GIs in particular are a special breed. @Ravers may have come across the PO(M) on the parade staff at RALEIGH who referred to everyone as weirdos and looked after all the tropical fish in all the blocks when not screaming abuse at New Entry divisions on the parade ground.
I did always think that they had a lot of fun on the quiet though.
The scene, BRNC parade ground. Snow drifting down increasingly heavily, the deck icy as you like, 2 weeks to Christmas passing out. Even by the standards of the RN, the drill was embarrassing, people sliding all over the place.
Senior Sub on the bridge 'March on the Colour'
On comes the guard, RM band giving it all Heart of Oak and trying to be the tiddliest thing on a shambolic parade ground. When they get to their designated position they crash to a halt. No1 platoon guard officer staggering on the ice. His LH marker actually went down, hurling his SA80 backwards over his shoulder. An inch to the left and he'd have bayonetted the man behind through the face.
Increasingly purple faced WO1(M) up on the bridge:
'what the f*** are you mincers f****** mincing about for? It's just a bit of water, and you OC ******** better not have f**** that f****** rifle. With your face. I don't want to have to write to Billy Smart's circus and tell him I've got his clowns here and can he come to collect them.'
'Chief W********* [to the Chief GI the other side of the parade ground by the mainmast] get these f******* clowns off my parade ground.'
'Sir. Clowns, by the centre, quick march....'