Royal Naval Divisions

slim

War Hero
Thinking back at my time in the RN and one thing that comes to mind is Divisions. What a waste of time.
What went through your mind while waiting for your divisions turn to march past and bog off on weekend?

One of my thoughts was trying to work out how much this stupid parade had cost the tax payer in wasted man hours
 
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angrydoc

Guest
Tradition is something we in the UK take for granted and criticise a lot, but it is the envy of just about every other country in the world. The Monarchy is a prime example - the media and leftie types are very good at knocking it, but loads of countries are pretty jealous of us.

Yes, divisions are time-consuming and not a lot of fun, but the problem with the RN at the mo is that we are getting rid of many of our traditions and turning into a faceless organisation. Partly due to out-sourcing many activities to MOD-sponsored civilians.

I'd be slow to knock something we have always done - they're the things that make the RN that little bit special.
 

andym

War Hero
I must confess i rather liked Divisions.Nothing like seeing a load of well turned out bodies of men all marching to a Band all in time.Not all armed forces can do drill to the standard or ours.A bit of ceremonial is good for the soul!
 

slim

War Hero
angrydoc said:
Tradition is something we in the UK take for granted and criticise a lot, but it is the envy of just about every other country in the world. The Monarchy is a prime example - the media and leftie types are very good at knocking it, but loads of countries are pretty jealous of us.

Yes, divisions are time-consuming and not a lot of fun, but the problem with the RN at the mo is that we are getting rid of many of our traditions and turning into a faceless organisation. Partly due to out-sourcing many activities to MOD-sponsored civilians.

I'd be slow to knock something we have always done - they're the things that make the RN that little bit special.

I would have happily outsourced my place on divisions to any civvie that wanted it.
Now the Tot, there was a tradition worth keeping.
 
slim said:
angrydoc said:
Tradition is something we in the UK take for granted and criticise a lot, but it is the envy of just about every other country in the world. The Monarchy is a prime example - the media and leftie types are very good at knocking it, but loads of countries are pretty jealous of us.

Yes, divisions are time-consuming and not a lot of fun, but the problem with the RN at the mo is that we are getting rid of many of our traditions and turning into a faceless organisation. Partly due to out-sourcing many activities to MOD-sponsored civilians.

I'd be slow to knock something we have always done - they're the things that make the RN that little bit special.

I would have happily outsourced my place on divisions to any civvie that wanted it.
Now the Tot, there was a tradition worth keeping.

Slim

Contrary to popular belief the tot was not stopped on 31st July 1970 but OUTSOURCED to "Nutty and Friends Co. Ltd" who had the tasked of disposing of tens of thousands of Tots every day. We have manfully kepted up to date and held the level of rum stored by Pusser to a manageable level since that date.

And be paid handsomely. Prior to that date excess rum was always removed and disposed of by Jack Dusty V's

Nutty
 

Squirrel

Lantern Swinger
Drill and ceremonial are part and parcel of life in the military. I agree that they can be a pain, but I can also see their purpose. Training the individual to move and operate as part of a team, learning to respond instantly to a word of command.... all sounds pretty clicheed I'll agree, but I reckon it does work.
 

slim

War Hero
Nutty said:
slim said:
angrydoc said:
Tradition is something we in the UK take for granted and criticise a lot, but it is the envy of just about every other country in the world. The Monarchy is a prime example - the media and leftie types are very good at knocking it, but loads of countries are pretty jealous of us.

Yes, divisions are time-consuming and not a lot of fun, but the problem with the RN at the mo is that we are getting rid of many of our traditions and turning into a faceless organisation. Partly due to out-sourcing many activities to MOD-sponsored civilians.

I'd be slow to knock something we have always done - they're the things that make the RN that little bit special.

I would have happily outsourced my place on divisions to any civvie that wanted it.
Now the Tot, there was a tradition worth keeping.

Slim

Contrary to popular belief the tot was not stopped on 31st July 1970 but OUTSOURCED to "Nutty and Friends Co. Ltd" who had the tasked of disposing of tens of thousands of Tots every day. We have manfully kepted up to date and held the level of rum stored by Pusser to a manageable level since that date.

And be paid handsomely. Prior to that date excess rum was always removed and disposed of by Jack Dusty V's

Nutty

Unfortunately Nutty I was still serving when the sad demise of the tot happened. However I am enlightened to be informed that such a dedicated team exists. ensuring that this liquid which at one time must have surely been used in the holy grail is being disposed of in a seaman like manner.
Please keep up the good work and take care of your livers
 
Squirrel said:
Drill and ceremonial are part and parcel of life in the military. I agree that they can be a pain, but I can also see their purpose. Training the individual to move and operate as part of a team, learning to respond instantly to a word of command.... all sounds pretty clicheed I'll agree, but I reckon it does work.

You may be interested (or not!) to learn that Divisions are part of the requirement for RNR Bounty. I, for one, rather enjoy them. After all I did not join the RNR just for the money you know! But also for the history and the tradition.
 

Squirrel

Lantern Swinger
rosinacarley said:
Squirrel said:
Drill and ceremonial are part and parcel of life in the military. I agree that they can be a pain, but I can also see their purpose. Training the individual to move and operate as part of a team, learning to respond instantly to a word of command.... all sounds pretty clicheed I'll agree, but I reckon it does work.

You may be interested (or not!) to learn that Divisions are part of the requirement for RNR Bounty. I, for one, rather enjoy them. After all I did not join the RNR just for the money you know! But also for the history and the tradition.

I didn't realise that mate. I have had the odd RNR member in my division, so that's a handy fact to have in case someone ever tries to pull the wool over my eyes about Divisions. I have to admit that I don't enjoy divisions, but like so many things in life, one doesn't have to like something to see its value.
 

janner

MIA
Book Reviewer
rosinacarley said:
Squirrel said:
Drill and ceremonial are part and parcel of life in the military. I agree that they can be a pain, but I can also see their purpose. Training the individual to move and operate as part of a team, learning to respond instantly to a word of command.... all sounds pretty clicheed I'll agree, but I reckon it does work.

You may be interested (or not!) to learn that Divisions are part of the requirement for RNR Bounty. I, for one, rather enjoy them. After all I did not join the RNR just for the money you know! But also for the history and the tradition.

A lawyer not doing it for the money, watch out for the flying pigs :eek:
 

slim

War Hero
Picture seen in a solicitors office showed a picture of a cow and three men.
Man 1 held the cows head
Man2 held the cows tail
Man 3 was milking the cow.

Whats that about I asked

The solicitor replied that the men holding the cow each claimed ownership of said beast

And the guy milking it?
The lawyer was the fast reply
 
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