Combat Fashion – TRF’s

#3
Perhaps something that screams "Capture and Torture Me Horribly as I'm a Valuable HUMINT Asset!!!"

Failing that the tankie one with the skull and crossbones on it 'cuz it's coolest.

V!
 
#6
TRFs used to be a good idea around WW2 to foster a Divisional (or these days Brigade) identity given that the units we fight in are composed of a multitude of capbadges.

However, as deployed these days TRFs have nothing to do with warfighting and everything to do with bored senior officers further accentuating capbadge divisions. They're crap, unnecessary and counter-productive. And they make you look like a Boy Scout. What's next, a merit badge for passing my A1 ?

If DInt or whoever is reading this then - don't do it ! Anyone with any brains (hopefully most of us) will ditch the things before going anywhere near an operational theatre. And wearing them in barracks does nothing but massage the egos of small minded Walts.
 
#7
I like abs idea - an ARRSE TRF - don't know if the new RSM would agree; perhaps to be trialed on the next SNCO's cadre - love to see his face on the first muster!
 
#8
You would probably get away with barbs ARRSE tartan. We've gone so badge mad now a few extra won't make any difference. Maybe we should get a sash like the Brownies so we can wear them all!

I harrumphed around barracks last week in badge-free cs95, web belt instead of my usual stable belt and a DPM rank slide. I must admit it felt a bit like driving a car without a seat belt and you could see folk looking at you with the expression that says, "I can see something not quite right but I'm not sure what it is."

I agree with OOTS - try Googling Buckminster Fuller and look up "Synergetics"
 
#9
I think we should bring back those old WW2-era curved shoulder flashes like The Guards or RAF QCS wear on their No.2's. "Loamshires" or whatever.

Those coloured bits of cloth TRF-thingies look very "Scouting for Boys."

Failing that silver-on-black gothic-lettered cuff titles add an air of sinister sophistication. That's it! An Int Corps cuff title. With a special Int Corps fez. I'd rejoin in a heartbeat if we had some of that action going on.

V!
 
#11
Don't want to throw the cat amongst the pidgeons here but..

Whilst visiting a unit, I noticed a poster in said unit's training wing with all the recognised flashes on it. And lo and behold, there was a 1 MI Bde flash. First I have ever heard of it but somebody has obviously put some thought into it.

If you're interested, it was the same as the Corps stable belt with a number '1' over the top. Lets just hope this doesn't become part of the dress regs.

On an aside, if the stable belt is now part of dress regs, should we not be issued it? Anyone from ICA or DINT reading this, please advise as to the policy regarding this.
 
#14
What ever happened to Counter Surveillance control measures. I presume the enemy has HUMINT aswell, nothing like providing him with lots of free information.

With all these badges, he'll know unit, brigade, division, dress size, favourite colour etc.
 
#15
On the plus side however, at least it may stop more people confusing us with staff clerks.
 
#16
On a DIT weekend in, oooh, 1876, one of the interrogators did a presentation on all the things you could learn about The Enemy (The "RED FORCES") from his appearance, demeanour, uniform and (finally) rank/ unit flashes. Utterly fascinating. Why give away a nice big easy score with a badge proclaiming "INT CORPS?"

A generic HQ Staff flash for whatever mob you're attached to seems the most logical thing so you could be a scaley, or a driver or whatever. Are you telling me that jihadists don't consider these things?

Why not go back to the NATO "no badges" rules to confuse 3 Shock Army? Oh the days when a home-made green-and-black ACE Mobile Force flash on a smock was the military equivalent of a Victorian lady showing her naked ankle.

I think it's simply because soldiers like badges. I get confused as phuck nowadays watching the army on the telly with all their Home Help and "Our regiment landed somewhere in a glider in 1944" flashes.

Finally, the Fez would be slime-green of course, with a different coloured pom-pom dependent on rank. It would have a special pocket on the side for easy access to glue, fablon and felt-tip pens.

V!
 
#17
Vegetius said:
I think it's simply because soldiers like badges. I get confused as phuck nowadays watching the army on the telly with all their Home Help and "Our regiment landed somewhere in a glider in 1944" flashes.
It could have something to do with Esprite de Corps.
 
#18
Fraser said:
Vegetius said:
I think it's simply because soldiers like badges. I get confused as phuck nowadays watching the army on the telly with all their Home Help and "Our regiment landed somewhere in a glider in 1944" flashes.
It could have something to do with Esprite de Corps.
Sounds like a drink.
 

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