Now there are no kilts!

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From today's Torygraph:

Soldiers in Scotland's new "super regiment" have to share kilts because of a shortage of the ceremonial dress.

The Royal Regiment of Scotland has 5,000 soldiers but just 320 kilts, just one for every 15 men.

The kilts are worn during ceremonial or public duties.
he shortage comes after the Army decided to end its 150-year association with Borders-based kilt makers Robert Noble, which has produced military tartan since 1850.

The Army has put to tender a £1 million contract for the new kilts. It has received 320 "trial" kilts but will not receive a full set until 2008.

An MoD spokesman said: "A planned deployment will be agreed with the Royal Regiment of Scotland on a roll-out basis with two battalions of kilts made by May 2007 and the full programme completed by January 2008."

The new "super regiment" was formed last August. It saw the merger of the Royal Scots, the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the Black Watch, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the Royal Highland Fusiliers and the Highlanders.
The Cheap Kilts IPT should hang their heads in shame, along with those freshly Knighted and OBE'd individuals who presided over the amalgamations. All of these stories seem to be following a pattern, so what's next? Single ply toilet paper?
 
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single ply and shiney by kind permission of "Lord" Izal
WW
 
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Now here's a thought instead of spending £1M on new kilts form who knows where, why not allow the 'new' battalions keep a little of there old regimental regalia and let them where the kilts of the black watch, A&SH the KOSB etc, they all have different hackles and subtitles why not kilts.
 
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zippy483 said:
Now here's a thought instead of spending £1M on new kilts form who knows where, why not allow the 'new' battalions keep a little of there old regimental regalia and let them where the kilts of the black watch, A&SH the KOSB etc, they all have different hackles and subtitles why not kilts.
You assume too much comon sense. Now stop it.
 
#7
So what's happened to the old ones? Written off I suppose, anyone looking to dispose of a 34-36" Gordon Highlander I might just know of a buyer if the price is right..............

Edited to add "Kilts that is not Izal one ply!!"
 
#8
This on top of the "Notachute Regiment" fiasco

The lunatics have clearly taken over the Assylum

Will this insanity ever come to an end??

Why not save money on berets, amalgamate the Paras and the Royal Marines and call them the Royal Maroons, thus saving on unnecessary green headware?


Get the Kilts IPT out on patrol with Blair :evil:
 
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subbsonic said:
Why not save money on berets, amalgamate the Paras and the Royal Marines and call them the Royal Maroons, thus saving on unnecessary green headware?
Give over they'd then have to go out to tender fot a natty green and maroon stripy affair at the cost of a couple of million quid, neither of them will want to lose their current 'lid'
 
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zippy483 said:
Now here's a thought instead of spending £1M on new kilts form who knows where, why not allow the 'new' battalions keep a little of there old regimental regalia and let them where the kilts of the black watch, A&SH the KOSB etc, they all have different hackles and subtitles why not kilts.
KOSB never had kilts, Lowland Regt, they wore trews(spelling??).
 
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zippy483 said:
Now here's a thought instead of spending £1M on new kilts form who knows where, why not allow the 'new' battalions keep a little of there old regimental regalia and let them where the kilts of the black watch, A&SH the KOSB etc, they all have different hackles and subtitles why not kilts.
A sudden flash of inspiration has come to me after reading zippy's post.

Why don't we reform the Scottish Regiments save £1m on kilts,plus more savings from not changing signs, capbadges, head dress, messes, letterheads, colours, etc. Fcuk it, lets reform all the Inf reg with similar savings.

Just a thought.

Is this another example of how amalgamation will SAVE money?
 
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zippy483 said:
subbsonic said:
Why not save money on berets, amalgamate the Paras and the Royal Marines and call them the Royal Maroons, thus saving on unnecessary green headware?
Give over they'd then have to go out to tender fot a natty green and maroon stripy affair at the cost of a couple of million quid, neither of them will want to lose their current 'lid'
Ok were starting to make some progress now.

What I'm hearing is an all inclusive tri-service tartan that will reflect the traditions of all three services, including the Royal Marines and the Paras. The Scotish Assembly will buy in to that.

As long as we can get the support of the Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies, we only need to get in the dependencies, Assencion, Gibraltar, Falklands, Diego Garcia and St Helena to agree.

Once we get the gays and the other ethnic minoroties involved, we are on a home run with the treasury.

Note to DPA:
1. Why do they need more than one magazine with each rifle, after all they can only use one at once??
2. I advise we ask the minister to review the H+S case for having bayonnets, a bit worried about someone cutting themselves.

Edited to add flash of inspiration why not outsource the whole Army and they can wear what they like??
 
#13
Wasn’t the last cavalry charge made by the Poles at the start of WW2? Why don’t we do away with the mounted troopers and their 250+ horses, on the next State visit the Royal coach could be escorted by members of the pony club, no, wait, how about all those fox hunters they look the part in their nice red coats and Prince Phillip would love riding down the mall to the sound of a hunting horn!
 
#14
I can see a four-way roulement here for mounted public duties:

1. Pony Club
2. Countryside Alliance duty hunt
3. Legion of Frontiersmen Mounted Sqn
4. Guards polo
 
#16
Ok, the MOD have officially denied this (Talk sport news at 12.00) so,
A. Its true.
B. Your a bunch of rumour mongers and should be ashamed of your selves, the dear leader wouldn’t allow our jock brethren to go to the ball with out a new frock!
 
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subbsonic said:
Why not save money on berets, amalgamate the Paras and the Royal Marines and call them the Royal Maroons, thus saving on unnecessary green headware?


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Not too loudly......you never know who might be listening...
 
#18
Latest scheme for the Army will be 'Pay as you Drop' A knackered C47 with 40 Para's @ £50 each on money saved by not eating meals under 'Pay as you Dine'

P.S. I forgot to add, they also have to hire and pack thier own chute.
 
#19
Surely the new scheme of buying your own chute to show the commitment required of a para is the way ahead.

49 Para obviously don't need chutes for their drops but that is a different kind of dedication.

Anyone else thinking of joining if you can just bring your own veh/kit/etc.....

http://www.witham-sv.com/index1.html
 
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yamkwak said:
KOSB never had kilts, Lowland Regt, they wore trews(spelling??).
Yes, the trews were Leslie tartan, but the pipes & drums wore Royal Stuart kilts. This is yet another disgraceful episode. Why not let the individual battalions within the regiment retain their old kilts. Or even better, scrap the whole bloody idea and reissue all the old stock and reform the regiments.
 
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