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Royal Marine Bandy

rolling-stone

Lantern Swinger
Hi,

Does anyone know the likelyhood of getting your parachute wings as a RM bandy? I've heard it's been done before and there's a unit that parachute into areas with their instruments.
Any info hit me up please, I'm thinking of branch changing. I play the trombone if that helps.

Cheers
 
G

guestm

Guest
There is no way I'm revealing the name of that unit on an open forum. I'll get schwacked with a Xylophone before I even hit send.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
Hi,

Does anyone know the likelyhood of getting your parachute wings as a RM bandy? I've heard it's been done before and there's a unit that parachute into areas with their instruments.
Any info hit me up please, I'm thinking of branch changing. I play the trombone if that helps.

Cheers
Ah yes, Special Band Service.

Parp.
 

WreckerL

War Hero
Super Moderator
Airborne Triangles, they've kept that quiet!

Feel sorry for the big bass drum operator dropping in with that strapped to his back, leopard skins flying in all directions!
 

Blackrat

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
The Parachute Regiment has a band - and bandsmen are entitled to wear their wings after training.

No. No they're not.

As has been done to death before, you are ONLY entitled to wear wings if you've done an arduos course and attended No1 Parachute School at RAF Brize Norton.

I'm hoping this is a wind up.
 

maukjf

Badgeman
No. No they're not.

As has been done to death before, you are ONLY entitled to wear wings if you've done an arduos course and attended No1 Parachute School at RAF Brize Norton.

I'm hoping this is a wind up.

Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't they're even allowed to wear regimental berets anymore. Whilst regimental bands are still there I think they all come under CAMUS
 

Blackrat

War Hero
Moderator
Book Reviewer
Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't they're even allowed to wear regimental berets anymore. Whilst regimental bands are still there I think they all come under CAMUS

In the good old days, you could request which Regimental band you would wish to be in. Now you go to Kneller Hall, do the course, and they post you to whichever band needs you the most. While at Kneller, you wear the cap badge of CAMUS. You're partially right.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Long time since I was at RM Deal, RN Judo squad training, some bandies did wear the Commando flash on their shoulders, when I asked I was told they were not the normal bandies as they volunteered to do the commando training, most bandies wanted to blow their own trumpets to the local girls that they were Marines without putting the hard work in, no Commando Flash. Cannot remember what colour beret the bandies wore.
 

Ninja_Stoker

War Hero
Moderator
RM Bandies did at one time wear a green beret but CTC put a stop to it as they ain't Commando trained.

Historically RM Buglers used to be drawn from the ranks of the Royal Marines so it was entirely feasible that a Drummer Bugler had undergone RM Commando training prior to transfer.
 

Exprop

Lantern Swinger
They seem to be wearing regimental berets:
http://www.army.mod.uk/music/23961.aspx

Those look very much like parachute badges too (taken from the parachute regiment band website).
 

MG Maniac

War Hero
There's only two things that fall out the sky ... Bird Sh*t and Idiots! ... And why anyone would voluntarily jump out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft is beyond me ... they obviously want their bumps felt!
 
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