West Midlands Regt

#1
Bored bored bored with the RAMC.

Without bitching about it, as a CMT I have nothing to do that doesn't involve tents, hence the boredom.

I was thinking of a new challenge and, living in the midlands, I have a fair few to choose from, but A Company, The West Midlands Regiment caught my eye.

Unsure as to whether I'd like to retrain as a steely-eyed dealer of death or stick with my existing lot (CMT 2) and apply it to a new area.

Anyone know if either of these are possible, whether it's worth doing, which is preferable and, finally, would this be a good unit to cuddle up to on those long, lonely winter nights?

Answers on a postcard.

Chalk.
 
#2
They are soon to be part of the 4th Bn the Mercian Regiment, so interesting times ahead. Just thinking that Inf might be too much of a shock to the system - why not try Arty/Sigs/RLC, etc
 
#3
The-Daddy said:
They are soon to be part of the 4th Bn the Mercian Regiment, so interesting times ahead. Just thinking that Inf might be too much of a shock to the system - why not try Arty/Sigs/RLC, etc
Have thought about that, but I'm the fittest I've been in my entire life and thought I'd take advantage of something like the Infantry to keep my mindset up. I'm only looking at this stage, so your thoughts are welcome. I've found the RAMC too comfortable and would like to get a little...less comfortable, so to speak. Any units in the Mids that you know of. Would like to avoid Sigs. My brother is a regular Signaller and I'd never hear the end of it!
 
#4
Go for it. Your skills will be valuable in an Inf Company, and I doubt you'll see a massive gap in the fitness between you and the other lads.

Get in and try and get on a few weekends to get your drills up to speed.
 
#5
202(V) has a new RSM that doesn't believe (In my conversations with him) in getting comfortable at all.

I think a change of approach is coming.....
 
#6
eSeL said:
Go for it. Your skills will be valuable in an Inf Company, and I doubt you'll see a massive gap in the fitness between you and the other lads.
Cheers, eSel. I've just passed all my MATTs at Level 1, so at least I have that going for me, although they're the beginning of knowledge and nowhere near the end of it, I know!

Get in and try and get on a few weekends to get your drills up to speed.

PartTimePongo said:
202(V) has a new RSM that doesn't believe (In my conversations with him) in getting comfortable at all.

I think a change of approach is coming.....
Good if that's the case.

I've looked at Fd Hospitals and CMTs don't seem to have much to do. At least at CVHQ we have a vaguelly defined role, albeit non-clinical. I've recently spent some time with 212 and they're a fantastic unit with many of their CMTs fulfilling instructional roles, but the thought of going back to tent work and box-stacking chills me to the bone, hence the reason for sniffing about for a new job. My current understanding is that medics in Infantry units have a little more to do as they're spread a bit thinner, which appeals a little more. Anyone care to dispel this myth?!
 
#7
Do you want to be a Medic in an Infantry unit, or an Infantry Soldier with Medic skills?
 
#8
Chalky, if you're really up for it and fancy a change of pace, PM me and I'll give you the lowdown on what's available in the WM Region. I can then put you in touch with whoever you need to speak to, looking before you leap, so to speak.
 
#9
PartTimePongo said:
Do you want to be a Medic in an Infantry unit, or an Infantry Soldier with Medic skills?
I'd like to retain my medic focus as it's something that there's still room for development in, but I'd like the opportunity to learn new skills as well. I suppose that would be Medic in an Infantry unit.

If that's the case, will I still be able to train in an infantry capacity, or am I looking to have my cake and eat it?
 
#10
Chalky said:
Bored bored bored with the RAMC.

Without bitching about it, as a CMT I have nothing to do that doesn't involve tents, hence the boredom.

I was thinking of a new challenge and, living in the midlands, I have a fair few to choose from, but A Company, The West Midlands Regiment caught my eye.
Chalk.
Good choice. Do it now
 
#12
Hi All,

Polar Wrote:

Isn't this unit now the 4th Bn the Strangled Chicken Regt
Um, No.

Well, at least not until next August.

And it doesn't change the fact that they are a bl00dy good bunch of people, and I'm proud to be part of them.*

A Rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.. :D

That's yer actual Bard of the West Mids, that is.

Best Regards,

b_flat

*NB, this is a biased opinion.
 
#13
b_flat said:
A Rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.. :D

That's yer actual Bard of the West Mids, that is.
Only if its white :D

p.s. you do have a rather large number of potential recruits in the East Midlands but I don't mind if you don't tap that resource, REng/RSigs especially
 
#14
Have you considered the cavalry. Whilst I'm sure the various infanteers, field hospitals, engineers all have their merits, it takes the Yeomanry to add a dash and excitement into a chap's life. Under FAS the Yeomanry is recruiting medics and reme to train to operate in an armoured environment. In addition to that, you get the opportunity to play with CR2, retain your CMT skills and rise above the untermenschen. A Sqn RMLY is based in Dudley and well worth a look. 01384 230166.
 
#15
Hi All,

Harry_Hesh wrote:

untermenschen
8O

Oo's ee talkin abaht, can't be us wiv them fancy forrin words. :D

I suspect (and with good reason), that even the BAND of the West Midlands Regiment is better qualified as a whole, than most Cavalry squadrons. :p

Polar? White Rose? We are on the same side, methinks. :D

b_flat
 
#16
Mr b_flat. Thank you for your constructive points. You're quite right as to highlighting the WMR Band. Its about time the regiment had an actual role. At last the WMR can finally blow their own trumpet.

Seriously Chalky - would you rather play with a Challenger 2 or fill sandbags?!
 
#17
210 battery is a rapier fsc battery based in wolverhampton, we ae constantly looking for soldiers and recruits to join our thriving battery. If you would like a new challenge this is the place for you. We spend half of our year doing infantry exercises so you get the best of both worlds. Because we are classed as being specialists we get paid more than the infantry aswell.

If oyu would like more information pm me.
 
#18
Hi Harry (there's no need to call me Mr). :D

At last the WMR can finally blow their own trumpet.
http://www.army.mod.uk/wmregt/operations.htm

:D Thanks, Harry, :D

You're quite right, they ought to be blowing their own trumpet. In their short existance they have performed well in all this centuries favourite hotspots. They are a good group of people.


What I was objecting to was your use of such a Nazi-tinged insult as Untermensch.. To use it, even in fun, shows a lack of subtlety or understanding of it's origins.

Best Regards,

b_flat

Edited to remove errant word.
 
#19
It depends what you're after. If you want to be challenged physically and mentally, fire lots and lots of rounds, stick bayonets in things, dress up like a woman and have sex with strange objects, join A coy, WMR and re-capbadge. Even as an infantry soldier, your qualifications will still be valid. Your options for going away on tour will be a lot better than most units, and your tours will be a lot more interesting. There is a great sense of camaradarie and if I were you, that's what I'd do.

HOWEVER the f*ckaround factor is fairly high, especially as the new CO is a bit keen. Be warned that it might not be what you're used to!
 
#20
RFUK said:
especially as the new CO is a bit keen.
:? I didn't think the old one had gone yet........
 

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