nutty_bag said:Thanks for that. However aren't there AQT cells in Iraq and Afghanistan actively attacking "British forces" as a whole pongo, Matelot, crab, Bootneck (as seen yeasterday R.I.P) I agree that this isn't happening to individual servicemen/women but it has been seen that AQT are an organisation that can evolve to suit themselves. What is there to say that they wont change their tactics?? Why give them the advantage by showing your hand to them, not changing your routines and at a place of their choosing they can attack both civvies and forces personnel with maximum impact.letthecatoutofthebag said:Firstly, the services themselves are not directly at threat from al-Quaeda. Given the type of profile today's terrorists are targetting they are highly unlikely to target individual servicemen. They are much more likely to target civilians on a mass scale.nutty_bag said:Sorry to say it but more fool you mate!! In light of the current climate i wouldn't be wearing any rig whatsoever and would be growing my hair out if i could get away with it!! Mind you it used to fasionable for bootnecks to wear D.B's (desert boots) so i maybe a tad hypocritical. Having said that, i would be even more paranoid about my PERSEC now than when i was a bootneck in the early 1990's. Finally. Q. Do you honestly think that the senior service needs to raise it's profile??letthecatoutofthebag said:I may be missing (some of) the point but...
Yes, its wrong for people to mix rigs, but these days we are suposed to encourage wearing uniform in public to raise our profile etc. I always wear rig whilst walking to work and I am not the only one - when walking past the Hard I see at least a dozen or so people coming off the Gosport ferry in rig too.
WRT PERSEC, it is a personal choice. You don't have to wear uniform in public if you feel uncomfortable, but you're not a "numpty" if you do.
Secondly, Their Lordships are actively encoraging us all to wear uniform ashore at any and all available chances. The profile of the millitary as a whole is quite high, but the public assume that every uniform they see in Basra or Hellmand is a pongo even if they have hooks or are wearing green berets. No offence intended but, if you think the RN has a high profile, you are the mistaken one. The public as a whole have no idea what we do - they don't even know we have aircraft. I even saw the results of a poll somewhere that people realised we had submarines but they didn't know that the RN operated them - they thought were a fourth arm of the services.
Like I said, its what the individual feels comfirtable with - if you aren't then don't.
Both good points and LTCOOTB I understand where your coming from about raising public awareness. As a body of men (and women :wink this is very important, but what Nutty_Bag is talking about is an individual Booty/Sailor/Ponco/Crab, on the bus/train or walking to their unit in full rig. This is bad drills.
I remember a cadet getting his hand blown off at Whitecity? TA Centre in London. Its a 4 Para detatchment and PIRA had planted a IED disgused as an issue right angled torch in the hope they would take out a Tom. Some poor fckn cadet called Stephen Meaney I think, picked it up instead and it blew his hand off - It also made him blind. Not intended for a big, high ranking target mate - just a sickner to hit the morale. Remember PIRA might be out ot the picture, but AQT are most definitely not.
A change in tactics yesterday resluted in 4 British deaths and the same injured. Why wont they change their tactics and start attacking us on our own soil, like what PIRA have done in the past? This aint a Bond movie, but en-route to your detachment check under your car, change your routine and carry out anti-surveillance drills. I might just save your life mucks cause these bstrds donâ€™t play by the rules.