The Rifles

#1
Hey

I start my basic training at ITC Catterick in April and will hopefully join The Rifles.

I am wondering if anyone in The Rifles could give me an idea what they are like.

I have no preference for a battalion at this time and I do apolagize if this thread has been done to death already!

Cheers
 
#2
You have your spot at ITC catterick but you want to go rifles is that what your trying to say?

What are your job choices and have you passed ADSC?
 
Z

Zarathustra

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#4
You have your spot at ITC catterick but you want to go rifles is that what your trying to say?

What are your job choices and have you passed ADSC?
What are you on about?

He's starting the CIC at ITC(C) in April and will be joining the Rifles as long as he passes the CIC, he would like to know what the Rifles are like, I assume he means what life is like in the different Bns. I suggest you read threads before posting a reply.
 
#5
Hey

I start my basic training at ITC Catterick in April and will hopefully join The Rifles.

I am wondering if anyone in The Rifles could give me an idea what they are like.

I have no preference for a battalion at this time and I do apolagize if this thread has been done to death already!

Cheers
good choice mate - great regiment with plenty of experience, no bullshit, they just get on with the job and do things a little bit different to the rest of the Red Coats.

Swift and Bold
 
#6
What are you on about?

He's starting the CIC at ITC(C) in April and will be joining the Rifles as long as he passes the CIC, he would like to know what the Rifles are like, I assume he means what life is like in the different Bns. I suggest you read threads before posting a reply.
I misread, apologies.
 
#7
1RIFLES - good if you are fit and want to do your Commando Course.
2RIFLES - hate being in Northern Ireland but they are a proper slack jacket Green Jacket battalion, very experienced.
3RIFLES - most bullshitty if any being ex-LI and ok if you are Jockanese or Geordie.
4RIFLES - great location and being a FIST battalion they get all the gucci kit, very experienced.
5RIFLES - make the most of Germany as an armoured farmer, but they might be the first battalion to go when Germany draws down.
 
#8
1RIFLES - good if you are fit and want to do your Commando Course.
2RIFLES - hate being in Northern Ireland but they are a proper slack jacket Green Jacket battalion, very experienced.
3RIFLES - most bullshitty if any being ex-LI and ok if you are Jockanese or Geordie.
4RIFLES - great location and being a FIST battalion they get all the gucci kit, very experienced.
5RIFLES - make the most of Germany as an armoured farmer, but they might be the first battalion to go when Germany draws down.

Top man, thanks alot.
 
#11
good choice mate - great regiment with plenty of experience, no bullshit, they just get on with the job and do things a little bit different to the rest of the Red Coats.Swift and Bold
Don't have a drama with the 'experience' bit above....but can you expand on this '...do things a bit different..' thing, I've seen this mentioned loads of times when referring to the RGJ, LI, Rifles but never had it explained?

...please don't quote the 'everything that is necessary' line I'd prefer examples of how they do things differently.
 
Z

Zarathustra

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#12
Don't have a drama with the 'experience' bit above....but can you expand on this '...do things a bit different..' thing, I've seen this mentioned loads of times when referring to the RGJ, LI, Rifles but never had it explained?

...please don't quote the 'everything that is necessary' line I'd prefer examples of how they do things differently.
I've been on courses and have worked with guys from the RGJ, LI and Rifles and they seem to be much more laid back than many regiments, the RGJ guys were big on not ironing their kit.
 
#13
#14
I've been on courses and have worked with guys from the RGJ, LI and Rifles and they seem to be much more laid back than many regiments, the RGJ guys were big on not ironing their kit.
isn't that why God invented the Tumble Dryer? for Riflemen?

we deliberately like to shy away from all the parade square shouting and any form of bullsh|t. happy to do what we do best and get down and dirty in the field on exercise or ops.

there are already some fine regiments out there who can do bullsh|t, and they are very good at it - aswell as being decent squaddies too - so we refer to them as Red Coats and just let them crack on with it.

we don't put bells and whistles on things but we like to do what matters most to a high standard.

we are not very good when it comes to uniform and anything shiny - we even wear black buttons.

MTP PCS CU is a gift for Riflemen - you don't need to iron it and you wear desert boots so you don't even have to polish them!

we even march differently - we don't shout and we don't have that ridiculous word 'Shun!' in our vocabulary.

Swift and Bold
 
#15
we deliberately like to shy away from all the parade square shouting and any form of bullsh|t. happy to do what we do best and get down and dirty in the field on exercise or ops.

we don't put bells and whistles on things but we like to do what matters most to a high standard.

we are not very good when it comes to uniform and anything shiny

MTP PCS CU is a gift for Riflemen - you don't need to iron it and you wear desert boots so you don't even have to polish them!
I should imagine anyone reading that would say their own Regt did the same to some degree...guess it comes down to your own perception / image.
 
#16
I should imagine anyone reading that would say their own Regt did the same to some degree...guess it comes down to your own perception / image.
probably, but we take the p|ss out of being laid back - and we deffo do not do any bullsh|t.
 

The_Duke

LE
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#18
'Everything that is necessary, nothing that is not'
Apart from having a beret, 2 different types of hat, (both with two cap badges) and a side hat to chose from instead of a single beret with the same cap badge for all ranks and all types of dress.

We could then get into the 3 different types of cross belts with 3 different types of badges depending on rank, etc, etc, etc.

Strange how the regiment that prides itself on being scruffy and not worrying about bullshit has some of the most elaborate and rank specific stuff in their dressing up box!

http://www.army.mod.uk/documents/general/Rifles_Dress_Guidance_as_at_June_2009.pdf
 
#19
Touché, Duke.

I think the Paras have best claim to the "nothing that is unnecessary", being not only scruffy but also bereft of "golden threads", corps of drums, elaborate dressing up or oodles of mess silver.

... As I suspect you were implying!

But don't let that ruin their fun, otherwise we'll have six more pages about Chosen men, Sir John Moore, light div drill, the "thinking soldier" and Scandinavian tour guides. :)
 
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