One piece of advice...

Never listen to anything an old sweat tells you on his way out the gate.
 
Volunteer for everything! I did, and I ended up with;
1. She’d load of medals.
2. A fecked musco-skeletal system.
3. Mild PTSD.
4. Occasional psychosis.
5. Gluten intolerance.
F. The ability to imbibe a feck load of booze (perfect example last night, I’ve just woken up wrapped in my Yank poncho liner (thanks love!) freezing cold having fallen asleep on the sofa post beers)
 
Never drink as much as cold war warriors' did.





Booze is expensive without the BAOR discount
 
Camera monkeys are expendable. They don't deserve body armour.
Thanks.. as it happens I didn't have any when I crossed the border but I 'found' some in Syria.
 
You've just handed your kit in and your in your civvies now just before walking out the gate, a group of Nigs are about to embark on the bus to RAF Houlton to be deployed to Afghanistan
Check the provenance of your bus driver - Halton is a training establishment with only a grass, glider, airfield.
 

Tuffty

War Hero
If you want promotion. Tell them what they (SNCO's/Officers) want to hear. Not what you think they should hear. Shame I only figured that out when I left the Military
 

Yokel

LE
Check the provenance of your bus driver - Halton is a training establishment with only a grass, glider, airfield.
Are you saying that if you are on a bus going there then instead of going to Iraq or Afghanistan, you might be going on a spelling course? That might be traumatic for some ARRSERs....

If you get ordered to volunteer for anything, demand it in writing. If they refuse, go higher...

Never assume, always check.
 

Gout Man

LE
Book Reviewer
You've just handed your kit in and your in your civvies now just before walking out the gate, a group of Nigs are about to embark on the bus to RAF Houlton to be deployed to Afghanistan where they will spend majority of time in Helmand Provice in an FOB, your a battle hardened Brecon Infanteer whom did multiple tours of Herrick and Telic yet a man of few words, and the wisdom you do dispense is legendary...

What's the one piece of advice you'd give to these Nigs if they ask? (or if your addressing them during pre-deployment training back when you were in the mob

This classic one liner from Legionnaire starring Jean Claude Van Damme is pure gold

Sergeant Steinkampf (Steven Berkoff): "I suggest you keep one bullet in your pocket not for the enemy, but for yourselves..."

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I had cause to be at MOD Donnington a few years ago. The job I was doing involved the part of the site where backloaded weapons are checked before going into storage.
According to the staff there a surprising number of SA80s that came through had a fag, a match, and a single round stored in the pistol grip.
 
Baldrick walt
To be fair, I once worked with a certain senior Crab, now long retired, who had been the boss in 90/91 of a certain specialist Wokka det on Granby. He said that, thanks to Blackadder IV, which had of course come out a couple of years previously, every single lad on the det, himself included, had a round of 7.62 suitably engraved...
 
If you want promotion. Tell them what they (SNCO's/Officers) want to hear. Not what you think they should hear. Shame I only figured that out when I left the Military
Completely disagree! I had a fairly decent career, fuelled mostly by understanding what I was doing and presenting the truth, even if it was unpopular. I also saw several other successful people doing the same thing, especially R Sigs TOTs and Tfc Offrs. The key is to have ideas about how to resolve things and then be prepared to put your reputation where you mouth is when they agree with you, or shut up and get your shoulder behind the wheel when the commander decides not to follow your advice.

My single piece of advice would be to do every career course at the first time of asking and take it seriously. Don't "Wait a year or so" or worry about passing: If 'That tosser over there' can pass it, so can you. Of course, if you don't want a career and are just in for the experience, then just take it as it comes.
 
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Tuffty

War Hero
Completely disagree! I had a fairly decent career, fuelled mostly by understanding what I was doing and presenting the truth, even if it was unpopular. I also saw several other successful people doing the same thing, especially R Sigs TOTs and Tfc Offrs. The key is to have ideas about how to resolve things and then be prepared to put your reputation where you mouth is when they agree with you, or shut up and get your shoulder behind the wheel when the commander decides not to follow your advice.

My single piece of advice would be to do every career course at the first time of asking and take it seriously. Don't "Wait a year or so" or worry about passing: If 'That tosser over there' can pass it, so can you. Of course, if you don't want a career and are just in for the experience, then just take it as it comes.
I totally disagree with you, voicing your opinion and showing your Boss up is a great way of getting ahead I don't think. They don't like people who have an opinion, Oh and not everyone in the R Sigs wanted to be a YofS or FofS, some of us actually believed the shite they spouted at the careers office back in the 70's. They were just filling slots back then and bluffing 16 year old kids who knew no better
 

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