How REME do/did you feel.

#1
I was just reading a post on the Gunner page. I spent the major part of my 15 years in Gunner LADs asaa VMb and sometimes wonder hiow REME ex REME blokes feel. I hav ebeen to a couple of REME Association Annual re-unions and always feel a bit of an outsider yet whenever I've been to RA re-unions I feel fully at home.Without being disloyal to the Corps how many others hav ethis sort of feeling.
 
#2
Never really had much of a good social life whist serving with REME Units. Different for courses I suppose but like you my loyalties friendships etc were rooted at the Bty, Sqn, coy level. Why should it be any different when you are outside.
I recently attended a memorial service, to accompany a family member with links to another Regiment. Although this was practically a REME run affair no serving or ex serving member made the effort to socialise. As for the Airborne forces, Gunners, Inf we were made very welcome.
Case rested.
:) :) :)
 
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#3
I think the problem with the Corps is that 99% of the time we are attached to external units, doing two to three year tours at each then moving on as an individual. The combat/teeth arms predominantly stay together as a whole (except for individuals on E2 posts), and when they move to a new location everyone moves together.

Most people joining the infantry etc are joining their local regiment from a specific catchment area, the chances are that they have had family members in that regiment for generations. These regiments promote the regimental family ethos and look after their own. That said, they also look after their attached tradesmen and take them into the fold.

Combat/teeth arms are more cohesive in their approach than the REME. Because we are never together all in one place for any length of time, we are all practically strangers with the same capbadge.
 
#4
Agree that I get on with a couple of Regts very well and have been invited to reunions - but I also have to say that I attend the local Association which is also pretty good and a good laugh with others that have been/done the same.
 
#6
I love the REME, am enormously proud to be part of what I view as the best and most valuable Corps in the ARMY. I have served with some outstanding units and with some great guys but at functions I tend to find that the REME stick together like glue.

Dave
 
#7
Devilishdave said:
I love the REME, am enormously proud to be part of what I view as the best and most valuable Corps in the ARMY. I have served with some outstanding units and with some great guys but at functions I tend to find that the REME stick together like glue.

Dave
Only when weve been playing with the araldite and loctite as man tests in the LAD bar beforehand. :twisted:
 
#8
The_IRON said:
Devilishdave said:
I love the REME, am enormously proud to be part of what I view as the best and most valuable Corps in the ARMY. I have served with some outstanding units and with some great guys but at functions I tend to find that the REME stick together like glue.

Dave
Only when weve been playing with the araldite and loctite as man tests in the LAD bar beforehand. :twisted:
Wow you brought back a memory there!! I stuck my hand to a table at 2rtr LAD bar early nineties. It didn't hurt of course, i'd lost all feeling long since.
 
#9
The_IRON said:
Devilishdave said:
I love the REME, am enormously proud to be part of what I view as the best and most valuable Corps in the ARMY. I have served with some outstanding units and with some great guys but at functions I tend to find that the REME stick together like glue.

Dave
Only when weve been playing with the araldite and loctite as man tests in the LAD bar beforehand. :twisted:
I remember an incident with super glue becks bottle tops and nipples.............. comment please sombrero frog :?
 
#10
front line units were better but nothing surpasses the 6 armd jrc for reme bonding!! :twisted: best days of my career!!! :D
 
#11
two-four-albert said:
The_IRON said:
Devilishdave said:
I love the REME, am enormously proud to be part of what I view as the best and most valuable Corps in the ARMY. I have served with some outstanding units and with some great guys but at functions I tend to find that the REME stick together like glue.

Dave
Only when weve been playing with the araldite and loctite as man tests in the LAD bar beforehand. :twisted:
I remember an incident with super glue becks bottle tops and nipples.............. comment please sombrero frog :?
Wasnt that round your pad 24A when we all went down the commie centre dressed in Mrs 24A underwear we'd found after the BBQ :lol: If I remember rightly one becks top was removed mit nipple and blood quite quickly and the other one stayed on for days or even weeks until naturally removed my soaping.

Not that either of us two were involved :wink:
 
#12
I've spoken to a few 'old REME' blokes over the last few years and most say that we don't realise how good the REME family is until many years after leaving the Corps! In fact I accompanied my dad to a PJM medal award ceremony a few months ago for those that served in Malaya/Borneo in the 60s and it was great to see all the various Regimental/Corps blazer badges and ties. I wore my REME tie and there were about 6 other ex members of the Corps who wore their's. We all made a point of introducing ourselves and had a chat about REME life years ago and how it compares with today. What was really obvious was that these guys were incredidbly proud of their assiciation with REME and equally proud of what REME is doing nowadays.

Moral of the story is that it appears that unlike other teeth arm Regiments those that serve in REME become proud of their Corps later in life. I think this is also evident when you look at the membership of the Arborfield Old Boys Association - loads from the 40s/50s/60s but not so many from the 70s/80s/90s.
 
#13
Going back to the point of this thread, I wasn't saying how proud were you of being in REME, I am as proud of my corps as anyone in the army is of their regiment or corps, I would not want to have worn any other cap badge (except perhaps the Nort Staffords that I enlisted in but had to transfer). My point is how much a part of REME did you feel if ,like me ,
you spent the vast majority of your service away from REME units.
 
#14
For me it was always something happening in the background, like a distant cousin who now and again would tip up and f*ck your life up. Lad were more like immediate family and not quite so sh1te
 
#15
The more REME there were in a Unit the worse it got. I always tried to be part of the Unit I was attached to rather than the Corps.

I've had more help from a Regimental Association I belong to than the REME Association
 
#16
Whilst I agree that a lot of REME in one place tended to **** things up a bit (BNs), a small LAD was a great place to work. I had a very strong sense of identity as a REME tradesman and never really felt "part of" the Regimental family; there was always a them and us atmosphere, even at the units where there was a very good relationship with the attached arms. This was never really a problem and I viewed the REME as a seperate unit, attached to a larger one to enable their role (which indeed it is). I never viewed the LADs in which I served as part of the Regiment, always as a seperate entity.
 
#17
Then there were some units which had a happy blend. As a REME chap you felt equally at home among the men in the unit,as you did with your fellow REME. I have had this experience with the 2 Coldstream Guards. On the other hand I was posted to an Aircraft Workshop and the REME MT Section, (Steam REME)socialised much more with the Rag and Oil men than with the Aircraft Technicians.
 
#18
While having thoroughly enjoyed serving; in barracks, on ex, on ops, on the run, on parade and in the bar with all of the arms that I have had the privilige to be posted to, it was REME that I wished to join when I signed the dotted line. There have been times when I doubted the decision and others when I have been offered great deals should I transfer. However, during the alloted time I had to serve (and ever since) the FRIENDS that I had made within the Corps have never let me down. By the same token, when the phone rings, no excuses come readily to mind. Mates are mates and the way we move around make us more reliant on each other than most. Check the main gate on a weekend and check the cap badge. When they disband us I hope that I have shares in Group 4!!
 
#19
CrustyBmech said:
with all of the arms that I have had the privilige to be posted to, 4!!
You see, now this annoys me slightly. Why do we have to have 'the privilege' of being posted to a unit?

This implies that theyare all better than us.

Why can't they have 'the privilege' of having REME sent to their unit ?
 
#20
Totally agree with you Mark. In these days of shortage of personnel its a privilege for them to get any REME.

JB
 

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