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Let down by their countrymen: how our Forces often feel unappreciated - Telegraph

The heartstrings were just about to twang...then I read the bit about the female RAF 'Baby-Killer'. I think someone has been watching far too many documentaries on 'nam.

As a matter of interest, did any of you partake in this group love in? Do you really feel unappreciated? Do you really want civvies to walk up to you in the street and thank you for being in the Forces?

I think 'Hug-a-Squaddie' day isn't too far away.
Well all I can say is that my friend Sig Proxy has never encountered any nastiness in all the time he has been serving,no probs with mobile contracts,no probs with credit cards,no probs getting credit/insurance for his car,he has even got a 'Costco' discount card..

When home on leave he comes home wearing his uniform (It allows him to get home that bit quicker by not changing + it's a long drive from S Wales) and he always receives compliments and thanks from all the neighbours.....
If having some civvie call you nasty names is the worst thing that ever happens to you in your military career you've not had a bad run.

“If you see a member of the Services in uniform and you appreciate what they do, go and tell them so,” he writes, “If you are in a position to offer discounts to military personnel, it is a gesture they will appreciate.”

Christ he makes us sound like right needy cnuts.


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Someone should write a poem about it, perhaps call it The Queen's Uniform, no, that doesn't quite work, why don't we call it Tommy.

Shite, it's already been done, a hundred and twenty years ago!

I used to get loads of abuse,even spat on when in uniform,but ,hey,par for the course as a bus driver.
I was once forced to live in a hole in the ground in the rain just because I was in the Army.

Another time, again just because I was in the Army, someone shot at me.

I feel it's time for behaviour like this to be stamped out.


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Prostrate yourselves before me, oh worthless minions for I am a British Soldier. Worship me and give me free stuff!
Refused mobile phone contracts? Orange gave me a discount for being a squaddie, gave me a free handset and let me suspend my contract whilst on tour. Lots of stores that don't normally offer discounts have given discounts when I've been shopping in uniform and quite a few give 10% or so off if you've got your MOD90.

In fact, the only ****** that seems to hate the fact I'm in the Army is my boss! :)


Christ he makes us sound like right needy cnuts.
He does, but to be honest James, I think quite a few whiners beat him too it a few years back with their demands on free this and free that. It was all quite embarrassing. This website was plagued with it.
Do you really want civvies to walk up to you in the street and thank you for being in the Forces?
No its ****ing embarrassing, as happened recently to me when 2 elderly gentlemen, whilst doing the rounds in Tesco, started publicly heaping praise on me, as I was in uniform!

For those wanting to show their gratitude, show it by donating a quid or two, there are plenty of service charities out there, for those that need it!
This is very much a yank thing isn't it? I rememer being at Sea World in Florida and before Shamu (the killer whale show) started they had all service personnel stand up, gave a sappy speech then played the national anthem.

I've always seen British forces people as being quite modest about their job and not fussing over public opinion. I know staying out of uniform in public is to do with security after the Troubles but I always thought that might be a factor.
I've never had any grief in uniform. Old ladies have hugged me, RBL old blokes have pumped my hand, Mall and Nightclub bouncers (walts) have smiled sheepishly and my local landlord gave me a free Pint when I was in civvies. Our neighbours are Italian and let you know it. Their son is a f*****g pain in the arrse - all Milan t-shirt, wop hair and mouth, but he's been polite and helpful ever since I nipped into Waitrose dressed as a cabbage and he was on the till.

I once saved a young asian lad at the railway station from a good kicking by some "Enngeerlaaaahhnnd" fans. The little fella was pretty shaken up so I escorted him home (No Jarrod, he didn't "thank" me). A few months later I stopped off at the local Kebab house and he was there. Rapid fire Urdu exchanged and I was given a BFO Kebab and a bag of Samosas all for free
One off-the-cuff aside by one of the serving members that still makes me chuckle went along the lines of, "I preferred it when the cnuts hated us".

It's just another Diana-ism. It'll disappear quickly enough the moment the over-emoting mongs find something else to hitch their worthless lives to.

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