Paras are infantry that jump out of planes
Marines are infantry that jump off boats
Infantry are , well infantry
I mean the types of forces please, I've done a bit of a google but how about the army types present explaining a little.
We have commandos, paras, rangers, marines, various rifle regiments and all sorts of infantry (this isn't a UK only thread). Now many of these are serving in Afganistan but do explain the difference between say, the paras doing a tour and the royal marines being there too...
RAF ..posh gays
Royal Navy.. gayboys for general use
Royal marines...On board ships so the sailors have someone to dance with
Paras... Not very bright but they can lift heavy things
SAS... can speak more than one language and still lift heavy things
REME.. Cant llift things but can press the button on a machine that can do it for them
Pompey supporters..Britains real fighting forces
Main Page - ARRSEpedia if it's worth explaining it's on there already....
I don't have a problem with Adam pointing people towards ARRSE but I don't know how well it is written or how easy it is to be understood by the non-military. I'm not going to read it either.
So, my 2d worth. You could say that the Army is split into 2 parts; the 'Teeth' Arms and the Support Arms. The Teeth arms consist of the Infantry, Armour, Artillery, Engineers, Signals, Intelligence, Army Air Corps, super-doopers etc - basically people directly involved in the fighting effort.
The Support arms consist of Logistics; Transport, REME, Ordnance Corps, cooks, and other support services Medics, dental, legal - all of the other bits that enable the fighting boys to do their bit and for the whole organisation to function in both peace and war.
It can get complicated after that.
Its basically infantry and people who help the infantry.
The infantry kill people and everyone else makes sure the infantry are where they need to be in order to kill people.
That involves feeding them, fixing their communications equipment and vehicles, telling them where the enemy is and paying them.
Although they like to think so no one in the armed forces is any more special than anyone else, the infantry might take the piss out of the RLC but they'll soon start to moan if they don't get resupplies of food and kit.
However in modern warfare (or counter insurgency ops) there are no REMFs anymore, Adam is just as likely to get taken out in his bed by IDF (indirect fire = rockets and mortars) as anyone else....although he will still get a nosebleed if he has to advance anywhere near the front gate
Navy is split into two distinct parts:
Submarines & targets...
Gecko45 is legendary on US gun forums
I even managed to get myself banned from a UK airgun forum.
The best I ever did was the 'Christian Knife-makers' forum.
I told them the devil had instructed me to make a special knife to kill unborn children that might be Jesus Christ and I asked for tips like "Whats the best type of blade to pierce skin".
Being merkins they went for it hook, line and sinker and put hundreds of hours into trying to persaude me that what I was doing was wrong.
Then they banned me
There is some hilarious stuff on ARRSE, but for some reason I've had stuff removed from there as well, I posted stuff about an airsoft walt that was exposed pretending to be special forces/RMP Close Protection, I posted some stories about him that happened when he was attached to an infantry regiment who deployed to Iraq but I got an email from mods warning me off because apparantly he'd suffered enough.
This was a bloke who turned up to muster parade with skateboard knee protectors on that he'd sprayed in desert cam, he managed to set fire to a whole infantry platoons kit and then made a video of himself wanking in a sangar on sentry duty, uploaded it to a paradigm computer and posted it on the internet. It was found on the computer and he got charged. The thing that brought him down though was selling an RMP uniform on ebay that he reckoned had belonged to one of the RMP killed in Majar al Kabir.
He was exposed and made the newspapers.
The Combat Arms are the "teeth" of the British Army, infantry, armoured and aviation units which engage in close action.
The Combat Support Arms provide direct support to the Combat Arms and include artillery, engineer, signals and aviation.
The Combat Service Support Arms provide sustainment and support for the Combat and Combat Support Arms.
Obviously this sort of distinction ruffles feathers of those who feel that they should be 'higher' up the foodchain but here it is on an MOD document (which also includes links to Regimental websites if the OP wants specific details):
(I know it's about commissioning but page 3 onwards is what I'm on about).
Obviously nothing about Marines as they are part of the Navy, nor Special Forces as if I told you what I know about THEM I'd have to kill you. I'd be bullsh***ing as well!
The Infantry's real job is to hold ground that the front line fighters have taken.
"Victory is the big, bright beautiful flower. Transport is the stem without which it could never flourish." Winnie
This is presumably the new lean modern Army. My apologies, I'm an old giffer thinking about getting a red coat. Do the HQs still work on the old G1/G4 and G2/G3 set up?