OG OCDT Rankslides

#1
I'm a STAB OCdt, and have decided to take advantage of the lack of terrifying RMAS RSM's to wear a natty wooly-pully-with-rankslides combo in the field (though I'm not sure what to wear under it- a norgy would surely be too warm).

Does anyone:

a) know of a source of OG, as opposed to DPM, white-tape rank slides
b) think this would be a terrible idea (I've already been warned off my beloved 58 pattern belt) ?
 
#2
Rumpelstiltskin said:
I'm a STAB OCdt, and have decided to take advantage of the lack of terifying RMAS RSM's to wear a natty wooly-pully-with-rankslides combo in the field (though I'm not sure what to wear under it- a norgy would surely be too warm).

Does anyone:

a) know of a source of OG, as opposed to DPM, white-tape rank slides
b) think this would be a terrible idea (I've already been warned off my beloved 58 pattern belt) ?
I hope your not Infantry.

Wooly pully soaked through, wearing a wooly pully on a long tab... theres just so many things wrong with this.
 
#3
You've been reading the eccentrics thread, haven't you?

This is a ridiculous idea on so many levels, but if you truly feel the need to look like a fool and feel really uncomfortable then get a Helly Hansen baselayer under it to stop the itch, and buy two OG rank slides from cadet direct and put some white tape around them.

I guarantee you'll only try this once before going back to the ventile T-shirt, Norwegian and smock. The piss-taking alone will drive you towards the edge of whatever sanity you have left.

What was the reason for you not being allowed to wear a '58 belt? If they're that strict, do you reckn they'll let you do this?
 
#5
Bravo_Zulu said:
You've been reading the eccentrics thread, haven't you?

This is a ridiculous idea on so many levels, but if you truly feel the need to look like a fool and feel really uncomfortable then get a Helly Hansen baselayer under it to stop the itch, and buy two OG rank slides from cadet direct and put some white tape around them.

I guarantee you'll only try this once before going back to the ventile T-shirt, Norwegian and smock. The piss-taking alone will drive you towards the edge of whatever sanity you have left.

What was the reason for you not being allowed to wear a '58 belt? If they're that strict, do you reckn they'll let you do this?
If we're lucky this will be a Wah BZ.

But yes, the p!ss taking will come thick and fast.
 
#6
Oh hey Rump.

How are things down your way, going along nicely?

I can't imagine 'the Sergeant-Major who always called upon you as demonstration bloke because he knew your surname' will be too pleased at your sartorial elegance, there again maybe it'll remind him of a previous time? For extra bonus points, accesorise with a cane and monocle :p 8O

Must arrange to get the lads together, apologies I couldn't make it t'other weekend.

V
 
#7
Rumpelstiltskin said:
I'm a STAB OCdt, and have decided to take advantage of the lack of terrifying RMAS RSM's to wear a natty wooly-pully-with-rankslides combo in the field (though I'm not sure what to wear under it- a norgy would surely be too warm).

Does anyone:

a) know of a source of OG, as opposed to DPM, white-tape rank slides
b) think this would be a terrible idea (I've already been warned off my beloved 58 pattern belt) ?
Bad plan here chief. There are several likely scenarios running through my mind and none of them result in you looking good therefore despite the fact that I own at least one such OG rankslide, for your own benefit you can't have it (or both if I happen to have two)!
 
#8
Voltiguer said:
Oh hey Rump.

How are things down your way, going along nicely?

I can't imagine 'the Sergeant-Major who always called upon you as demonstration bloke because he knew your surname' will be too pleased at your sartorial elegance, there again maybe it'll remind him of a previous time? For extra bonus points, accesorise with a cane and monocle :p 8O

Must arrange to get the lads together, apologies I couldn't make it t'other weekend.

V
Without turning this thread into a circlejerk, I think a wooly-pully is FAR more acceptable than S******'s OG canvas gaiters, in mid-August.

Really, I thought wearing a wooly-pully would psych me up for PRACTAC, as I wield my pointy stick. There is something very ally/dashing about Cold War kit. What it is exactly, I have no idea.
 
#10
Rumpelstiltskin said:
Voltiguer said:
Oh hey Rump.

How are things down your way, going along nicely?

I can't imagine 'the Sergeant-Major who always called upon you as demonstration bloke because he knew your surname' will be too pleased at your sartorial elegance, there again maybe it'll remind him of a previous time? For extra bonus points, accesorise with a cane and monocle :p 8O

Must arrange to get the lads together, apologies I couldn't make it t'other weekend.

V
Without turning this thread into a circlejerk, I think a wooly-pully is FAR more acceptable than S******'s OG canvas gaiters, in mid-August.

Really, I thought wearing a wooly-pully would psych me up for PRACTAC, as I wield my pointy stick. There is something very ally/dashing about Cold War kit. What it is exactly, I have no idea.
You seem to have made your mind up, do post on here once you've spent a cold, wet weekend in January out In the field wearing a wooly pully.
 
#11
The term is 'Bolo'. And get a Stephan's shirt in a green or khaki under it, as you need a collar to stop the neck chafing. Scrim and jungle boots with a 'SAS' windproof to finish off.
 
#12
Rump if you're just after some warm kit to replace the issue fleece with the scratchiest horriblest collars in Christendom (I do not like them either), may I point you towards what I just spunked some cash on:

http://www.johnbullclothing.com/products.asp?ID=1946

Not very Cold War I'm afraid and not uber-warm; but certainly keeps the wind out on a certain mid Wales training area and warm enough to cut about in in winter but without overheating, and is DPM too. Worth considering?

Cheers
V
 
#13
If your tabbing/patroling in the UK you can get away with wearing your smock, helly hansen and a t-shirt/jumper (note, regimental style not a fecking wooly pully) and just buy a Softie for when you go firm (I also have a windstopper just In case but have never had to wear a Softie AND a windstopper).

