Isn't the idea of regiments to create faux tribes, to which all members owe fealty?
And not a single one, of any parent capbadge, feared, trusted, admired, or had sufficient affection or respect for the bloke to follow his orders.
And they weren't even under fire.
Got the same gong as Mad Jack Sassoon though.
Such is glory.
Just realised from the video that I know the current CO 1 SCOTS / Rangers. He's one of the good ones, has the right background for this, and is exactly the kind of guy needed for this transition and to start the thing on a good footing. If I had to pick someone for that job, he would be top of my list regardless of capbadge.I must say how impressed l was at the speech regarding the change from 1SCOTS to a ranger bn that was given at your associations St Andrews day dinner. No hand wringing or tears on parade, just a factual look of what lays ahead.
During the period late 70's to about mid 80's - The mantra was '' Don't buy a house, don't buy a car, save all your money and PVR ''
Radio silence then ensued until...
The period of mid 90's when the mantra became '' This is sh1te ''
It is my opinion that there always has been, and always will be soldiers who are unhappy with their lot, due to
A small %age of them would sit in bars, get smashed on drink or drugs, howl about ' Regimental bullshit ' whilst refusing to look in a mirror.
- F***ed up any Army career that they might have had due to drink / drugs / too many CO's interviews without coffee.
- Were never going to have an Army career other than as a Pte as they didn't have the necessary qualities to go any further.
The largest %age of this group, identified that they were in the 2nd bullet point, got the head down, worked to the best of their abilities and left the Army on good terms when they reached the end of their contract.
Why is it the Scottish Regiments are so het up about all this stuff, yet so disastrous at actually being a fully functional (and manned) unit in the Army?
I have heard and read the same, and the BW being referred to as “ a fine old English Regiment ruined by a few Scots”.From what I’ve heard from most ex Jocks (was recently working with an ex KOSB lad) any amalgamation attempt between the Black Watch and any other Jock Bn would be extremely undesirable.
Not always. 1RS did Op GRANBY as a almost-fully-manned Armoured Infantry Battalion (the bloke giving the speech in the clip above, was 2ic A Coy; finished up as the Military Secretary); they were the best-manned of all the Warrior battalions in BAOR.Why is it the Scottish Regiments are so het up about all this stuff, yet so disastrous at actually being a fully functional (and manned) unit in the Army?
My initial scan was to think there was a 'n' missing and started nodding vigorously.A former soldier MSP has blasted defence chiefs for cutting the historic Black Watch battalion in half. Paul Sweeney, a former Royal Regiment of Scotlandwww.thecourier.co.uk
The Surrey Highlanders
....except FijianI'm told that Scotland still produces a number of martial races.
There are some fine opportunities for young English Officers with the right qualities. Most of the NCOs speak passable English, so there is no initial urgency in mastering local dialects....