Badges, Fecking badges

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by Unknown_Callsign, Jan 7, 2008.

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  1. Ok, probably been mentioned before, but sick to death of being told I MUST buy my TRF's or Bde flash, somebody please explain to me why such items can not be given an NSN and be made available through the system. No doubt something to do with seeing if you willing to be part of the team or some crap like that. Personally I ve had enough, professional organisation my arrse!
    Top Brass feel free to answer without your SJAR being on the line!
  2. You are right and it does annoy me as well. But the way i get my head around it is to view it this way:

    Its not going to change and for the sake of a few pence for a TRF or a few quid for a stable belt its not worth constantly getting picked up and losing that chance at promotion that would more than pay for the extras that have had to be paid for out of our own pocket.
  3. Cow

    Cow LE

    2nd'd, my last unit they decided that everyone had to wear black Regt t-shirt under 95 top, Regt t-shirt for all PT. Easy way was to go to Asda and buy some cheap ones for when not on PT so you could wash your Regt one but not many wanted to spend a few quid. If you just get on with it and get squared away it keeps you out of the eyes of the Badge and others. Your going to have to do it so may as well be sooner rather than later. Use to piss me off though.
  4. We don't need no stinking badges!
  5. We dont need no thought control
  6. for the first 16 years of my army career we never bothered with badges,if you had them that was fine.Then all of a sudden people started getting @rse on's about it.Whats the point of having dpm when its got loads of bright sploges all over it
  7. I've seen your sewing skills CC, it's no wonder you'd agree!
  8. Just so the Co or Bde or Div Commander can leave his mark - because they couldn't find their arses with both hands on a moon lit night!
  9. It all seemed to kick off big time when we got our red rats for the first shindig in the desert.
  10. I'll second that. :D
  11. Mr Happy

    Mr Happy LE Moderator

    Badge, leave those toms alone..
  12. If you dont eat your meat, you cant have any pudding!!!
  13. This Roman Meal bakery thought you'd like to know.
  14. The scaleybacks at HQ 5 Inf Bde were big on name badges in 1982-3 and insisted all other personnel in the HQ also wore them.

    Very few bothered though - although we did consider all wearing badges with the same name.


    Also, IIRC the old 19 Field Force flash (the puking panther) was issued to troops in 1979-80 to be worn on the left shoulder of combat jackets, but was such poor quality that the colours washed out after several spins in the washing machine - but at least we didn't have to pay for them.

  15. I remember prior to the wall coming down that it was rare to see anyone with a 'badge' except Parar/5 Airborne (they even had an ERE DZ flash for Para Regt bods FFS!) Combined Ops and AMF(L) - Of course that's when we were expected to fight and die in NBC suits against the 3rd Shock Army!

    Then bit by bit it crept in, HC and Guards started putting their beret badge backing on their arms so we could despies them when in helmets (Peter DLB has a major whinge in his book about being snottergrammed by some guards 2 star during GW1 to make sure they have their flashes on their kit!)

    And that leads us to todays situation where everyone and their dog looks like a fcuking septic with badges here and badges there, and even a Union Flag to prove we're British (which of course Jonny Foreigner should be able to tell by the cut of our jib).

    Personally, I'd like to see someone challenge the 'buy it' culture impossed by units as I have always believed in that if you need it, HM the Queen via norman the storeman would give it to you free of charge and you only paid to replace it if you lost it (officers best togs excepted). Indeed I would go so far as to say 'show me in QRs where it says I have to buy stuff you want me to have and I will'!

    After all, what the fcuk are unit funds for if not to pay for these trivial little bits of cloth anyway? (And doesn't the RQMS use all profits from the sale of t-shirts for a good summer BBQ pi$$fest?)

    The other side of the argument is there's no 'I' in 'team' and get with the programme, you spend more dosh on booze and porn than the cost of a few flashes!