When you really know you're past it

#1
It comes to all of us. When it comes varies. How it comes can be life changing. By "it" I mean when you realise that you're past it. In military terms, it wasn't when I couldn't be first home in a run. It wasn't even when the Service Dress was more than usually snug on Remembrance Sunday. For me it was when I turned to my RSM and said "well, what d'you reckon, RSM?" and he simply replied "I don't know Sir, you've been in longer than me". That was the last security blanket ripped away.
Previously I'd grumbled about setting, marking and ripping apart junior officers' essays ("Dear God, is it too much to ask for a beginning, a middle and an end, expressed coherently with even an approximation of spelling and the conventions of grammar?"). Previously I'd been startled to realise that I'd been soldiering longer than some of my soldiers had been alive ("I was soldiering in Baghdad whilst you were in dad's bag. Hur, hur, hur...")
Now, however, there was the terrifying thought that the oracle, the repository of regimental knowledge and of the collective sagacity of the WOs' and Sgts' Mess deferred to me as an "old sweat". On the other hand, the RSM might just have been hacked off with me and decided to let me sink by myself......
When did your military moment come?
 
#2
Generally chatting in a bunch and you mention an OP or big exercise (in my case it was some remark about the Falklands) and at least one of the group looks at you and says "I wasn't even born when that happened" has a remarkable affect on your morale.
 
#3
I watched with horror as the nasty bean counters began to think that they were important. Then with disgust as we made it so but I knew I was past it when I heard some horrible oikess tell a one star just what he could and couldn't do. Thankfully the said one star was able to out manouevre her .... but it won't be long!
 
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#5
Don't know about being passed it in a military sense, to me the worst bit is when you are really passed it and have to stir your cuppa in 2 goes having a rest in the middle, make the best of what you have lads at what ever age. As for me its time to finish stirring my tea, I think?
 

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#6
Don't know about being passed it in a military sense, to me the worst bit is when you are really passed it and have to stir your cuppa in 2 goes having a rest in the middle, make the best of what you have lads at what ever age. As for me its time to finish stirring my tea, I think?
I find just holding it gives that "Shaken not shtirred" effect.
Puts a head on the first few pints as well...
 
#7
#10
Talking to my driver and the conversation got around to what we'd do if we won the lottery. He said at least he'd have time to enjoy it whereas I would probably not be able to get the best out of it with my time left. Wouldn't have minded but I was in my early 40s at the time.
Or especially the time one of my corporals came up and asked for my daughter's hand in marriage..........
 
#13
Talking to a CSM who looked vaguely familiar.

"Have we worked together before CSM?"

"No Sir, but you were posted to Germany with my Dad"

And this was a good few years back itself, the CSM in question is now an LE Officer.

Yes I am feeling my age. No I'm not going to pack it in just yet. Oh and 245, pah! try 243*****.
 
#14
Talking to a CSM who looked vaguely familiar.

"Have we worked together before CSM?"

"No Sir, but you were posted to Germany with my Dad"

And this was a good few years back itself, the CSM in question is now an LE Officer.

Yes I am feeling my age. No I'm not going to pack it in just yet. Oh and 245, pah! try 243*****.
243***** You were already a sprog when I transferred in Reb - at least my number was well and truly dry 241***** !!!

And I've almost been out longer than I served in Mans Service !!!!
 

cent05zr70

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#15
Heh heh....
Kids eh...
2372****
 
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/images/misc/quote_icon.png Originally Posted by rebel_with_a_cause /images/buttons/viewpost-right.pngTalking to a CSM who looked vaguely familiar.

"Have we worked together before CSM?"

"No Sir, but you were posted to Germany with my Dad"

And this was a good few years back itself, the CSM in question is now an LE Officer.

Yes I am feeling my age. No I'm not going to pack it in just yet. Oh and 245, pah! try 243*****




243***** You were already a sprog when I transferred in Reb - at least my number was well and truly dry 241***** !!!

And I've almost been out longer than I served in Mans Service !!!!
Thanks for that, my number starts "243"! :grin:
 
#19
Heh heh....
Kids eh...
2372****
Thank you for that Cent (joined up between between 63 and 65 at a guess)

I forgot to mention however, that Reb is still in, although he's had the op, changed his number and now looks like the original Mekon from Dan Dare when he was in the Eagle !!!

By the way is that your old ARV number ? I don't think it was a gun tank !!
 
#20
Not being a veteran of The Crimean War like you lot (25******) I'm not qualified to comment from the same point of view.

However I once found myself driving an LE Capt/Maj (Can't recall for certain) to the APOD on his RnR from Telic. Whilst briefing him I made reference to him probably having experience going back beyond my years in NI so didn't need me to labour the point about the IED threat. He humored/tolerated me by telling me about the IED threat in the late 70's. Long story short during the conversation that followed it turns out his Pig driver on that tour was none other than Hexitele senior.

It's funny how a man's face can change in an instant.

I'm glad I will never get old... There can be only one.
 

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