Slime

#1
Interesting point been raised on the obvious site recently re the term 'Green Slime'. Some have it that it's a relatively recent soubriquet, but I'm sure that I came across it years previously in the 7th decade. In fact, I'm pretty sure I was tarred with it as early as 1974 at Old Sarum.

I've never taken offence at the charge, and in fact I'm certain it was affectionately given at the time (for a very good reason)...

Anyone?
 
#2
WB on my first posting in 1975 to BOAR I was referred to as "Green Slime" so I can state that there is "nothing new under the Sun".
 
#3
Thought so. Wouldn't mind betting that it's been around for a few years before that, too. We used to wear the green chip hat before the green beret...
 
#4
It must be the Chip Bag and the Jumper then,
 
#5
The term was definitely in use in the mid-late 80s in NI too. I am also the proud owner of the official greenslime tie - puke green coloured little pacman type creatures on a black background - that the Int Corps in Hong Kong had commissioned just before it closed down.
 
#6
I get called it at least once a week.
 
#7
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#9
Oh!, Wise One I think you mean "Mushrooms; kept in the dark, and fed on a diet of bull dust! "


Still think "The Duke of Edinburghs' Own Felt Tipped Comandos" explains our change from the old blue beret. Miss my side hat and wooly pully! The latter lasted years for the days I went fishing! It only cost a £5 !
 
#10
I believe that the cypress green beret thing came as a consolation prize for having been knocked back when trying for a "Royal Intelligence Corps".
 
#11
Royal Intelligence Corps - it would've been abbreviated to RIC. Far too RAF for my liking!
 
#14
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#16
Still getting called 'The slime ' in 2007, just out of interest, the reason we are not a Royal Intelligence Corps has something to do with a decree passed by Queen Elizabeth I that dissasociated the Royal House from Intelligence gathering organisations (hence why the Sy Service and SIS have a portcullis and not a crown on their crest). She also made a rule about foriegn medals that is still current today.
 
#17
Alaarm! said:
Still getting called 'The slime ' in 2007, just out of interest, the reason we are not a Royal Intelligence Corps has something to do with a decree passed by Queen Elizabeth I that dissasociated the Royal House from Intelligence gathering organisations (hence why the Sy Service and SIS have a portcullis and not a crown on their crest). She also made a rule about foriegn medals that is still current today.
It could be changed by the current Liz if she so desired or was maybe asked to by her Int ADC. Let's be honest, if she can give Wills & Harry jubilee medals* when they weren't even serving (let alone done 5 years) then she can change the title of the Intelligence Corps.

* Although these are likely to be the only ones they'll ever get!
 
#19
252_me said:
Alaarm! said:
Still getting called 'The slime ' in 2007, just out of interest, the reason we are not a Royal Intelligence Corps has something to do with a decree passed by Queen Elizabeth I that dissasociated the Royal House from Intelligence gathering organisations (hence why the Sy Service and SIS have a portcullis and not a crown on their crest). She also made a rule about foriegn medals that is still current today.
It could be changed by the current Liz if she so desired or was maybe asked to by her Int ADC. Let's be honest, if she can give Wills & Harry jubilee medals* when they weren't even serving (let alone done 5 years) then she can change the title of the Intelligence Corps.

* Although these are likely to be the only ones they'll ever get!
All members of the Royal Family got one of those, whether they were serving or not. Sorry.
 

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