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How long did you serve?

How long did you serve?


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22 years. I still use a metal tray to put my meals into. I also insist on walking round the perimeter of the garden (shuffling slowly) and eventually reach the kitchen to collect my food. We also play bingo in the kitchen.
 
22 years. I still use a metal tray to put my meals into. I also insist on walking round the perimeter of the garden (shuffling slowly) and eventually reach the kitchen to collect my food. We also play bingo in the kitchen.
Was that 22 years in the Navy or 22 years in prison?

I realise some may equate both !
 
30 years and three months from a boy of 15 to a WO at 45. I had a ball with a couple of years in the Far East as well as a year swanning around the Caribbean and a a tour of South America. That’s without mentioning umpteen months in the Med.
I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.
 
30 years and three months from a boy of 15 to a WO at 45. I had a ball with a couple of years in the Far East as well as a year swanning around the Caribbean and a a tour of South America. That’s without mentioning umpteen months in the Med.
I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.
Lucky bugger, I did 35 and it wasn't all a ball. In my younger years I was treat like a lump of shit off an A/B's shoe. By the time I joined my second ship, I thought I knew my way around the Navy. Wrong, but nevertheless, I did go through the promotion procedure and left as a Warrant. The years between Leading Hand and Warrant could make a Hollywood film, if you took out all the profanity. But like you said, other than the bad times, which were many, I wouldn't change a thing. Except, I would have left after 35 years as a Vice Admiral. I doubt that I could have gone further because of my time in RNDQ's. I definately would have done that, because those blokes were an inspiration. They were in and out and in and out of the nick, but what a bunch of realistic and enspiring people they were.
When I say enspiring, I'm talking about branch matters, eg Seamanship and stuff. Did you know that the leather from a cats tail could be made into a very servicable dog leash?
 
12 years from boy to man joined 8th Jan 1962

Watching warship 2020 seems to be a totally different navy, Far more professional
Boy to man!!! Are you saying you actually grew up!!!
I'm 68 and my wife still says I'm like a little kid!!
Did you come from Blyth perchance???:p:):)
 
Must be a woman thing - I've got one at home like that, too.



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I can remember as a child seeing older kids, and even older people who had already grown up. I can remember thinking: "When I am about 18, I will be grown up."

But it never happened......a point made on more than one occasion by the first Mrs Wightsparker.

However, I can also remember some fellow schoolchildren who were already grumpy old men by the time they were ten.

I think they may have become submariners....... :)
 
With me, it's my prolonged sessions on my PS4 blasting away and my grandson telling me "they're behind you grandad!!!" At which point I die and respawn!!! See, I even talk child too!!! Time to 'prestige'!!!! (It's a PS thing) :eek: :D :D
 
I can remember as a child seeing older kids, and even older people who had already grown up. I can remember thinking: "When I am about 18, I will be grown up."

But it never happened......a point made on more than one occasion by the first Mrs Wightsparker.

However, I can also remember some fellow schoolchildren who were already grumpy old men by the time they were ten.

I think they may have become submariners....... :)
You wouldn't think that if you'd come to the SM2 re-union ;)
 

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