HM Queen Approves New Regimental Titles

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  1. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    If the b**** govenment stopped all this re-structuring of countless Regiments,Squadrons ect,then Ma'am would'nt need to approve any re-namings.
    I'm sure Ma'am,like others are sick of seeing historic names ground into the dust of history to win votes!
    If Teflon Tony had his way,we'd have no military at all.
  2. msr

    msr LE

    But has the ARRSE tie got her approval?

  3. Auld-Yin

    Auld-Yin LE Reviewer Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Sorry if this has been posted before, but how about this for a classic u-turn?

    General in about-turn on merger of Scots regiments
    THE military architect of the drive to amalgamate Scotland's regiments has turned against the plan, after realising the Black Watch has been betrayed over a promise to let the regiments retain their cherished head-dress.

    Lieutenant-General Sir Alistair Irwin, who as colonel of the Black Watch wrote a 14-page document recommending the merger of the regiments three years ago, is now asking the governments to revoke the move, saying it has invoked a "sense of gloom".

    Until this year, Sir Alistair was Scotland's Adjutant-General, who chaired the Scottish colonels group.

    His opposition will reopen bitter arguments about the merger of the regiments.

    Sir Alistair has said he only recently learnt that the regiments had been told they cannot retain their historic caps and badges.

    "It overturns the agreement we thought we had, allowing the regiments to retain their traditional head-dress," he told a newspaper.

    "That, in our case, means the red hackle, which is a cherished icon, a visible symbol recognised throughout the world and respected, not just by the regiment but by the whole army.

    "Up until now we have been doing quite well, bringing everyone along with the plans. We had a kilted regiment, the red hackle, and we retained our local links which are so important to us."

    This, he said, had soothed the road to amalgamation.

    But last week the Army Board said the new regiment would wear the same head- dress when on parade.

    To Sir Alistair, who was arguing only last year that the army needed to "restructure for the 21st century", this was the last straw.

    Not doing himself any favours by throwing his toys out of the pram when MoD puts into practice the plan that he actually put forward. The malarky about retaining headdress is just balls.

    IMHO it is not just the headdress that needs to be retained but the Regiments.
  4. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    Tony's vision of his new army-every one in a grey beret with a cap badge designed by a cronie at a cost of 2 million!
  5. Auld-Yin thanks for that. I hadnt seen the U-turn story, but on investigation, this seems to be the original version from The Times - see below. If nothing else, this news will give RCSignals the chance to say "telt you so".