Any Clue?

#1
Wondered if anyone could give me a clue as to how I go about verifying, whether or not someone previously served in the British Military or not.

I married a Yank a few years back and moved to the States. I have been lucky enough to get a job as a firearms instructor at a local range. Since the gun business over here is full or ex military from all over the world, I keep bumping into other British expats. Nearly all of them claim to be ex-army, navy etc. Most of them with a wink wink, nudge nudge.....say no more mate...indicating some kind of SF training or regiment. This normally leads me to the conclusion that they are full of s*** and that’s the end of that.........

However I would hate to be tarring them all with the balls brush if in fact one or 2 are for real.......Question is how, (without interrogating them and making myself look a total prick) do you know?.................Any ideas?
 
#3
Ask who their preferred publisher is? If you get a blank look, they're either old-school, or you're probably reached the right conclusion.

How much to shoot in Florida btw?
 
#4
......Ask them their army number. Look at their age and compare. eg: 23******, or 24********. If that fails ask them what is an AF1033 or simplest of all, what number is a Sgt. Major's special?
 
#5
shagnasty said:
......Ask them their army number. Look at their age and compare. eg: 23******, or 24********. If that fails ask them what is an AF1033 or simplest of all, what number is a Sgt. Major's special?
As an Ex Sgt Major, I have no idea what you are on about?
 
#6
WhiteHorse said:
shagnasty said:
......Ask them their army number. Look at their age and compare. eg: 23******, or 24********. If that fails ask them what is an AF1033 or simplest of all, what number is a Sgt. Major's special?
As an Ex Sgt Major, I have no idea what you are on about?
Must have changed over the years........252 crime sheet come to mind? :D
or am I having bad dreams again and lost the plot?

Taxi!
 
#7
ABrighter2006 said:
Ask who their preferred publisher is? If you get a blank look, they're either old-school, or you're probably reached the right conclusion. How much to shoot in Florida btw?
It’s a shame there is'nt a website or association that could confirm or deny an individuals service........The yanks have one for "Fake Seals"......
http://veriseal.org/about.html

Cost to shoot depends on if you have your own kit. With your own guns $10 range time plus you have to by your ammo (about $14.00 - 18.00 Ave per box of 50) If you rent a gun its an additional $12.00. Full auto rental MP5, UZI, M4 is $50.00 plus ammo. Instruction is $50 per hour per person.
 
#8
BritViper said:
ABrighter2006 said:
Ask who their preferred publisher is? If you get a blank look, they're either old-school, or you're probably reached the right conclusion. How much to shoot in Florida btw?
It’s a shame there is'nt a website or association that could confirm or deny an individuals service........The yanks have one for "Fake Seals"......
http://veriseal.org/about.html

Cost to shoot depends on if you have your own kit. With your own guns $10 range time plus you have to by your ammo (about $14.00 - 18.00 Ave per box of 50) If you rent a gun its an additional $12.00. Full auto rental MP5, UZI, M4 is $50.00 plus ammo. Instruction is $50 per hour per person.

.....so if a spotty teenager drops in for a practice shoot before he blows away his classmates.....no questions asked? :roll:
 
#9
BritViper said:
ABrighter2006 said:
Ask who their preferred publisher is? If you get a blank look, they're either old-school, or you're probably reached the right conclusion. How much to shoot in Florida btw?
It’s a shame there is'nt a website or association that could confirm or deny an individuals service........The yanks have one for "Fake Seals"......
http://veriseal.org/about.html

Cost to shoot depends on if you have your own kit. With your own guns $10 range time plus you have to by your ammo (about $14.00 - 18.00 Ave per box of 50) If you rent a gun its an additional $12.00. Full auto rental MP5, UZI, M4 is $50.00 plus ammo. Instruction is $50 per hour per person.
Just send me their details mate and I'll check em against my course photographs.................... :wink:






before it starts- I'm joking!
 
#10
shagnasty said:
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.....so if a spotty teenager drops in for a practice shoot before he blows away his classmates.....no questions asked? :roll:
no.....we would give them extra ammo!...... :wink: Just kidding. You got to be 21 and have id, etc....................non of ours have gone postal.......yet!
 
#11
You can recognise a British squaddie anywhere by their slick drills and the confident and safe way that they handle their weapon. ;)

If you're really excited about whether they're ex-British Army, talk to them about something that they should know about. You're in a gun club so why not ask them about the SA80/SLR depending on vintage, or persuade them to demonstrate British drill. There are lots of ways.
 
