The Royal Armoured Corps

Hi, Brand new here.

I am hopefully joining the army to be in the The Royal Armoured Corps. I was just wondering if there is anything anyone can tell me about them, Any information would be good.

I am waiting for my medical to come though then off too selection in Edinburgh.
Try to use the ******* search function.
Try the Army website for basic info- we're not going to do your research for you. Ask your careers advisor which your local regiment is, and go from there. When you have a question that hasn't been asked before, ask it; until then search for the question first.

Now stop asking bone questions!
you caught the 'onorable members on a bad day methinks! mostly you will find that all armoured soldiers are polite and helpful, even to those who ask bone questions on here.

The RAC is the best corp for an aspiring young chap, all members are superbly tuned fighting machines, versed in the arts of hard drinking, extra long naafi breaks and scams to make themselves look busy. Discipline and dress are pretty informal, you can wear black, maroon trousers, irish green sidecaps or even a nice off grey pullover to compliment your non issue cream shirt, the orficers are all top notchchaps from wealthy and aristocratic families, pastimes for them include polo, driving very fast expensive cars, and fuc*ing orf to deepest chelsea or sloan square at the drop of a hat, getting bogged down with vehicle maintenance and suchlike is really not on, there you are saved you some will love it will
The demonstrably multi-tasking RAC soldier and his exceptional battle-proven equipment are a winning combination and make for modern soldiering at its most exciting.
Mmmm, tanks! What's not to like?
To save you the trouble of the search function and wading through loads of partially useful information, I have copied the response I made to a similar question a few months ago:

In answer to the original question "What do the RAC do?"

The RAC are officially the Army's mounted close combat specialists. This does not mean that they do nothing else or that no one else does any mounted close combat. Mounted close combat effectively means being tasked to deliberately go out and fight the enemy from a platform (tank, etc.), sometimes at close quarters and with direct fire weapons (normally guns fired along line of sight). Enough of the theory!

In the current environment RAC Regiments are increasingly filling a variety of roles. The first can be described as core roles; these are arguably their main war fighting roles which they would conduct in major combat operations against the armed forces of another country. The second type are secondary roles which are conducted if the operation demands them and if RAC soldiers are the most suitable to conduct them.

There are two core roles in the RAC (not including CBRN, which I won't cover unless you want me to). In no particular order there is Formation Recce (FR) and Armoured (Armd). The RAC currently has 5 regular army regiments in each role.

Armd regiments' core role is fighting the Challenger 2 Main Battle Tank (CR2 MBT). Each currently has 3 squadrons of 14 CR2, a single medium armour sqn (doing broadly the same job but in CVR(T) Scimitar). The Sqns deliberately engage with and fight the enemy (regardless that MA sqns are normally mounted on Scimitar). The regt also has a headquarters sqn which includes most of the logistic life support that the Regt needs to fight and a Close Recce Tp of 8 Scimitar which is the Commanding Officer's own recce asset.

An FR regt normally consists of two FR sqns which are normally mounted on CVR(T) of various types. Each FR sqn normally consist of 3 gun troops, each of 4 Scimitar and 2 support/GW troops, each of 4 Spartan carrying dismount soldiers who will normally have some Javelin anti tank missiles and snipers in addition to their own personal weapons. An FR sqn will not normally be tasked to deliberately engage with and fight the enemy (although this is changing). It is primarily for gathering information about the battlefield and the enemy, without being decisively engaged. They do this by moving tactically around the battlefield (normally in front of the fighting formations) and by setting up static observation posts to watch areas of interest. Increasingly they are also expected to engage with the local population to gather information which can be processed into intelligence.

An FR regt will also have a BRF. This Sqn is mounted on Jackal or WMIK but spends a lot of its time dismounted. In theory its role is very similar to a traditional FR sqn, in fact it is often tasked to deliberately engage with and fight the enemy, either mounted or dismounted. A BRF will normally deploy with a raft of attached capability, including mortars, snipers, anti-tank, etc. There has been a lot written on BRFs elsewhere and there are a lot of differing opinions as to exactly how they should operate, so I won't discuss further, unless you desperately want me to.

The FR regts also have a headquarters/C&S sqn, similar (sort of) to that of an Armd regt.

Those are the core roles.

RAC regts (especially Armd regts) often deploy in secondary roles (normally if tanks are not required but another capability is on a particular operation). Examples of sqns deploying in secondary roles are when they deploy dismounted in a similar capacity as an infantry company but not normally expected to conduct deliberate dismounted offensive operations (therefore fundamentally not infantry). Another example is when a sqn mans troop carrying armoured vehicles such as Mastiff or Viking. In this role the protected mobility sqn (as it is normally called) provides the armoured vehicle support to dismounted infantry companies (and others) as and when they need it. The third example is where a sqn may deploy to train indigenous troops such as the OMLT task in Afghanistan. In short there is no limit to the number of different secondary roles that an RAC sqn could be tasked to carry out for a particular operation, although they will normally be given roles which suit their specialism as mounted close combat troops (therefore secondary roles often involve armed and armoured vehicles) and the fact that the RAC is a combat or "teeth" arm as distinct from a combat support or combat service support arm or service. This means that the RAC is culturally adapted to engaging in deliberate close combat.

There are a few simplifications in what I have said, but hopefully that should give you a flavour of what the RAC is about. If you are interested in joining the RAC, I would suggested that your most important choice is whether you want to join an FR regt or an Armd regt, then choose the specific capbadge (probably based on geographical recruiting area).

The full thread is at: (not sure if that'll work).

Note that since the SDSR, a few things have changed. MA Sqns have gone or are going and FR Regiments have been retitled Brigade Recce Regiments (BRRs).
Any idea about the armoured corps intake dates is or where I can find them. don't say call your recruiter as they Don't answer their phones :p
Did any of you get RAC crewman as your only option? From what I hear, you have to choose between Recci crewman and RAC crewman from your initial job choice and all I got was RAC crewman. Does this choice cover both types of regiments?
Recce is RAC, except Close Recce in an Inf Bn i guess or those special recce blokes or.................

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