I CAN read capbadges when I get my monocle screwed in correctly! My point is that he was most probably attached somewhere he could pick up his wings and hence the strange, disturbingly French tilt to his headgear.
Once upon a time all the roughtie PTI chaps had to go through P Company - but not necessarily the being-kicked-out-of-the-side-door course afterwards. Quite a lot did all of it, I recall. Don't they do that any more?