Why is everyone now scriming helmets???

#1
Noticed in Afghan earlier this year that alot of blokes from non-Airborne units has started to scrim their helmets, now in nearly every pic coming back and on the telly everyone has now satrted to scrim their helmets??

As a Paratrooper I've always done this (since being told I could!) and on courses have had to justify why Airborne Soldiers do it and I've been told to take it of by some DS on some courses.

So why now - has every one started to do it?????? It has always been an Airborne thing and I've not till recently seen any other units do it, so why has it suddenly changed??

Don't want this to become Para's Vs Hats (which no doubt it will become) thread but truely want to know?

Is it a case of allyness? Wanting to look like Para's? Do units find it better in the Green Zone? or is it just this yr's thing??
 
#4
Could just be that imitation ....etc
Its not a new thing though, we also used to do it before thenew fangled plastic helmet came out with the well fitting cover came out, so it could be going full circle, personally I reckon its the former.
 
#5
Or is this jus some sad Para willy waving contest?

You think putting scrim on your helmet makes you look ally?

Oh and look back at some old WWII pics-it wasn't just paras that did it.

And my first tin lid in the TA was covered in scrim.
 
#7
Northern Monkey said:
Or is this jus some sad Para willy waving contest?

You think putting scrim on your helmet makes you look ally?

Oh and look back at some old WWII pics-it wasn't just paras that did it.

And my first tin lid in the TA was covered in scrim.
no willy waving (unless you wanta get yours out so we can all have a laugh??) - just honestly wanta know why it just started to happen in the last year.
and I know every helmet came with a 'net' yrs ago - but in recent times it has only been Airborne Forces that have scrimmed them up.
 
#8
Why do Paras do it? If there is a logical reason for you to do it, then maybe there is a good reason for others to do it....

Unless you only do it to look 'ally'.
 
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#9
I asked one of our lads that was just home from Herrick (as i saw pics with the net/scrim on) He says its because the covers they were issued shine/Glow like buggery in the dark..thus the scrim thingy...no idea what he meant,
 
#14
chocolate_frog said:
Why do Paras do it? If there is a logical reason for you to do it, then maybe there is a good reason for others to do it....

Unless you only do it to look 'ally'.
Didn't you know that Paras hold the copyright on looking ally? Other units are expected to put belts over issued combat jackets, wear twisters in their combat trousers, roll their CS95 sleeves all the way up the arm, as opposed to just three quarters of the way, and shape their berets in a non trademarked manner.

Don't argue with them though. Most of them have got degrees, don't you know. ;)
 
#15
chocolate_frog said:
Why do Paras do it? If there is a logical reason for you to do it, then maybe there is a good reason for others to do it....

Unless you only do it to look 'ally'.
though no doubt some blokes most proberly do it for 'allyness', I always thought it was for camouflage - though certain DS at SCBC think otherwise.

And if this is why everyones now doing it - it does prove that 'allyness really does saves lives!

And all thoses that have ever slagged off AB soldiers for doing this over the yrs - please now go outside and eat ya hat!
 
#16
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I always thought it was for camouflage - though certain DS at SCBC think otherwise.
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On WW1/2 helmets I agree but Mk6 etc?
 
#17
On the other hand, those that don't think this is some new AB secret weapon, please hold up your hands.
 
#18
skintboymike said:
chocolate_frog said:
Why do Paras do it? If there is a logical reason for you to do it, then maybe there is a good reason for others to do it....

Unless you only do it to look 'ally'.
Didn't you know that Paras hold the copyright on looking ally? Other units are expected to put belts over issued combat jackets we do wear 58 belts over our SMOCKS, wear twisters in their combat trousers, and there was me thinking it was only the RGJ's that wore there trs down![/ roll their CS95 sleeves all the way up the arm, not to far though - your look like a marine showing off his biceps as opposed to just three quarters of the way, and shape their berets in a non trademarked manner we just wear our berets with pride - no crime there?
Don't argue with them though. Most of them have got degrees, don't you know. ;)


ask a proper question - and it always comes down to this?
 
#19
THEY_STOOD_IN_THE_DOOR said:
Noticed in Afghan earlier this year that alot of blokes from non-Airborne units has started to scrim their helmets
THEY_STOOD_IN_THE_DOOR said:
though no doubt some blokes most proberly do it for 'allyness', I always thought it was for camouflage
So non-airborne types are camming up correctly, good for them. Is that any reason to start a bone thread, unless the sentiment really IS 'paras v hats'?
 
#20
I used to p1ss myself when we used to go on Battlecamp, and I'd be teaching Fieldcraft, and you'd give the Toms 10 mins to get scrimmed up. There was ALWAYS one mong with shed loads of grass that made them look like a mobile thatched cottage.
 
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