hands in pockets - what's the problem?

why do a lot of noncoms and officers have I problem with you putting your hands in your pockets??

why have them if they arent to be used?

is this just one of those things that gets passed down from generation to generation with no real purpose??

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shortfuse said:
cos if you keep your hands in your pockets , your kids'll grow up thin.

(if anyone knows what this means can they tell me!!!)
Its what Spike Milligan's Dad is alleged to have said to him when he caught him choking his chicken as an adolescent............"Stop that do you want all your kids to grow up thin!" :lol:
come_to_arrest_the_zulus said:
dui-lai said:
Cause your a fecking soldier and it looks untidy-mong :roll:
are you one of these people who puts creases in their fieldjackets? :cry:
Abso-fecking-lutely! And I bull my boots on exercise, creaases in my underpants and have a nice DPM bag for my pace stick! :roll:
1. It makes you look like a civvy. You are not.
2. If your hands are cold, do pressups etc etc.
3. You can't march with your hands in your pockets. It looks silly. Marching is what soldiers do.
4. Army pockets are for maps, binos, pens, aide memoires, spare mags, torches on string, food etc etc. ie. There is no room for hands. Exept in a 'brecon pocket.' Which is very big, but not a pocket.
5. If you put your hands in your pocket you will wear them out, if you have C95 or Dezzies, you know this won't take long.

There, does that answer your question?
Or you could just replace them with rubber gloves for when you are bored on stag.
Did the guys in Wild Geese put their hands in their pockets? No
Did the guys in Zulu put their hands in their pockets? No

Did the guys in Quadraphenia and Priscilla Queen of The Desert put their hands in their pockets? Probably.

Which one do you most identify with?
it looks sloppy and lazy, especially in front of officers and RSMs
i never do it, i have to lead by example
growler said:
remember having to sew mine up - 20 stitches to the inch!! And the b*astard counted them!!
The other thing they used to do when I joined (centurion rank tank etc), if the botton on your cbt jacket or trousers was undone, they'd rip off the whole pocket 8O

Loads of fun after the days training, doing all the 'good things' recruits do and then having to sew back on your pocket :evil:

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