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  • No Defence Minister at the RDF Commissioning.....

    I’ve just noticed from the Dept of Defence website that neither the Minister for Defence or the Minister of State at the Dept of Defence was present at the RDF commissioning ceremony last week (25 Nov 2007). Instead a junior Minister from the locality, Sean Power did the honours. Is this, rather than the spin we are usually exposed to, a truer reflection on the esteem the Government actually holds us in?
    "Why, it appears that we appointed all of our worst generals to command the armies and we appointed all of our best generals to edit the newspapers. I mean, I found by reading a newspaper that these editor generals saw all of the defects plainly from the start but didn't tell me until it was too late. I'm willing to yield my place to these best generals and I'll do my best for the cause by editing a newspaper"
    Gen. Robert E. Lee

  • #2
    I wouldn't lose sleep over the present government. If it's any consolation, the Chief of Staff attended along with the GOC of DFTC.
    Cry "havoc!", and let slip the dogs of war!

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    • #3
      I believe that Power minister of state was there.

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      • #4
        Did anyone from this board get commissioned

        Was the President there

        its her commission and I havent heard anyone mention her presence

        and sure once Willie is there for proper Officers- then who really cares

        all station, all stations - Ground hog Ground Hog Ground hog now out
        Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
        Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
        The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
        The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
        The best lack all conviction, while the worst
        Are full of passionate intensity.

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        • #5
          Did they wear sam brownes and do sword drill?
          Everyone who's ever loved you was wrong.

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          • #6
            It is SOP For the Army to make far more effort on Reserve Commissionings than Civvy government.

            The COS and GOCs will always be there, no CIC though. And the unofficial title for the attending government minister seems to be "Minister of State for living the road"
            "It is a general popular error to imagine that loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for it's welfare" Edmund Burke

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            • #7
              Don't you know that these RDF officers are keeping the sword makers in business !!!

              Who cares who was or wasn't there? It's just an oath ceremony anyway. But I suppose if the FCA is all you have going in your life it might be a big deal....:redface:
              Last edited by strummer; 2 December 2007, 16:30.
              No-one, I think, is in my tree...

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              • #8
                1. Willie doesn't work on Sundays.
                2. Willie hasn't attended some of the PDF ones either.
                What a pointlessly stupid reply. Of course he works Sundays, like all politicians he turns up when and where his presence is expected. Secondly, name a cadet commissioning he has missed. The only ceremonies I can imagine him missing are for DE’s and the like, short term, commissions in name only. I hate having to make a personal response but this shit gets on my tits. If you have nothing worthwhile to contribute then piss off.
                "Why, it appears that we appointed all of our worst generals to command the armies and we appointed all of our best generals to edit the newspapers. I mean, I found by reading a newspaper that these editor generals saw all of the defects plainly from the start but didn't tell me until it was too late. I'm willing to yield my place to these best generals and I'll do my best for the cause by editing a newspaper"
                Gen. Robert E. Lee

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                • #9
                  **** off Hedgie and behave
                  "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

                  "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by trellheim View Post
                    **** off Hedgie and behave
                    ahhhh

                    You lads get to have fun on a Sunday

                    Why cant I
                    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                    Are full of passionate intensity.

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                    • #11
                      Leaving all the personal abuse aside, I think it is rather bad form for the Minister of Defence not to turn up.

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                      • #12
                        What a pointlessly stupid reply. Of course he works Sundays, like all politicians he turns up when and where his presence is expected. Secondly, name a cadet commissioning he has missed. The only ceremonies I can imagine him missing are for DE’s and the like, short term, commissions in name only. I hate having to make a personal response but this shit gets on my tits. If you have nothing worthwhile to contribute then piss off.
                        Just want to apologise for the manner of the above post. I stand over the sentment but I should have worded it in a civilised fashion.
                        "Why, it appears that we appointed all of our worst generals to command the armies and we appointed all of our best generals to edit the newspapers. I mean, I found by reading a newspaper that these editor generals saw all of the defects plainly from the start but didn't tell me until it was too late. I'm willing to yield my place to these best generals and I'll do my best for the cause by editing a newspaper"
                        Gen. Robert E. Lee

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                        • #13
                          In response to Hedgehogs first post, I don't think the various Presidents have ever attended a commissioning of any kind. Normally the commissions are presented by a minister or minister of state. And yes, sword drill was carried out. And could we drop the "proper officer" crap please? Blame the system if you must on that one Hedgehog, it's not the RDF's fault.
                          Cry "havoc!", and let slip the dogs of war!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by thedollar View Post
                            In response to Hedgehogs first post, I don't think the various Presidents have ever attended a commissioning of any kind. Normally the commissions are presented by a minister or minister of state. And yes, sword drill was carried out. And could we drop the "proper officer" crap please? Blame the system if you must on that one Hedgehog, it's not the RDF's fault.
                            Now go back

                            and read my signature

                            off you toddle
                            Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
                            Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
                            The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere***
                            The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
                            The best lack all conviction, while the worst
                            Are full of passionate intensity.

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                            • #15
                              ohhh lord here we go .... I'm including a gratuitous Blazing Saddles pic


                              "Are they trying to shoot down the other drone? "

                              "No, they're trying to fly the tank"

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