Didn't lose it, staybrite badges are a pile of gash and mega flimsy, since mine was in rag order I decided it'd be a good idea to get a new one, could have coasted through with a poor one but I'm aiming for excellence!
This might be cynicism but in 21 and a bit years in the OTC, TA and regular Army, nobody has ever got twisted about the state of my cap-badge. I would place it down around the least of your worries, about on a par with anxiety over whether you have ironed the gusset on your spare pair of undercrackers.
interesting how you seem to think that they pay ANY attention to berets or capbadges at CMSR. You need only look at my old course photo from my STAB RA days to see that NO f*ker had a decent looking hat and were all in rag order. Best bet to stand out for excellence? sod the uniform - just keep it to the required standard - get your skills right, shoot well and use your initiative. The shiniest soldier is rarely the best, remember...
I've got an old RA cap badge that i carry around in my wallet. It's sodding huge. Its about 3 inches wide and 2 tall and has a wheel that rotates. Can anyone shed any light to what it is? Is it an officers cap badge?