A Sad Farewell

#1
It had to happen, but I didn't expect it to happen like this!

To all those I have worked with over the last 22 years, thank you all. For those of you I trained, good luck and stay safe.

Sorry there will be no dine out at the Mess, didn't even get my wassit from the Corps RSM :p

Take care all. It has been an honour and a privilege. I enjoyed every year of it and will miss it dearly.

Farewell
 
#2
Sorry there will be no dine out at the Mess, didn't even get my wassit from the Corps RSM :p
Mate, I don't really know what to say. I can only believe it must have been some kind of administrative oversight; perhaps your unfortunate circumstances mean that you have simply sunk below radar height, and I'm sure this can be put right.

Arrse might well offer an informal additional means of communication, but this is not the appropriate medium for thanking somebody who has given 22 years of loyal service to the Corps - in addition to your ongoing work in setting up the fledgling British Veterans website.

If anyone is in a position to enquire about this oversight, please feel free to PM me for his details (Shoghun - please let me know if you're happy for me to pass them on?).

You're not forgotten, and I for one will be sad to see you leave. Hopefully at some point in the future, it might be arranged for you to leave with a proper drunken Mess 'bang', not an Arrse 'whimper'! :excited:
 
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#3
It had to happen, but I didn't expect it to happen like this!

To all those I have worked with over the last 22 years, thank you all. For those of you I trained, good luck and stay safe.

Sorry there will be no dine out at the Mess, didn't even get my wassit from the Corps RSM :p

Take care all. It has been an honour and a privilege. I enjoyed every year of it and will miss it dearly.

Farewell
Sadly, this is an all too frequent occurrence. Your PEC/PMC should have had this sorted. Dreadful state of affairs.
 
#4
Sadly, this is an all too frequent occurrence. Your PEC/PMC should have had this sorted. Dreadful state of affairs.
I left as a Snco in 1990 (admittedly after only 14 years service) but I got no acknowledgement from the corps, not even a follow up from ICA. Nor, AFAIK, did any of the others who left around the same time.

Plus ca change eh?

Anyway, for ShogunUK - well done and all the best for the future (it isn't so bad outside!).

Rodney2q
 
#5
I left as a Snco in 1990 (admittedly after only 14 years service) but I got no acknowledgement from the corps, not even a follow up from ICA. Nor, AFAIK, did any of the others who left around the same time.

Rodney2q
I can't talk about 1990, but I do know that relative to 30 years ago, for most folks in defence are one-armed paper hangers these days. I started resettlement in 1994 and was told then, that the best resource you have is your personal network.

ICA may not have the resource to make contact when you leave, make sure you make contact with ICA and ICAREC now, there may be one or two other places you could look to find friendly advice from like minded souls.

If you are leaving the Army, just don't bother to look here
 
#6
My sympathies - I had a very similar experience, serving detached and not in a major unit. My (civilian) boss, my (civilian) team and I went out for curry and beer and that was pretty much it.
 
#7
It had to happen, but I didn't expect it to happen like this!

To all those I have worked with over the last 22 years, thank you all. For those of you I trained, good luck and stay safe.

Sorry there will be no dine out at the Mess, didn't even get my wassit from the Corps RSM :p

Take care all. It has been an honour and a privilege. I enjoyed every year of it and will miss it dearly.

Farewell
Disgrace your treated like this, all best in civvie st It isn't to bad out here and many ex forces have done very well for themselves.
 
#9
For a 22 year veteren of the Corps I joined but 5 years ago, Im sorry you had to submit such a heartfelt post on fcuking arrse. Manui dat cognitio vires.
 
#10
I did 25 years, man and boy, of which 18 were with the Corps. I left in 1993 whilst serving with the old Group (Germany) and wasn't even offered a dining out, much less the obligatory farewell present, either from them or the Corps Mess in Ashford.

My dining out was with the REME Mess I was a member of in Bielefeld (only 2 INT CORPS were members of that Mess). I opted for the Whisky Decanter set, with a difference - They had the Corps crest specially engraved on the decanter, and cap badges of the other units in the mess engraved on the four glasses - remained one of my proudest possessions until last year, when alas, I made the mistake of lending it to a female neighbour I fancied, for her Christmas Dinner and two of my prized glasses were smashed in the melee.

Still have two though and the decanter with the Corps badge so I should be grateful for small mercies in my old age.
 
#11
I had no chance of any sort of cheerio, being a member of a pretty dull Mess with a band of REME pads as members, very few of whom ever used the place. Not to worry; I had a number of excellent fareyewells from other organisations, which I valued far greater, and the mementos from which are all over my house's walls and shelves. I shouldn't get tortured about it, ShoghunUK, it's the people you know and enjoy the company of whose memory you want to keep, and they clearly weren't at your last post.
 
