1 Armd Div Sig Regt

Is there anyone here who served at 1 Armd Div Signal Regt, Verden, ‘82 - ‘83 ish?

An old REME armourer who served at that unit rekindled some memories of that place, from when I spent 6 weeks there, on a REME CIAT fit.

Was it really the Pythonesque place of fear and loathing that my memory recalls? Six weeks of listening to the distant sound of RPs screaming. It was like a black comedy.

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Baggers
 

daz

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Is there anyone here who served at 1 Armd Div Signal Regt, Verden, ‘82 - ‘83 ish?

An old REME armourer who served at that unit rekindled some memories of that place, from when I spent 6 weeks there, on a REME CIAT fit.

Was it really the Pythonesque place of fear and loathing that my memory recalls? Six weeks of listening to the distant sound of RPs screaming. It was like a black comedy.

Best regards

Baggers
Before my time by a few years, but pythonesque and loathing are apt descriptions - it was reputed to be the PVR capital of the Royal Corps of Signals at the time :)
 
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Before my kind by a few years, but pythonesque and loathing are apt descriptions - it was reputed to be the PVR capital of the Royal Corps of Signals at the time :)
I was there from 76-8 and it seemed that nothing had changed in later years, The RP staff were a rule unto themselves, and Beastings on the square of SUS was a regular and common practice.
 

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An utter kharsi of a place. Was there six months and then got posted to 8 Inf Bde Hq & Sig Sqn. Everyone at 1ADSR was under the impression it was a penal battalion and the RP Clowns were the prison guards.
 

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It’s a signals thing the ADSR at Soest were rather keen as I found when doing prisoner escort for a district court martial in 84
 

needlewaver

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I’ve never understood why such a technical corps with (presumably) intelligent people who make up its ranks suffers from such tomfoolery. Genuine question, why was (is?) the Royal Corps of Signals so riven with bullsh1t?
 

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I’ve never understood why such a technical corps with (presumably) intelligent people who make up its ranks suffers from such tomfoolery. Genuine question, why was (is?) the Royal Corps of Signals so riven with bullsh1t?
Most of the SSM's and RSM's were promoted from the less-intelligent trades such as Driver, Clerk, Storeman, GD, Powerman or Lineman. They have all done the tick-tock (Senior Nco's Drill) course and want to prove themselves. Many have been promoted into that rank and are on their first posting as SSM or RSM and are junior to YOS or FOS wearing the same rank. Hence the need to be shouty, annoying gits!
 
I’ve never understood why such a technical corps with (presumably) intelligent people who make up its ranks suffers from such tomfoolery. Genuine question, why was (is?) the Royal Corps of Signals so riven with bullsh1t?
I take it you've never met Driver Linesmen?

I was in Verden around 1992/3 ish (attached).

I remember HQ Sqn's bar and the stairs that I fell down pished getting out of there, my room being above the guardroom, Georgies bar and Clatty Batty.

The rest is a bit of a blur.
 

daz

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It’s a signals thing the ADSR at Soest were rather keen as I found when doing prisoner escort for a district court martial in 84
That depended on which barracks you were at, San Sebastian Barracks where the headsheads were based was a lot more army barmy (or possible just plain barmy) than Salamanca Barracks where 1 Sqn was based
 
Most of the SSM's and RSM's were bitter twisted failed tradesmen mostly but not all from the less-intelligent trades such as Driver, Clerk, Storeman, GD, Powerman or Lineman. They have all done the tick-tock (Senior Nco's Drill) course and want to prove themselves. Many have been promoted into that rank and are on their first posting as SSM or RSM and are junior to YOS or FOS wearing the same rank. Hence the need to be shouty, annoying gits!
I think that is more accurate.
 

ugly

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That depended on which barracks you were at, San Sebastian Barracks where the headsheads were based was a lot more army barmy (or possible just plain barmy) than Salamanca Barracks where 1 Sqn was based
All I know is they were unimpressed that someone broke into the sgts mess bar and helped themselves to the cigarettes! I wasn’t grassing anyone
 
Most of the SSM's and RSM's were promoted from the less-intelligent trades such as Driver, Clerk, Storeman, GD, Powerman or Lineman. They have all done the tick-tock (Senior Nco's Drill) course and want to prove themselves. Many have been promoted into that rank and are on their first posting as SSM or RSM and are junior to YOS or FOS wearing the same rank. Hence the need to be shouty, annoying gits!
The good news part of that though is that the RD blokes from the Operator side of the house (eg @slipperman) (and indeed the odd tech, I knew a couple) were noticeably more competent and got promoted further (in general).

Still, I agree with the sentiment regarding the knobbers in the guardroom.
 
I’ve never understood why such a technical corps with (presumably) intelligent people who make up its ranks suffers from such tomfoolery. Genuine question, why was (is?) the Royal Corps of Signals so riven with bullsh1t?
Needleweaver,

As a REME Tels Tech, I visited no end of Signals units on PREs and CIAT (Clansman Installation and Advisory Team). But that unit (1ADSR) *at that time* was "special". The colonel was a f*cking nutter - I wish I could remember his name. The sigs guys who were assigned to help us had some great stories, including the RSM inspecting the junior ranks' hands in the queue for meals at the cookhouse, jailing those whose hands were deemed not clean enough and plenty of other cracking stories. I know two Vehicle Mechanics who were there after that CO left and they both said it was fine as a posting.
 
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9SR Was probably the exception to the bollocks that occurred in BAOR. While to many it was considered a holiday posting (it was in Cyprus), there was the occasional call to assist UNFICYP in keeping the Greeks and Turks from kicking seven bells out of each other.
During my time in Cyprus, there was very little in the way of drilling and other general fannying about. We had jobs to do and we got on with them.
There was one particular SSM who came over all Drill pig, I think he was with 3 Sqn. Anyway, after a week or two the RSM had a word in his shell-like, along the lines of either desist or get phucked off at the high port.
3 Cdo Bde Sig Sqn was a bit shite because our badge was trained by the booties and didn't like hairy-arsed scalies traipsing about without something called creases in trousers and shine on boots. Fecking crabs!
 

Niamac

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I’ve never understood why such a technical corps with (presumably) intelligent people who make up its ranks suffers from such tomfoolery. Genuine question, why was (is?) the Royal Corps of Signals so riven with bullsh1t?
Well I was in 7 Sigs and there was a complete absence of bullshit. In three years I was never on a formal parade. First parade was just to show that everyone was there and reasonably clean and tidy. Out on exercise 200 days a year tended to change priorities.
 

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