Should I wear my wings?

#1
Hello,

Some advice needed here. I have just rejoined the TA (as a medic) and having finished my re-training am about to get posted out on Herrick.

My previous TA unit was "them", which I left about eight years ago, so I have a nice set of sabre ibis wings which have been gathering dust at home. Now obviously I am quite proud of them, I genuinely earned them the hard way, and presumably I am entitled to wear them still (though I stand to be corrected on that). But would it actually be a good idea? Am I just going to look like a walt, wearing them in a relatively REMFy job in (say) Bastien? I have noticed that some officers who have previously done a tour with the real "them" often wear normal para wings when they go back to their parent units - is this the general practice?
 
#3
loopy21 said:
Hello,

Some advice needed here. I have just rejoined the TA (as a medic) and having finished my re-training am about to get posted out on Herrick.

My previous TA unit was "them", which I left about eight years ago, so I have a nice set of sabre ibis wings which have been gathering dust at home. Now obviously I am quite proud of them, I genuinely earned them the hard way, and presumably I am entitled to wear them still (though I stand to be corrected on that). But would it actually be a good idea? Am I just going to look like a walt, wearing them in a relatively REMFy job in (say) Bastien? I have noticed that some officers who have previously done a tour with the real "them" often wear normal para wings when they go back to their parent units - is this the general practice?
Why do´t you phone them up, and ask them that know?

They will surely know the crack.
 
#5
bitterandtwisted said:
If your name is Jim Shortt, I wouldnt bother... Nice wah by the way
Just the reaction I'm wary of! By the way, even by Jim Shortt's own autobiography, he was only in HQsqn 21, which was never a sabre squadron - it was just the admin squadron, was not para-trained, and was mostly staffed by blokes who had failed selection...
 
#8
If your ex one of them why are you asking the question online ? Surely your old mates would keep you right. If you have completed your RAMC (V) training surely a word on the QT with one of the experienced SNCOs would have told you protocol. If you earnt them, wear them. I know here in NI on Op Banner they were banned and ex 'them' used to wear ordinary wings as not to draw attention to themselves.
 
#9
Just normal ones, unless on mess kit or 2s etc. But I think the general rule is to keep a low profile even when going some where else. You know how they were earned, I think that is all that matters. Do you really need or want people asking all the bloody time how you got them?

Just my thoughts..
 
#10
I reckon the RSM and CO will be fine about it, in fact they'll probably let you wear your sandy beret too, best to just turn up in them and see if anythings said.
 
#11
Normal wings on working dress - sabre on No .2's etc.

I remember a medic full screw in the med centre at Colly wearing sabre wings on his working dress for a while. Few weeks later he was back to G10 for men wings. When asked why he said 'I was told to take them off'.

Contrary to that though, my old paymaster 'Capt Cash' wore his all the time. Maybe RHIP and all that.
 
#12
Your name is suitable Loopy 21 !!

I take it none of THEM will talk to you anymore, is that why you are asking an early entry for the bone question of the year competition

by the way, didn't they want you back ??

Funny that, isn't it.
 
#13
FiveAlpha said:
Normal wings on working dress - sabre on No .2's etc.

I remember a medic full screw in the med centre at Colly wearing sabre wings on his working dress for a while. Few weeks later he was back to G10 for men wings. When asked why he said 'I was told to take them off'.

Contrary to that though, my old paymaster 'Capt Cash' wore his all the time. Maybe RHIP and all that.
Go with what FiveAlpha says until told otherwise by your new unit

DLB used to wear sabre wings along with a few other senior officers however as stated that was more than likely RHIP.
 
#15
halfwit said:
Your name is suitable Loopy 21 !!

I take it none of THEM will talk to you anymore, is that why you are asking an early entry for the bone question of the year competition

by the way, didn't they want you back ??

Funny that, isn't it.
what a pointless post, your username says it all

:evil:
 
#16
roadster280 said:
Next time we saw him was in a very nice suit, with very discreetly embroidered tie on Remembrance Sunday with an unusually large bulge under his shoulder, standing in the crowd.
Why would you be tooled up on Remembrance Sunday???
 
#17
roadster280 said:
My TA Tp SSgt was ex them (22 though, not sure if 21/23 makes a difference here), and he wore his sabre wings on his JHW, but not on combats. JHWs seem to be out of favour (still issued?) today though.

He got hacked off with being told what to do though and went back to his roots. Next time we saw him was in a very nice suit, with very discreetly embroidered tie on Remembrance Sunday with an unusually large bulge under his shoulder, standing in the crowd.

Isn't there a RAMC dress regulation order? Do whatever it says in there and you're bulletproof.
Did you actually see this? Or was it from a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mateof a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate of a mate who heard it from the Rations Storeman :roll:
 
#18
Well maybe dress code changed from my time, but my commander ex-them (and had the tache) wore his sas wings on his combats and No2s, if this wasnt correct who was going to tell him, the other lad who was still in and a staffie at St James Palace, wore his sas wings on his No2s.
 

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#19
amazing__lobster said:
roadster280 said:
He got hacked off with being told what to do though and went back to his roots. Next time we saw him was in a very nice suit, with very discreetly embroidered tie on Remembrance Sunday with an unusually large bulge under his shoulder, standing in the crowd.
Did you actually see this?
To be honest they are often around this area, exactly as described on such events. I have noticed such fellows, for instance at trooping the colour, and they do look slightly obvious. That said they're usually aware you've clocked them before the fact fully registers within your own cognition.
 
#20
If I'd earnt myself a set of naughty wings I'd have them sewn onto everything I owned, including the bonnet of my car.

Kudos for gaining them, w"nk username though :D