having perused the what kit to buy threads

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LE
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#1
Here; http://www.arrse.co.uk/training-wing/138737-op-herrick-13-a.html, I have had a senior moment and wondered what advice we would have been giving 25 or 30 years ago to Redarses about to undergo their first tour on Op Banner (think of a number but it will be feck off big!).
I vote for dont buy choggie burgers as they will give you the squits, along with a sense of humour!
 
#6
I'll hazard a guess at TID referring to the number of colonials swelling the ranks...
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#8
I'd rather not have known that, thanks!
 

wedge_cadman

War Hero
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Book Reviewer
#9
I'd go with - "Always look busy" and "Never ever volunteer for anything" :)
get yourself a clipboard and some official looking document so you can waltz around camp and no-one will question you :)
 

ugly

LE
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#10
Coveralls and a Bass Broom, easy sweeping leaves and much less effort than cleaning stores!
 

wedge_cadman

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Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
#11
Also aquire someone elses rollmat and cut 6 inches off and make your own hippo pad, and recycle the tops of your old green socks to make cuff for your combat jacket
 
#12
get yourself a clipboard and some official looking document so you can waltz around camp and no-one will question you :)
While waiting for a posting at one camp I was 'taken under the wing' of a guy who'd been there a week or two and I assisted him in his self-imposed 'make sure you look busy' task of measuring all the windows in the identical spider-blocks. No one ever questioned us...
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
#13
Better than the self appointed boxing squad, tracksuits all day long and never set foot in the gym!
 
#14
Learn the art of playing pool before you deploy, if you can work out the angles to get out of being "snookered" you'll have a good chance of bouncing a plastic bundle of love of a wall and into an alley way full of targets.

Collect two pence pieces.

..and batterys...

Learn to wave at Helicopters, nothing else, just wave at them.

Be able to blend in with the locals with nothing else than the single example of the new ford van in the provence and a grey blanket with three red stripes.
 
K

Kirkz

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#15
get yourself a clipboard and some official looking document so you can waltz around camp and no-one will question you :)
Have we met?
I once spent a week at Birdwood Bks wandering a round with a welding rod! The only question anyone asked was "Is that a welding rod" :)
Easiest weeks work ever :)
 
#16
I spent my career at Birdwood Bks wandering a round with a welding rod! The only question anyone asked was "Is that a welding rod" :)
Easiest job ever :)
No need to thank me ;-)
 
#17
Start taking in your surroundings so that when you retire you can write, from memory, a book entitled:

Gate & Stile design's: South Armagh 1980-1992
 
#18
DOn't kick the arrse out of the sunbeds straight away, especially if your first language is jockenese and you have see through blue skin :)
 
#20
I wasn't going to!!!
Although that is a fairly reasonable assessment of my military career :)
You only missed out the 8 months wanking on military rolling stock and 6 months wanking in a concrete room in Belfast :woot:
That explains the stickiness of the couchettes...
 

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