Bandies

#2
danny said:
Do the bandies get to wear the green beret or not? am i right in thinking they dont do the 32 week traing?
No Danny they dont. As far as i remember the bandies do the first 15 weeks at CTC then get sent to Deal. However Deal has been closed for a number of years now so i'm unsure what happens.
 
#3
The bandies now do their band training at HMS Nelson.

Always wondered if any bandy did the All Arms Course to entitle them to wear the Green Beret.
 

Seadog

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#5
Seen lots of Bandies over the years, yet to see one with a green hat. Doesn't mean the odd one hasn't gone through. With their medical orderlies' heads on they may be threaders to see Commando qualified MAs and Doctors alongside them.

But I'd never mock. Bandies are more Corps Pissed than any Commando and (as our American cousins would say) a proud part of our military/naval heritage.
 
#7
Got a mate who is a bandie and told me once that they used to get the green lid without doing the full 32 week course, however this have now been changed and if they want the green lid they do the full course.

It is optional though.
 
#8
phil1972 said:
Got a mate who is a bandie and told me once that they used to get the green lid without doing the full 32 week course, however this have now been changed and if they want the green lid they do the full course.

It is optional though.
That was true phil, think the people who sweated blood sweat and tears were a tad pissed off so it was changed
 

Greendeath

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#9
Yes the Bandies used to get a complimnetary Green Lid, but this changed.

However, they are without doubt one of the finest military bands in the world. The music they play boosts your pride.

Regards

Green Death
 
#11
Bandies waste of time, outsource them to a local brass band or even Serco, sodexho like all the rest of the second line jobs. Totally superfluous
lets spend our money Operational commitment.
 
#12
Copenhagen Cup, Of course and while we are at it:

Get rid of No 1 Uniform,
Saluting Officers
Marching
Military Hospitals (sorry, done that)
Remembrance Sunday

All complete distractions from operational commitment.

NOT!!!
 
#13
copenhagencup said:
Bandies waste of time, outsource them to a local brass band or even Serco, sodexho like all the rest of the second line jobs. Totally superfluous
lets spend our money Operational commitment.
You must be off your rocker. No RM Band on divisions, what we going to listen to? How can you march past to a tape recording of RAP music. What about the magic band concerts we used to get on the carriers, gave the junior rates a chance to get a few extra tinnies. Better we get rid of the officer stewards than the bootie band! :twisted:
 

wet_blobby

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#14
copenhagencup said:
Bandies waste of time, outsource them to a local brass band or even Serco, sodexho like all the rest of the second line jobs. Totally superfluous
lets spend our money Operational commitment.
I do hope your joking, if not your a nob.

The bandies used to wear the green lid, this was stopped in the 80's with only the band of her "magestys royal marine commandos" being allowed to wear it, this to was stopped later and I remember Bandies at ctc having to swap over to the blue beret with red patch and them getting the hump with this desicion and using a green lid as a butt warmer on there bicycles, which understandably didn't go down to well. fine musicians.
 
#16
No matter how much I used to whinge about having to press my best suit, bull my shoes/boots, the moment I heard "March on the Guard!", and the RM Band burst into "Hearts of Oak", the hairs rose on the back of my neck.

And I defy anyone to say it wasn't so.
 
#17
Out of interest can female bandies do the commando course?

As for getting rid of the RM band, let's also get rid of the chapliancy service, the field gun run, RN participation at festivals of remembrance and HMS Victory - because none of these things contribute to operational effectiveness and therefore are of absolutely no value. Right? :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
 
#18
And while we're at it dump the cooks and stewards (serve cold food which we bring ourselves from home) the rest of the 'logs and sticks' department. Sell the air conditioning (don't need that stuff up the Gulf) sell off the heaters (don't need that in the Falklands) Switch off the television and radios, cancel the postal service.......

give all to operational efficiancy - right!

Oh yes and cancel leave and runs ashore, get rid of beds bunks etc, and return your bedding, you don't need it, sleep at your action station, shut the heads and showers - certainly don't need to clean anything...Operational deficiancy is ALL
 
#19
Bandies waste of time, outsource them to a local brass band or even Serco, sodexho like all the rest of the second line jobs. Totally superfluous
lets spend our money Operational commitment

Lets not forget that the bandies In places of trouble as medics strtcher bearers and indeed do fight.So basicaly you are talking a load of tripe ||
 

wet_blobby

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#20
lesbryan said:
Bandies waste of time, outsource them to a local brass band or even Serco, sodexho like all the rest of the second line jobs. Totally superfluous
lets spend our money Operational commitment

Lets not forget that the bandies In places of trouble as medics strtcher bearers and indeed do fight.So basicaly you are talking a load of tripe ||
This has got to be bite, dont get reeled in!
 
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