Straight answer is, i didn't look at it that way, it was just a twist on a common term for officers. In any case, rank is an irrelevance on the board it's the quality of argument that stands out, and you don't have to be an officer to make a quality argument. If an OR wants to take issue with anything I have to say, and does so intelligently, then I will defend it. If someone has a perspective that differs from mine, regardless of their rank, and I can learn from it then i will.
You make the assumption that officers are the ones with those nicks. You also make the assumptions that there is a confidence issue in place and that there is a possible fear of OR abuse.
Could it be that the person registering finds an amusing nick that they are comfortable with and that they identify with? Or are you also going to assume that officers take a commission so that they can hide behind a rank because competing with soldiers is something that they don't think that they'd be comfortable with?
I'm assuming that you are a R SIGNALS Yeoman in an Armd HQ? Or is assuming something about someone else's nick not necessarily going to be accurate?
Oh crapola, does that mean someone might guess where i'm from? Is it too late for a double bluff?? Really folks, what an inane thread, has to be a tom that started this one. Lets get back to the bitchin, slagging, fighting, and whingeing. All qualities every professional soldier should have!!