may do that, I think there are a plethora of other reasons for lads to sign off, other than 'getting used to going home at the weekends'.
More than you would think choc frog, I saw quite a contrast when I was posted from the UK to Germany.
 
#9
martin7606 said:
How near is too near to your hometown?
If you live within 70 miles of the batallion then you won't get it.
 
#10
wannabe-rifleman said:
martin7606 said:
How near is too near to your hometown?
If you live within 70 miles of the batallion then you won't get it.
What if you really want to go into a certain role like Commando or Armoured? I'd like to have 1 and 4 Rifles as my preferences but they are both under 70 miles away. I know at the end of the day its not up to me but there must be some give???
 
#11
Skarin said:
wannabe-rifleman said:
martin7606 said:
How near is too near to your hometown?
If you live within 70 miles of the batallion then you won't get it.
What if you really want to go into a certain role like Commando or Armoured? I'd like to have 1 and 4 Rifles as my preferences but they are both under 70 miles away. I know at the end of the day its not up to me but there must be some give???
I'm putting my preferences down next week and that's what I've been told. However you can transfer brb every two years if you wish and if there is room in your chosen btn.
 
#12
wannabe-rifleman said:
Skarin said:
wannabe-rifleman said:
martin7606 said:
How near is too near to your hometown?
If you live within 70 miles of the batallion then you won't get it.
What if you really want to go into a certain role like Commando or Armoured? I'd like to have 1 and 4 Rifles as my preferences but they are both under 70 miles away. I know at the end of the day its not up to me but there must be some give???
I'm putting my preferences down next week and that's what I've been told. However you can transfer brb every two years if you wish and if there is room in your chosen btn.
Cheers. Hopefully you get what you want mate :soldier: :soldier:
 
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#13
chocolate_frog said:
stevieni22 said:
You put in a PPP in week 14 in ITC with three choices for your firse posting within the regiment they wont post you near home - its the way the Div Capt in ITC wants it as then people get used to going home and bin it when going away on tour, hope this clarifies things for you,

Steve

Swift and Bold!
That has got to be the biggest load of hoop I've ever seen. Whilst some may do that, I think there are a plethora of other reasons for lads to sign off, other than 'getting used to going home at the weekends'.
Well for being the biggest load of hoop you have ever seen thats what i was told to brief crow on,from the Div Capt thats the excuse they gave me thats what i as a Pl Sjt told my crow-throbber.
 
#14
I have heard 4 Rifles are switching to light role, is this for good or just for afghan?
 
#15
wannabe-rifleman said:
martin7606 said:
How near is too near to your hometown?
If you live within 70 miles of the batallion then you won't get it.
So you choose to join a regiment on the basis it's your 'local' regiment, and is probably sold to you on that point, and then they won't post you there because, wait for it, you live too close....

To quote the official blurb:

"All recruits undergoing training at ITC (C) will be given the opportunity to opt to join one of the 5 battalions; however, they will be assigned to meet the needs of the battalion established strength, the OCP and fluctuations on the manning states of each individual unit."

So if 3 Rifles need 20 bods, and there's 20 bods on your CIC, then guess where you are all going.
 
#16
alfred_the_great said:
wannabe-rifleman said:
martin7606 said:
How near is too near to your hometown?
If you live within 70 miles of the batallion then you won't get it.
So you choose to join a regiment on the basis it's your 'local' regiment, and is probably sold to you on that point, and then they won't post you there because, wait for it, you live too close....

To quote the official blurb:

"All recruits undergoing training at ITC (C) will be given the opportunity to opt to join one of the 5 battalions; however, they will be assigned to meet the needs of the battalion established strength, the OCP and fluctuations on the manning states of each individual unit."

So if 3 Rifles need 20 bods, and there's 20 bods on your CIC, then guess where you are all going.

Its called a 'local' regiment as it will be recruited from your local area, not because it is located between Aldi and the post office on your main street.

That is the idea, I beleive, meaning you will get to serve with lads from the same area as yourself.
 
#17
Well, if it was a wide spread policy, 2 YORKS is buggered, being based about 50 miles from Yorkshire...

*Edit to add - same goes for 1 LANCS, and they are the only Bn I've bothered to look up!
 
#18
It probably isn't a wide spread or official policy. As you metioned above the needs of the army will allways come first.

When I put my posting preference in, a few years back now, I originally asked for Germany. When it came down to it I was posted to UK north unit. They had just came of tour and apparently a lot of blokes had signed off and done one.

I was at catterick a few weeks back now and was speaking to the instructors there and asking them which bns the lads were going to. They didn't know as yet, but apparently they had para lads posted straight into 1para, as they simply must of needed blokes. I wouldn't of thought it worked like that but the needs of the army more than likely allways come first I reckon.
 
#19
Skarin said:
I have heard 4 Rifles are switching to light role, is this for good or just for afghan?
Anyone know?
 
#20
Skarin said:
I have heard 4 Rifles are switching to light role, is this for good or just for afghan?
Switching to light role permanently mate.
 

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