Gibraltar Chronicle: "SPAG Jumpers Train Over Rock"

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  1. RSM from the Parachute School was there as well to educate them about the correct badge to wear this time. BRd 3 and AGAIs is a bugger!:)
     
  2. He was such a charming chap, para-to-the-core!

    We all had a nice time in the sun, although the Med could have been warmer! ;)
     
  3. I was chatting with the Gib media ops guys that evening, and they said that the Guardia Civilia was after "nabbing" a parachutist! I would have loved it if they came up to me in the water! My diver knife was very sharp, and rubber boats are easy prey!
     
  4. Subsunk

    Subsunk Badgeman Book Reviewer

    Awesome week. Thought I was looking steely until I saw the phots. I just look really frightened.
     
  5. Ageing_Gracefully

    Ageing_Gracefully War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    I realise that this is a Gibraltar newspaper, but I thought their command of English might have been a bit better: from the report:

     
  6. Got images now of an RR'er being sought by the Spanish for the singlehanded killing of a Guadia Civil boat crew. Could make a good thriller plot
     
  7. You stuck on the lightbulb the RSM PTSU gave you.:winkrazz:
     
  8. Yep, it's "deploy those scissors time" down at the escape tank!!
     
  9. Does someone know as to why the ranks Chief Petty Officer and down, are only permitted to wear specialist badges under the BRd 3 regulations? I noted that WO and Officers are not permitted to wear any, even the SPAG Light Bulb as its highlighted again under the badge nsn ref in BRd 3. Why is this?
     
  10. It comes from the "all of one company" principle that exists/used to exist within the Officer Corps (and I include WOs, as they can arguably trace a route back via the "Commissioned Branch Officer" route).

    I would suggest it is more honoured in the breach, and especially hot on this are those Lt Cdrs who's only medal is the Golden Anniversary, and have no specialist qualifications. As a massive generalisation....
     
  11. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

    It is slowly been eroded with the collection of flying and submarine badges and pins I see adoring uniforms these days. Same with Divers being something different and having a big Helmet for a rank slide instead of the normal Royal Navy (ABs only).

    Maybe I get grumpy about it as I did my badge collecting in the Sea Cadets and am comfortable in myself knowing that as a PWO, in fact as a PWO(C), I am one of Gods chosen ones so now need to advertise :)

    That and a heathy chest of medals from those wars that have been airbrushed from history. Northern Ireland and the whole Adriatic situation (when many more people than die in Afgan where being slaughtered in Europe, only a Ryan Air jet away now) I love it when people ask if I have been on an Op Tour. Yes I bloody well have thank you, and it was not working in Bahrain in an air conditioned office.
     
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011
  12. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

    Kenny, officers are permitted to wear the para wings but it was issued as a DCI (remember them) years ago and never made it in to the re-write of the dress regs. Then when they moved everything in to BRd3 it simple never existed.

    To be honest the number of RN officers with para wings is so small (mostly MCDO, SUY or UY who maybe did 148 Bty and that kind of thing) no one feels the need to do anything about it. There are a few out there, I know of one officer who is Commando qualified, SF qualified and recently got his Dolphins. Badge hunter :)
     
  13. Subsunk

    Subsunk Badgeman Book Reviewer

    I may stick it on Ebay...
     
  14. One chap from an FDU was dripping that the diver's course should count as "arduous" and therfore he could keep his wings. I bet he still has them on!

    I wonder how long it will be before the "word" about badges gets down to the lowest levels?
     
  15. End of the day its not arduous and some need to undertand you cant just stick a badge up because it looks nicer than your own.

    Out of intrest, why do you guys who pass the MPC not wear these wings?


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    Last edited: Feb 16, 2011
  16. They look nice, very artistic. Is that blue 'Pompadour Blue' by any chance?
     
  17. Just out of interest for the spaggers on here. How far up your crack do your speedo's go when you hit the water ??? :pottytrain2:
     

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