Discussion in 'The Quarterdeck' started by Bronco, Jun 13, 2008.

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  1. Hi, I'm a newbie so please forgive any etiquette snagettes! There were some v. old posts about why Officer's sword trails are so long. I'm afraid all the answers were "urban myths". In the old days of sail, the only way to travel between ships was by small boat and the only physical way to do that while wearing a sword, was to have the trails long enough so you could sit down and bring the sword around and hold it vertically between your legs. Also, because I'm a silly old sod, I also know that RDP does not mean "Run Down Period". It means "Revert to Discharge by Purchase". That's what you put on your request form and once it had gone in, it was "Ram it Mate I'm RDP!"

    Live long and prosper,

  2. You could be right about the officers swords --

    However in the 'old' days when you used a request form
    the wording would have been
    ''Request to Discharge by Purchase '' WTF are you going to revert to ??

    The '' RDP ''was used by serving members when they were about to finish their time onboard and be drafted somewhere else and their relief had arrived. It was used as a hint they had been relieved and on the
    ''run down period'' and ''don't see me see my relief ''also got used.

    :nemo: :nemo:

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