Naval Urban Myths

clanky

War Hero
Theres a similar thread on Arrse that kicked up some interesting posts. We've all heard em.
If you win the football pools you get offered a commission.
If you fill in the BM within 30 seconds of him shaking you then you can't be trooped.
The oldest member of the chiefs mess is allowed to grow a pigtail.
You can get a immediate discharge if you declare yourself a bhuddist.
Lets bust some myths
 

andym

War Hero
if you stick one on a superior rating/orficer at mdnight you dont get trooped as 00:00 dont exist its either 23:59 or 00:01
 

PompeySailor

Lantern Swinger
Clanky - first one about the pools -I actually know the ex-LwrenETS who won the pools and WAS given a commission! Wouldn't happen these days.

Homosexual sex has always been legal outside the 12 mile limit. Well, that's what we used to tell the Juniors ;-)
 

UncleAlbert

War Hero
There was a buzz that.

Easiest way to get a commision was apply for chaplain

And they would let you out to become an MP

…
look look everybody , I got a medal hurray **** ****!
 

Rincewind

Lantern Swinger
seriously - whilst doing basic training, a guys grandad died and he inherited a small fortune. he was asked to either hand the money over to the corps benevolent fund or be discharged from the Royal Corps of Signals.... he took the discharge.

when we asked why this happened the official answer from the RSM was this:

"under military law, subordinates can not have more wealth than the officers and commanding officers - or there will not be any respect which is detremantal to the fighting effectiveness of a unit"

so i guess the pools/lottery winnings would result in a commision or a discharge.

Rincewind
 

PompeySailor

Lantern Swinger
Quality "off the cuff" quote from the RSM there! "Under military law...." - wouldn't mind seeing that one in the QRs!

The idea is right though - I knew a LSA at Culdrose who got money the same way, and stopped playing the game completely. How can you fine someone who has that much cash? He was paying off duties as well, became an Admin burden.
 
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"under military law, subordinates can not have more wealth than the officers and commanding officers - or there will not be any respect which is detremantal to the fighting effectiveness of a unit"

I heard about that, if you won the jackpot on the national lottery, the only way you could claim the winnings and stay in the RN was to come to an agreement. Something like only receiving a certain amount a month/year.

Sounds to me the military is just jealous!
 

Rincewind

Lantern Swinger
PompeySailor said:
Quality "off the cuff" quote from the RSM there! "Under military law...." - wouldn't mind seeing that one in the QRs!

The idea is right though - I knew a LSA at Culdrose who got money the same way, and stopped playing the game completely. How can you fine someone who has that much cash? He was paying off duties as well, became an Admin burden.

Section 69a and b for squaddies both have "get all" clauses in them :) been done under both at some time or another - find me a squaddie who hasnt ;-)

Rincewind
 

PompeySailor

Lantern Swinger
Nah - that's bollocks. Look at the MAA (female) who won - she stayed in and her old man packed in work. They can't force you to leave, and they can't force you to take it in instalments. They can offer you (as they did with the LWETS) a commission and a quiet job in Sultan Education Office, but that's about all. The RN doesn't even have to know that you won - but turning up in a Hummer H2 on Monday morning and parking on top of 1SLs Freelander might give it away. Unless it's been nicked again, of course...!
 

clanky

War Hero
I can well understand sudden wealth leading to discharge, but not to a commission. At least, not in this day and age anway.
 

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