Transfering infantry regiment

About to start phase 2 from afc harrogate and joined not doing much research into different regiments. Me being at afc for almost 9 months I’ve seen and learnt about many other regiments and I’ve lost motivation in my current reg and would like to transfer to a different basic infantry reg in my case this is from the rifles to the royal anglians. I’m wondering if transfers are going through at itc and how easy would it be for me to get it, taking into count how over manned the rifles are and how undermanned the r anglians are. Thanks.
 
Hi mate, you would probably need to ask for the Queens Division Rep in Harrogate. (Queens Div having R Ang, Fus, PWRR and Royal Gibraltar).

They will be able to assist you, you Platoon Commander should be able to put you in touch.

Ref manning, they are good, however not doubt there will be space for you in either 1 or 2 R Anglian.
 
Hi mate, you would probably need to ask for the Queens Division Rep in Harrogate. (Queens Div having R Ang, Fus, PWRR and Royal Gibraltar).

They will be able to assist you, you Platoon Commander should be able to put you in touch.

Ref manning, they are good, however not doubt there will be space for you in either 1 or 2 R Anglian.

Problem is my platoon commander since the start of afc has said he can’t make transfers happen even though people in other platoons have got transfers and when asked about transferring he kicks off so my only hope is when I get to catterick transfers are going through easily or I’ll need to find another way to speak to the queens div rep in the next 3 weeks because that’s how long I have left. It’s sh*t because I only see myself having an enjoyable and motivated career in r anglians and if I don’t get it idk what id do
 
Problem is my platoon commander since the start of afc has said he can’t make transfers happen even though people in other platoons have got transfers and when asked about transferring he kicks off so my only hope is when I get to catterick transfers are going through easily or I’ll need to find another way to speak to the queens div rep in the next 3 weeks because that’s how long I have left. It’s sh*t because I only see myself having an enjoyable and motivated career in r anglians and if I don’t get it idk what id do

Don’t write off the Rifles they are a very good Regiment and I always found them excellent on tour.

Whichever Regiment you end up with be proud to wear their capbadge and be proud to be part of something bigger than any one individual.

How you find things will be largely up to you, you will be new and learning. Don’t create problems, keep your mouth shut and be prepared to get your hands dirty is some advice I received.
 
Swaps happen easier in Catterick. My lad went from Anglians to Fusilliers. Although its not a given and depends how you perform and dont act like a nugget.
 
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I transferred into 2 RIFLES as a trained rank. Here is a bit of a whistle stop tour. Best way to think about it is we are not 8 separate battalions, we are a single Regiment of 8 Battalions, inside which individuals can and do move within the regt on postings to different roles and jobs.
Here is a whistle stop which hopefully is more beefy than the army jobs site.
1st Battalion The Rifles. 1 RIFLES is a Light Role Infantry Battalion in the Adaptable Force and is based at Beachley in Gloucestershire. Operationally, the Battalion cycled through Op SHADER in Iraq from Jul 2015 to Jan 2017 and Op TORAL 8 in Kabul between Mar and Oct 2019. In between these tours the Battalion has been a high readiness Spearhead Battle Group for NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force and provided a Company at very high readiness for Op ELGIN in the Balkans. Preparing for these commitments has required challenging training: the Battalion completed Ex ASKARI STORM in Kenya in Jan-Feb 2018 and was rated one of the very best Battle Groups seen by the British Army Training Unit Kenya. 'C' Company spent Jun 2018 in Romania with the 21st (Romanian) Mountain Battalion, and 'A' Company completed Ex NOBLE PARTNER in Georgia in Aug 18. Other exercises took elements of the Battalion to Australia, Serbia, Albania, and Germany during the same year. The Battalion has a Defence Engagement focus on West Africa: it deployed teams to Nigeria from Aug to Dec 2019 and will be committed throughout 2020 as part of the continuing support to Nigeria, Op TURUS. The Battalion has been the most successful British Army team in in the multi-National Cambrian Patrol Competition from 2017 to 2019, winning a Gold and Silver medal each successive year. 1 RIFLES is the Regiment’s main rugby union battalion and finished third in the Army Cup in 2018. It is also the leading Nordic Skiing Battalion, achieving 4thin the Combined Services in 2019/20. Four of its Riflemen were also invited to train with Team GB, the most from any single Army team. The Battalion also competes at Army and Combined Services level in Cycling, Brazilian Ju Jitsu and Alpine Skiing.
2nd Battalion The Rifles. The Battalion is a Light Role Infantry battalion in the Adaptable Force, based in Lisburn, Northern Ireland. In 2019 the Battalion deployed on Exercise ASKARI STORM in Kenya, a two-month deployment operating across a range of challenging environments culminating in a Battle Group Exercise. More recently the Battalion was preparing for Operations in Afghanistan and deployed earlier this year as the Kabul Protection Unit on Op TORAL, providing security and force protection for those involved in working with the Afghan Army and Government. This has involved re-rolling for the tour into the Light Mechanised Infantry role, mounted in Foxhound protected mobility vehicles. Concurrent with theoperational Mission Specific Training, the Battalion entered two teams into the Army's international Cambrian Patrol Competition, achieving a Gold and a Silver. 2 RIFLES is the Regiment’s main boxing battalion, reaching the finals of the Major Units Championship, but also participates widely in other Army sports - notably rugby, football, skiing and cycling. The Rifleman have been involved in numerous recent Adventure Training expeditions, including sailing round Ireland, trekking in the Dolomites and on Mount Kenya, road cycling in Majorca and single-track mountain biking in Spain. On return from Afghanistan at the end of 2020, there are plans for skiing, diving and further cycling expeditions.

