Just what have we (RAOC) actually had accepted into the RLC.
Battalions, Companies and Platoons became Regiments, Squadrons and Troops.
HM The Queen was our Colonel in Chief.
And our founding as a function of the Ordnance Board meant we shared a unique history and tradition with both the RA and RE.
No one questioned Cdr Buckley's VC before we were assimilated by the Borg. So what if he was part of the East India Co.
All gone now though.
And as for the article from the "Waggoner" concerning Horses. We (RAOC) were never bloody donkey wallopers as a Corp and if we were surely we would all be wearing spurs in mess dress.
I apologise now if a change in Dress regs appears and we all end up wearing spurs.
Well they took the Conductors appointment and gave it to all, so that we now have Driver, Pioneer & Chef Conductors. Reducing the percentage of WO1 Staff Sergeant Majors (SSM) holding the appointment to around 15 at anyone time. (otherwise it would have risen to around 25)
Conductor was a Supply or Stores appointment before 1965 when Staff Sergeant Majors, First Class RASC transfered to the RAOC and merged with Conductors RAOC. The RCT never had this appointment before 1993. (All RASC Supply Functions transfered to the RAOC in 1965, Transport becoming RCT)
This is a case of something they should have left alone?
There has also been I beleave one Lady Conductor (now comissioned) which I did not mind as much! As well as TA Conductors (also since 1993)
True, but that's because I'm a "cowboy" not a donkey walloper. Although I've been really good recently and following all those lovely rules and regs, well except for the incident with the 16mm and a helicopter in a hot, sandy place. Now I'm actually in danger of having them confiscated.
And what is wrong with having a blue and yellow TRF considering it is the colours of the Corps Lanyard and just so happens to have been used by the RASC? We seem to forget that the full dress uniform of the band is virtually the same as the pre RAOC Ordnance Corps full dress.
I agree, the lunacy increases when they produce two versions of it one with a green border and one with a desert border. I never had a problem pre TRF being recognised by other arms as a Loggie as my whopping great DROPS troop in the background kind of gave it away.
The question is will these TRFs end up being stencilled on the wagons like the rather familiar old RASC insignia were?
Glad to see that the TRF is going down so well. Even the fat splasher Major showcasing 'Army Catering' to the Master Chef program recently couldn't be Arsed to sew it on the right way. At least he ate like he was a paid up member of the pudding race! But seriously if the Officers have no interest in the TRF what chance the soldiers.
The reason the TRF is called tactical is that the Army Dress Committee can only approve an item to be worn a public expense is if there is an operational reason for wearing it. Otherwise, it has to be paid for personally - hence formation badges are paid out of PRIs and our pocket whilst DZ flashes are paid for by the system. What use is it to be able to recognise that a guy is RLC anyway; you still don't know if he is a Dvr, Rad Op, Sup Spec, Sup Con, Pnr, AT, Postie, Chef, Baker, Butcher, Photgrapher, etc.