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Help for Heros

Old 17th Jul 2008, 07:17
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Help for Heros

We've been told we're not allowed to wear the help for heros rubber arm bands in work. I can understand that they don't want people to start wearing all sorts of tat on their arms, but can't an exception be made for such a bl00dy good cause?
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 07:20
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Told by whom and where?
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 07:29
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told by our Flt Cdr at Marham, come down from the Stn Cdr apparently.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 09:58
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I suppose it could depend on what job you're doing. If you are driving a desk then I would see no problem with it but if working with heavy machinery, I can understand the sentiment behind the order.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 10:13
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Harry at our unit has allowed us to wear them with uniform, rumour is he got the nod from up high.
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Desk job at the moment, I could understand the thinking if we were working on Aircraft.

fabs, where are you at?
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 12:43
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Plenty wear them at 'AIR' and have done so for quite some time. Having just returned from sausage side I can vouch that plenty of the boys and girls over there are doing so as well.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 12:53
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ISTR a few years ago when these things first appeared (generically,not these ones in particular) that there was a Flight Safety Feedback thingy on them not being used when working on electrics ... something to do with the slightly slippery (silicon?) coating they have.

How surprising that out-of-date inappropriate gen is being used for silly orders .....

But maybe I misremember ...
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 12:56
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It's in SRO's that they are not allowed here. Irrespective of if Service Charities benifit from the purchase.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 14:18
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The wrist bands are no allowed here so, I wear my wristband out of work & bought a H4H watch strap via the H4H website for my work watch.

I can see the argument against them being worn. If you allow H4H wristbands then by default, you are allowing ALL wristbands as the Service cannot be seen to be biased towards a particular charity.

That said, we are encouraged to buy a poppy every year from another registered charity...
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 14:50
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I can see the argument against them being worn. If you allow H4H wristbands then by default, you are allowing ALL wristbands as the Service cannot be seen to be biased towards a particular charity.
Of course, if Broon correctly funded the needs of those returning from war-zones, H4H wouldn't be needed.....
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 15:10
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Agreed but, that is a different argument.

I wore mine 24/7 out in theatre as a show of support for the Paras who, as we all know, were having a pretty crap time only 3-4 weeks ago.

Wearing them at work in the UK should be allowed, I'm not suggesting otherwise. I simply said that I can see where the folk against them being worn are coming from.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 16:07
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I can see where the folk against them being worn are coming from
I can't. Stn Cdrs should have the balls to say crap to the PC brigade who say that to allow H4H bands, you must allow them all. H4H is specifically about the guys returning wounded from war now. The band is a tangible sign of an individual's support for them, and to signify that you have contributed to the construction of superior facilities for them that this government has failed to provide.

I know of a number of such Bosses who have in the past successfully told the hierarchy to get lost.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 17:36
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General D seems to wear his in all the photographs, TV briefing I've seen him do lately, it it is good enough for him...
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 19:42
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It's wearing the wristlets in uniform that has been banned.

The flip side might be that if we were to endorse every good cause (stand fast the once a year we wear remembrance poppies to acknowledge the loss of millions in two great wars) we'd look like a bunch of Glastonbury freaks with uniform just visible.

Surely everybody who wears uniform is, by their being in the military, a supporter of H4H? and Combat Stress.... and BLESMA.... and and and and.....

Do a Google and find out how many military related charities there are.

Get a grip fellas and focus your attention on the important stuff. Unless there's someone out there who thinks that a soldier maimed and helped by BLESMA is less worthy than one helped by H4H?

We are a disciplined service. Part of that discipline is uniformity. Becoming advertising placards is not what we're about. H4H gets massive publicity and focus from the UK Forces already. We do other very well meaning ex-service charities a disservice by latching onto the one that's in vogue, no matter how fantastic the care it delivers.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 19:49
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If you want to wear bangles and tat to show you 'support our brave boys' then do it - in civvies.

If you want to be part of a uniformed Service, then man the f*** up and wear the uniform as you are directed to.

(Of course - when I say 'man the f*** up' I also mean 'woman the f*** up' as well - I'm trained in this sort of thing now).
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 21:09
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Excuse me folks but surely the guidance from on high was not on parades or other official public duties? We all wear them in the Towers of Jointery.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 21:25
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Official edict from Staish at BZN was that they were not to be worn in uniform. Working dress, where safe, gets my vote, esp as the charity goes directly to Armed Forces personnel.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 21:46
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you don't have to wear tat to give to charity.

The Dress Cttee recently sat. Await the outcome.
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Old 17th Jul 2008, 22:01
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