3rd Battalion The Rifles. 3 RIFLES is based in Edinburgh as a Mechanised (STRIKE) Infantry battalion, equipped with the Mastiff vehicle. As part of its role in the 1st Strike Brigade, it will be one of the first units in the British Army to take the new eight-wheeled BOXER vehicle - the Battalion is already actively involved in these trials - and this represents an exciting opportunity to be at the heart of the new Strike concept. Since 2015, 3 RIFLES has had sub-units and teams deployed on numerous operations, exercises and STTTs (Short Term Training Teams), including Sierra Leone, Qatar, Ukraine, Oman, Malawi, Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Mauritania, Kuwait, Georgia, the United States and Afghanistan. A large proportion of the Battalion deployed to Iraq on Op SHADER in December 2018, while other elements deployed on a major exercise to Oman. In the coming years, the Battalion can look forward to continued operations and exercises around the world, particularly in Canada and Eastern Europe. 3 RIFLES has a strong sporting pedigree – in 2017/18, its football team won the Scottish championship, and reached the semi-finals of the Army Cup, its Nordic skiing team won the Infantry championships and came 7th in the Army championships, and its boxers reached the finals of the Army championships. The Battalion may move from Edinburgh to Catterick, North Yorkshire at some point in the future, but no earlier than 2024.
4th Battalion The Rifles. 4 RIFLES is a Specialised Infantry Battalion, based in Aldershot in Hampshire. This new and specialist role is currently fulfilled by only four battalions in the British Army (of which The Rifles were the first to complete conversion), forming the Specialised Infantry Group. As part of the 6th Division, the Army’s new Irregular Warfare formation, 4 RIFLES' mission set focuses on training, advising and assisting partner nation security forces in counter insurgency roles. What sets 4 RIFLES apart is its size and constitution; experienced riflemen of all ranks are drawn from the other battalions on their second or third posting to work in small teams of around twelve men. Each Team is commanded by a Captain, and has snipers, heavy weapons, joint fires controllers, communications and medical specialists. The Battalion is responsible for the Middle East and Afghanistan, with teams currently deployed on a permanent rotational basis in Iraq and Afghanistan. Due to the nature of their role when deployed, much of the current preparatory training for 4 RIFLES personnel is conducted in Texas, working with the US military. It is not possible to join 4 RIFLES directly following initial training, but Team Commander is a challenging and highly attractive role for a junior officerfollowing Platoon Command in one of the other four Battalions.
5th Battalion The Rifles. 5 RIFLES is based in Bulford, Wiltshire as an Armoured Infantry battalion, equipped with the Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle (AFV). As one of the most potent war-fighting infantry battalions, it is a part of the 20th Armoured Infantry Brigade (“The Iron Fist”) within 3rd (UK) Division. Having been the last unit in Afghanistan in 2014, it was the first to be deployed in NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence in Estonia (Operation CABRIT), and right now is deployed for the second time on that Operation. The Battalion has previously served in Iraq, and has a reputation for being the first in and last out on operations. As the largest of The Rifles Regular Battalions, 5 RIFLES has augmented the other Battalions for overseas exercises in the US, Kenya and Belize, in addition to its own regular training commitments in Canada and the USA. 5 RIFLES is the Regiment’s champion for cross-country and cricket butmaintains a host of sports teams including rugby and football. Adventurous Training is also popular, and during the first deployment in Estonia, the Battalion sailed a yacht out to the Baltic from the UK, before returning at the end of Op CABRIT 1. Looking forward, 5 RIFLES return from their second Estonia deployment in late 2020 and thereafter become the UK’s Lead Armoured Battlegroup poised to deploy anywhere in the world at short notice.

