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    Hi i was looking at careers in the RAF and one which seemed very attractive is that of a gunner in the RAF Regiment. However while i did read up on the background of the regiment and its roles i'm looking for advice from people who have first hand experience or know a friend who knows a friend. It pays better than the army and they have a squadron who are paratroopers plus you don't hear much about any of them being killed (not that i've heard anyway). Any advice would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Originally posted by balderick
    Hi i was looking at careers in the RAF and one which seemed very attractive is that of a gunner in the RAF Regiment. However while i did read up on the background of the regiment and its roles i'm looking for advice from people who have first hand experience or know a friend who knows a friend. It pays better than the army and they have a squadron who are paratroopers plus you don't hear much about any of them being killed (not that i've heard anyway). Any advice would be appreciated.
    My father was in it for five years and he loved it. That was the 50s though!
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    • #3
      Trained with a few of them. Seemed to be ok guys. They did all the usual infantry stuff and were well trained and equiped...... but they... they.... were Air Force. :confused: :confused: :confused:

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      • #4
        Isn't their nickname the Rock Apes, or something similar?
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        • #5
          I asked about this DM.

          Seems only one unit in RAFReg. gets this, "II sqd." (or 2 squadron, methinks???)

          person didn't really know exactly why, but apparently somethng to do with a race up the Rock of Gibralter...........

          The only thing I could think of was that it must be becasuse they won, and were named after the Barbary Apes that live there...........?
          "Rock Apes"
          Any one else know any different?

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          • #6
            Join the RAF Regiment! - Be called a Crab* by the army, and a grunt by the real Crabs! It's the worst of both worlds!

            *Crab (air) = British Army slang for RAF

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            • #7
              Rock Apes this names applies to any member of the RAF Regt . The name is connected with the Rock of Gibralter and the Apes hense the name Rock Apes

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Docman
                Trained with a few of them. Seemed to be ok guys. They did all the usual infantry stuff and were well trained and equiped...... but they... they.... were Air Force. :confused: :confused: :confused:


                Was this FCA training? Do tell us more.

                Later.
                No-one, I think, is in my tree...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by strummer
                  Was this FCA training? Do tell us more.

                  Later.
                  I was kind of wondering that myself. Paratroopers Cse in Holland, perhaps?
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                  • #10
                    I think I read somewhere that the RAF Regiment were supposed to be getting into the Combat Search and Rescue business. Anyone else hear about this?

                    Later.
                    No-one, I think, is in my tree...

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                    • #11
                      Airfield security /protection is their main job. 2 Field Squadron has the airborne capability. They training is very similer to the Parachute Regt they have a number of bods in Special Forces. They do their own parachuting jump course at Brize Norton in Oxford . This is the same course for every paratroop qualification.

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                      • #12
                        i think they use the rapier aa gun, and a lot of its members go on to serve in the sas
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                        we live in a world with walls,and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns,you want me on that wall you need me on that wall.

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                        • #13
                          Rapier AA gun ...I wonder do the RAF know they have that one...

                          Eh...The rapier is a missile system........Its alright I know you were only teasing us!
                          Covid 19 is not over ....it's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by strummer
                            Was this FCA training? Do tell us more.
                            Parachute course in Holland.

                            Met them a few times on different courses and still keep in contact.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Docman
                              Trained with a few of them. Seemed to be ok guys. Did all the usual infantry stuff and were well trained and equiped...... but they... they.... were Air Force. :confused:
                              Ah ha !!! Somewhat misleading post here Doc !!! You took a course that some RAF regiment types were also present on !!! Not quite the same as training with them !!!

                              But that's OK. Because by applying the same yardstick to myself, I have trained with,

                              Every branch of US military and their Spec Ops types
                              FBI,
                              US Secret Service,
                              CIA,
                              Various Special Operations people of about 10 different countries,
                              More police forces than I can count,
                              Some anti-terrorist type gendarmie thingies....
                              ...etc

                              Impressive, eh????!!!! :wink:

                              Later.
                              No-one, I think, is in my tree...

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