Soldiers applauded at the airport?

#1
Do any jocks know if this is true? Or is the Soldier mag printing Snopes like stories?

I WOULD like to bring to Soldier’s attention a phenomenon which I had never experienced prior to working in Scotland.


In my current job as a movement controller, I escort the troops returning from operations from their aircraft to the terminal building at Edinburgh Airport to ensure they transit smoothly prior to despatch back to unit lines.


Almost every time that uniformed troops have emerged from the arrivals hall en masse, members of the public have responded by spontaneously applauding.


As other travellers turn to see what is going on, they too join in – creating quite a noise. Sometimes the returning unit has a piper positioned close to the exit which adds to the occasion.


Seeing such a reaction always brings a lump to my throat and I’m sure that it makes the returning soldiers realise that their efforts and dedication have not gone unnoticed or unappreciated.


This experience is completely different to the reception, or lack of one, when Service personnel return from Afghanistan to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.


I write not to make a big deal about this but simply to raise awareness of the support that exists for the British Army and to thank members of the general public for their appreciation – regardless of their political views – of what soldiers do.


I would be surprised if this greeting doesn’t aid the Jocks in their reintegration and rehabilitation following what will probably have been a traumatic operational tour. – WO1 (SSM) L Earnshaw, Ops WO, DMOC, HQ 2 Div.
Soldier - Magazine of the British army
 
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Biscuits_AB

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#4
It's nothing new. Tropper was applauded when he returned from Spion Kop and later in another life after the battle at Hill 101. He did lodge a complaint however after he received only a Mexican Wave when he returned from sinking the Bismarck.
 
#6
If that happened to me, I'd run straight to the nearest one and say "God Bless America".

Unfortunately, last time I went back to that damn FI place, I had shortarms, makapaka and my little stinking frog wishing me well.

Mate, you need to understand this, if I want to snog my dog, I will. If I want to snot His Lordship for not getting me a coffee - guess what? I will. If I want you there - I'll let you know, you stalker.
 
#8
Americans are queers, they are the most over sentimental people I have had the displeasure of meetin.

[video=youtube;luLhwqXk1N4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luLhwqXk1N4[/video]

American men actually cry over this shit, read the video comments and see for yourself.
 
#9
Don't forget the story about buying meals on a flight (and the pilot being ex forces too), |SAS/Paras/Marines/Girl Guides beating a thief almost to death outside a shop, and the guff about phoning some kids dad from the airport.... blah blah fucking blah.
 
#10
Fucking hell there are some cynical bastards on here....If it happened it's ok, if it didn't move on with your lives.
 
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Aleegee1698

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#11
Americans are queers, they are the most over sentimental people I have had the displeasure of meetin.

[video=youtube;luLhwqXk1N4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luLhwqXk1N4[/video]

American men actually cry over this shit, read the video comments and see for yourself.

You are a spotty 13 yr old COD addict and I claim my Franklin Mint "Granny loves her Puppy" pure porcelaine Kitsch Dolly
 
#12
I didnt get applauded at Brize, but i did get told to take my hands out my pocket whilst waiting for my bag at the carousel by the skinniest man in NATO sporting two stripes. However ten minutes later i saw him in arrivals being hugged by his fat overweight croccodillapig of a wife in heels, sobbing how much (s)he missed him.
 
#13
You are a spotty 13 yr old COD addict and I claim my Franklin Mint "Granny loves her Puppy" pure porcelaine Kitsch Dolly
I love my puppy dog, don't diss puppies.

He may be 11 but he would still take you.
 
#17
Fucking hell there are some cynical bastards on here....If it happened it's ok, if it didn't move on with your lives.
FFS you humourless cunt, it's the NAAFI in case you hadn't noticed.
 
#18
Never ever harm the woman you love.
 
#19
Hell been offered an Upgrade 3 times to First Class, been applauded in Atlanta and La Guardia, had my tab picked up in an airport bar by a total stranger with a 173rd Airborne Bde cap. It's alway been a bit embarrassing to be honest.

Hell the public even does it for you lot
‪British Troops leaving DFW Airport‬‏ - YouTube

And Seen it done for Canadians and Germans also at DFW
 

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