hats. who is one?

#1
I am a hat.
I am REME and non airborne trained, therefore I am a hat, I understand this.
But I have been aquainted with chumps not in the paras who insist they are not hats.
I believe that if you are not para regt then you are a hat, does anybody agree/disagree?
Eitherway, I wear my 'hat' with pride.
discuss
 
#2
I too am not in para reg ergo I am a hat. No worries.

However lots of people who are not in the paras but who feel that they are slightly 'special' because they have volunteered for something call other people who haven't 'hats'.

Ignore them, they are mongs.
 
#5
The way I understand it, any soldier who wears anything other than their own beret or normal working headress in no 2's is a hat. however para trained other arms and corps wear what their corps tells them, hence they are hats.
A REME or RLC soldier with wings is still a hat.
 
#6
Well, the way the RAF / MOD are cutting back on the parachute jumping allocation, gradually everyone will be a 'hat'.......
 
#8
I believe George Bush is a hat...



Twat In A Hat
 
#9
I'm not a hat though i'm amazed at the amount of people who get upset at being classed as one. It is not a derogatory term as such, but rather a term used to distinguish between us Parachute Regiment soldiers and other units. The biggest culprits of 'i'm not a hat' syndrome are those attached units within 16AA Bde who have their wings. The term hat was never originally used to define a non-airborne soldier from an airborne soldier but rather a Parachute Regiment soldier from any other soldier no matter if that individual is parachute qualified or not. Obviously over the years it has been adopted by all soldiers who are para qualified. If it bothers you that much and you don't want to be classed as a hat then transfer to the Parachute Regiment whilst us in the Parachute Regiment sign off, PVR or transfer out! :wink:
 
#11
Am a hat and proud of it when I was posted down at LOGS We nicked a sign from a building site that said HARD HAT AREA and hung it outside the shed, used to really piss people off.
 
#14
I always thought the term Hat was for people who had not done P Company and qualified for a Maroon Beret., ( although Commandos and SF are also non Hats as they have earned theirs too )

If you are in Air Assult and don't have the maroon machine then you are a hat, even if you have wings.
 
#17
Darth_stab said:
I always thought the term Hat was for people who had not done P Company and qualified for a Maroon Beret., ( although Commandos and SF are also non Hats as they have earned theirs too )

The term 'hat' is given to anyone who is non Parachute Regiment. Even our muckers who pass SAS selection we call hats (although jokingly) considering 22 SAS is over 70% Para Regt anyway! If you don't wear a Parachute Regiment capbadge then basically you are termed as a 'hat'. Why people get upset over this though is beyond me! I originally joined as a hat and got loads of sh1t in Para Regt depot but it didn't bother me in the slightest. All units are unique in their own way.

If you are in Air Assult and don't have the maroon machine then you are a hat, even if you have wings.

Everyone has a maroon beret in 16AA BDE! The maroon beret itself means nothing anymore since it doesn't have to be earned. On it's own it's just another beret. Though a maroon beret combined with parachute wings means alot (to most) as it obviously means the wearer has passed a tough selection process which many fail.
 
#18
One definition I heard for a "hat" was anyone who had ever worn a different colour beret to the current one. Since only the Paras wear an "elite" lid in Trg then only they are not hats.
 
#20
Back in the days of red coats, horses and muskets, most infantry regiments of the line had a 'flank' company designated as grenadiers. These Grenadiers referred to their colleagues in ordinary companies as 'hats' due to their different head-dress. Amazing how things never really change in the British Army... :)
 
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