I haven't seen UK weather where anything over the above Is needed really.
 
#14
Voltiguer said:
Rump if you're just after some warm kit to replace the issue fleece with the scratchiest horriblest collars in Christendom (I do not like them either), may I point you towards what I just spunked some cash on:

http://www.johnbullclothing.com/products.asp?ID=1946

Not very Cold War I'm afraid and not uber-warm; but certainly keeps the wind out on a certain mid Wales training area and warm enough to cut about in in winter but without overheating, and is DPM too. Worth considering?

Cheers
V
OOh, that's nice... very nice.

In fact, that's a good website, which I hadn't seen before. I don't think Silverman's are ever getting any more of my money now...
 
#15
Yep the issued thermal top is a good 'un as well. Not the old cottony ones, the new breathable type thats fuzzy on the inside.

I use mine over a T shirt instead of a Norwegian. The Norwegian is cotton and will hold your sweat inside it, not drying out, so why take it in the field? The issued thermal top doesn't have a high collar but its better at keeping you warmer (not wet with sweat = no freezing when you stop tabbing and the windchill gets to you), then whack a fleece over it and you're alright for some gibberingly-cold temperatures.
 
#16
Voltiguer said:
Yep the issued thermal top is a good 'un as well. Not the old cottony ones, the new breathable type thats fuzzy on the inside.

I use mine over a T shirt instead of a Norwegian. The Norwegian is cotton and will hold your sweat inside it, not drying out, so why take it in the field? The issued thermal top doesn't have a high collar but its better at keeping you warmer (not wet with sweat = no freezing when you stop tabbing and the windchill gets to you), then whack a fleece over it and you're alright for some gibberingly-cold temperatures.
Where can I get one of those?

I've got the shitty skin tight cotton one.
 
#17
Umm, not sure. I was issued mine with my clothing & kit before basics...

Couldn't you put your one in for exchange and get the new one back?
 
#19
Rumpelstiltskin said:
Really, I thought wearing a wooly-pully would psych me up for PRACTAC, as I wield my pointy stick. There is something very ally/dashing about Cold War kit. What it is exactly, I have no idea.
Yes, exactly... I agree. When the entire Army including blanket stackers, lorry drivers and ACF are trying to dress as if Helmand were an obscure district of SENTA ( and, dear God, if it were it could be the only instance in which it could conceivably be worse ) then Old Skool is clearly the way ahead.

( And if the way ahead did involve hanging around Germany as an occupying Army mostly occupied with regimental skiing, rogering the local frauleins, and heavily drinking extremely cheap mess champagne to dull the prospect of becoming a brief speed bump in the way of Third Shock Army then we would be all be very jolly soldiers indeed )

But the rules are only to dabble in BAOR-ally...

1. In barracks / on the range.
Otherwise you'll freeze your tits off and when the RAP bods stop mocking you, and strip you of your soaked 70s layers they will discover every imaginable rub and rash. If the barbed wire collar of your JHW hasn't decapitated you first, obviously.

2. In moderation.
JHW oh yes. SD shirt under it, why not. CAB instead of ludicrously expensive Lowas favoured by RSigs tent-dwellers, entirely acceptable. Chinese Fighting Jacket instead of softee, if you insist. All together? Oh no. That's a dangerous accumulation, leading to affectations like an SD cap and shooting stick. Congratulations! You are now a gunner or 9/12th Lancers officer and everyone thinks you're a knob.

3. When you've been on ops.

Lead your men successfully and safely for six months in Sandy-stan? Congratulations! Here's a net scrim scarf to use as a cravat... oooh you look nice, sir.

Wait a minute, what's that? an OCdt? Oh no sir, you just stay here and do some pressups to keep warm while I reserve you a bijou pad in the Guardroom. Oh no, come behind this shed sir. You'll need your body armour ( 70's NI vest if you insist ) because my finger jabbing will get through that flimsy 1986 pattern smock pretty quickly.


4. If you're in the infantry.
Once you've passed PCBC you are one of The Elite, and no matter what you wear the heels of Corps soldiers of every rank will solitiously click together in discreet awe as you pass. ( I'm actually wondering whether we should allow CSS corps to wear DPM at all actually, I think some kind of RAF blue might be more suitable )

Final thought. A good bloke on my PCBC wore issue-tissue G10 for men kit all the way through the course.. the issue being whatever his Bn storeman could find in the dustier recesses of his store and the contents of his loft.

I quite respected him for it, freezing in the cold, immobile in the wet, sporting collars of an OD shirt folded 60s-porn-star-style over the top of his combat jacket collar in the summer.

Until he failed the course. And the one after. Then I pitied him.

Good luck. Just bear in mind that, as with DPM umbrellas, its a dodgy issue and NCOs get suprisingly worked up about sartorial vigour. Best to avoid annoying them while you've still got a lot to prove.

Where were we? Oh yes. OG OCdt slides. Get some from Silvermans if you must.

( But don't buy reversible fleeces and all that guff. The stuff you're given is really quite good and you'll look like a wannabe for sporting what is essentially Cadet Ally. Best spend the money in more worthwhile ways... girls for a start. Or boys... I seem to remember that you're hoping to join the Yeomanry? )

Charlie
 
#20
A few beers in at the moment so a slight abridged entry

OK awaiting the incoming OS Mission after this post

I wear my usual CS95 Shirt or an Aircrew Top (Basically and OG Turtle Neck Top). The Crabs on this site will explain more I have a few beers and wine in me at the moment - PM me for further details

As for Rank slides try Stone(s) and Son(s) at Norwicha Traditional Regt Taylors. Well they do my Regt Rank Slides and I get the OG Rank Slides for the Jumper Aircrew Top Combo above
 

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