Royal Navy recruiting slogans

Brains

Lantern Swinger
#1
So now we have "Life Without Limits", we've had "The Team Works" and the not-very-steely "Be Part of Something".
I think it was "See the World. Differently" when I joined up.

What other recruiting slogans have we had over the years?
Which do you think are the best, and worst, of the bunch?

I've heard tales of some dire ones, but don't know whether they were genuine or just naval myths...
 

the_matelot

War Hero
Moderator
#3
Ready to take you on. And on. (1997/8 I think)

The laughable James Bond one in 1997-Feared by his enemies, adored by his nation, trained by the Navy.
 
#5
Can't remember the campaign that got me. I think it was just a small ad in the Daily Mail saying something about joining the RN, so I thought I'd give it a go. That was in 1985(!)

However, staying loosely on topic, how about commissioning a 6 part soap opera, set on a fictional T23? It'll do wonders for recruitment, and it'll go on and on for years, just like Corrie or Eastenders!

Think of all the varied storylines you could have; fighting, sex, breaching the code of conduct, messdeck tension etc etc.

It could be set entirely in Portsmouth using RN people as extras. Call it something like, ooh I dunno, "On The Waves"?

Oh, hang on a minute . . . .

TD

Seriously though, anyone know where I can get the CD?
 

dixie_gooner

Lantern Swinger
#8
TattooDog said:
Can't remember the campaign that got me. I think it was just a small ad in the Daily Mail saying something about joining the RN, so I thought I'd give it a go. That was in 1985(!)

However, staying loosely on topic, how about commissioning a 6 part soap opera, set on a fictional T23? It'll do wonders for recruitment, and it'll go on and on for years, just like Corrie or Eastenders!

Think of all the varied storylines you could have; fighting, sex, breaching the code of conduct, messdeck tension etc etc.

It could be set entirely in Portsmouth using RN people as extras. Call it something like, ooh I dunno, "On The Waves"?

Oh, hang on a minute . . . .

TD

Seriously though, anyone know where I can get the CD?
You can get it on Amazon, one of the lads ordered it whilst we were away.
 
#10
TattooDog said:
Can't remember the campaign that got me. I think it was just a small ad in the Daily Mail saying something about joining the RN, so I thought I'd give it a go. That was in 1985(!)

However, staying loosely on topic, how about commissioning a 6 part soap opera, set on a fictional T23? It'll do wonders for recruitment, and it'll go on and on for years, just like Corrie or Eastenders!

Think of all the varied storylines you could have; fighting, sex, breaching the code of conduct, messdeck tension etc etc.

It could be set entirely in Portsmouth using RN people as extras. Call it something like, ooh I dunno, "On The Waves"?

Oh, hang on a minute . . . .

TD

Seriously though, anyone know where I can get the CD?

Forget that awful TV show - real navy what a load of rubbish....
Heres a proper video of real sailors doing the real job not a bunch of crap actors
Ok its from 1976 on board HMS Ark Royal a real Aircraft Carrier not the little version we have today.

Sailor
 
#11
andym said:
Says it all really!

This looks like a recruiting poster from the end of the Chinese Boxer Rebellion - and 'No' I was not there...!!

As for the Ark series, I remember a lot of us in the 70s taking the pee out of it, stating that the real navy wasn't like that (though probably seriously hacked it wasn't our ship !) - it didn't do Rod Stewart any harm either, particularly when they re-ran it and then did the followup.
Even now I can sing along with the theme - after a few wets of course :wink:

:smile:
 
#13
Here we go then this Gunner has a at least 15 inches between his legs, lucky little dabtoe.



I would be on top of the world with a weapon like that. None of the silly little 4.5 inches that modern day matelots have. I suppose they get chucked out at the Medical if its over 4.5. inches.

Nutty
 
#14
Brains said:
Always_a_Civvy said:
Join the Navy, feel a man... then they realised it was attracting lots of gays... :lol: :lol: :lol:
Is that one for real? Really? Hahahahahahahahaha
Amazingly it is...obviously whoever coined it had NO idea of the double entendre!... then again, maybe they did :wink: :lol:

I think they should re-run it in the gay press... Whose for a soap on a rope?
 
#16
higthepig said:
Does anyone remember the "Fly Navy" car stickers in the early seventies, I had one but no car, how sad is that?
Lots of the them stickers were about - - even the cooks had one

"Cook Navy Sail Navy" With a cartoon of a fat cook... was around in the mid 1980's
 

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