I visited an Armed Forces Careers Office recently with Junior DF who has expressed an interest in joining up. He is interested in the RAF Regiment (I know - please bear with me!) or the Parachute Regiment. After a brief chat with a WRAF officer who looked young enough to be my daughter it became clear that I knew more about her subject than she did. Not to worry, we got some lovely shiny brochures. Then we spoke to a Sgt from a Guards regt. who 'bigged' himself up and slouched throughout our chat. When discussing Para reg. he claimed to have been a member of Guards Parachute Company. When I asked him where his wings were he replied that he had compressed his spine during a jump and consequently had his book taken off him. My first question is this: If one has qualified as a military parachutist, are the wings not worn inperpetuity? And only taken from one if one refuses to jump? My second question is this: Is this Sgt a big-timing walting tw@t?