Unfair synopsis? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_infantry In the United Kingdom, Infantry of the Line or Line Infantry refers to the soldiers forming the bulk of any dismounted force, as distinct from Guards, light infantry and more recently, special operations forces. Infantry of the Line are so called because they fought in rigid formations, unlike light troops, who fought in loose order. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries saw expansion of the roles of the infantry, specialist grenadiers appeared and the role of skirmishers expanded. The Line Infantry was the remaining body of musket-armed foot soldiers. The tactical distinctions between infantry regiments disappeared in the late nineteenth century, but remain in tradition. Most infantry units in the British Army are regarded as line infantry, including the regiments historically classed as light infantry. Modern day British Line Infantry Regiment recruits undertake 24 weeks of training (CIC) at the School of Infantry Catterick; whereas superior counterparts in respect to fitness and infantry/soldiering skills undertake longer and more arduous training: Parachute Regiment: 28 weeks Royal Marine Commandos: 32 weeks RAF Regiment: 29 weeks Despite Line Infantry being highly capable combat soldiers they are still referred to as 'Crap Hats' by the Parachute Regiment, Royal Marines and members of II Squadron RAF Regiment. The term 'crap hat' is derogatory slang for the reason that Line Infantry soldiers have not completed one of the followig arduous courses: P-Company Commando Tests RAF Pre Para Thus, Line Infantry are deemed inferior with respects to the dynamics of an effective combat soldier compared to that of the Parachute Regiment, Royal Marines and RAF Regiment.