UK SF Pass Out Parade?

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  1. Hey guys

    Firstly forgive me as this is most probably in the wrong section but what I was hoping somebody could inform me on is British Special Forces passing out procedure, ideally SBS but would enjoy hearing about 22 SAS or even SRR.
    But once passing out for one of the above regiments is there a parade given in there dedicated barracks, just I saw an interview with John ‘Mac’ Macaleese and he said that they were expecting a parade and a senior officer from the regiment just came into the room threw them all a beret, said well done and left.
    So I was just wondering what actually happens when you pass out?
  2. It is a private family function in the Hangar. The guys walk in. Lights go out and they all walk away with Black Nasty over their eyes. The family get them 15 minutes later staggering about like Joey Deacon licking a 9 Volt Battery and take them out for a high tea in Civvies at least 45 minutes away. They come back from leave 2 weeks later and resume training. That is all you need to know Dill-do.
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  3. udipur

    udipur LE Book Reviewer

    I couldn't possibly tell you, but since you asked...

    What happens is 'they' all get together in black, ressies deployed to avoid any rubbernecking by the slophouse civvies, and they form a stick. This covert formation then HALO's onto the square from the Boss's landy and immediately double taps to the regi march (To Be A Pilgrim). Filing past in columns of one, the recently bladed boys then come to a subtle halt, behind the dais, off to the left (don't ask me why it's on this side) and are awarded a roll of black 'n' nasty. Swearing allegiance to each other, the Regiment and their future agents, they are now part of something that never happens. Unique, emotional and intensely exclusive, those who take part never forget and often are seen wistfully glancing at the clock after, just to check their newly synchronised watches.

    The beret thing to which you refer is just some Collinsification of a revered and sepulchral ceremony.
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  4. I carry you back to my van and you wake up several hours later with a sore arsehole and a tattoo that says "walting fuckwit" across your forehead.
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  5. I read in my 'Boys Own Book of the Special Air Service' that it's done in the boathouse.
  6. Why it's on this side? It's no stupider a question than that asked by the OP, who is, indeed, a dill.
  7. H3

    H3 LE

    I suspect it would go something like ....... Being called into the office and given the good news that your Badged !! .... Then told to fook off for a few days to recover then on your return being issued a room full of kit to keep in a personal lock up within the lines .... No brass bands, no ceremony just a sense of achievement and pride and the knowledge that your work has only just begun ......

    Oh ! and they get a photo taken of them standing on the " Balcony " and the Best recruit gets to pick the next colour of the Boathouse ...... Well it keeps everyone guessing as to what colour they actually are .... That bits FACT !!!!

    Ps and I said THEY as there's more than one ..... Wink wink !
  8. Maybe, in a distant country in the time before media et al, there may of been a Slow March between the ranks on the most disused parade ground in an army. Just made that up for shits and grins.
  9. Udipur's post made the most sense to me.
  10. Oh, as an addendum to my post add the 'Black-N-Nasty' for a post modernism feel, as well as tripping over everyone. Ha, the blind leading the blind.

    Yes, why thank you that is my coat.
  11. udipur

    udipur LE Book Reviewer

    Having seen the pass out photo of a SEAL intake, I can only hope that it's the same (or better) for 'them'.

    Picture the scene: 15 finely honed blokes, standing legs akimbo, astride some dunes. Muscled, mean and magnificent, the slightly cynical may ponder the following, "Why the bloody hell are those eejits standing in combat trews and boots, no tops, with camo cream from waist to scalp? Don't they realise how fecking daft they look?"
  12. You sure that wasn't gay porn?
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  13. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    You are brought into the hanger were there are a number of stands which you pass through.
    Each stand equips you for a career in "The Regiment"

    Stand 1 you get issued your Regimental Moniker i.e. Pte Smith from this day on you will be "Dinger"
    Stand 2 Book deal every SAS man needs a book deal.
    Stand 3 secrecy nod, nose tap and wink training.

    This carries on throughout the day and once you have mastered the black arts of SASing you pass out.
    It's then down town for a curry after you've smashed your way into the ruby house using all available windows.
    The course duffer is hung from a window and a lit candle put under his arrse to remind him that he needs to buck his ideas up.
  14. udipur

    udipur LE Book Reviewer

    It could have been. Used to work for their old boss, you see. Equally handsome, in a buff sort of way but I've always got my inspiration for off the wrist action from another gender. How about you?
  15. Six of one half a dozen of the other.
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