When does one become an old timer?

#1
Polar's post made me think...

Any ideas?

Is it when you look back at the things you used to be able to do before the ludicrously over-zealous H&S nazis invaded?

Or when you have been in long enough that there is noone left who joined up with you?

msr
 
#2
its when you are sitting in the jrc telling all the new recruits how good it was when you did your basic training and explaining what a bed block was
 
#3
Or how you had to do the run in 10.30 minutes, not 14, before they let you go to CMSR...
 
#4
msr said:
Polar's post made me think...
Well theirs a change :D

However I do feel in between two groups, the youngsters with their mobilisation ethos and an older generation who are rooted in the older TA/Sgts&WO Mess.

My 'generation/(30-40)' seems to have disappeared for a number of reasons, young family's, marriage, civvy work, etc. I know it exists in other units but it isn't the mainstay of the TA that it was.
 
#6
When you can talk about actually getting a lift in a helicopter on ex (bedicopters don't count)

Or throwing a thunderflash.

msr
 
#8
Don't you have thunderflashes anymore?

If you took the BFA off your rifle, the thunderflash fitted over the muzzle, then it was just light it and fire.

Hey presto, instant grenade launcher!

H&S is obviously ruining life in the TA.
 
#9
Tartan_Terrier said:
Don't you have thunderflashes anymore?

If you took the BFA off your rifle, the thunderflash fitted over the muzzle, then it was just light it and fire.

Hey presto, instant grenade launcher!

H&S is obviously ruining life in the TA.
I actually wrote that, then changed my mind...

Perhaps: carving an X into an orange and screwing in a chorley grenade detonator....
 
#14
When your sections had the LMG. The LMG being the rechambered Bren gun, not the Minimi.

When puttees were in fashion.

When the a/t weapon of choice was the 66 if you were carrying it, and the Charlie G if you actually wanted to blow stuff up.

When the establishment of the TA was 92,000.

When there wasn't a shortage of MTDs.

When the Light Gun was called the 25 pounder.
 
#16
FluffyBunny said:
When your sections had the LMG. The LMG being the rechambered Bren gun, not the Minimi.
LMG=fantastic weapon.

Big steel box for the magazines=pain in the arrse.
 
#17
msr said:
Polar's post made me think...

Any ideas?

Is it when you look back at the things you used to be able to do before the ludicrously over-zealous H&S nazis invaded?

Or when you have been in long enough that there is noone left who joined up with you?

msr
....when we made chips on an old gas cooker in the back of the wagon
....when we got back to the TAC at 11.30 on the Sunday and got pi**ed.
.... when a drill night lasted until 4.00am in the morning
...when the OC would only drink in the Officers Mess
...when no-one was called by their christian name
...when it was family, work, TA
...when we only had the Russians to worry about
...when it was about comradeship, adventurous training, and mil skills.
...when we could sleep in the TAC
...when we drank the bar dry in Germany after 11 days on exercise
 
#18
LMG. Crikey, has it gone?

I must be an old timer
 
#20
when a cmsr was a btc
up till 3 am buffing floors
cleaning all the brass in your block
bulling anything that did not move
jumping to attention when a lance jack shouted


aaaaahhhh those were the days never did me any harm
 

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