During the war, a crusty old Admiral received a written report stating that the local Naval Stores were running short of uniforms because the women, in the newly formed Wren Service, had been purchasing the navy blue serge to make their own uniforms.
The Admiral sent a signal addressed to the whole Navy, both Home and Abroad, in which the preamble outlined the problem, and his final paragraph read;
â€œTherefore, and in view of the above, all Wrens clothing is to be held up until the needs of the sea going man have been satisfiedâ€
Yep, I think it's been both a good thing and a comfort.
i worked with a couple on op fresco and they were top draw and pleasing on the eye (didnt have grat issue wrens behind) i asked for other opinions because i figured those who work with them more often will know better
I think the role women play in society has vastly changed over the past 50 years, and the RN has acknowledged this. Women are often far better educated in today's society and to say that women should not serve in the RN is ludicrous.
I am not a feminist and believe that there are some jobs that MOST women cannot do (firefighter for example). Positive discrimination is tosh and at the AIB I was tested along side men, and marked against a set of criteria applicable to both sexes. I may not be able to run as fast, or serve as effectively on the front line but when mental aptitude is concerned I can hold my own. I do hope that the RN can put this female mind to use, and if I didn't believe that they could I would not have put myself forward.
i agree with the role change in society but the armed forces isnt society and the fact that they call it equal opportunities yet give wrens more time to do there mile and a half is actually unequal opportunities is it not
everytrhing has got to be equal matey but you can guarantee that there will some amonut of dripping (snigger) but as long as we don't get wrens on boats mate imagine that you wouldn't be able to pi$$ in the sinks in the heads or take a [email protected] in a binbag in maneouvering would you?