16 Sigs 'boyscouts'???

As an outsider I have to ask.... "What the hell's going on back there in Elmpt?"

I noticed a member of 16 Sigs yesterday and was pulled between complete disbelief and rolling around on the floor laughing. Add one more badge to the sleve of your shirts and you'll never be able to wear shirt sleve order again!

For those who haven't seen it, and this is as accurate as I can remember seen through tears of laughter..... As well as a 'Royal Signals' rank slide 'centre stage' so to speak, on the right sleve a '16 Sigs' regt badge over the 'Royal Signals' blue and white TRF and on the left sleve a big bright blue and white diamond ARRC badge. To make it interesting, two of the badges are blue and white, but the regt badge in in 'lo vis' green and black!

Who's idea was all that? Obviously too much time on their hands..... Who pays for all the badges? I thought we were trying to cut costs?..... What's the matter? Can't you think of troop badges to add to the fun?..... How about a neck scarf and woggle???..... Gonna call you seniors after animals in 'The Jungle Book'?
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Unfortunately, these days it would appear that you are a nobody - unless you have lots of badges. I am sure that OPSEC used to forbid it, but obviously we do not need to worry about that anymore?
gentlemen and ladies please do not forget that 7 sigs look equally ridiculous!

whats the going rate for the bi-curious badges anyway?
30 Sigs list as follows:

Name Tag

Union Jack

White Swan


JTFHQ Badge (F**king huge badge)

and our friends from nepal wear Bde badge as well 8O
It seems that this badge collecting fixation is a Signals thing :roll:
It seems that this badge collecting fixation is a Signals thing
No I think it is a 1* thing so that Brigadier so and so can point at every soldier wearing one of his formation's very smart badges and say with pride to his fellow Brigadiers currently in staff jobs - He's one of mine.

Here's my take:

Name tags - useful, especially if your crap with names like me.

TRF - Not totally sure but I suspect useful for outsiders to an organisation.

Formation badges - only useful in 1* pissing matches and for enemy interogators.

Regt'l Flashes/Badges - only useful in inter CO pissing matches and for enemy interogators.

Union Jack - I'm wearing a British Army Uniform, carrying a crap gun that no-one else in the world will buy and I speak in a Plumb BBC Home counties accent, where the fcuk do you think I'm from!!!

Ghurka Bde Flash - As above excpet for the accent but this time carrying a Kukri (God do these people assume that we are stupid in that we can't recognise a Ghurkha when we see one :? .

The party line is that these badges help promote 'corporate identity' - well in my view thats bollocks and the money wasted on badges could have been far better spent elswhere.

Cmt 95 is a field uniform designed primarily to be worn on Ops, but conveniently for the budjeteers now also worn in barracks as well.

Lose the badges.

Their CR@P

Rant over
That whole badge thing is simply rediculous. We in he trenches know that but those that "command" live in a different world and think it's smart. My arse!
spikeboy said:
That whole badge thing is simply rediculous. We in he trenches know that but those that "command" live in a different world and think it's smart. My arse!
Well they may think it makes you look 'smart', but the rest of the army know it makes you all look stupid. Dib, dib dib :lol:
Badges are an integral part of being in the Royal Signals. It gives our over rated RSMs something to whine on about when, yes you guessed it, there are much more important things in life and indeed better things to spend money on and unfortunately badges im affraid will be with us longer even than the might 432.

Oh yes and it is spreading once the other regiments and units save up enough 5p pieces they will all be putting in their orders for fancy bright flashes.

dob dob dob. !!!!!!!! :D :D :D
Nametags were/are required so when you meet (met) the old SONC.

Every time I was in a group to meet him, or met him myself or heard about somebody meeting him. All he ever happened was....

He would look at your name tag....

Ah ...thats a strange name(insert name) , Where does that come from then? Knew a chap called (Similar to you name but one letter different)..boots fit. good, very good
and so on for all those present.

Excellent man management, troops always off on the wrong foot and no idea how to answer back , so no difficult questions to answer and in the mess for for a stiff double ASAP.

Good old Berty.
Although name tags are not allowed within the RA, your fancy corps flash has attracted the attention of some of our policy makers. Instead of the normal red and blue DZ flash normally reserved for arty units they are now looking at one the same as yours but red and blue. When introduced you can take in the Gunners who have measured exactly where their badges should go as per Arty dress regs. :?
I am still at a loss with all these badges, you get posted to one unit you have to spend a week and half changing ya badges from one thing to another, when you could be doing something that would be of actual use!!.
Looking on the grim side of things, if you ever got captured by the enemy in world war 2 you were only told to pass the big 4 out (name rank, number DOB) and that was still practised up until i left the forces nearly 2 years ago, Just before i left i started to notice other unit descriptures have started to creep in, such as bright orange identifiers in the top corners of the eindows in the rovers.
Surely nowdays if god forbid one of our guys ever got captured, he doesnt have to say anything as the enemy would already know, due to all the identifications, and also as well that the soldier can sew!!
So much for battle field security!!!

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