#12
The trick is to be subtle. Eg *How did you get on at Pontrilas* ? And *Do you remember Dinger when he was SSM G Squadron? *
 
#13
qman said:
BritViper said:
ABrighter2006 said:
Ask who their preferred publisher is? If you get a blank look, they're either old-school, or you're probably reached the right conclusion. How much to shoot in Florida btw?
It’s a shame there is'nt a website or association that could confirm or deny an individuals service........The yanks have one for "Fake Seals"......
http://veriseal.org/about.html

Cost to shoot depends on if you have your own kit. With your own guns $10 range time plus you have to by your ammo (about $14.00 - 18.00 Ave per box of 50) If you rent a gun its an additional $12.00. Full auto rental MP5, UZI, M4 is $50.00 plus ammo. Instruction is $50 per hour per person.
Just send me their details mate and I'll check em against my course photographs.................... :wink:

...
Priceless - :D

Just doing the math here - shouldn't the British Army be sourcing it's bullets from Florida? :) Hey, we'll cut out the middlemen - Who's for ARRSE Inc. with it's dubious offshore "British" subsiduary. We'll export high quality munitions into a war-zone, through a series of clever transactions, reclaim some import duties along the way, and make a few bucks - waddaya reckon? :D

Gotta be a winner - how many civil servants does it cost to put a bullet on the battlefield. We could be onto something here - unless it's been done before!
 
#14
ABrighter2006 said:
qman said:
BritViper said:
ABrighter2006 said:
Ask who their preferred publisher is? If you get a blank look, they're either old-school, or you're probably reached the right conclusion. How much to shoot in Florida btw?
It’s a shame there is'nt a website or association that could confirm or deny an individuals service........The yanks have one for "Fake Seals"......
http://veriseal.org/about.html

Cost to shoot depends on if you have your own kit. With your own guns $10 range time plus you have to by your ammo (about $14.00 - 18.00 Ave per box of 50) If you rent a gun its an additional $12.00. Full auto rental MP5, UZI, M4 is $50.00 plus ammo. Instruction is $50 per hour per person.

Just send me their details mate and I'll check em against my course photographs.................... :wink:

...
Priceless - :D

Just doing the math here - shouldn't the British Army be sourcing it's bullets from Florida? :) Hey, we'll cut out the middlemen - Who's for ARRSE Inc. with it's dubious offshore "British" subsiduary. We'll export high quality munitions into a war-zone, through a series of clever transactions, reclaim some import duties along the way, and make a few bucks - waddaya reckon? :D

Gotta be a winner - how many civil servants does it cost to put a bullet on the battlefield. We could be onto something here - unless it's been done before!
Could use the BFPO free parcel service as well to cut down on shipping cost.
 
#15
shagnasty said:
WhiteHorse said:
shagnasty said:
......Ask them their army number. Look at their age and compare. eg: 23******, or 24********. If that fails ask them what is an AF1033 or simplest of all, what number is a Sgt. Major's special?
As an Ex Sgt Major, I have no idea what you are on about?
Must have changed over the years........252 crime sheet come to mind? :D
or am I having bad dreams again and lost the plot?
1231?? :?
 
#16
WhiteHorse said:
shagnasty said:
......Ask them their army number. Look at their age and compare. eg: 23******, or 24********. If that fails ask them what is an AF1033 or simplest of all, what number is a Sgt. Major's special?
As an Ex Sgt Major, I have no idea what you are on about?
Ahh, age reduces the grey matter, though RFUK's 1231 feels better :wink:
 
#17
BritViper said:
Wondered if anyone could give me a clue as to how I go about verifying, whether or not someone previously served in the British Military or not.

I married a Yank a few years back and moved to the States. I have been lucky enough to get a job as a firearms instructor at a local range. Since the gun business over here is full or ex military from all over the world, I keep bumping into other British expats. Nearly all of them claim to be ex-army, navy etc. Most of them with a wink wink, nudge nudge.....say no more mate...indicating some kind of SF training or regiment. This normally leads me to the conclusion that they are full of s*** and that’s the end of that.........

However I would hate to be tarring them all with the balls brush if in fact one or 2 are for real.......Question is how, (without interrogating them and making myself look a total prick) do you know?.................Any ideas?
Why would asking some simple but direct questions like "which unit did you serve with" "were where you stationed" "how long were you in" etc, make you look like a prick, more likely they might look the prick if their answers dont tie up and at least it would give you some info if you wanted to dig about further to find out about them?
 
#18
BritViper said:
Wondered if anyone could give me a clue as to how I go about verifying, whether or not someone previously served in the British Military or not.

I married a Yank a few years back and moved to the States. I have been lucky enough to get a job as a firearms instructor at a local range. Since the gun business over here is full or ex military from all over the world, I keep bumping into other British expats. Nearly all of them claim to be ex-army, navy etc. Most of them with a wink wink, nudge nudge.....say no more mate...indicating some kind of SF training or regiment. This normally leads me to the conclusion that they are full of s*** and that’s the end of that.........

However I would hate to be tarring them all with the balls brush if in fact one or 2 are for real.......Question is how, (without interrogating them and making myself look a total prick) do you know?.................Any ideas?
Why would asking some simple but direct questions like "which unit did you serve with" "were where you stationed" "how long were you in" etc, make you look like a prick, more likely they might look the prick if their answers dont tie up and at least it would give you some info if you wanted to dig about further to find out about them?
 
#20
ABrighter2006 said:
Gotta be a winner - how many civil servants does it cost to put a bullet on the battlefield. We could be onto something here - unless it's been done before!
Shouldn't the question be "how many bullets does each uncivil serpent cost to shoot" ?
 

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