A friend told me about the ARRSE web site so i thought that i'd pay it a visit to see what all the fuss was about! Being a member of the Royal Corps(of Signals!) i went straight to the sigs forum page. I couldn't quite believe my eyes when i saw how many 'grown men' had posted bitchy comments about the shape of the 216 and 264 lads' berets! I've been at Blandford for a good few months now and have seen and heard of things that that begger belief! Cars being broken into on the shale hockey car park, cars being rallied around the shale hockey car park(resulting in several cars being written-off), endless counts of insubordination from phase 2 recruits, suicides, couples holding hands and kissing around camp(in and out of uniform), pads' children littering camp centre, vandalism, obese soldiers(of all ranks), soldiers with dyed hair and tongue studs, a friend of mine having a Â£1000 bike stolen from the block.....the list goes on and on! Yet all these 'grown men' have time to do is complain about the shape of a few dedicated CPLS' berets! These CPLS volounteer to be block NCOS, take part in phase 2 exercises, help train the lanyard/boxing teams and much more! They are good ambassadors and recruiters for the squadrons from which they came! At some time in their career these men volounteered to do an arduous course (P-company/264 probation) and then went on to do the military parachute course....they are a different breed of man(in the sense that they had the balls to get off their backsides and attempt the course) so why not wear their beret differently? I've only been in the army for 6 years but 90% of the airborne personnel that i've seen(parachute regiment, marines, airborne engineers, airborne...any cap badge!) wear their beret in the flat cap style! The 216/264 lads at blandford are not the first and will most certainly not be the last to wear thear berets the way they do! Boots, hair cuts and turn out etc is the responsibilty of the RSM. He's told these 'naughty boys' that he doesn't cry himself to sleep over the shape of their berets, so why do others, including Lt Cols and Cols? Surely they have bigger fish to fry! (the list of incidents mentioned above for example!) Tell you what gents, why dont all the airborne lads on camp re-shape their berets to look like helicopter landing pads or other ridiculously shaped berets on camp? Then, and only then, you might be able to find peace and get a sound night's sleep!