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General Sir David Richards image in paper today

#1
New here so feel free to point out errors.....

Just saw an image in the paper today of General Sir David Richards and he seemed to have both British AND American rank insignia on his uniform (British in the centre of chest and American stars on collar) ..... is this normal nowadays or have the Yanks just taken over?????

Cheers

Jock
 
#2
New here so feel free to point out errors.....

Just saw an image in the paper today of General Sir David Richards and he seemed to have both British AND American rank insignia on his uniform (British in the centre of chest and American stars on collar) ..... is this normal nowadays or have the Yanks just taken over?????

Cheers

Jock

Its a suck up to our colonial cuzins as they can't work out our rank structure.
 
#4
Thanks Biscuits, thought as much but secretly hoped we'd stopped playing that game!

And apologies for posting, as I now see, in the wrong area. Still trying to work out where I am and where it goes, so to speak.
 
#6
Routine for 1 star and up working in US units/rank structures or NATO roles where they have frequent command functions over seppos. Not compulsory and not all bother.
 

OldSnowy

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#7
Routine for 1 star and up working in US units/rank structures or NATO roles where they have frequent command functions over seppos. Not compulsory and not all bother.
Correct - and has been the case for at least ten years now. In fact a quick search will reveak threads on tgis very topic every couple of years or so since ARRSE began.

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#9
We're British for God's sake! We should take every opportunity to confuse our cousins from over the pond - ranks, titles regimental names, structures - all should remain a complete mystery to them! It undermines their confidence and instills a feeling of inferiority.

Shame on you sir for not leading by example.
 
#10
We're British for God's sake! We should take every opportunity to confuse our cousins from over the pond - ranks, titles regimental names, structures - all should remain a complete mystery to them! It undermines their confidence and instills a feeling of inferiority.

Shame on you sir for not leading by example.
Yeah, but he's quite short so he probably just wanted to make sure he was noticed when he was around Americans.

I don't mean it - I think he was one of the better senior officers we've had recently, and I wish him well in what he does next (unless it involves journalists with promises of enormous sums of money for no obvious work).
 
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Scarlet_Pimpernel

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#14
He's wearing UK insignia and NATO insignia, as the UK is a member of NATO. NATO happened to use US insignia as they are the strongest (and so get to lay down the rules). Plus many EU states use stars after the US fashion anyway, just as many post-colonial nations use the UK oak leaf insignia instead of stars.
 

Legs

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#15
He's wearing UK insignia and NATO insignia, as the UK is a member of NATO. NATO happened to use US insignia as they are the strongest (and so get to lay down the rules). Plus many EU states use stars after the US fashion anyway, just as many post-colonial nations use the UK oak leaf insignia instead of stars.
Thanks for that. It was worth the 15 month wait.
 

OldSnowy

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#17
His Big Book Of Fibs - sorry, autobiography, is out now. I presume that Scarlet Pimpernel either works for his publisher - or is him :)


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#19
The 12 hour wait for sarcasm was a gem too. Ive just joined and was browsing, thanks for the warm welcome.
What you should have done mate was start a new thread on the subject then some other bellend could have thrilled themselves with pointing out this one already existed.

If you're new then you have to realise there are some rather tragic figures in this site who gain a lot of valediction from stuff like that.

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