I hate crabs with a vengance. My last posting was with this mob of potential redundees and such was my experience that it left no more desire within me to continue in service; there was a possibility that i may have had to serve with their likes again. Who at a RAF Warrant rank level would rather play Bingo than go to the mess for a beer ?! - I am serious !
Being aircrew-centric, the purposed of the delightful blue-grey uniform is to act as a deterrent. When you stride around in a grow-bag all day, you usually only have to put on No.1s or No.2 for some unpleasant task like parades, b0llockings etc. No-one wants to dress lke that, so you if keep yourself out of trouble, you won't have to.
(Come to think of it, the No.5s don't really fit in with that theory, do they?)
I have had the pleasure to be neighbours and work collegues with RAF types and they have been nothing but friendly and professional. When living on a mixed patch, the RAF types have been much friendlier than most of the Army!
And this from a service whose officers still go to war in a shirt and tie and is soon to have more admirals than ships?
1. The service is called the Royal AIR Force. (Or Rental Air Farce, either way, the word air features prominently.)
2. The very nature of the RAF's mission dictates that it is aircrew who are responisble for bombs on target/maintaining air superiority/hauling ass and trash/surveillance and reconnaissance. The Battle of Britain (anniversary 15Sep BTW) was fought and won, thus preventing the German invasion of Britain, by around 400 pilots.
3. Everything else exists to help them do their job- from warming up the jets, to making sure that No. of takeoffs=No. of landings, to hanging the ordnance, to making sure our helmets are nice and snug, to making sure the 5-Star accomodation and rental car is booked and the sheets are turned down with a chocolate on the pillow- and I was very grateful for it too (except for the snowdrops, but that's another thread).
4. The RAF "brain-trust" is dominated by aircrew. (This irony is not lost on members of ground branches, by the way.)
That's four reasons off the top of my head why Aircrew Uber-Alles. I'm not gloating, those are the just harsh realities of life. It's very much like how army politics are dominated by former members of the Household Div. and a few select Inf Regts.
If the look of an 'RAF girlie's buttocks' straining through the skirt floats you boat I suggest you get out more. Oops, forgot, you're probably trolling aimlessly through the S. Atlantic with only a three-month old copy of Razzle and a box of man-size tissues for company. Probably not the best career option for skirt chasing really, was it?
GP3 Bunny said:
Very good at Politics the RAF - much admired - good at getting their own way
Good lord, everyone knows aircrew exist only to get armourers' favourite pets to where they need to be, don't they? As soon as those natty UACVs get sorted, the RAF belongs to guys in growbags. And the flying pigsd, of course...
It is not so much that I hate Crabs because I don't. I certainly have developed a hate of certain Crabs like Movers whose mission in life seems to be at odds with everyone elses mission. However hatred is such a strong term.
On the Birdie Emotional Response Scale (out of 10) certainly the crabs as a whole come in at a disappointing 5 with special consideration for movers at 2; marginally ahead of the French at 1. There is one group lower on the Scale; French Crabs.
Seriously though boys even for someone with a disliking for the Crabs hasn't this subject been done to death recently?
Having worked with Crabs off and on for the last 5 years or so, I have to say that on the whole they are okay. However their Ethos is not comparable with that of the Army, in terms of Esprit de Corps. Very much 9 - 5 attitude.
What I will say though is thier C-O-C and heirachy do look after their people. For career development, structured and fair lists for deployments, recognition of trade skills with civilian accreditation, no problem with T&S costs you have to admire the buggers.
One thing they don't like is the WO2 & Flt Sgt rank/status issue. In my Unit WO2s do Ord Offr and Flt Sgt does Ord Sgt it really does p**s them off.
Quite an amusing one. Once in a Crab mess an aircrew Flt Lt (and why are they all Flt Lts with some idea that they are actually the equivalent of Capts/Lts RN in terms of leadership, experience etc?) borrowed some white parade gloves from one of his muckers as he had to move the Sqn Coulour for a dinner night later on. I enquired why the gloves were necessary to be told that it would disrespect the Colour to pick it up bare handed.
How I pi55ed myself later to see said Flt Lt in a filthy growbag and no head gear moving the hallowed Colour: at least he had white gloves on! And don't get me started on standing for the Coulour at the beginning of the dinner night as it was paraded round the tables by someone in what appeared to be a waiter's uniform. Honestly I was waiting for the command "March in the Sqn brown sauce bottle"!