Reserves Battalions As well as the five RegularBattalions, we have three Army Reserves Battalions, which are an essential part of the Regiment's contribution to Army roles and deployments. 6 RIFLES and 7 RIFLESexisted since the Regiment was formed, and they have now been joined by the recently-raised 8 RIFLES. With their dispersed Companies, our three Reserves Battalions provide a strong Regimental presence across the whole land mass of the UK. Making the very best of this close relationship between the Battalions, a number of our Reserves Riflemen frequently serve with the Regular Battalions, and vice versa. It is unique within the Army Reserves that both 6 and 7 RIFLES have deployed operationally in the year 2020, one after the other, on Op TOSCA.
6th Battalion The Rifles 6 RIFLES covers the South and South-West of England. It is paired with 1 RIFLES and is a Light Role Infantry Reserve Battalion, recruiting predominantly from Gloucestershire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. 6 RIFLES has Riflemen who have recently returned from operations in Afghanistan and Nigeria; whilst also supporting wider Army and Regimental training commitments across the UK and Kenya. 6 RIFLES has just deployed on Operation TOSCA (Cyprus) this summer; straight after 7 RIFLES - one of the first operational deployments of Army Reserves on this scale in recent history. The Battalion encourages its reservists to conduct adventurous training which has recently included paragliding in Germany, alpine skiing in France, mountaineering in Georgia and scuba diving in Croatia. As a reserve Battalion, 6 RIFLES is very closely integrated with local business and civic organisations in the South West and it is currently preparing to mobilise and support in the region in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
7th Battalion The Rifles 7 RIFLES covers London and the South of England. The Battalion is paired with 5 RIFLES, thus its reservists are trained to operate in the Armoured Infantry environment. It maintains strong local connections with London, Oxford, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and recently, Wiltshire, including the local schools, local cadet forces, councils and blue-light services. The Battalion frequently sends its rich variety of Riflemen to support training teams abroad, where their civilian career skills provide that extra bit of effectiveness. Reservists have deployed to Iraq, Georgia, US, Canada, Uganda, Germany, Spain and the USA in the last two years. 7 RIFLES is the Regiment's only Reserve battalion in the Army holding riflemen of all ranks at readiness to deploy on future operations with the Army's 3rd Division. Currentoperations saw 7 RIFLES mobilised at 80% of the Battalion with both the deployment on OP TOSCA (as the lead UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus), and remaining elements mobilised as a Company group for OP RESCRIPT in the UK (support to Covid-19 pandemicoperations).
8th Battalion The Rifles 8 RIFLES is The Rifles’ Reserve Battalion for the North and Midlands; the newest infantry battalion in the British Army, coming into existence in November 2017. It is paired with 2 RIFLES and is a Light Role Infantry Reserve Battalion. It is headquartered in County Durham, and also has outposts in Sunderland, South Yorkshire, Birmingham and Shrewsbury. In its threeyears, the Battalion has delivered the full Army Reserve offer, with many Riflemen deployed on exercises and operations in Gabon, Sierra Leone, Jordan, Sweden, Norway, America, and Kenya - as well as sending 60 Riflemen skiing in the French Alps. Individuals have represented the Army and Infantry at a number of sports, including football, ice hockey, golf and carp fishing, with the Battalion’s football team recently reaching the semi-final of the Army Reserve Cup. Think that is about it, any more just contact your RCMO and also cast your eyes over The Rifles Regiment - The Rifles Museum
 

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About to start phase 2 from afc harrogate and joined not doing much research into different regiments. Me being at afc for almost 9 months I’ve seen and learnt about many other regiments and I’ve lost motivation in my current reg and would like to transfer to a different basic infantry reg in my case this is from the rifles to the royal anglians. I’m wondering if transfers are going through at itc and how easy would it be for me to get it, taking into count how over manned the rifles are and how undermanned the r anglians are. Thanks.
Good move most of the R Anglians i met were solid guys, poachers & vikings.
one cap badge i can say not to join is the RRF
 
As NuggtBks highlights through his post, I'd remain with The RIFLES purely for more job opportunities and career advancement. What he describes I observed in the RRS as well with career soldiers moving around the battalions once they got their third tape.
 

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As NuggtBks highlights through his post, I'd remain with The RIFLES purely for more job opportunities and career advancement. What he describes I observed in the RRS as well with career soldiers moving around the battalions once they got their third tape.
yes true but is there still not rivalry between Battalions? I remember in the old days the Argylls hated the Queens Own highlanders.
 
yes true but is there still not rivalry between Battalions? I remember in the old days the Argylls hated the Queens Own highlanders.

Probably ancient bollocks that gets quietly forgotten about (like the Campbell - MacDonald feud or whatever) as the battalions become increasingly more homogenised. The level of diversity displayed by our battalions would put the English footie team to shame. 4 SCOTS absorbed a chunk of Royal Scots when the RRS was formed and more recently a chunk of 5 SCOTS when the battalion was downsized to a company (and subsequently 4 SCOTS had a west coast RSM shortly after). I myself joined the Highlanders despite being from the West Coast & not once was a disparaging remark made to me due to being a lowly 'Sassenach' or whatever.
 

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Probably ancient bollocks that gets quietly forgotten about (like the Campbell - MacDonald feud or whatever) as the battalions become increasingly more homogenised. The level of diversity displayed by our battalions would put the English footie team to shame. 4 SCOTS absorbed a chunk of Royal Scots when the RRS was formed and more recently a chunk of 5 SCOTS when the battalion was downsized to a company. I myself joined the Highlanders despite being from the West Coast & not once was a disparaging remark made to me due to being a lowly 'Sassenach' or whatever.
yeah that´s good then. I know a guy who transferred from the A&SH to the Black watch. seemed happy with it. I remember when they amalgimated the Gordon Highlanders & Queens Own. when that happened i knew it was just the start. I suppose it´s just the way it goes. Positive as you said for promotion.
 
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