Discussion in 'MoD News' started by MoD_RSS, Aug 19, 2013.
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Bottom photo, the signals WO1 has a twisted lanyard, scandalous; I expect better from my old corps. Jacket sleeves creased & a pissed belt. If I'd gone on parade like that when I was in Phase 1 - I'd still be in jail.............
For shame sir, for shame.
I'm surprised that you didn't say that there's shit on the end of his stick...
They'll finish their training just in time to:
a. Find that their intended Regt or Corps has been disbanded or amalgamated.
b. Receive their redundancy notices.
c. Set off on another foreign adventure in Syria/Egypt/some other shitty part of the 3rd World* where British politicians want to big themselves up.
*delete as applicable
...and there's an example of where the Army could make savings at no cost. Scrap FAD and its equivalents. All it takes is a directive that allows medals to be worn on PCS. Saves manufacture, transport, tailoring, storage, replacement, cleaning...
Well done to the kids, though.
What's with the comedy parade 'Stache? Well done to the lads and lasses however.
Errrr, no thanks, they'd end up resembling the TA.
Give them 5 years and that's where they'll be anyway.
Not sure about scrapping No 2 Dress completely, it's always good to have some sort of smart dress.
What I don't understand is where the need for FAD came from. In all the years prior to the introduction of FAD, not once did I hear anyone - ever - say "Look at my No 2 Dress. I wish it was a slightly lighter shade of khaki, had different cuffs and was made out of a slightly wanker material!"
The whole saga is reminiscent of the "Red Dwarf" Ocean Grey/Battleship Grey scene:
A pointless change foisted on the Army for no real reason. It seems like some Senior Officer somewhere looked jealously at the rollout of PCS, and wished he could make a name for himself by doing the same for parade dress.
Unfortunately, it's made us look like a crappy brown version of the RAF.
Still, very well done the kids passing out today.
Yes, making the entire Army look like a total bag of shit like the TA do on most formal events is definitely worth the fairly tiny cost of FAD.
It's still a lot of money out of the public purse for a uniform that's rarely worn outside a barracks and even then by only a few. Discounting events where it has to be worn to allow medals to be paraded, that only leaves Wimbledon, doesn't it? Hardly a justification for equipping the entire Army with the stuff.
By your reasoning, the entire Army looks a total bag of shit except on the rare occasions when FAD is worn?
They do. It just doesn't matter when you're sleeping off a hangover in the back of a 43 or sweeping a World War 2 bomber hangar yet again. When you're marching through the local town centre on Remembrance Day it does matter and the TA look like a complete bag of shite in combats and medals on 'formal' parades.
I can't say I agree. Having been unfortunate enough to partake in a military funeral of a soldier, the sight of the deceased's friends resplendent in uniform, unashamedly military and proud (as he was) was enough of a justification for me. It just would not have been the same in PCS.
There are other occasions too, I am sure.
We're the military, we sometimes do things that seem odd to outsiders. But it's all for a good reason.
If only there was a financial value on "pride", that would make this argument much easier
FAD - the clue is in the acronym. There was nothing wrong with the old 2s whatsoever until someone had an idea. Every army should have a dress uniform of some sort - otherwise we'd look like the Hutu Militia (but without the wellies and lifejackets).
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