My bold.That was me and I genuinely thought it was a pisstake, especially at my stage in life at that time, but apparently there was no one else!
I felt a bit uncomfortable when we changed berets (Jan 2003 IICR) but the Regt was briefed that the beret was the mark of the Bde (Air delivered Troops), the historical example being the Air Landing units, and the wings were the mark of Para trained troops. Oh and by the way it was a f*cking order
I used to sometimes hear mutterings of hat as I was walking away when I had given direction or pulled someone up, but I never had an issue with individuals not doing as directed when told.
It’s a name and it’s ‘group Speak’ just like grunt, falling plate, wedge, drop short cünt, green slime, f*cking loggie, scaleyback and the dozens of others used in a derogatory manner by one group against others.
Edited for accuracy!