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Which to join?

#1
Hi, im planning on joining the army as an officer, now, assuming all goes well (a big if! ), im unsure which regiment to join.
Now, the roles i am particularly interested in are armoured infantry, and the Royal Tank Regiment, allow me to briefly underline my understanding of both.

I have been told that Armoured infantry arent deployed as much as other units, and when they are, its mainly as light role. Also, im unsure as to whether you can choose to join a battalion, or do you have to pick a regiment and hope to get into an armoured infantry battalion? As an officer, what specifically will my role entail?

Finally, my greatest misunderstanding lies with the Royal Tank Regiment, i have been lead to believe that the officers in the majority of cav regiments are very rich, this i am not, i come from a poor background, i have been told that the mess fees alone can add up to huge proportions of the wage, is any of this true? I have also been told that the RTR is sort of, a tesco economy of armoured regiments ( no offense intended to those currently serving!), as you dont have to be super rich to join as an officer, and also, what will be role include?

Any light shed would be very helpful. Thanks
 
#2
If you aren't resourceful enough to solve this without embarrassing yourself on the internet then I suggest that being an officer is not for you.
 
#3
Hang on there a minute, if you are referring to my post being in an incorrect area, then i apologise for not being massivley familiar with this forum.

And if you refer to the content of my post, I dont really have any knowledge on what goes on, so if i have posted something so ridiculous please let me know, rather than implying that i am some sort of moron. What I have posted is purely based on word of mouth, and I would first like to gather information before presenting it to a recruiting officer of sorts. So, what exactly have i done wrong here?
 
#8
yes i do want to be an officer, and im gonna stick around reading you peoples crap until someone with an ounce of bloody decency wants to chuck me a damn rope.
 
#9
You want the honour of commanding men in battle but fall to pieces over an internet spat, take a good look at yourself.
 
#10
Im not being funny, but i've only asked a few simple questions, and i would just like some honest advice from some people that have/are serving, and know what they are talking about, call me foolish, but i thought this was the place to go. I realise that i could have looked it all up on random websites, or contact my local recruiting office, but i figured it would be a good idea to try and get some snippets of information from people who know what they are talking about. If you want me to just leave it, i will, and i shall find another way. Its up to you, as you are the people im trying to be enlightened by.
 
#14
Hazza said:
I realise that i could have looked it all up on random websites, or contact my local recruiting office, but i figured it would be a good idea to try and get some snippets of information from people who know what they are talking about.
Well coming here is one step above random websites I suppose. Still, I'm shocked to discover that the people at the recruiting office won't know what they're talking about!

Assuming you're not a wah we'll likely all see you rear your head again in the multitude of AOSB threads.
 
#15
March_Hare said:
Hazza said:
I realise that i could have looked it all up on random websites, or contact my local recruiting office, but i figured it would be a good idea to try and get some snippets of information from people who know what they are talking about.
Well coming here is one step above random websites I suppose. Still, I'm shocked to discover that the people at the recruiting office won't know what they're talking about!

Assuming you're not a wah we'll likely all see you rear your head again in the multitude of AOSB threads.
You are right i suppose, i just would like to get a bit informed before i go, so, i figured it was probably better to make a fool of myself here, than in front of someone.
 
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#16
You've been a site member since the beginning of Nov 09, ample time to garner some of its flavour. Yet in your first thread you've posed questions in a manner guaranteed to draw some fire. This surprises and upsets you. Some advice? You might like to reflect on that for a moment or two.
 
#17
im not some sort of emotionally fragile idiot. I just thought that yea, theres banter in some places, but when someone is genuinley looking for career advice, then there would be people there to give it.

Now, i suppose my questions were a little ignorant, but in relation to the role of an officer within an armoured infantry battalion, obviously i know the sort of thing an officer does, but im not familiar with the orbat of such a force, so im not sure where a 2lt /lt actually fits in, is it the same as light role, just with higher mobility, or are there other aspects to consider.
thats the sort of thing im looking at.

And despite being a member since nov 09, i dont really read it all the time, and i have only recently started to take a interest.
 
#19
Go to sandhurst and learn to be an officer (learn things you will remember you were taught when you start piling in as an officer)
work out if you want to join the teeth arms (at some point in your first cold wet night in a basha)
then work out if you want to go to the infantry (at some point in your last cold wet night in a basha)
then go to brecon and learn to be light role (getting cold and wet)
if your regiment deems fit you will then go to that tanky place and do some more stuff - in vehicles, with other further tactics to those involved in light role work.

- youll get more vehicles and an extra sgt in armoured.
 
#20
Hazza, I seem to be giving this bit of advice a lot recently, but the best way to find out is to go through the process. Go to the recruiting office, ask your ACA questions, do the AOSB, do some Fam visits and you'll see whether you like the army, whether they like you and what you fancy doing there.

You never know you could get to Sandhurst and only want to be in the Artillery, or find out you are an exceptionally awesome OCdt and they want you in a light role infantry or ghurkas!

p.s. I'm going to QRL and I am dirt poor.
 

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