Your thoughts on civilians wearing military/tactical gear?

That was a perk of having the TA join you on scheme, they had shiny new kit and were desperate to swop it for your worn out warry kit.
as opposed to having it nicked by an army of thieves? we are by nature, an army of thieves. it's a base skill.
If you ain't out nicking.... you have all the best stuff.
 
Every dosser round here dresses head to foot like a GW1 exile,
I wonder how much this adds to the public perception that every second single homeless person is ex-forces? A view apparently not discouraged by many living rough.
Decades ago when I was a volunteer, many single-homeless were ex-forces, either wartime, ex- national service and, perhaps more common than today, guys who had just given the adult army or boy's service a short term punt as a rite of passage. Given the size of the army then, versus population size, there was probably a much greater turnover.
Their service would crop up in general conversation but they didn't wear it on their sleeve (neither figuratively or literally )
Anyone can find themselves homeless and there should not be any stigma attached but I never (in those days) found anyone who had gone from discharge straight onto the streets (that's not to say it didn't happen.)
Apologies for the attempt at thread drift.
 
I wonder how much this adds to the public perception that every second single homeless person is ex-forces? A view apparently not discouraged by many living rough.
Decades ago when I was a volunteer, many single-homeless were ex-forces, either wartime, ex- national service and, perhaps more common than today, guys who had just given the adult army or boy's service a short term punt as a rite of passage. Given the size of the army then, versus population size, there was probably a much greater turnover.
Their service would crop up in general conversation but they didn't wear it on their sleeve (neither figuratively or literally )
Anyone can find themselves homeless and there should not be any stigma attached but I never (in those days) found anyone who had gone from discharge straight onto the streets (that's not to say it didn't happen.)
Apologies for the attempt at thread drift.
I don't think genuine homeless veterans wear military clothing. The scroungers who do wear some form of DPM smock will want people to think they served to con a few quid out of the gullible
 

sirbhp

LE
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a lot of builders wear surplus because its relativly cheap and does the job, being a sylth lioke 18 stone I can nver get anythin millitary to wear . Although I got a 7th. cav hat an badges ye haw .
 
a lot of builders wear surplus because its relativly cheap and does the job, being a sylth lioke 18 stone I can nver get anythin millitary to wear . Although I got a 7th. cav hat an badges ye haw .
Should be surplus RLC available for your weight
 
All 12 of our course "cash up front" (A bloody rare concept) me and my mate went to Silvermans in London and bought 12 sets of 58 webbing...... better than the 37 issued (Like razor blades when wet).
 
Hi Blanco................ ain't seen you in a few decades!
 

skeetstar

War Hero

I work at a Midlands clay ground from time to time, it also has a couple of air rifle ranges . Often the air rifle shooters wear DPM, once saw a chap in head to toe in DPM, high black boots and a blue beret coming off the air rifle range with his precision shooting pcp air arms or whatever it was. Scope was the size of a pringles tube.. the whole apparition looked very odd.​


Dunno how this got to be such big letters.
 

I work at a Midlands clay ground from time to time, it also has a couple of air rifle ranges . Often the air rifle shooters wear DPM, once saw a chap in head to toe in DPM, high black boots and a blue beret coming off the air rifle range with his precision shooting pcp air arms or whatever it was. Scope was the size of a pringles tube.. the whole apparition looked very odd.​


Dunno how this got to be such big letters.
Admit it, when you saw him, a little bit of sex wee escaped didn't it.
 

skeetstar

War Hero
Admit it, when you saw him, a little bit of sex wee escaped didn't it.
No not really, just thought it all very odd. Any one item of the ensemble by itself would have been fine, but the lot together just looked daft. There's a .22 range at the ground as well, none of the .22 shooters have to dress up to shoot.
 

Chef

LE
No not really, just thought it all very odd. Any one item of the ensemble by itself would have been fine, but the lot together just looked daft. There's a .22 range at the ground as well, none of the .22 shooters have to dress up to shoot.
Don't forget Napoleon threatened the death penalty for anyone caught using air powered weapons.

I know we've had Brexit but you can't be too careful. Best to be invisible.
 
Shorts, PE, navy blue..... designed to ensure your kneecaps won't get sun burnt.... have to take 3 steps before the shorts take one...... ty Spike Milligan..... and QM(Gen) at Helles Barracks, Catterick , September 1974.
 
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Back in the late 80's I and a couple of colleagues visited a pub/club in Edinburgh. At one point a couple of hte local neds walked in, one of whom was wearing a Mk 3 NBC smock (All green, attached hood) which he had oviously taken out the wrapper and tried to smooth off.

H elooked somewhat trendy until he took it off and found his pristine white shirt wasn't anymore
 

TamH70

MIA
Back in the late 80's I and a couple of colleagues visited a pub/club in Edinburgh. At one point a couple of hte local neds walked in, one of whom was wearing a Mk 3 NBC smock (All green, attached hood) which he had oviously taken out the wrapper and tried to smooth off.

H elooked somewhat trendy until he took it off and found his pristine white shirt wasn't anymore

I was at Skool in Barrhead in the late Eighties. I thought nothing at all was odd with my choice of attire - jeans, sweatshirt, Mk 3 NBC smock and Boots Combat High. Head usually shaved to a Number 4 on the top, Number 2 on the sides. Yes, I was in the Cadets, why do you ask?

It's all changed now, of course, as all the kids I've seen from that Skool on the buses heading home and so on are in uniform. Even the Fourth Years and up like wot I was. I think if you showed them a piccy of me from the time I was in Skool and told them that they had to dress up like that, they'd have a severe case of the vapours.
 
Back in the late 80's I and a couple of colleagues visited a pub/club in Edinburgh. At one point a couple of hte local neds walked in, one of whom was wearing a Mk 3 NBC smock (All green, attached hood) which he had oviously taken out the wrapper and tried to smooth off.

H elooked somewhat trendy until he took it off and found his pristine white shirt wasn't anymore

Oasis had a lot to do with that possibly.

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Stan_Deesey

War Hero
It's all changed now, of course, as all the kids I've seen from that Skool on the buses heading home and so on are in uniform. Even the Fourth Years and up like wot I was. I think if you showed them a piccy of me from the time I was in Skool and told them that they had to dress up like that, they'd have a severe case of the vapours.

You mean they´d start turning Japanese? :D

 

TamH70

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