Am I a Walt?

#1
I'm fairly new to this forum, but I've been lurking long enough to know what kind of replies to expect to a question like that, and hopefully I'll be able to filter out the worst of the AI-bashing. For the record I was in the Regular Army for 10 years, which included four operational tours, one of which was a 2-way range. Not much by today’s standards but I left a long time ago.

The reason for the question, I joined the ACF as an AI in September and County policy is not to issue AIs with uniform until immediately prior to their Induction course, which in my case is over four weekends starting in late Jan. For Remembrance Day we cobbled together enough uniform out of the stores so that I could march with the detachment. The only exception was there wasn't a beret to fit me so ever since I've been wearing my old Royal Engineers beret and stable belt. Clearly as far as the Corps is concerned I'm not entitled to wear it, but my motivation is genuine enough: I want to wear the same (well, similar) uniform as the cadets instead of teaching them drill (or whatever) whilst in civvies. To me that's just not right.

Should I be thought of as a Walt? Does it look like I’m trying to big-time it in front of kids? Sure there are a few war stories, but if cadets ask questions you like to answer them, right? I’d appreciate your (constructive :D ) comments .
 
#4
ex_mudmechanic said:
which included four operational tours, one of which was a 2-way range.
Does having a sing along with the RCT in Cyprus count as a two-way range then? :?
 
#6
wedge35 said:
Does having a sing along with the RCT in Cyprus count as a two-way range then? :?
Sing along, more like drink along the RCT the professional pissheads of the army, feck knows how they all did not lose their licences :p
 
#7
No, not a Walt! :)
 
#8
Not a WALT unless your pretending to be a CIVVY now.......Remember Hotel California....once a Squaddie you can never leave :wink:
 
#9
Nope - you're ok, in my book and I think your motivation will get a thumbs up from the rest on this site (although Flash may abuse just for the sake of it :D )

Welcome to Arrse!
 
#11
Definitely not - you have a conscience about wearing the uniform AND you are wearing it for a legitimate reason.

It's great to know that there are people out there that give a s*** about recruiting and young people. The current mongs in Westminster haven't a scooby's,
 
#12
Poacher said:
wedge35 said:
Does having a sing along with the RCT in Cyprus count as a two-way range then? :?
Sing along, more like drink along the RCT the professional pissheads of the army, feck knows how they all did not lose their licences :p
I didn't know the RCT were seen in that way. Well you'll be pleased to know we outsang them, outdrank them, and watched them get bollocked for it by their SSM the next morning!

Seriously, I'm quite chuffed at the responses, cheers everyone. The only problem is, soon enough they're going to give me a Royal Anglian beret and then I won't even be a failed Walt!!
 
#14
If you enjoyed your 10 years and were proud to serve as a Sapper (and wanting to maintain that link as opposed to rebadging R Anglian), I would just keep turning up in Sapper rig. Maybe write to your your CO asking permission and copy to DRE out of politeness.. At the end of the day they cant jail you and you are a still giving up your time to he;p the kids
 
#15
but why?

you're not a sapper now. you're not in the Army now. you're an instructor in an ACF det.

just because the ACF is sponsored by the Army, it doesn't mean ex-soldiers can start re-writing the rules to their liking.
 
#17
therealbigdizzle said:
but why?

you're not a sapper now. you're not in the Army now. you're an instructor in an ACF det.

just because the ACF is sponsored by the Army, it doesn't mean ex-soldiers can start re-writing the rules to their liking.
Whats up with you? Santa not visit your cardboard box this year?
 
#18
no, I'm fine.

I just don't think there's any need.

Why not wear it when you go shopping?
 
#20
You can wear a skirt and call yourself Tracey as far as I am concerned. Just make sure you have the CRB check and register with the ISA.
It is a personal matter and up to the individual. If they feel that strongly that they wish to represent their Corps, thats fine. if they dont care it doesnt matter. It is after all apart from being a youth organisation, it is a recruiting tool for the Army, and maybe there will be a clutch of baby Sappers from his efforts - or even Angle Irons if they still exist
 
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