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  • Girly things that Soldiers buy

    Certain items are essential kit for todays soldier.

    But have you ever had to go get them and been very embarrassed at the counter when you realised how completely un-soldier-like many of these items are?

    I mean, I have walked into a pharmacy before an Ex to buy makeup remover, nail polish remover pads, cotton wool and baby wipes.

    What other items fir into this category?

    Eg.

    Ribbons Used for decorating hair or parcels Marking arcs of fire/FALs etc on model kits
    Make up remover Removing make up Removing camo cream
    Nylon stockings For legs For polishing boots
    Cotton wool Removing makeup Bulling boots
    Nail polish remover pads For removing nail polish for removing permanent marker from tac-aids
    Baby Wipes Cleaning babies bum Removing camo cream
    Last edited by Docman; 24 January 2008, 19:16.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Docman View Post
    Nylon stockings For legs For polishing boots
    Remember bringing some of Dev's sprogs from the Glen to one of the next towns out one day, to get gear - munchies, polish, etc. I was in uniform, they were in civvies. It was all that I could do to avoid creasing up laughing at the conversation behind me, at the shelf with the tights on it. Went something like:

    "Which ones are better for bulling, the tan ones or the black ones?"

    I was nearly in tears as I rapidly ran out of the shop laughing, smothering in the '99 I'd just bought. The ould fella in the queue behind didn't know what to make of it (he too heard the gist of the discussion).

    But back to the question. I discovered the joys of baby wipes for removing camo cream a few years ago. 'Twas a million miles better than scrubbing with soap and water and tearing half of my cheeks off in the process.

    Off the top of my head, I can't think of any others. Indeed, there's a few in that list which are new ones to me.
    Last edited by FMolloy; 25 January 2008, 02:55.
    "Well, stone me! We've had cocaine, bribery and Arsenal scoring two goals at home. But just when you thought there were truly no surprises left in football, Vinnie Jones turns out to be an international player!" (Jimmy Greaves)!"

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    • #3
      Tampons - excellent for putting in large wounds & absorbing blood, also good in a survival tin for tinder

      I don't actually carry any thought.

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      • #4
        http://www.62infantry.com/images/pho...hing_Boots.jpg

        Tan ones all the way! (these are 2*s)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DeV View Post
          Tampons - excellent for putting in large wounds & absorbing blood, also good in a survival tin for tinder

          I don't actually carry any thought.
          and you can also play tennis and horse ride and no body knows you have them
          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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          • #6
            Its my life...


            Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DeV View Post
              Tampons - excellent for putting in large wounds & absorbing blood, also good in a survival tin for tinder...


              Jaysus...weekends away with the Reserve have really changed since my FCA days. Fcukers are getting shot now? Or abandoned in the Glen to live off the land for the weekend?
              No-one, I think, is in my tree...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Goldie fish View Post
                Its my life...

                I'll name that tune in one...Billy Joel !!!
                No-one, I think, is in my tree...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DeV View Post
                  Tampons - excellent for putting in large wounds & absorbing blood, also good in a survival tin for tinder

                  I don't actually carry any thought.
                  On a serious note

                  tampons and sanitary towels have been banned in the Glen and Kilbride
                  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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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Docman View Post
                    Certain items are essential kit for todays soldier.

                    .......
                    Eg.

                    Nylon stockings For legs For polishing boots
                    Can also be worn: under your trousers for males: they are quite effective against the cold!!!

                    Nail polish remover pads For removing nail polish for removing permanent marker from tac-aids
                    An alternative is to use a white board marker. Simple scribble over the permanent marker and hay presto it all can be wiped off. No odour and less risk of breaking the bottle.

                    Hair clips / slides For keeping hair tidy for keeping hair tidy but can also be employed to attach bits of natural camo to break body out line

                    Are condoms "girlie" things?
                    Apart from the obvious, cough, cough some say they can be used to cover the top of the firearm to prevent dirt ingress under various conditions.
                    Also for carrying water but if you ever try it you won't get too far.

                    Can they ban feminine hygine products or is it just for male use?
                    Without supplies no army is brave.

                    —Frederick the Great,

                    Instructions to his Generals, 1747

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                    • #11
                      It was known as long ago as 1989 that TIGHTS kept ur legs warm, (but i never met anyone that admited to wearing them).

                      TAMPONS can be used to stem a nose bleed on those rare occasions when one might fall or OTHERWISE do something to cause their nose to bleed.

                      That HANDWASH stuff with the granuals in it is great from removin the war paint. That or sand.

                      I cant see HAIRCLIPS/SLIDES lasting too long when you start movin, especially when their trying to hold grass/reeds/moss.

                      Why would anyone feel embarrassed buying that stuff??? after all, who gives a f**k wat the shop assistant thinks???

                      As for the TIGHTS cleaning the boots, it doesnt matter wat colour they are as long as their NYLON. They work by friction and heat. When the nylon is moved back and forth over the polish it heats up and melts the polish into the cracks and creases of the boot thereby creating a flat surface of polish which when it cools can be buffed with a soft cloth or cotton wool.

                      I also heard of people putting BABYOIL on their faces before applying warpaint to make it easier to remove. Worked grand till they got sunburned cause the oil was cooking their faces!!!
                      Woo Hoo, finally moderated!!!!! In that select band of people who speak their mind instead of being sheep!

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                      • #12
                        Always found applying a bit of petroleum jelly/babyoil to the hands and face before camoing up proved useful when on ROK, because you knew the next thing you'd be wearing would be the SD1's, and you needed to get that shit off your face in a hurry!
                        Cry "havoc!", and let slip the dogs of war!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by spudula View Post

                          I also heard of people putting BABYOIL on their faces before applying warpaint to make it easier to remove. Worked grand till they got sunburned cause the oil was cooking their faces!!!
                          We figured that out too, the hard way!
                          Facts are meaningless - you could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by luchi View Post
                            An alternative is to use a white board marker. Simple scribble over the permanent marker and hay presto it all can be wiped off. No odour and less risk of breaking the bottle.
                            Nail polish remover PADS - they are little pads impregnated with remover. Still have the odour though.

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                            • #15
                              Does the quality of the tights matter?

                              As for the clips.
                              Found one of the girls using them. She was quite effective. Trick, evidently, is not to do too much at once!
                              Without supplies no army is brave.

                              —Frederick the Great,

                              Instructions to his Generals, 1747

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