BBC bigging up?

#2
Sandhurst is in a different league?

I'm not a matlot (or an officer) but I've been to Dartmouth and Sandhurst and I know what I'd be prouder of my boy doing.

Edited to add - Not Sandhurst!
 
#4
FieldDiscipline said:
Sandhurst is in a different league?

I'm not a matlot (or an officer) but I've been to Dartmouth and Sandhurst and I know what I'd be prouder of my boy doing.

Edited to add - Not Sandhurst!
So you've been to both, but you're not an officer - so you haven't done either course. What makes you qualified to comment on which is better? What were you doing at Dartmouth and Sandhurst that makes you qualified to draw that sort of conclusion?

BTW learn to spell Matelot!
 
#5
Nonsense from Field Discipline!

I liked the bit in the BBC report about 'best education money cannot but'.

Isn't that exactly what many of the foreigners do?

£170,000 I had heard.
 
#11
The one on the left is a workmate's ex-boyfriend and, unless I'm very much mistaken, that would be sunny Birmingham in the background.

I'll tell him that his ex made it onto ARRSE, although he'll probably tell me he's been there before...
 
#12
The BBC got at least one thing wrong;

The UK has three officer academies - Dartmouth on the south Devon coast for the Royal Navy, Cranwell in Lincolnshire for the RAF and Sandhurst for the British Army.

As we all know, Cranwell is a Polytechnic. :wink:
 
#13
I liked the bit about "no special treatment for sheikhs or princes".

Yeah, right. Because crying (literally) to get off an ex because you're constipated from being too fcuking scared to use a field latrine wouldn't normally get a UK student booted-out to the sound of laughter!

As for the floppy I saw backtermed twice because he couldn't get his weight under 21 stone... They actually had to kick that one out in the end. It was that or just make RMAS's values a complete laughing stock.

IF

P.S. Not, I hasten to add, that I think HRHs got an special treatment of that sort!
 
#14
The BBC got at least one thing wrong;

Quote:
The UK has three officer academies - Dartmouth on the south Devon coast for the Royal Navy, Cranwell in Lincolnshire for the RAF and Sandhurst for the British Army.

As we all know, Cranwell is a Polytechnic.
Is Lympstone not an Officer Academy for RM (in addition to, of course, training the bootnecks)?
 
#15
A slack BBC Hack said:
Unlike West Point in the United States or St Cyr in France, the royal military college is not a university as 85% of each class are already graduates.
It is hard to imagine that this sentence was written by a graduate. The fact that 85% of the cadets there are already graduates is not the reason that The Royal Military Academy (the others are colleges) is not a university.

RMAS used to be a three-year degree course way back when, just like Cranditz (not sure about Brittania) but someone baulked at the three year training period for YOs — possibly cost, possibly length flash-to-bang time — and so they were cut (at one point down to 18 weeks in the case of the crabs).
 
#16
Interceptor said:
FieldDiscipline said:
I've been to Dartmouth and Sandhurst and I know what I'd be prouder of my boy doing.

Edited to add - Not Sandhurst!

Really?
Do you mind, I was hoping no one here would post that photo of me and my partner on AARSE! :oops: :oops: :oops: :wink: :lol:
 
#17
stickybomb said:
A slack BBC Hack said:
Unlike West Point in the United States or St Cyr in France, the royal military college is not a university as 85% of each class are already graduates.
It is hard to imagine that this sentence was written by a graduate. The fact that 85% of the cadets there are already graduates is not the reason that The Royal Military Academy (the others are colleges) is not a university.

RMAS used to be a three-year degree course way back when, just like Cranditz (not sure about Brittania) but someone baulked at the three year training period for YOs — possibly cost, possibly length flash-to-bang time — and so they were cut (at one point down to 18 weeks in the case of the crabs).
Er, when? Certainly the commissioning course was nearly two years in the post war period, but RMAS and its forebear RMCS have, to the best of my knowledge, never been degree-bearing institutions. Indeed, prior to the Second World War if one had a degree membership of the UOTC was considered an acceptable alternative to RMCS. Of course, Jock Sinclair's replacement as CO came in via Oxfors, and look what happened to him.
 
#18
call_me_jack said:
IffleyRoad said:
Dartmouth is the superior training establishment, apparently.

Hence they 'bond' better.
James Bond? (he went there didn't he?)

Or UniBond? (there is a joke about filling cracks to be made there)
Bond was a wartime commission...but Ian Fleming went to Sandhurst until he was sacked for shagging and boozing. Curiously David niven was in his term!
 
#19
FieldDiscipline said:
Sandhurst is in a different league?

I'm not a matlot (or an officer) but I've been to Dartmouth and Sandhurst and I know what I'd be prouder of my boy doing.

Edited to add - Not Sandhurst!
Tit!

I have been to all of the 'acadamies' in one form or another during my time and done 2 of the full courses.

The RAF run (ran?) a good course but will loose a lot of the good teamwork things when they run a platoon type set up rather the old flight set up - less flight commanders means less salaries to pay I guess.

RMAS is a good course - but not whilst you are on it - and the model of leadership appears to be along the lines of 'he who shouts loudest is the best leader'. There is also plenty of room for people to hide in the 'grey' zone. THe sooner the 'blue-red-blue' gang have their grip loosened the better.

Dartmouth is fine...if you like making sure that your locker is highly polished and sheets are not 1mm out of place! The inpsections have to be seen to be believed.

But above all Lympstone is the only true academy in that it is a proper young officers course that is run there. Intitial training and trade training...and alongside the people that you aspire to lead. Bluffers are very quickly indentified, and I'm sure that we can all indentify some of them in our own little spheres, the physical and personal standards are higher than those of the marines seeing you doing your training.

So..they are all different, require a different person to pass through them and result in a different product passing out.
 

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