Since when did the Royal Pioneer Corps become associated with axes and beards?
(picture accompanying the article)
I'm guessing sometime around the 1980s when someone with enough clout to change things, got a little confused
between the RPC and infantry pioneer sergeants?
Fixed for free.
Nice to see we're still cutting back just in time for our next war.
The 1980's were 30 years ago.
You old twat.
But most real military traditions date from somewhat earlier, and are not normally filched from elsewhere.
I understand the 1985 change came about because some corps members were unhappy about the pick, shovel and rifle depicted on their previous cap-badge, giving the wrong image.
I'd had thought they'd have had more pride in their previous cap badge but their choice.