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Wanting to join infantry

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Hey, im new to this but here it goes.....

I want to apply for the infantry in January, but have a quick question about the regiment i am looking to join.. I want to join the Irish Guards and this might sound stupid, but figured it would be best sounding stupid on here rather than a recruitment office right?

Anyway, can i join the Irish Guards even though im not Irish?
I would be up for joining the other Guards, but i researched Irish and they seem more my type, and its not said anywhere that that i would have to be Irish.. But i just wanted to make sure.

Thanks.


(Also open to comments if you dont think Irish Guards is right for me in some way)
 
#2
Yes, you can join the Irish Guards without being Irish.
I believe they recruit quite well from scouseland, If it's from outside their catchment area you may have a problem and have to join another regiment if there are no family ties (as i understand it)
 
#3
Thanks for reply
Im from Southport just by Liverpool, but still counted as Merseyside, but now i know English can join i can ask my local recruitment centre without the risk of looking stupid. :)
Thanks
 
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on the other hand you could ask why would you not want to join the infantry?? fair enough there is the argument which is always brought out that the infantry does not set you up for later life when you leave. but most of the lads have now got quals which are transferable to civvy street and the lifestyle / banter with the lads is second to none. and speaking to mates who are not inf, they look back with regret at not joining up as a 'bayonet' as they are bored as fcuk all the time and cant wait for their 4 years to be up, whereas my mates in the inf arent going anywhere soon!! good luck any fella and get some in
 
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on the other hand you could ask why would you not want to join the infantry?? fair enough there is the argument which is always brought out that the infantry does not set you up for later life when you leave. but most of the lads have now got quals which are transferable to civvy street and the lifestyle / banter with the lads is second to none. and speaking to mates who are not inf, they look back with regret at not joining up as a 'bayonet' as they are bored as fcuk all the time and cant wait for their 4 years to be up, whereas my mates in the inf arent going anywhere soon!! good luck any fella and get some in
Well before i transfered back in 2006 due to FAS i was ex Infantry & gained more civvie street equivilent applicable qualifications than i could shake a stick at, it's the 'approach and attitude' of the Infantry soldier 'Not' the sector of the Arm/Branch and I am not alone,

I am fully aware the dinosaur attitude of Cannonfodder is still alive and well however the Infantry has as many opportunities as any other (although some may be limited I agree)

Not a dig but a valid point which is all too often forgotten by 'other' sectors of the Army..
 
#10
Well before i transfered back in 2006 due to FAS i was ex Infantry & gained more civvie street equivilent applicable qualifications than i could shake a stick at, it's the 'approach and attitude' of the Infantry soldier 'Not' the sector of the Arm/Branch and I am not alone,

I am fully aware the dinosaur attitude of Cannonfodder is still alive and well however the Infantry has as many opportunities as any other (although some may be limited I agree)

Not a dig but a valid point which is all too often forgotten by 'other' sectors of the Army..

Taken me a bit out of context there chaps, my question was meant to see if theBz knows what other opportunities are available to him. certainly not intended to dis any cap badge.

S4S
 
#11
Isn't Liverpool in the Irish Guards catchment area anyway, or used to be? Anyhoo used to work with a Mickey Mouser who had never set foot in Ireland joined the Inniskillen Fusiliers in the 50's.
 

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Isn't Liverpool in the Irish Guards catchment area anyway, or used to be? Anyhoo used to work with a Mickey Mouser who had never set foot in Ireland joined the Inniskillen Fusiliers in the 50's.
In the days of National service the RUR was full of east End boys!
 
#13
Isn't Liverpool in the Irish Guards catchment area anyway, or used to be? Anyhoo used to work with a Mickey Mouser who had never set foot in Ireland joined the Inniskillen Fusiliers in the 50's.
That little known part of the highlands, Preston is part of the SGs catchment.

And by the look of it, some of Coldstreams got lost on their march down to London (their traditional catchment area being the route they took).
 
#14
Can I ask, why you particularly want to join the Infantry, no disrespect but there are a lot of opportunities throughout the Army.
Yes you can ask what you like, i want to join infantry for the active lifestyle they get from it and even just the social side of it and all kinds of reasons really... But i know about the other side to the army where i could get stuff out of it to better myself when i leave, but ive been working since i was 16 and got a tradeskill out of it to fall back on when i end up leaving after the 4+ years.
(I will also look into quals i can get while in infantry ofcourse)


Thanks for all the other replies too, will definitely apply for Irish Guards and see what happens in January.

An i aint no wool :)
 
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Yes you can ask what you like, i want to join infantry for the active lifestyle they get from it and even just the social side of it and all kinds of reasons really... But i know about the other side to the army where i could get stuff out of it to better myself when i leave, but ive been working since i was 16 and got a tradeskill out of it to fall back on when i end up leaving after the 4+ years.
(I will also look into quals i can get while in infantry ofcourse)

Thanks for all the other replies too, will definitely apply for Irish Guards and see what happens in January.

An i aint no wool :)


You're from Southport so yeah you are a proper wool lad !!
 
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#16
Could you remind me of the first 100 of these or is it just utter tosh, like the rest of your post?
Well there's the variety of driving licenses and things like HAZMAT.
My Bn have a Pioneer shop, they do civi courses in things like joinery and sign writing and the like.
Signals can get NVQs in tele communications and the like.
Most people end up getting Security NVQs when doing things like COTAT and search courses.
Then you have the usual management stuff that you get through CLM etc.

Of course you can get these in most if not all units and I've most likely missed some off, but we don't just sit around watching tv and doing barrack guards anymore, though we still do it quite a lot.

Edited to add that in the Infantry people usually need to actively go out and get there civi quals unlike Corps where they'll most likely get them as part of trades courses etc
 
#17
Can I ask, why you particularly want to join the Infantry, no disrespect but there are a lot of opportunities throughout the Army.
He wants to be a god damm hero, thats why.



Nahh im only joking, i agree with the sentiments that many people who joined the forces do wish later on that they had joined some form of infantry me being one of them.
 
#18
Well there's the variety of driving licenses and things like HAZMAT.
My Bn have a Pioneer shop, they do civi courses in things like joinery and sign writing and the like.
Signals can get NVQs in tele communications and the like.
Most people end up getting Security NVQs when doing things like COTAT and search courses.
Then you have the usual management stuff that you get through CLM etc.

Of course you can get these in most if not all units and I've most likely missed some off, but we don't just sit around watching tv and doing barrack guards anymore, though we still do it quite a lot.

Edited to add that in the Infantry people usually need to actively go out and get there civi quals unlike Corps where they'll most likely get them as part of trades courses etc
Fully agree with crow_bag but slightly off topic however,

For the individuals who wish to pursue 'that area' some CPO Companies will only accept ex-Infantry experienced bods of which a good ex-unit friend likes to remind some of his mates back home, who has recently left Afghan to work in the Middle East as the money is better..
 
#20
You will definitely be fine applying for
Irish guards but being from Liverpool I'm applying for royal Irish and I'm Scottish but live in england lol
 
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