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London Gentlemens Clubs

#1
Evenin' all...

have searched for an answer to this but no joy.

Question is, as a TA Officer, is one entitled to membership of the servicemen's clubs (In & Out/Rag/VSC) or is it only Regs? The club websites don't make it at all clear...

Cheers

P

PS And if so, can anyone recommend the best (both in value for money and quality)
 
#2
piespies said:
Evenin' all...

have searched for an answer to this but no joy.

Question is, as a TA Officer, is one entitled to membership of the servicemen's clubs (In & Out/Rag/VSC) or is it only Regs? The club websites don't make it at all clear...

Cheers

P

PS And if so, can anyone recommend the best (both in value for money and quality)
PICK UP THE FCUKING PHONE AND ASK THEM YOU LAYZZZZZZEEEE T0SSER!
 
#3
Look more closely. I know the answer is on the VSC website.

I thought officers were supposed to be capable of conducting their own research.

(And wouldn't you expect to get a better answer from the Officers Forum?)
 
#6
Thanks Hantslad for the constructive comments - as for the VSC - the website says one thing on one page, and another on another, but doesn't mention reservists by name, which is why I asked the question. Oh, and puttees, does ARRSE not constitute research?
 
#7
So is that the motivation for becoming a TA Officer then, the eligibility of joining a "Gentlemen’s Club"?? So your not motivated by the idea of being a leader of men, soldiering on ops etc, just getting into a fancy club that makes you look good in your city job? This just raises the question of;

TA Officers, why have them, are they worth the pay they draw or are they just a waste of rations?

If that is the reason you (and others like you) became officers, then clearly RCB/DAB is a farce and clearly does not work.
 
#8
Sorry. I thought this was about porn. I'll leave.
 
#10
Yup, in my unit, it's more common for the ORs to be members of clubs than the officers. The Officers' Mess is their club - why wd they need another one?

My boss has just joined the In & Out. If they're all like him then I wouldn't bother.
 
#12
GinstersSpook, as a matter of asking, how old are you?

A number of the young members committees for the London clubs have started arranging a series of joint events or providing invitations to their own events to other clubs. If you fit into the required age bracket, it doesn't really matter which one you belong to as you can get invited around to the others!
 
#13
The VSC is like the Union Jack Club - a nice old service institution that got demolished by the planners and is now a Holiday Inn for anyone passing through London. I wouldn't touch it with a tent pole.

The Army & Navy has a great location on Pall Mall but the building is modern and so doesn't really have the atmosphere of the other clubs.

The In & Out is housed in a very pleasant old building, has a good bar, seating outdoors, interesting talks. It is streets ahead of the other two, I'd say.
 
#14
JediKnight said:
So is that the motivation for becoming a TA Officer then, the eligibility of joining a "Gentlemen’s Club"?? So your not motivated by the idea of being a leader of men, soldiering on ops etc, just getting into a fancy club that makes you look good in your city job? This just raises the question of;

TA Officers, why have them, are they worth the pay they draw or are they just a waste of rations?

If that is the reason you (and others like you) became officers, then clearly RCB/DAB is a farce and clearly does not work.
So they are not in fact allowed to enjoy other facets related to the hard work, some of which you mentioned, they have put into gaining that comission?

No where did this fellow say he had gained his comission for this purpose and I rather feel that you sir are being a stereotype of a soldier with a chip on his shoulder regarding his own background and probable lack of social advancement past his local.
 
#15
Hantslad said:
The Special Forces Club lets STABs in though!
Yes but he said a Gentlemen's Club :D not one for both genders
 
#16
antphilip said:
JediKnight said:
So is that the motivation for becoming a TA Officer then, the eligibility of joining a "Gentlemen’s Club"?? So your not motivated by the idea of being a leader of men, soldiering on ops etc, just getting into a fancy club that makes you look good in your city job? This just raises the question of;

TA Officers, why have them, are they worth the pay they draw or are they just a waste of rations?

If that is the reason you (and others like you) became officers, then clearly RCB/DAB is a farce and clearly does not work.
So they are not in fact allowed to enjoy other facets related to the hard work, some of which you mentioned, they have put into gaining that comission?

No where did this fellow say he had gained his comission for this purpose and I rather feel that you sir are being a stereotype of a soldier with a chip on his shoulder regarding his own background and probable lack of social advancement past his local.
Why, has it struck a nerve with you then? Does that cap fit you? I can assure you that my background and social advancement do not require me to belong to any "Gentlemen's" club. The fact that I chose to be a soldier rather than an officer proves that I am comfortable with my background and pedigree. It also proves that I am far more interested in SOLDIERING rather than the usual round of regimental cocktail parties.
 
#17
JediKnight said:
antphilip said:
JediKnight said:
So is that the motivation for becoming a TA Officer then, the eligibility of joining a "Gentlemen’s Club"?? So your not motivated by the idea of being a leader of men, soldiering on ops etc, just getting into a fancy club that makes you look good in your city job? This just raises the question of;

TA Officers, why have them, are they worth the pay they draw or are they just a waste of rations?

If that is the reason you (and others like you) became officers, then clearly RCB/DAB is a farce and clearly does not work.
So they are not in fact allowed to enjoy other facets related to the hard work, some of which you mentioned, they have put into gaining that comission?

No where did this fellow say he had gained his comission for this purpose and I rather feel that you sir are being a stereotype of a soldier with a chip on his shoulder regarding his own background and probable lack of social advancement past his local.
Why, has it struck a nerve with you then? Does that cap fit you? I can assure you that my background and social advancement do not require me to belong to any "Gentlemen's" club. The fact that I chose to be a soldier rather than an officer proves that I am comfortable with my background and pedigree. It also proves that I am far more interested in SOLDIERING rather than the usual round of regimental cocktail parties.
No, and with your attitude I'd dare say they wouldn't want you. Tell me then how having a membership to a club where you can meet like minded people, attend a few parties and hopefully make some friends is such a terrible thing?

Also I do not see the connection you are making to being a member of a club, where the majority of the patrons you will find have jobs some of which are very long hours indeed, and the inability of an Officer to then do any soldiering. I rather feel that they won't be dissapearing in the middle of an exercise to attend a 'cocktail party'. They would also not be leaving, like the afore mentioned patrons, in working hours as I think you will find, and if for some mad reason they had to inclination to attend, there are very few events during those hours!

I also pose the question to you, how is the time an officer, in their off duty time, spends in a club any different to that which you would spend in a Bar, Pub, Nightclub? (which I would argue is entirely less productive).

As to the cap, no I am not personally a member of any of these clubs. If I lived somewhere where I would be able to make a use of it that would justify me joining one I feel that yes I would. Not so much because of the background or a need for social advancement but rather for the reasons I have mentioned, it would be good to have somewhere else that you can meet new people in safe surrounding who aren't just unknown randoms in a bar. There would also be other advantages I'm sure, especially for someone moving into a new area. Luckily, although there aren't such clubs here, I have other facilities that supplement the same sort of things.

So really, to sum up, I feel you still remain somewhat bitter Jedi for a reason I can't fathom. Your logic is very flawed, your outburst on soldiering rediculous when I'm sure you spend just as much time in pubs/bars/NCs as any officer will in a Gentleman's club if not more. Perhaps you should rethink your posistion?
 
#19
I came on here thinking it was "Gentlemens Clubs" like Spearmint Rhino and Secrets and therefore on that basis, bye bye.
 
#20
Gremlin said:
deleted due to posting when pissed -never a good idea!!

just as well - I feel faint at the sight of blood and as a FANY would have felt obliged to treat whichever one of you lost :D
 
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