civil service first class, jack cattle class or lowerI've always thought the service strips away your entitlements when you join, then gradually gives you back your home comforts, such as your own room, bathroom, freedom to come and go as you please, drink spirits, get up when you like, etc, as you are advanced/promoted. As off claimed, the highest rank in the Armed Forces is civilian, first class
^...and everyone with them were required to carry their Burberries - neatly folded across the left forearm & parallel to the deck, - raining/hailing/snowing or not, until the XO/OOD ordered flag Oscar (= Man Overboard) to be raised.I do have a vague recollection of that when I joined there in 1974 but as VM JOEM I never took much notice, on killicks course we had to march everywhere but on Mechs course, as SR's we didn't march anywhere.
could have been a bit more waterproof, had a few soakings whilst wearing it, no idea where mine went? My windy burb was kicked at an hockey game, I used to wear it in goal.What a wonderful piece of kit the Burberry was, enough pockets to carry everything needed for a weekend in smoke, warm enough to act as bedding on the MFV overnight on the glorious Isle of Bute awaiting the morning sailing amongst it's many uses.
That was a Ganges stunt as well!^...and everyone with them were required to carry their Burberries - neatly folded across the left forearm & parallel to the deck, - raining/hailing/snowing or not, until the XO/OOD ordered flag Oscar (= Man Overboard) to be raised.
Only then was it 'Officially precipitating sufficiently for Burberries to be worn', otherwise one was out of the rig of the day.
At Raleigh they would pipe rig of the day about 20 seconds before 0800 when everyone was to march off to various classes etc , they raised a flag on the main mast at 0745 when leave was up to denote rig of the day , separate one for carry oilskins , wear oilskins , foul weather jacket etc. Only thing was you could not see the mast from part 1 or 2 blocks........unless you detailed one to race down the hill/race up the hill past the chuffs and puffs mess to spot the mast , woebetide anyone who got the flags mixed up. All because each instructor wanted their class off first , they must have had a bet on the night before. Marching off at 1155 to get to dinner ALL classes immediately broke into double march to get to scran first.....bedlam.That was a Ganges stunt as well!