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The cloth shoulder titles were introduced when the drill manual for the L85 was written!
The old plastic/staybrite items that used to be worn on the epaulets broke off when the rifles were shouldered! sloped (Stonkernote: correction to spare the blood pressure of the small-minded foot-drill-fascisti :thumleft: )
That musta been a close-run thing: what if the Foot Guards had really stood their ground?

Another forty years of knackered FALs?

Back to polishing brass shoulder titles?

Who can say!!!???
 

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That musta been a close-run thing: what if the Foot Guards had really stood their ground?

Another forty years of knackered FALs?

Back to polishing brass shoulder titles?

Who can say!!!???
I do recall from my days at MoD there was some serious discussion of the retention of a number of L1A1 for ceremonial purposes.
 
Nope, I left the Guards in 88 and they were not dress regs then.
Morning @ACAB,
I left in '87 and for some reason I thought otherwise and had to text a mate to find out.
Old age kicking in:).

E2a: Though I did remember no TRF behind capbadge and on upper arm.
 

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