Spurious Customs

#1
A BC appears to have decided that his Battery Officers should now carry blackthorns (having to my knowledge never previously) and has somehow "found" some historical precedent that justifies this (Irish, I would presume).

Does anyone else know of any "spurious" customs invented by BCs/COs?
 
#3
One of the Batteries in 47 Regt RA does it - or did it anyway - one of my very good chums still has his 'black twig' I believe. I know that he doesn't carry it round with him now - he's gone to a Regiment that has no need of such outre accoutrements! :D
 
#4
Blackthorns eh?

Wish my bloody BC would let us drink pints of Blackthorn Super Strength Cider all day. We might actually get some work done for once.
 
#5
Since becoming part of a Yeomanry Regt., we've been given the priviledge of carrying riding crops around with us - very handy when our young females need bringing into line!
 

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#6
Cynical-Subbie said:
A BC appears to have decided that his Battery Officers should now carry blackthorns (having to my knowledge never previously) and has somehow "found" some historical precedent that justifies this (Irish, I would presume).
Darth_Doctrinus said:
One of the Batteries in 47 Regt RA does it - or did it anyway - one of my very good chums still has his 'black twig' I believe.
Answers your question then...
 
#8
Are the officers of any batteries now having to wear No 4 socks on the pretext that they commemorate some battle or other?
 
#10
I believe it is traditional for officers in the Kings Regiment to carry the receipt for any item of electrical equipment they may have on them, as a proof of purchase not theft and also to carry a purse of money equivalent to a groat. This was the bail for a platoon of Kingsmen at the time they were formed...
 
#11
hackle said:
Are the officers of any batteries now having to wear No 4 socks on the pretext that they commemorate some battle or other?
That sounds like a plan to me!
 
#12
Harry Paget Flashman said:
hackle said:
Are the officers of any batteries now having to wear No 4 socks on the pretext that they commemorate some battle or other?
That sounds like a plan to me!
Perhaps someone better warn 26 Regt about this.

I had the honour of serving on their strength (in the present century), so they may have a closer connection with ARRSE than they would care to admit. I apologise.
 
#13
hackle said:
Are the officers of any batteries now having to wear No 4 socks on the pretext that they commemorate some battle or other?
I remember that battle - it was bravely fought in the forums over a period of some week's I believe. As the sun set on the killing fields only the largest of the men survived. Hence goatbag has a couple of 4T's worth of size 4-7s still in stock.

But selling quickly so get your order in while you still can.
 
#14
hackle said:
Harry Paget Flashman said:
hackle said:
Are the officers of any batteries now having to wear No 4 socks on the pretext that they commemorate some battle or other?
That sounds like a plan to me!
Perhaps someone better warn 26 Regt about this.

I had the honour of serving on their strength (in the present century), so they may have a closer connection with ARRSE than they would care to admit. I apologise.
Pray tell my friend as so did I!
 
#15
I trust that the ARRSE bow tie and socks can be officially worn with dessie camouflage? Around 100 years ago I was given an ARRC tie as a leaving present, the version with the green frogs, and my colleagues unanimously agreed that it went very well with the then fairly new CS95.

How about a helmet cover in ARRSE No 4 colours?
 
#17
Well GBTD, I thought a helmet cover in No 4 colours would look non-threatening, without affecting ballistic protection.

If you ever have a Swiss officer in your multinational patrol approaching a local forces checkpoint, the trick is to tell him to let down the side flaps of his hat to look non-threatening, Deputy Dawg stylee...

Result, everybody in the vehicle laughs and you DO look non-threatening. Then slaughter all personnel in the checkpoint as they compliantly wave you past.
 

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