When I was promoted to captain, my BC simply took me to one side, chatted desultorily about shooting, rugby and wine and then said "Next time, why don't you come as a captain..." Then when I was promoted to major, my CO wrote to me and said "I can only assume that the recent board had a jolly good lunch, because they have agreed you should be promoted to Major. This will no doubt come back to haunt them..." Finally when further advanced in my calling, I was taken to one side and asked if i had any Lt Col's slides. I replied I did not to which I was handed a pair and asked not to make too much fuss about it, as then "the other buggers will be wanting them"...and charged through my mess bill. None of these announcements of promotion were what one would call orthodox. Has anyone else received news of their elevation or indeed reduction in such cavalier and informal ways?