Which Regiment?

#1
Hey,

Basicially, I am looking to join an armoured regiment after uni. I would like to join as an officer, but I am unsure which regiment to join. I am London born and bred so would the obvious answer be The Household Cavalry? But the problem is; I am not overly keen on the drill side of things or parading around London. I want to join an armoured regiment that is more operational tour oriented.

I have looked into The Light Dragoons, The Queens Dragoons but all the Dragoon regiments seem to be Northerners or Welshies. Which wouldnt be my ideal choice.

Also I have heard from old school friends joining as officers that you can be told you are not posh enough to be a RAC Officer. I wouldnt say I am posh, grew up in London (Enfield/Edmonton Area, Born Hackney). Now I am not saying I am some cockney wankkkkkker. I would like to think I am relativly normal. Would this deter me from being an RAC officer?

Advice?

Thanks for your time.
 
#3
Join 4 RTR "The Peoples Cavalry".
 
#5
Well what about the King's Royal Hussars who recruit in the Home Counties west of London (and you'll get to wear some terribly fetching trousers), or the Queen's Royal Hussars who recruit in Surrey, Sussex and the lower-west Midlands? Of course as eodmatt says, there's always the Royal Tank Regiment who primarily recruit from London and the South-West England - and he refers to as the 'peoples cavalry'.

Of course I believe they're all in the armoured role as opposed to the formation reconnaissance role(?) So you ought to ask yourself what you want to do rather than where the chaps you'll be commanding hail from.
 
#7
Which Regiment was Daddy in?

If the answer was: He wasn't then its RTR - they are a good bunch and bloody good at there job.

Don't discount the Infantry.
 
#8
I love Infantry, which is very close to being my first choice. I have been in the TA infantry for about 3 years now, good fun.

But thanks for the advice, I will research the Royal Tank Regiment. Which fits the bill exactly.
 
#9
Why don't you go and visit a couple of Regiments and form an opinion of your own. You may be surprised that some Regiments thought of as traditionally stuff are not. Only you can decide upon where you may or may not fit in.
 
#10
fatduck said:
Hey,

Basicially, I am looking to join an armoured regiment after uni. I would like to join as an officer, but I am unsure which regiment to join. I am London born and bred so would the obvious answer be The Household Cavalry? But the problem is; I am not overly keen on the drill side of things or parading around London. I want to join an armoured regiment that is more operational tour oriented.

I have looked into The Light Dragoons, The Queens Dragoons but all the Dragoon regiments seem to be Northerners or Welshies. Which wouldnt be my ideal choice.

Also I have heard from old school friends joining as officers that you can be told you are not posh enough to be a RAC Officer. I wouldnt say I am posh, grew up in London (Enfield/Edmonton Area, Born Hackney). Now I am not saying I am some cockney wankkkkkker. I would like to think I am relativly normal. Would this deter me from being an RAC officer?

Advice?

Thanks for your time.
So you think HCR is not operational tour oriented? Where are they now?
 
#11
eodmatt said:
Join 4 RTR "The Peoples Cavalry".
Could be tricky unless you are a mate of Dr Who, they amagalmated with 1 RTR in 92 :roll:
 
#12
Vent_Tube_Tester said:
eodmatt said:
Join 4 RTR "The Peoples Cavalry".
Could be tricky unless you are a mate of Dr Who, they amagalmated with 1 RTR in 92 :roll:
P'raps 'e meant A RTR :twisted:
 
#13
Yes, I recommend RTR. Their officers definitely have the 'common' touch.

There is also the added advantage that you never have to polish your boots or wash your covvies... :wink:

(Closing hatches and awaiting incoming)

CW

Quis Separabit

Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum
 
#16
Jorrocks said:
fatduck said:
Hey,

Basicially, I am looking to join an armoured regiment after uni. I would like to join as an officer, but I am unsure which regiment to join. I am London born and bred so would the obvious answer be The Household Cavalry? But the problem is; I am not overly keen on the drill side of things or parading around London. I want to join an armoured regiment that is more operational tour oriented.

I have looked into The Light Dragoons, The Queens Dragoons but all the Dragoon regiments seem to be Northerners or Welshies. Which wouldnt be my ideal choice.

Also I have heard from old school friends joining as officers that you can be told you are not posh enough to be a RAC Officer. I wouldnt say I am posh, grew up in London (Enfield/Edmonton Area, Born Hackney). Now I am not saying I am some cockney wankkkkkker. I would like to think I am relativly normal. Would this deter me from being an RAC officer?

Advice?

Thanks for your time.
So you think HCR is not operational tour oriented? Where are they now?
I think you misintrepeted what I meant to say. I know the HCR mobilise as they are going to Helmand this month; with a few of my TA m8s going with them. But I was looking for a regiment that doesnt have any of the drill/parade element. Rather a regiment that does a tour after tour. I would love to join the HCR, its just the drill/parade stuff that puts me off.

I am also looking into Infantry. But RTR seems like the firm choice at the moment. Thanks for your advice.
 
#17
fatduck said:
Jorrocks said:
fatduck said:
Hey,

Basicially, I am looking to join an armoured regiment after uni. I would like to join as an officer, but I am unsure which regiment to join. I am London born and bred so would the obvious answer be The Household Cavalry? But the problem is; I am not overly keen on the drill side of things or parading around London. I want to join an armoured regiment that is more operational tour oriented.

I have looked into The Light Dragoons, The Queens Dragoons but all the Dragoon regiments seem to be Northerners or Welshies. Which wouldnt be my ideal choice.

Also I have heard from old school friends joining as officers that you can be told you are not posh enough to be a RAC Officer. I wouldnt say I am posh, grew up in London (Enfield/Edmonton Area, Born Hackney). Now I am not saying I am some cockney wankkkkkker. I would like to think I am relativly normal. Would this deter me from being an RAC officer?

Advice?

Thanks for your time.
So you think HCR is not operational tour oriented? Where are they now?
I think you misintrepeted what I meant to say. I know the HCR mobilise as they are going to Helmand this month; with a few of my TA m8s going with them. But I was looking for a regiment that doesnt have any of the drill/parade element. Rather a regiment that does a tour after tour. I would love to join the HCR, its just the drill/parade stuff that puts me off.

I am also looking into Infantry. But RTR seems like the firm choice at the moment. Thanks for your advice.
Do some more research.

HCMR: Ceremonial unit permanently based in London

HCR: FR Regiment that does the same number of tours as everyone else.

Officers all join HCR from Sandhurst and are not obliged to serve at HCMR if they don´t want to. With only six troop leaders´ slots in London, there are always more than enough volunteers to fill them.
 
#18
Jorrocks said:
fatduck said:
I am also looking into Infantry. But RTR seems like the firm choice at the moment. Thanks for your advice.
Do some more research.

HCMR: Ceremonial unit permanently based in London

HCR: FR Regiment that does the same number of tours as everyone else.

Officers all join HCR from Sandhurst and are not obliged to serve at HCMR if they don´t want to. With only six troop leaders´ slots in London, there are always more than enough volunteers to fill them.
Well yes, but when push comes to shove, they're just, well...you know...cavalry<fx shudder>

Join the RTR young man, it's got proper soldiers an' everyfink.
 
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