So What Do You Miss - Or Not!!!

#1
Asked what I missed (left in Sep)

Tough question, but here goes:

Miss:

Banter
People - I now have mostly work collegues
Mixing work with social - which I dont do now, well in my company anyway

Dont Miss:

Ridiculous budgets on equipment, travel etc etc
Last minute effabouts
Officers who still live in the 1800s!
 
#2
Miss:
Somehow managing to get the job done (usually in trying circumstances) because of the help of a great bunch of blokes. (Today? OH, COME ON!)
Having a laugh and a joke (= banter, as said above) Not on, today. (Everybody scared of race/hate/PC legislation).
Nipping off to the NAAFI/Corporal's Club/LAD Bar for a quick pint after work. (Work colleagues think that drinking is bad for you...)

Don't miss:
Weekend duties (staring out of the Guardroom window at the lads heading off to the pub/club/whatever).
 
#3
Miss:

Social Scene
Banter
Working with like minded people

Dont Miss:

DS Watchers
Up Their Own AR$$E Victorian Officers
Not being able to get the right kit to do the job more efficiently

On the plus side I am working with like minded people now with the same banter out here in the pit. Social scene isn't too bad really considering the situation. Plus none of the 'Dont Miss' category apply here. Happy days.
 
#4
Miss

- "adventure training" in exotic locations paid for by HMG (USA & Zimbabwe for me)
- Cheap beer & out with the lads
- Loads of time off
- cheap sports parachuting & gliding

Don't miss

- Bullsh*t
- Guard commander duty
- Deployments with no end dates

Being a civvy whilst initally confusing (figuring out being PC) has proven to be lucrative and a licence to print dosh without having to tab up the fan to get a better daily rate! (been out eight years)
 
#5
Miss

The squaddie sense of humour
Mad times on the lash
Being apart from the normal civvy herd

Dont miss

Stagging on / any gaurd duty
Needless bullshit ( normally for the benefit of Ruperts )
 
#6
Miss
WOs & Sgts mess
Free dental treatment
True friends as opposed to colleagues
Free sports time and facilities

Don't miss
Petty fossilised officers
Having mine and my families life fukced up at short notice
Doing work for the sake of doing something. Now days I just go home early.
 
#7
Miss

My friends
Work and Social
Mess Life
Education opportunities

Don't Miss

Officer's living in the past
Officer's who think an OR can not have a BSc (Hons) & MSc
Officer's who think they can jump the medical / dental appointment system
The Lies we were told
 
#8
Miss
The stories
The networking side
Total job satisfaction - (when working with Armour)
Ops work - team work on a big scale
The characters, there are so many over the years


Dont Miss
The Bullshit although it baffled a few brains in my time lol
Backstabbing Bar stewards
Officer and OR selection/promotion boards - the most incompetent system in the Army
The DPA - where millions of pounds of taxpayers money is literally wasted each year by incompetent and inexperienced fools
RSM Hetherington 1982 what a bastard lol
 
#10
Miss
The social you take for granted
Travel to exotic locations whilst getting paid to be there
Working with people my own age and interests
Not having to be PC or worry about offending people when swearing lots!

Don't
"EWD Jump - Yes sir how high?" type conversations, civvy job goes more like "EWD jump - Do I get paid more, if not feck off!"
Trying to motivate the lads to do a job that your heart isn't/wasn't really in anymore.
 
#11
MISS

Social life that you just do not get anywhere else.
Sporting opportunities.
Banter with no pc brigade.
Proper teamwork work hard/play hard.

DONT MISS

Duties
Walts
The bullshit that was sometimes necessary but mostly not needed.
 
#12
Miss

Mess life
Banter
Piss takes
Comradeship...............Civvy, you dont know what comradeship is.

Dont Miss.
Being told what to do by some "wet behind the ears rupert just off the conveyor belt".
Exercises in BAOR, standing on some road waving traffic through.
RSM Bob Hanna, the most evil s--t I have ever come across, and yes I did know who held a drill parade on your car in Gladbach, and no it wasnt me.
 
#13
I left August 2006.

I miss the Banter, the lads, comraderie (spelling)

I don't miss: Gobby nigs, Show parades following an RSM's BPO inspection, cavalry officers.
 
#14
I left in July 07 and I miss:

The 'lads', the social life, the fact that the people you worked with were your mates as well.

I dont miss: weekend duties at short notice, having to jump through hoops to satisfy an egomaniacal orrifice, having to cut my hair or shave every day.

I like in my new life: overtime pay, being able to tell the boss to fcuk off without going to jail, going home on time every night (or getting paid to stay behind).
 
#15
fdj12 said:
Miss

Mess life
Banter
urine takes
Comradeship...............Civvy, you dont know what comradeship is.

Dont Miss.
Being told what to do by some "wet behind the ears rupert just off the conveyor belt".
Exercises in BAOR, standing on some road waving traffic through.
RSM Bob Hanna, the most evil s--t I have ever come across, and yes I did know who held a drill parade on your car in Gladbach, and no it wasnt me.
Yes that gentleman was way out the front in the cnuts' class! I once saw him lock up a horse from the Mounted Troop because it got a bit skittish & reared up on a parade he was taking at the Depot. A true Helmet.

I miss:
Some of the fantastic Cpls Mess dos we had in Detmold & Lisburn
The nympho interpreter in Detmold who intro'd several young Lance-Jacks to the delights of older women
Having the great pleasure of gobbing on Gerry Adams once
Some of the funniest windups I ever saw in my life

I don't miss:
Active Edge callouts & spending 2 days up the top of Hermannsdenkmal in noddy suit & S6 in the middle of summer
Painting Rovers
Some of the plums we had as WO2s & SSgts at RMPTC 83-84, in particular the one whose office phone I packed with rotting fish & the one who got bubbled to his wife for gobbing off to everybody about the affair he was having with a WRAC girl. Yes you know who you were, & you both deserved all of it ( & more besides) :twisted:
 

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