- 18-05-2012, 15:44 #71'You can't polish a turd but..............you can roll it in glitter'
- 18-05-2012, 16:00 #72
London since before the Second World War. Since Guards Div have now got the LONDONS I'd put even money on them picking up some of the load in SW1 within a few years.
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- 18-05-2012, 16:26 #73Please no, not the face!...
- 18-05-2012, 16:29 #74
- Join Date
- Jul 2006
- Instow - The Bar
The amalgamation into cobat corps was strongly pushed for by those on the coal face back in the 80's during but the powers to be thought it was all pie in the sky. Until the Houshold Div come into play the infighting will continue.Coaching done, training done - now she's just got to go out and do it. Brighton Marathon off you go.
Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts.
- 18-05-2012, 16:33 #75
- 18-05-2012, 16:47 #76
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- Jan 2007
the same could be said of any of the 'mainly ceremonial' formations
- 18-05-2012, 19:02 #77
- Join Date
- Oct 2003
- The Isle of Innisfree
The young lady I am thinking of looks, IMNSVHO, very elegant indeed and has adapted the traditional "uniform" in a thoroughly respectful manner. Feck me, I sound like Gok Wan!To eat well in England one must have breakfast three times a day
London: its "buzz" and "vibrancy"... can be codewords for drugs, late-night noise and multi-culturalism run (literally) riot.
- 18-05-2012, 19:55 #78
The Canadians seem to manage with Stab cavalry
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- 18-05-2012, 21:39 #79
I think we will need to agree to disagree on the subject of female officer Cav Mem attire. While I'll concede that Hyde Park probably has its fair share of foxes (of both nature), I'm not sure that justifies countryside/hunting rig, particularly since all of the male officers are clad in city suits.
Out of mild curiosity, I didn't think the TA had females in the teeth arms any more; or does this just apply to the infantry?Please no, not the face!...
- 18-05-2012, 22:10 #80
Governor General's Horse Guards Cavalry Squadron says: "The Squadron is made up of both military and civilian volunteers"
The questions are:
1. Do we want a mounted ceremonial capability?
2. If yes, on what scale, in terms of unit strength and how often do you want to use it?
3. Do you want to man it with "real soldiers" (i.e. those who are actually members of the armed forces, be it regular or TA)?
4. Who should pay for it? The MoD? The Department for Culture, Media and Sport? Some sort of private initiative or charity?
The answers to the questions above should give you the optimum solution for the delivery of this capability. Possible COAs might be:
1. No change.
2. Reduction to one Sqn, with compensating reductions in taskings and commitment to the QBP, etc., but delivered in the same way by regular forces.
3. Delete all mounted ceremonial activity.
4. Some sort of system of sponsored reserves, where you employ the same number of personnel, but as civilians, which you mobilise as reservists when they don uniform.
The problem is that you can't really give the capability wholesale to the TA, because horses require feeding, exercising and generally looking after seven days a week, so unless you are going to employ a force of civilian stable girls in addition to the TA riders it is not really going to work. There is also the perpetual problem with the TA in that you can't rely on them all to turn up so you will always get the embarrassing gaps in the parade which rather defeats the object of the exercise. Also, an evening a week and a weekend or two a month is hardly sufficient to get people up to the required standard and on this I agree with the HDiv line on all ceremonial activity: "Either we do it well or we don't do it at all".Please no, not the face!...