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    For me the worst part was after scratch. We were taken to the cleaning shed in the glen and told to clean our weapons. Every half hour they were inspected and every half hour we were told they were dirty so they took us out and ran us up and down the lines in the glen then a big lap of the billets then back to the shed. 15 mins later the cycle was repeated again and again until 12pm. My scratch started at 2pm ended at 5pm and we were cleaning weapons til 12pm.

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    My scratch started at 2pm ended at 5pm and we were cleaning weapons til 12pm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HavocIRL View Post
    For me the worst part was after scratch. We were taken to the cleaning shed in the glen and told to clean our weapons. Every half hour they were inspected and every half hour we were told they were dirty so they took us out and ran us up and down the lines in the glen then a big lap of the billets then back to the shed. 15 mins later the cycle was repeated again and again until 12pm. My scratch started at 2pm ended at 5pm and we were cleaning weapons til 12pm.

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    You must have had some political pull to get such a cushy scratch-

    starting at 1400hrs and finishing at 1700 hrs-

    I dont know recruits these days have it soooooooooooooo cushy and easy-

    next you will be complaining that you couldnt get a wifi signal during your scratch

    or that the refreshement cart half way around ran out of mochino
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedgehog View Post
    You must have had some political pull to get such a cushy scratch-

    starting at 1400hrs and finishing at 1700 hrs-

    I dont know recruits these days have it soooooooooooooo cushy and easy-

    next you will be complaining that you couldnt get a wifi signal during your scratch

    or that the refreshement cart half way around ran out of mochino
    Well now that you mention it............
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    Quote Originally Posted by HavocIRL View Post
    Well now that you mention it............
    thats the cutbacks
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HavocIRL View Post
    For me the worst part was after scratch. We were taken to the cleaning shed in the glen and told to clean our weapons. Every half hour they were inspected and every half hour we were told they were dirty so they took us out and ran us up and down the lines in the glen then a big lap of the billets then back to the shed. 15 mins later the cycle was repeated again and again until 12pm. My scratch started at 2pm ended at 5pm and we were cleaning weapons til 12pm.

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    i think you need to go back to 'scratch' - you still tell the time like a civvie

    what's all this am / pm stuff??!

    all that was beaten out of me on day 1 - never to be uttered again!
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    Old habits die hard i guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalGreenJacket View Post
    i think you need to go back to 'scratch' - you still tell the time like a civvie

    what's all this am / pm stuff??!

    all that was beaten out of me on day 1 - never to be uttered again!
    Had to put in the civvy times as their are civvys on the board. Namely FCA.

    *Can of worms open*
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    *Can of worms open*
    quoth the ex-member.
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    "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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    Quote Originally Posted by havocirl View Post
    had to put in the civvy times as their are civvys on the board. Namely fca.

    *can of worms open*
    lmfao:-d:-d:-d
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    I love the way the posters giving the most banter were in the "FCA" back in the day before they had a 1/4 lobotomy

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    Quote Originally Posted by HavocIRL View Post
    *Can of worms open*

    Better get eating, then.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by HavocIRL View Post
    Had to put in the civvy times as their are civvys on the board. Namely FCA.

    *Can of worms open*
    lol - i was that man!

    A Company, 7th Infantry Battalion FCA McKee Barracks Dublin - back in 1988.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalGreenJacket View Post
    lol - i was that man!

    A Company, 7th Infantry Battalion FCA McKee Barracks Dublin - back in 1988.
    That would mean you didnt join up until after 88

    which expressed as a mathamatical equation

    RGJ + FCA (1988)

    RGJ X BA (>1988)

    = RGJ is a red arse
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    a red arse who has to retire in 1 year! (actually i've got a 2 year extension~!)

    maybe a red arse in an Army where you can be a Private soldier aged 55 but not in this army mate!

    lol Hedge - you always know i'll bite, fair play pal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoyalGreenJacket View Post
    a red arse who has to retire in 1 year! (actually i've got a 2 year extension~!)

    maybe a red arse in an Army where you can be a Private soldier aged 55 but not in this army mate!

    lol Hedge - you always know i'll bite, fair play pal.


    Hang on, I was present at a barracks in Chelsea during London Soldier weekend about six years ago and there were a couple of 55 year old professional barric rat privates knocking around

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    Out of interest, if someone in the BA applies for the PDF, do they have to do training from day 1 or is there a "fast-track" method like there is for personnel joining the BA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keef View Post
    Out of interest, if someone in the BA applies for the PDF, do they have to do training from day 1 or is there a "fast-track" method like there is for personnel joining the BA?
    if I had to guess mate, I'd say you'd have to start from scratch
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keef View Post
    Out of interest, if someone in the BA applies for the PDF, do they have to do training from day 1 or is there a "fast-track" method like there is for personnel joining the BA?
    I only know of one bloke who came from the BA and he wasn't fast tracked AFAIK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keef View Post
    Out of interest, if someone in the BA applies for the PDF, do they have to do training from day 1 or is there a "fast-track" method like there is for personnel joining the BA?
    Of course there is no "fast-track" for someone who was in a foreign military into the PDF.
    Even if someone who was in the PDF and went on their ticket decided to join up again they will have to start from scratch again.
    But there's aways the direct entry Medical Officers who will be commissioned with the rank of Captain without doing a Cadetship and YOs.
    Last edited by Rhodes; 12th August 2011 at 18:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    Of course there is no "fast-track" for someone who was in a foreign military into the PDF.
    Even if someone who was in the PDF and went on their ticket decided to join up again they will have to start from scratch again.
    But there's aways the direct entry Medical Officers who will be commissioned with the rank of Captain without doing a Cadetship and YOs.
    Can you name me any armed forces where drs do full officer cadet training? To do so would new a waste of resources and time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northie View Post
    Can you name me any armed forces where drs do full officer cadet training? To do so would new a waste of resources and time.
    I never said a MO should do a full Cadetship and YOs to reach the rank of Captain, I was just pointing it out that they don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhodes View Post
    But there's aways the direct entry Medical Officers who will be commissioned with the rank of Captain without doing a Cadetship and YOs.
    Engineers too, of course. And I'm sure that there's others (Judges? Chaplains?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wicklaman View Post
    Engineers too, of course. And I'm sure that there's others (Judges? Chaplains?).
    I would say the days of direct entry engineers are over, there are more than enough engineering graduates going through the standard cadet course that they won't need DE's for years to come, never mind mind those coming out of usac with engineering degrees. Of course the fact that they've been through the fun factory willl make these officers more useful than de's, as well as probably working out cheaper. Mil judges were once line officers that came up through the system and went the legal route. Chaplins do the shoot and salute course or at least those that I know have done it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by northie View Post
    Mil judges were once line officers that came up through the system and went the legal route
    And appear to get an extra 30k pa for the honour.

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