Don't think I've seen service personnel in uniform in a pub since the end of my P Company 14 miler on the South Downs 17 years ago.
My bet would be that this individual was ACF - TA and regulars tend to have more common sense.
Which is not to say people shouldn't wear uniform in public: they damn well should whenever appropriate and we've done ourselves a lot of damage by hiding away from the public, but going to pubs or clubs, where there's always a chance that something is going to kick off, is just daft.
Ahh I remember the ACF in pubs whilst in Depot, sneaked out one night, lived a few miles away you see, to see a mate when in wanders a group of lads in uniform and my capbadge, on seeing the 3 tapes I paniced I would get caught till I spotted the c**t was about 16. Always thoughtyou had to wear brassards over combats ? Well the did in my day
Oh FTR they were ACF as I recognised one from my own cadet days
So what happened to that guy from the RHA goes to the sandpit documentary on BBC? Wasn't he filmed going for a meal and a pint wearing his dessies? Fair enough he deserved it, but in your working clothes?
i have spotted a squaddie in RLC stable belt in local pub, he was on his own, i didnt question or anything tho , just minded my own business the thought did run through my head was "why is he drinking on his own ?"
the last time i drank in a pub in uniform was to attend a sending off of a former DC many of us came straight out the Dets to the pub as there was no time to get changed, also for Remebrance sunday in No2s.
thats about it, im sure everybody else did the same themsleves
Sadly if the MoD/HMG actually gave a toss about security at a national level, public morale, recruitment etc. they would remove all the uniform orders forbidding wearing of uniform in public and positively encouage it.
When was the last time you got hassle from the public when in uniform?
I would be a lot happier seeing more unforms on the street and certainly it is a sure source of a free beer from old boys in pubs.
Sorry Semper and Maninblack, i can't agree with you on that one i can't see how a load of drunken squaddies( who may be in the minority ) in uniform are going to raise the profile of the Armed Forces, it kicks off enough now, especially around millionaires weekend, can just see it now in the local/national papers after each weekend, it would be handing the journo's column inches on a plate.