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RAF Regiment disbanded?

#1 Post by scottishcammy » Mon 06 Nov, 2006 9:43 pm

Whilst researching the Regiment, I came across this:

On 12 July 2004, it was announced by Geoff Hoon that the RAF Regiment will relinquish the Ground-Based Air Defence role as the threat from air attack had diminished. This role will now only be carried out by the Royal Artillery, and the four RAF Regiment squadrons will be disbanded by 1 April 2008. The four squadrons to be disbanded are:
*15 Squadron (March 2008)
*16 Squadron (March 2007)
*26 Squadron (March 2008)
*37 Squadron (March 2006)


As I'm considering joining one of the auxilliary squadrons as a gunner, I'm a bit concerned they may be phased out. Can anyone advise?
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#2 Post by Paratrooper01 » Mon 06 Nov, 2006 9:51 pm

Sure....Dont join them! Join the Paras instead. You get to serve with the most experienced soldiers in the armed forces, deploy on Ops to warzones like afghanistan where soldiers are seeing action almost every day, when in the UK you are ready to deploy on Airborne Task Force anywhere in the world in 72 hours, you get to work with the most dedicated and proffesional people around and you will make mates for life.

Why waste all of that so you can stag on an airfield?

You know it makes sense. 8)
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#3 Post by scottishcammy » Mon 06 Nov, 2006 10:05 pm

:lol:
Like a twat, I've discovered more info since posting that. It appears it's merely the rapier squadrons that are being fazed out, as opposed to the 'infantry' type ground defence (which is the bit I'm interested in) so no dramas! If I'm wrong, someone please jump in and correct me.

Paratrooper.....I like your style....! :lol:
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#4 Post by Paratrooper01 » Tue 07 Nov, 2006 10:53 am

If you like stagging on so much, im sure if you arrived in a Parachute battalion we could arrange for you to do some extra shifts in the guardroom. Now that WOULD be fun! :lol:
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#5 Post by scottishcammy » Tue 07 Nov, 2006 11:40 am

Paratrooper, as much as I would love to, I'm too old now :( The RAF boys have a much higher age limit. But, again, I like your style mate! My brother has done some work with the reserve boys out in Iraq and was impressed.
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#6 Post by Q » Sun 06 Jan, 2008 1:04 pm

Cammy, you don't want to listen to someone who knows nothing about the RAF Regiment, i doubt very much that Paratrooper01 has ever worked with them. The Regiments role on Afghanistan and Iraq is that as any other Infantry unit, aswell as the security of Airfields. The Regiments role has been very flexible over the years, not just "stag on" as PT01 puts it.

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#7 Post by London Boy » Tue 12 Feb, 2008 3:05 pm

Well said Q.


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#8 Post by wato212 » Tue 12 Feb, 2008 3:19 pm

Ye, paratrooper is right mate. Join the paras or royal. They dont do that much in afghan, the odd clearence patrol and lot's of stagging on. As for they do infantry roles out there load of shit do they f@#k. Up to you mate.

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#9 Post by stever » Wed 13 Feb, 2008 11:19 pm

re "auggies" i would say give it a go m8
you probably would be attached either to a force protection wing
or attached to a field sqn for a tour somewhere hot :D
i believe most regular sqn;s have auggies attached to bolster numbers
get onto google and give your local sqn a ring
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#10 Post by harry hackedoff » Thu 14 Feb, 2008 4:21 pm

Heyup Steve, see you are still in lurk mode :wink:

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#11 Post by stever » Thu 14 Feb, 2008 10:20 pm

yeh m8 been busy
real life ect :wink:
ive no doubt this thread will now deteriorate :D :D
still its pleasing to know people watching other forums
witty banter not dead ect :D :wink:
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#12 Post by harry hackedoff » Sun 17 Feb, 2008 3:22 pm

Crabs tried dropping a very heavy thing on Watter`s head. He was v lucky to survive. He isn`t your best fan mate.
Thanks for the pm, stop looking for that size wetsuit and simply paint one on 8)
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#13 Post by wato212 » Sun 17 Feb, 2008 5:41 pm

haha harry reference your last mate, that wasn't me that was caught up in the craps dopping a 4 ton underslung onto four lads :o nor, was i any of the lads that nearly caught it up when the crap doorgunners opened up with miniguns :o funny story though mate, when the chinook landed this was in sangin back in march, the loady came out looking like a bag of shit, cause what he or the polits done. Are colour sgt said and i quote ' you c@#t' and dropped him there and then. He then turned and said come on lads let's get the f@#k out of here haha, We were like little kids laughing getting on the helo lol. With me, some c@#t had a problem with me, so he firied an couple of 40mm gmg rounds at me, I thought it was out of order meself like haha

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#14 Post by stever » Mon 18 Feb, 2008 12:58 pm

aha thanks for clearing that up
i spose most units rely on "auggies" to bolster numbers
theres even lads at work getting letters
saying "fancy a six month tour "
you can imagine the reaction !!
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#15 Post by harry hackedoff » Mon 18 Feb, 2008 1:33 pm

Try to maintain a sense of humour at all times 8)
Picturing you in a painted on wetsuit works for me Ste :wink: Good luck with all 8)
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