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Pass out question

OMM

War Hero
What do they do? Ensure all the dross is thinned out and draft in extras to fill the gaps just for the POP?


I'm not angry, I'm just happiness challenged.

Don't ask me, I'm not drill staff.


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Babbamorris

Midshipman
I meant guard. If the class is small they would put classes together.


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DruAde

Lantern Swinger
The best bit about the passing out parade was being told to shout and be as embarrassing as you like when your loved one collected their epeletts in the auditorium. Ranging form furious screaming to one mum who shouted "Hey thats my son up there" as if it was some great surprise.

Me? " Nice one Baby Bear, rockin!" which I thought was suitably emarrassing. The shade of red she went was either rage or shame Im not sure which but I felt I had "done my bit". :razz:
 

finknottle

Banned
The best bit about the passing out parade was being told to shout and be as embarrassing as you like when your loved one collected their epeletts in the auditorium. Ranging form furious screaming to one mum who shouted "Hey thats my son up there" as if it was some great surprise.

Me? " Nice one Baby Bear, rockin!" which I thought was suitably emarrassing. The shade of red she went was either rage or shame Im not sure which but I felt I had "done my bit". :razz:

FFS! A polite round of applause would suffice, just why is it that some people have to imitate those loud gobshites from across the pond? That kind of raucous behaviour would never have happened in my day.


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Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
It's all changing isn't it?

I remember visiting Raleigh for an "update brief" for Careers Advisers. At the passing out we were told it is "tradition" for the passing out class, when dismissed, to lob their caps in the air.

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If it's a "tradition" it's only a fairly recent one - probably invented after matelots no longer hat to buy their own caps.

One erosion of tradition that does irk me is the "swearing an oath" malarky. It was always the tradition that matelots specifically DIDN'T swear an oath of allegiance then some chimp in the "good ideas" department decided to change that on a whim. It makes absolutely no difference in the grand scheme and isn't worth a carrot in legal terms but what it does seem to do is increase the number of "no-signs" upon arrival at Raleigh.

Another significant issue on the "signing-on" bit is that new recruits arrive on the Sunday, a whole day before they sign the contract - having had a night to prevaricate & worry about it. "No signs" have more than doubled. Arguably of course they may have wimped it later in training but given it costs about £7K to get every recruit to Raleigh, it seems rather remiss to throw away that money every Monday and not wonder why.
 

(granny)

RIP
Book Reviewer
Wracking my brain but cannot remember ever having a passing out parade. Finished training on the Indefatigable one day, drafted to Drake, then back to Indefat as ships co. All lost in the mists of time if we did parade !
 

exJenny

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
My cap blew off before the "steps routine" :(


The "off caps" was stopped for a while due to H&S concerns.


I'm not angry, I'm just happiness challenged.
 
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Guzzler

War Hero
I had to pay 40 quid for my university graduation cap, no chance was I throwing that!

No Rachel. It's the Navy one that's thrown. Unless things have changed I don't think recruits are invited to wear headgear from their former lives/occupations at passing out.

Still, at least we all know you went to university now :read::read2::tongue:
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
No Rachel. It's the Navy one that's thrown. Unless things have changed I don't think recruits are invited to wear headgear from their former lives/occupations at passing out.

Still, at least we all know you went to university now :read::read2::tongue:

Has She mentioned it before?
 

Rachelthree

War Hero
It was from Portsmouth Uni soooo 'graduate' might be a strong word for someone with one of their degrees. Being a walt one would have been cheaper, think I missed a trick there :( some on here have seen my graduation photos on my facebook, the truth is out there!
 

exJenny

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
The best bit about the passing out parade was being told to shout and be as embarrassing as you like when your loved one collected their epeletts in the auditorium. Ranging form furious screaming to one mum who shouted "Hey thats my son up there" as if it was some great surprise.

Me? " Nice one Baby Bear, rockin!" which I thought was suitably emarrassing. The shade of red she went was either rage or shame Im not sure which but I felt I had "done my bit". :razz:

This is quite possibly the worst change to any element of INT(R) in recent times.

What next? Cheerleaders prior to the RM Band?


I'm not angry, I'm just happiness challenged.
 

exJenny

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
I suppose they could make up numbers on the sadly the depleted Divisions of today.


I'm not angry, I'm just happiness challenged.
 
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