But you, as a self described 'Cold War, never deployed infantry stab' do like it? Is that because despite your 'seniority' you somehow get something everyone else is missing?
You're so 'right on' - well done. Don't think it will make you any friends mind, least of all in Credenhill, Poole or anywhere else who would rightly deride your attempts to support them, whether they were wearing 'Punisher' badges or not.
Only my opinion, but it seems to have some support at least, is that it should be a given when you join up that if you wish complete Selection and to operate in the shadows then you shouldn't think it appropriate to carry a torch.
This has always been a thing. Some soldiers try hard to give themselves a bit of character on tour because, well, **** knows why.
Punisher badges were about in 2009-2010, as were skull face buffs, etc. All thoroughly ridiculous and the vast majority ordered off peoples kit and faces as quickly as they appeared.
It was only ever the morons that tried to wear them to look ally, the rest of us kinda picked up on the fact that staring at the locals with a skull face buff covering you and shades on, didn't really win any hearts and minds.
Don't get me started... There is a cracking picture of a Bundeswehr tank commander in Iraq(?) giving the 'old' salute. Slightly going off topic, some were wearing tee shirts with "I got further than my Grandad"