REME wristbands

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  1. My (latest) parent unit have brought out their upcoming tour wristband, causing us to all shed 2 quid which goes straight into their PRI.

    I don't mind the odd 2 quid here and there but if all the REME dets are buying teeth arm wristbands, that's alot of money going into someone else's PRI/ Bene fund.

    Why don't the Corps bring one out? It seems to be a good money spinner and the 9000 odd in REME willl be buying a hell of a lot more than a 500 strong Inf/ Cav unit. I've been in SEME and Arborfield PRIs recently and they only have H4H wristbands. They only cost about 20p to manufacture so there's alot of money to be made that could go to the families of the bereaved/ injured.

    Is there anyone out there in the corridors of power that could sort this out?
  2. My personal opinion is that wristbands are shite. It's the army, not a bloody fashion parade.
  3. AFAIK the only wristband authorised to be worn in uniform in the H4H one. I echo Nige's view. H4H or none.
  4. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Ahhh how cute, the soldiers are wearing bracelets. Jeez is it still the Army or has it become the girl guides, fcuking wrist bands. :roll:
  5. For God's sake don't wear a H4H wristband. Look at the ruckas I stirred up.

    Poppies will be banned next !!! Don't want to be thought of as a namby pamby charity giving poof nah do we son ? :wink:

    I have to say I'm suprised to find that the H4H one is authorised for wear though.

  6. Seconded
  7. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    You can give to charity without shouting it from the rooftops. Whats next pink ribbons!! :roll:
  8. Agreed, no-one wants to big time it over this issue but as I am long gone from military circles, I've found that people at work who ask what the wristband is for are suprised to learn that there is a charity for injured servicemen and keen to contribute. If raising awareness of H4H and garnering cold, hard cash are the aims then it's worth it. I appreciate that most people on here are still in or close to the military world and can see that wearing one in that world would be seen as OTT.

    I fail to see how a H4H wristband is different to a poppy. Neither shouts "I give to charity" - only shows a solidarity and acknowledgment of the cause and reminds other people to give. If a celebrity started to wear a H4H band and it caught on and lots of money was raised, who'd be complaining then ? And it's a better cause than another unit's fund. Look what celebs wearing the Livestrong band raised even if the doners were doing it for a fashion accessory rather than goodwill.

  9. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    I agree with everything you say - but having to promote the military on an Op tour rather misses the point don't you feel?
  10. I agree with you on that Smudge 100%.

  11. ...and they'll be letting gays in next.

    What I was getting at was that our guys in need are missing out. If there is money to be made out there by selling naff wristbands then lets do it.

    I agree that they are pump- mine holds my allen key tin together, but if I'm going to buy one then I'd rather it be a REME one.
  12. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Perhaps some clever bod could come up with watch straps in the same colours as wristbands, then we could all wear them in uniform without upsetting anybody.
  13. Just because you buy it doesn't mean you have to wear it and you could always do a Nige and refuse to buy one! :wink:
  14. I was at the CO's O Group in Larkhill last year when the subject of 'H4H wristbands' reared it's ugly head. The RSM and the 2 LE Officers (Ex RSMs) were up in arms that we would wear something colourful when in Combats.

    They did not want soldiers or officers walking around Larkhill Camp wearing anything colourful when in CS95.

    When I asked them why they were all wearing 'Tactical Recognition Flashes' (TRF) on their CS95 they tried to change the subject.

    When I explained that during the 'winter months' one could hide the wristband under the sleeve, but not the 'much bigger and much brighter' TRFs they had no answer.

    The CO (who was wearing a H4H wristband) then bailed out his 'old & bold' and changed the subject.

    IF during the Falklands War, somebody had come out with a wristband for the servicemen in the South Atlantic, then the whole nation would have been wearing one - but that was a popular war.