Yeah, when I went on a Fam Visit about a year ago, they had a hollow stuffed owl behind the YO's bar. They filled it with all the mixed dregs and backwash from people's glasses & a tool in my group downed it, standing on a table. great.
hmmmm, have frequented said bar on numerous occassions...but have never witnessed the owl. The mannequin I have seen (female mannequin filled with drink... drink is dispensed from an intimate area of the plastic babe).
I've served as hosting officer on a number of these visits, and the great cry from all of us who have to fill in details on you afterwards to go to the Regimental Colonel goes thusly - Grey men and womendon't get in. Whilst the mess can appear intimidating, don't be afraid to ask questions, no matter how daft you think they are and don 't be afraid to let your hair down in the YO's bar. That's what it's there for!
A new influx of YO's tipped up at Larkhill last week and they'll be keen as mustard to get you all on the lash and enjoying yourselves.
Just make sure you'e up for PT the next morning.
There's plenty of time to be a stuffed shirt, thrusting, boring doctrinal sh*t once you get to the 'Hurst. And if you're like that there, we still won't recommend you for a commission!
The only question we are told to bear in mind when on recruiting activities is "Would I want to share a Mess with this person?"