My Brother and I were visiting our folks recently and during the evening we unfortunatley found ourselves in the local pub, I have no idea how this happened but it happens often and one day we may try to stop this nasty habit . Anyway it's late and these 3 lads next to us are playing a drinking game. It envolves trying to smack each other on the arse as hard as possible, like Raps but a bit gheyer. Confused by this I ask the guy nearest me who was participating (40 something, thick set, ruddy complexion) what it was all about? 'Oh, it is just something We used to play when I was in the Royal Marines' he says. 'Really....great, nice to meet you mate' says I? I turn to my brother and ask him if he remembers this game...... Nope, neither can I. My brother was in for 23 years, I was in for 6 1/2. Never played smacking your oppo's arse (no matter what you lot think ) Anyway, after a short while I ask him which unit he was in and when, genuinley pleased to meet another ex bootneck. '42 in 92' he says. 'Really? I was in 42, I joined 42 after training in 92.. Which coy were you? (at this time it was still genuine chat, interest). He said 'look I've been drinking...I don't want to talk about it' 'Err, (ears prick up) ok' Confused looks between my brother and I. Perhaps I had too many pints of confidence inside me but I just turned round to him and asked him what his P0 number was. Him: hesitates then just says that he is not interested in talking. So I just said quetly to him' Your not an ex Marine are you?' He admits that he is not and just goes quiet.... Me: 'so why the lies?' 'errrrr I was in 29cdo.' I say Cool, why the bollox, that is something you should be proud of etc, and start chatting about stuff. He then cuts in that he was not 29cdo but reg Artillery (cannot remember which regt / unit) Endex He spent the rest of the night rather quite and just staring past the bar. No need to pursue this any further, deed has been done. I bet this walt didn't factor in the possibility of spouting off whilst standing next to two ex Bootnecks. If he was really in whatever artillery reg then why the need to bullshit. I don't know any person from any branch of the forces that was not fully proud of their ship/unit/regt/sqn. Juste read back through this and realise that he wasn't really outed properly. That will happen if we meet again and he is back to bullshitting.