#13
Ah well if we're on a sympathy kick...I left from a Joint Service Unit based on an RAF Station. I got a book token. Not even a fucking plaque.

Still waiting for my claret jug from the Central Officers' Mess presentation fund though.....although might be my fault because the Director at the time and I weren't that bothered about giving each other a farewell interview; probably because we actually got on with each other, unlike most!!! Perhaps one day, like medals, parchments and warrants it'll come in the post.

Highlander Spy, if you had hung on for 12 months I would have had you dined out in style - it might possibly have involved a visit to the Moonlight Club in Niederkruchten in Mess Kit...........
 
#14
Ah well if we're on a sympathy kick...I left from a Joint Service Unit based on an RAF Station. I got a book token. Not even a fucking plaque.

Still waiting for my claret jug from the Central Officers' Mess presentation fund though.....although might be my fault because the Director at the time and I weren't that bothered about giving each other a farewell interview; probably because we actually got on with each other, unlike most!!! Perhaps one day, like medals, parchments and warrants it'll come in the post.

Highlander Spy, if you had hung on for 12 months I would have had you dined out in style - it might possibly have involved a visit to the Moonlight Club in Niederkruchten in Mess Kit...........
Have you finished colouring the book in yet?
 
#16
It looks like I will be following close behind after a mere 26 years with the Corps! All good times and fellows, generally, I may be lucky and get a big AS-90 to use as a door stop from my current Mess.
 
#17
As Rodney2Q rightly says, plus ca change. I left the corps in 1988 after 20 years, my final unit being that West Country place! Didn't even get an OC's interview, never mind a CO's, and they organised my dining out (a mass one for all those departing during the next 3 months) while I was on a long resettlement course in Aldershot. The final insult came when the company clerk told me I didn't qualify for the usual departure gift of corps tie and mug because I had missed a monthly payment somewhere along the line.
But I did get a dining out - a year or so earlier, some of us SNCOs detached ourselves from the RAF Innsworth Sgts' Mess, our official mess, and got ourselves into the Station Sgts' Mess at Ashchurch. They more than made up for our lots' failure by dining me and a couple of others out in a way none of us should ever forget. Really great guys! This lack of consideration for colleagues in the corps must be something to do with the (apparently) high intellectual level of its members.
But never mind all that b*ll*cks - the best of luck to you in your next career, whatever it is. Enjoy!
 
#18
It had to happen, but I didn't expect it to happen like this!

If it is any consolation Shogs you are not alone - I had not a single Corps member at my 'farewell' (only RAF and Navy in the bar) and not so much as a call from anyone other than my 2 closest muckers and one of those had just left! - even if it was to tell me to just fcuk off.

It told myself it i didn't give a shit initially and that I was being a soft shite - if they couldn't be arsed, sod 'em. Then after a few months it did start to piss me off a little... but over 12 months down the line I have consoled myself that if it was so difficult to sort out for them then I wouldn't possibly wish to burden them with my little issue. For christ sake, it took 3 years worth of badgering to get my warrant posted on to me!

Loved every day of it, shit jobs an'all, but there's more to life than a belated gift of a tie and an excuse for a piss up. So, I raise a glass to all those who have had the priveldge of wearing the cap badge and congratulate whole heartedly those who made it through to the 22 year point (and beyond) For those who have a responsibility for such things? Your turn will come, I hope you will not be left disappointed.
 
#19
It looks like I will be following close behind after a mere 26 years with the Corps! All good times and fellows, generally, I may be lucky and get a big AS-90 to use as a door stop from my current Mess.
What you really need as a leaving present is a pair of driving gloves, a flat cap and a mustard coloured austen maxi - well its how you arrived in the Corps!
 
#20
I did 31 years of which 21 were with the INT CORPS. I left in November last year with one eye, one knee and a stinking headache, all of which the Corps gave me - loved every minute of it though. When I got commissioned, both my Central Mess silver lunch and dining out from JSIO were cancelled by CO DISC because the Queen Mother died (although the scaly-back sanctioned a dinner in The Priory for Beds Council the same day as our silver lunch was due to have taken place). Haven't had my claret jug yet either Minnesota - if anyone's coming to Rugby World Cup then please feel free to drop it in and I'll get you in to the Georgia v Romania match, in fact bring your boots and you'll probably get a game.

Good luck to you ShoghunUK - I'm sure that someone will sort out your cabbage and I hope everything works out for you outside.
 

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