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Boring old fart question about RAF no 1 rank braid

Old 4th May 2013, 20:51
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I do remember one chap, who added the thin stripe to his mess kit gold braid tropical rank slides, by using very thin elastic which had been painted gold!
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Old 4th May 2013, 23:01
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Originally Posted by GalleyTeapot View Post
Goodness,I hear that Officers are even using tomato ketchup with dinner on occasions, how standards have slipped.

FFS, rank braid? Really guys some of you need to get a grip!
Teapot, replying to a thread on rank braid, FFS fella. You need to turn yourself
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Old 5th May 2013, 00:29
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If there was one aspect of our uniform that needed immediate change, I would say that it's our composite rank. Having to buy it by the roll and sew/staple/glue it together really cheapens the whole idea of wearing a uniform, in my opinion.

We should have proper ranks slide eppaulettes in the same way that the RN or RAAF have. That way, the actual rank would stand out far better and the army would have fewer excuses for not understanding our 'bar codes'.
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Old 5th May 2013, 02:20
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Wow- I thought I was the only person who stapled the stuff together to make sleeves!
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Old 5th May 2013, 05:48
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Oh the dreadful enamel badges for the raincoat!! Mrs O-D, who recently gave away her short Norman Hartnell mess dress - 1960s vintage - to a girl who goes oldtime dancing, replaced it with the blue tube. This had an enameled broach with the rank on it and was only marginally better than the raincoat tabs. She took her pension, married me and so had no requirement for the latest version - and IMHO - reasonably decent female mess kit.

As to the raincoat broaches, I once asked a scruffy young officer why he was wearing plt off broaches when he was now a fg off: his response was that nobody would notice the difference. When I reasonably pointed out to him, that I had noticed, he seemed to have no answer. When I was dined out a few weeks later, I had to speak and so mentioned the rank badge incident before presenting said officer with a pair of the correct fg off version - by morning he had lost them. Unfortunately, his career did not improve and he became something of a well known - for all the wrong reasons - entity until Her Majesty decided that her armed forces might benefit from being without his presence and this was duly arranged.

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