Regimental Blazer wearing

#1
Hiya. Ex Light Infantry, and have my Grandsons passing out parade at the ARC later this year, and as he is ending up in The Rifles, he wants me to don the Blazer and Tie....... What is the form with Beret and Tin, don't want to F this up
 
#3
Given its his day, I think that in beret plus tin you'd look like you were trying to draw attention to yourself, rather than celebrating your son joining an exceptional Regiment...

Enjoy, be proud.
 
#4
PS - any reason why you've asked in the "House of Commons" bit?

^^
 
#5
Get the lad to ask his training staff what the normal form is for prior parades, and fall in with that.
 
#6
PS - any reason why you've asked in the "House of Commons" bit?

^^
Possible MP Walt or a Tory minister wanting to show off he was once normal to please Mrs May?
 
#8
#9
Think I'd pitch up in just a blazer... cloth badge on breast pocket and buttons perhaps but not beret and bling.

Trousers, shirt and shoes may also be worn and just may save you from being escorted off the premises.
 
#10
Hiya. Ex Light Infantry, and have my Grandsons passing out parade at the ARC later this year, and as he is ending up in The Rifles, he wants me to don the Blazer and Tie....... What is the form with Beret and Tin, don't want to F this up

Veterans badge in left lapel, regimental tie, that's it, that says it all, any more and you will look a right Tosser. its his day, not yours.
 
#14
I'd wear medals, but no beret.

Just my personal opinion, as I've got a quartet of gongs and also a full head of hair that I like to add product to. You know. turn a few heads and make the ladies swoon etc chicks dig a hairdo and some ally tour dits.

Seriously note though, if you were my old man then I'd be proud if you tipped up with your medals on and looking smart in your blazer, especially with the Rifles/LI connection. Will make a good family photo.

Suppose you will have to ask him what he would like you to do, or find out if there is any sort of parade etiquette or if they are rigid with it. I went to my younger brothers pass off at Sandhurst a few years ago now, and wearing medals was allowed. Was quite a lot of people wearing medals, as you can imagine, and it was a good way to start a bit of chit chat with random people. Just asking which tour number they were on etc, did they get D&V or smash out a ham shank in the Shura shack every day after dark and things like that.

Plus, if you are a civvie I cant imagine anyone is going to try and tell you to take them off or something. I'd imagine most training screws and officers are pretty gongless these days. You could just stare at their empty chest and smirk at them.

End of the day they are your medals that you earned serving Queen and country.
 
#16
Tell that to all those blokes in London marching this November.
Different set of circumstances, they were there to be seen, the focus of attention. The OP, lightbob 68, is attending his grandsons parade, HE is the focus of attention, not the grandfather. Edit to add:- my father served in WW2 in Burma and Malaya, as did many other fathers on my passing out parade, not one wore medals.
 
#17
Nuff said............. It'll take the beret and my lonely GSM (total of 3 years NI) I am VERY proud of my Grandson, and CHUFFED to monkeys he chose The Rifles. Can get photo with him round the back. And it's the AFC, f'in spellchecker.
 
#19
Nuff said............. It'll take the beret and my lonely GSM (total of 3 years NI) I am VERY proud of my Grandson, and CHUFFED to monkeys he chose The Rifles. Can get photo with him round the back. And it's the AFC, f'in spellchecker.
You could apply for your ACSM as well: Medals: campaigns, descriptions and eligibility - GOV.UK
The Accumulated Campaign Service Medal (ACSM) is awarded to army, RAF, Royal
Navy and Royal Marines personnel to recognise continued campaign service.

To apply for the ACSM, you must have completed 1,080 days aggregated by 1 January 2008 in theatres which would have merited:
  • a General Service Medal 1962-2007 (Northern Ireland, Air Ops Iraq)
  • an Operational Service Medal(Sierra Leone, Afghanistan)
  • an Iraq Medal
If your aggregated service falls short of 1,080 days by 1 January 2008, the service will go towards the ACSM 2011.

If you go on to complete a further 1,080 days aggregated service by 31 December 2007, you will be awarded a bar. The bar is worn on the ribbon of the ACSM.
 
#20
Don't wear your beret.
Not only could you look silly but it might put you in the 'do I salute/don't I salute' scenario as you will be in headdress.
 

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