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Full Set

Full set was a bad choice. Full length regulation-friendly sideburns would have been better. And keep a copy of the regs in your pocket. Seen many an RSM go apopletic over this rule when taken to the extremes!
 
PompeySailor said:
Full set was a bad choice. Full length regulation-friendly sideburns would have been better.

Got to agree with this one! When I was working with the Rockapes in Akrotiri one of the SGTs, an ex QCS Rock, absolutely hated my pompey jossmans, the more he told me about this, the less inclination I had to trim them! He even used me as a visual aid during his bollocking of some University Air Squadron cadet "He is allowed those monstrous things, he is a matelot, you are not GET THEM UP!!"

Same base, couple of matelots and rockapes discussing beards, taches and sidies and the subject of "Ridiculous handlebar moustaches" comes up, us giving these RAF types some stick. Well Mike, one of the corporals, states "There's no one in the airforce with one of those anymore" Oh how we ripped the piss out of him when not 5 minutes later around the corner walked a RAF Sgt sporting a fine set of handlebars he could have been straight out of the Battle of Britain!! :lol:
 
I got a whisper that we were to be put up for ceremonial guard whilst on killicks course, of course I ran full tilt to slap in and did it ever wind up the gunnery staff.
Also shaved off once whilst on leave, came back off leave and got a bollocking from the Joss for not requestiing to continue shaving???
Tosser crusher, typical really.
 
My first proper beard in the Andrew - but a question - why are we allowed beards and the Army and RAF only allowed to underline their noses? I have been asked and I just know one of you old salts will know!
 
I never chitted in to discontinue shaving, since I had a set when I joined. However, I was sponsored the £200 for Comic Relief in 1990 to get rid of it; my DO was happy to tick the "May be spared" box on my request to recommence shaving.
 
MightyCrash said:
My first proper beard in the Andrew - but a question - why are we allowed beards and the Army and RAF only allowed to underline their noses? I have been asked and I just know one of you old salts will know!

One of the Army Regiments or Corps are/were permitted beards was it the Pioneer Corps?
 
I suppose the obvious answer for navy beards is the fact that there was so much time spent at sea in the old sailing ships without water to spare and few facilities. This applied in "boats" when no chit was necessary just stop shaving but be clean shaven for entering harbour. Must say the full set properly trimmed is OK like the matelot on the old players packer, HMS Hero was it.
The big bushey sets like the old Oz bushrangers seem a bit over the top apart from maintenance they must be a bit hot in the tropics . I recall the comments about the beards in the mob like " a rat looking through a bale of waste" or " the back end of a brown bear". With age , no doubt, it's the " back end of a polar bear".
Yeah, I reckon the full set is OK but as I said, ideally for me, a well trimmed and neat job can be a valuable addition to some faces. Like the bloke when asked why he was growing a mo he said I want to look like my mum.


:mrgreen:
 
Never put in for a set but when on exercises of northern Norway on the Bacchante with SNFL in the late seventies (78) I bit through my upper lip and was excused shaving on medical grounds, stitches etc and have never shaved since.
By the way first set in 75 as part of a no shaving competition was described as a weather report – patchy in places
 
Working on a very small section, with leave approaching, someone called for Nov Ceremonies volunteers. Naturally, none of my 5 brave and true bodies put their name forward. I heard a rumour that people were being lurked, so I sent them all to get their eyes tested and to pick up reading glasses for VDU work. When the Joss came round to take names, he found 5 bodies all wearing glasses - which meant they couldn't be used!

1-0 to me.
 
MightyCrash said:
My first proper beard in the Andrew - but a question - why are we allowed beards and the Army and RAF only allowed to underline their noses? I have been asked and I just know one of you old salts will know!

Can't specify dates, but early 1900s matelots wore 'taches - Queen Vic saw Russian naval types with full sets, and liked the look - hence Brits now sport full sets.
At least that's what I learned in Naval History in the Mighty G.
 
janner said:
MightyCrash said:
My first proper beard in the Andrew - but a question - why are we allowed beards and the Army and RAF only allowed to underline their noses? I have been asked and I just know one of you old salts will know!

One of the Army Regiments or Corps are/were permitted beards was it the Pioneer Corps?




Yes i do belve it was?is
 
When with the Mighty 4th in Sydney, it was customary to grow a full set, maturing just in time for the Easter Show. Sunbeam or one of the companies selling electric razors paid us to shave the set off - a bit ata time over the day. Nice little earner.
 
a large full set is all very well and certainly pussed off the para units I was attached too but doing the gas chamber bit was no joke as the mask did not seal and spent the day coughing my guts up........c'est la guerre.....
 

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