Senior Ranks' Inability to Dress in the Morning

#1
What is it with certain senior ranks? It appears that the higher up the food chain they go, the less able they are to dress correctly.
I spotted a Full-Colonel this morning wearing a jungle shirt, mismatched c95 trousers, hi-tec boots, one trouser leg tucked in, one using a twist - and all looking as though they hadn't seen an iron in a decade.
If a private soldier appeared like that on parade in the morning, I'd shoot him.
Don't these men have wives? Not to do the ironing for them, but to stop them going outdoors looking like a pillock...
 
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#3
seems the higher up you are the more privelige you feel you should get seems to be the case
 
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#4
seems the higher up you are the more privelige you feel you should get seems to be the case
 
#6
Letterwritingman said:
You wanna see an Army Doctor's dress sense...2's Shirts, Lightweight's and some sort of Chelsea boot completed one M.O's ensemble this morning 8O :D
Do you think he was making a statement?
 
#8
Seems that cavalry types have a super-abundance of wierd and arcane uniform items in their wardrobes.
I particularly enjoy the maroon/burgundy 'moleskin' trousers and pink jersey HW combo. WTF!?
The other thing I find highly entertaining is bizarre facial hair - those 'upside-down' eyebrows that sprout from the upper cheek area!
Wives take note! Your husbands look like yetis!
 
#9
You didn't hear it from me, but I know that some officers in the 'big house' in JHQ have a rule never to dress the same way twice and if they are questioned by some of the officers form the other nationalities they make up some regimental battle honour to be celebrating.

"No lanyard? Well it's the battle of Ackrington day, we don't wear lanyerds on the battle of Ackrington day!" :oops:
 
#10
That's fine - taking the p*ss out of foreigners is a well-documented and thoroughly splendid passtime, but these individuals are swanning round where there are only UK military (OK - one Spam and one Frog) and Civil Service types. What kind of example is that to set. It upsets the children, don't you know. Like officers running - it panics the troops...
 
#11
When my last RSM was commissioned the OC gave some advice that I shall never forget.

"break your Iron over your alarm clock and use your boot brush to clean up the mess"

more fitting advice to a newly commissioned Officer it would be hard to find!
 
#12
Chaps chaps chaps...
No two officers should ever be dressed the same. Thats how you can tell we're officers (from when we forget our epaulettes). The stranger you look, the more senior you are. In the fog of battle, the commander is discernible by his collar and tie and the pipe firmly clenched between his teeth. But whatever you're wearing should indeed be clean and smart, with your umbrella tightly furled.
 
#13
Arkady said:
The other thing I find highly entertaining is bizarre facial hair - those 'upside-down' eyebrows that sprout from the upper cheek area!
Wives take note! Your husbands look like yetis!
As far as I can remember, the "hairy appendages" used to be known as
"Bugger's Grips", the reason for which escapes me! :oops:
 
#14
we get inspected every monday and you should see the state of our OC, talk about using mess tins, i think ours uses a brick :lol:
 
#15
The strange facial hair affected by Senior Officers (usually first appears on promotion to Commander RN) is also refered to as "muff diver's depth marks". It is important that they are regularly calibrated! :lol: It's above the beard line so is outside the rules on full set/clean shaven only.

Such hair was once seemed as mandatory for Royal Navy Senior Officers as a fcuk off 'tasche still is for Royal Marine SNCOs.

For Nutstrangler's information. Bugger's grips. Handy when a Rear Admiral's rear is a Vice Admiral's vice. :wink:
 
#16
Seadog said:
Such hair was once seemed as mandatory for Royal Navy Senior Officers as a fcuk off 'tasche still is for Royal Marine SNCOs.
It's like the old 22 SAS and Para Regt Regimental Moustaches and sideboards circa NI mid-70s.

When I joined up, probably about half my battalion had tasches of some sort. From a psychological perspective (wooh...big words) facial hair is one of the most visible signs of maleness. So I reckon by growing one, you're desperately trying to be macho but looking daft instead.

BTW I'm only being petty cos my own attempts are growing a moustache were bloody pitiful. :wink:

PD
 
#17
Weird dress for officers continues a very high ranking officer is wearing a 37pattern belt with his deserts nicely polished brass buckles as well. And a lot seem to have been issused a sort of greyish wooly pulley
to be worn over desert shirts .
Strangeist dress from some capt some air borne unit who decding to join one of our patrols cefo consisted of that 73 pattern nylon rig as used in bravo2 zero and ive never ever seen used by anyone else ever and belt kit which included 44 pattern waterbottle pouches .
though full marks to officer who on being shown where something on map of camp was replied . "just give me directions i'm an officer maps and us dont mix "
 
#18
lets be honest here, IF we ever observed an officer looking smart and wearing the boring mandatory uniform we would all either say he is in front of the old man or some one important is visiting and no ones told us. imagine the panic that would set in. carry on rodneys do your own thing as usual!! let the troops set the example
 
#19
At the weekend i observed my CO, wandering round the exercise area wearing what looked like a predecesor to the cop vest but looked like a DPM safari jacket with pockets for film etc...

Also he was carrying a cane.

He carrys it off well as he is a guards officer.
 
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