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Whats the best thing about being a Gunner?

#1
With all the oportunities in the Army i have chosen to join the RA.

clearly the best move for me. Just wanted a little insight into the life of a Gunner and how it differes from other regs like the Infantry or Sigs etc.

cheers
 
#3
Sorry, been wracking my brains, but I can't think of anything that could possibly be good about being a "plank".










Tin Hat on, awaiting incoming.
 
#5
Sorry but how do you know it is "clearly the best move for you" if A) you are asking what life is like as a Gunner and B) you have no idea what anyone else does.

Your recruiter wasn't a Gunner by any chance was he?
 
#6
MALDROP said:
Sorry but how do you know it is "clearly the best move for you" if A) you are asking what life is like as a Gunner and B) you have no idea what anyone else does.

Your recruiter wasn't a Gunner by any chance was he?
if you read his other posts you'll see that he's 27. I'm assuming that, at that age he has had the sense to look into all available and has made an informed choice.........
 
#7
yeah I have had a look at what the Army can offer me in other areas. i have thought about my choice for a long time and i am very happy with it.

just wanted to know what other regs thought of the RA and how the RA fittted into the heirarchy of the Army.
 
#8
woozieuk1 said:
yeah I have had a look at what the Army can offer me in other areas. i have thought about my choice for a long time and i am very happy with it.

just wanted to know what other regs thought of the RA and how the RA fittted into the heirarchy of the Army.
They slot in just above the dogs trained by the RAVC.

The dogs can't fire artillery yet, but they pick up information quicker, don't smell quite as bad and only lick their own balls as opposed to each others.

hope this helps.
 
#9
shortfuse said:
woozieuk1 said:
yeah I have had a look at what the Army can offer me in other areas. i have thought about my choice for a long time and i am very happy with it.

just wanted to know what other regs thought of the RA and how the RA fittted into the heirarchy of the Army.
They slot in just above the dogs trained by the RAVC.

The dogs can't fire artillery yet, but they pick up information quicker, don't smell quite as bad and only lick their own balls as opposed to each others.

hope this helps.
Things seem to have changed since I had the misfortune to be posted to a REME Workshop at an Artillery Regiment. They must be recruiting in better areas now then, because back then, they were well below the dogs.
 
#10
Hopefully they are better looked after now but I transferred out of them years back. Great guys but the Officers---- OMG.... talk about social climbers and lord of the manor wannabee's...

Have you not heard the Staff College joke about Gunner Officers?

'what is the difference between a Gunner Officer and a Tesco's trolley?'

'A Tesco's trolley has some independent thought on what direction to go in...'

Maybe they are better now - any opinions from those still in?
 
#11
They slot in just above the dogs trained by the RAVC.

The dogs can't fire artillery yet, but they pick up information quicker, don't smell quite as bad and only lick their own balls as opposed to each others.

hope this helps.
Just sprayed hot coffee over the screen :lol: :lol:
 
#12
Best thing about being a Gunner? You can't transfer to any lower life form! :twisted:

REgards,

P-T
 
#13
Well lets see


Being a Royal Regiment and not a Corps
Diversity of jobs, roles and tasking
Ubique being a battle honour and not just a motto
Having the greatest number of combat orientated jobs available
Seeing your colours every day
62 Victoria Crosses (and one Iron Cross)
Knowing that when the balloon goes up Gunners start prepping their kit
Battery Honour Titles
Having dashing Bombardiers instead of dreary Corporals
Battery Day BBQ, games and pish ups
Gunner time
Having the scope of specialist units beyond a Sqn of Paras
Knowing that as of next summer a Gunner will be running the army
Regimental and Battery traditions and dress funnies
Wearing a cap badge that has changed very little since they were invented
 
#14
wellyhead said:
Well lets see


Being a Royal Regiment and not a Corps
Diversity of jobs, roles and tasking
Ubique being a battle honour and not just a motto
Having the greatest number of combat orientated jobs available
Seeing your colours every day
62 Victoria Crosses (and one Iron Cross)
Knowing that when the balloon goes up Gunners start prepping their kit
Battery Honour Titles
Having dashing Bombardiers instead of dreary Corporals
Battery Day BBQ, games and pish ups
Gunner time
Having the scope of specialist units beyond a Sqn of Paras
Knowing that as of next summer a Gunner will be running the army
Regimental and Battery traditions and dress funnies
Wearing a cap badge that has changed very little since they were invented
Not having a dig at the 'Corps' that takes those who have been rejected by the Pioneers and are not good enough for REME :lol: :lol:
 
#15
wellyhead said:
Well lets see


Being a Royal Regiment and not a Corps
Diversity of jobs, roles and tasking
Ubique being a battle honour and not just a motto
Having the greatest number of combat orientated jobs available
Seeing your colours every day
62 Victoria Crosses (and one Iron Cross)
Knowing that when the balloon goes up Gunners start prepping their kit
Battery Honour Titles
Having dashing Bombardiers instead of dreary Corporals
Battery Day BBQ, games and pish ups
Gunner time
Having the scope of specialist units beyond a Sqn of Paras
Knowing that as of next summer a Gunner will be running the army
Regimental and Battery traditions and dress funnies
Wearing a cap badge that has changed very little since they were invented
And

Illum at 3am on a cold morning and waiting for the cart to bounce out of the breech so you can grab on to keep warm

Cordite farts

Smell of cordite

Direct fire ranges and eventually hitting things

Getting on a good Sub/OP party/CP crew

Cracking off 10 FFE rounds in a minute

75 a side battery football matches

Firing Super and sitting on the gun while it jumps


Could go on all day, don't listen to the detractors...good luck mate and get stuck in!!
 
#18
wellyhead said:
Well lets see

Being a Royal Regiment and not a Corps
Diversity of jobs, roles and tasking
Ubique being a battle honour and not just a motto
Having the greatest number of combat orientated jobs available
Seeing your colours every day
62 Victoria Crosses (and one Iron Cross)
Knowing that when the balloon goes up Gunners start prepping their kit
Battery Honour Titles
Having dashing Bombardiers instead of dreary Corporals
Battery Day BBQ, games and pish ups
Gunner time
Having the scope of specialist units beyond a Sqn of Paras
Knowing that as of next summer a Gunner will be running the army
Regimental and Battery traditions and dress funnies
Wearing a cap badge that has changed very little since they were invented
Like Hammer time - only louder
 
#19
'Your infantry may have won the battles, but your artillery won the war' General Mario Menendez - Falklands 1982
 
#20
pensionpointer said:
Bigger, better toys!

uqfegd

pp
And they would be?

Bigger and better toys being Trojan and Titan with the slightly smaller Terrier, all Sapper bits of kits. But, this isn't a thread for inter Corp bashing so no comparisons on here.
 

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