I'm just not familiar with the term ex-ARAB and wasn't sure if it was derogatory or a compliment?
Indeed, I am on the outside. I have the dubious pleasure of working at the same place as a couple of ex-forces guys who are now in the TA. It is these two worthies, who have formulated my opinions. I have to sit there cringeing, whilst listening to them weave their Walter Mitty stories to people in the office. They are both fat, forty and balding. The reason I know that they wear badly, shaped berets is that they both got changed into uniform before leaving work once, on the flimsy pretext that they wouldn't have time to go home and get changed. Watching them flounce around like a pair of 12 x 12's was galling to say the least.
Now that it looks like they might be forced into having a real story to tell, their concern is apparent.
Are they not typical examples of TA men? I'd be happy for you to dispel the misapprehension i'm currently labouring under.
When I left the forces I missed the banter and the comradery more than the job, so I wandered into the local TA centre.
In there was a massive cross section of people, granted there were the wannabe nobbers who just wanted to dress up in DPM.
On the other hand I was mostly impressed by the professionalism and dedication shown by most of them. After all they give up thier spare time to do this, how many serving soldiers would give up thier spare time?
I decided the TA wasn't for me although I wouldn't hesitate in joining If I wanted to surround myself with a military style background again.
Fair enough there are a lot of walters and an equal number of fat balding man with nothing to do.
In the regs there are many recruits who just join up to get a trade and a driving lisense then they fuck off, theres plenty of jack bastards trying to play for an easy life.
I wouldn't call either professional.
Put the imachoreity aside while I give a home truth.
Most TA guys are quite professional blokes who are keen on the profession of soldiering but are also keen on there civilian profession as well. There are interested in both jobs and work well at both jobs. With the exceptions of the walls and the fat fucks most just also
Your two colleagues should know how to dress if they had regular service. That said the organisation I'm with had for many years blokes who wore their jump smock & puttees they had issued for Suez to show that they were "old soldiers" and not TA. Fortunately with SDR (and before) most had been weeded out. We now have a 60/40 mix between ex-Regs & "pure" TA. Granted we have the odd body that spills out of their Combat 95 but if they were not reasonably good at their job they wouldn't be still with us.
I'm not noted for my perception, but i'm feeling a bit of negativity here. Am I right? You are absolutely spot on. I am a fat prick.
Mushroom, why the anger. Is it because you've been called up? Did you fail to spend that extra 10 minutes with your beret in the sink, that would have resulted in smart headgear, as opposed to that officers pasty/pizza box hybrid you're currently wearing whilst sitting naked at your PC, surrounded by Sean Bean and Ross Kemp posters.
Did inspiration for your log in name, come from your beret shape?