How do you know when you are an old sweat?

#1
It happens to us all eventually...

Is it when baby recruits look like they should still be suckling on mums chebs?

Or when Baby Officers do?

How do you know when you've become an old sweat?
 

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#2
When you've been busted from Cpl for the third time for decking a Sgt you could have sired ?
 
#3
When you're at a command meeting and the C.O. says"
Right!.. take notes..
and you pull out a #6000 Mil Pad and a HB #2....

and the rest haul out laptops or blackberries..
 
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#5
When you pull out yer baccy and make a roll up at the CO's conference and nobody bats an eye lid.
 
#7
When you hear someone whinging about a bit of kit that you can remember being the dogs danglies when it was first issued to you. :)

Having someone of senior/same rank as you with the first name of Wayne or Sharon.

When you mention an OP/EX that you had been on and some one says "I was in kindergarten/not yet born when that happened"

You know how to hand crank an RL.
 
#9
When you start using the phrase " When I was a young lad in the army................."
 
#10
You remember Long John Silver when he had an egg on his shoulder.

You could lose an arm and an eye and not get invalided out (or want to be).

Chief’s punishment (whack) was preferable to the old man’s official punishment and the old man approved.

You remember when the dockyard would do refit work outside the official spec in return for a carton of duty frees and a porno vid to the foreman. Happy and efficient days.

You were once senior to The Duke of Edinburgh.
 
#12
When you find a picture of yourself on your first NCO Cadre resplendent in Shirt KF, Lightweights, DMS & Puttees. There are no TRF patches on your uniform and a single new stripe SEWN on your right shirt sleeve.
 
#13
^ I have that photo, sans stripe but with '58 webbing (with "pack, large, ridiculous"), tin helmet with "Dad's Army" scrim and of course armed with the ferocious Small Metal Gun. In the background is a canvass-topped AP short-wheel base land rover. I think this makes me older than I feel.

I am standing somewhere in Germany waiting for the Russians.

I can't wait to tell my grandkids about it one day, they'll think we were mad.
 
#14
When you visit the National Army Museum, and your kit is in a glass case.

Had to go for a soothing pint after that.
 
#16
When sitting in the guard room, having the sprogs coming in to sign out, and showing you there ID card , and you realise one of them was born on exactly the same day as you only 10 years younger.

Starting stories, with , ' I remember when'

People asking telling you ,' you were in NI when the bombing were going on, Jesus you are old!!'
 
#17
When you start modding the CA thread........................

:wink:
 
#18
1. When your attending your dinning out (This Saturday).
2. When the CO calls you Ken.
3. When you call YO's 'Son'.
4. Some cnut says your very 'Avuncular'.
5. When you cant be arrsed to polish your minitures any more.
 
#19
Vegetius said:
^ I have that photo, sans stripe but with '58 webbing (with "pack, large, ridiculous"), tin helmet with "Dad's Army" scrim and of course armed with the ferocious Small Metal Gun. In the background is a canvass-topped AP short-wheel base land rover. I think this makes me older than I feel.

I am standing somewhere in Germany waiting for the Russians.

I can't wait to tell my grandkids about it one day, they'll think we were mad.
Ah yes, waiting for Russians was a popular task. I have a few of those type photos. Mainly involving "Penthouse" type tentage, a Clerks six foot folding table and a Gestetner duplicator.

Compo Chicken Curry and RAOC Bread with "Friday" on the wrapper - no indication of which Friday though.

DM4.15 to the Pound, flared jeans and hoopy tank tops off duty, deciding whether or not to go for VHS or Betamax format in the SKC shop and a tax free Datsun.

Those were the days and yes, I am an "Old Sweat"

A Captain I worked for as a LCpl is now a Brigadier. A Major I worked for is now a General.

23 years and a 2Lt already. Accelerated promotion or what?
 

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