I know this sounds a bit far fetched (well not really with this government), has any one heard the buzz that the government are on about supplementing the infantry units with 3000 sailors ???
janner said:Read up on your history, during WW1 the Royal Navy Divisions were regarded as some of the finest fighting men....too many men, not enough ships, sound at at all familiar.....could this be a case of history repeating itselft?
damo567 said:I would have thought if it was going to happen it would be in a support role, security of the main bases, logistics etc.
However even some of the support soldiers have been involved in some pretty fierce fighting.
Deeps said:Having served in the RN for over 6 years and now I am in the army i feel I can pass comment on this subject. The term ''infantry trained'' is very much over used even in the army. Everyone in serving in the army is a ''trained soldier'' some people get this confused with ''infantry trained'' beleive me there is a massive difference.Prior to deployment on operations all memebers of the army have to carry out OPTAG training which in full should be about 3 months long .Of course prior to this training as I have stated already all the soldiers are ''trained soldiers'' anyway.So who ever started this duty buzz that sailors are going out to Afgan to support the Infantry is taking out of his arrse.
No disrespect to the RN but even the most Gung Ho gunner on a pussers war canoe is nowhere near the level to even think about supporting the ''teeth arm soldiers'' in Afgan. Of course we all know Iraq and Afgan are tri-service deployments,but it is extremely rare that non-combat service personnel will ever be put into an area where there is a chance of action. I know we have the helicopter crews but they are trained for that job and they are very very good too.