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SWO AND HIS STICK

Old 9th May 2013, 15:56
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SWO AND HIS STICK

After 38 years in I recently left for a quieter life, on passing my local station recently I noticed the new SWO walking with his stick and waving it in a strange manner. Several people have commented that they have never seen this before, question is there a standard way for him to walk with his stick or can he do what he wants as is the SWO.
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Old 9th May 2013, 16:01
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All in AP818 Chap 7 IIRC

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Old 9th May 2013, 16:58
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SWO's stick....

....."waving it in a strange manner"?? In what way strange? A la Harry Potter? Or perhaps a la Herbert von Karajan? Tip on the ground and swaggering along with the cane head moving in a circle to the side a la Beau Brummel? Exactly how??

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Old 9th May 2013, 19:08
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Cue old gag:
SWO - "Scroggins, there a little sh*t at the end of my stick!"
Scroggins - "Not at my end, Sir!"
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Old 9th May 2013, 19:59
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I should imagine Mr SWO can do what he wants with his stick to be honest.
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Old 10th May 2013, 00:03
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Just like the majority of the [email protected] on this forum?

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Old 10th May 2013, 14:16
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After being given 'the SWO stick' for a temporary 7 month spell, I ventured outside with what I thought was the correct hand to carry a SWO stick, the left! Therefore leaving my right hand to salute. It was quickly pointed out to me that I was carrying it in the wrong hand as you tucked it under your left arm-pit to salute, therefore it had to be the right hand. So I preceded to carry it in the right hand with the silver Warrant Badge facing forward. Wrong again!! I was corrected a final time and told it had to be the pointy end facing forward, so when you smartly swung it around and tucked it under your left arm-pit, the silver Warrant Badge would be facing the officer you were saluting. That will teach them for putting a bloke on flying pay in SHQ, what do I know? Incidentally, a week later, the CASWO phoned me up to ask how I was doing in my 'new' post, I said fine thanks, he replied; "I understand you've been carrying the stick in the wrong hand and in the wrong direction", I said how on earth he knew that, he replied; "I'm CASWO!".
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Old 11th May 2013, 12:15
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Just like the majority of the [email protected] on this forum?


Oh how others see us
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Old 11th May 2013, 14:38
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Shouldn't this be posted in the completely inane questions forum?
Just like the majority of the [email protected] on this forum?
Lighten up people FFS!

SOMETIMES it might be about
the backroom boys and girls

I never knew that snippet, and it may just be the one thing some of us might be able to call out the SWO on.....
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Old 11th May 2013, 15:39
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Shouldn't this be posted in the completely inane questions forum?
Just like the majority of the [email protected] on this forum?
Lighten up people FFS!
Quite right E-Spy. I do sometimes wonder just how operational some of the individuals are who throw spears and accueations of relevance on here actually are. Maybe individuals are bluffing - the further away from the cockpit or front line an individual is, the more they have to protest about the supposed irrelevance of other posts. I mean, God forbid we should be rounded individuals capable of a grown up discussion every now and then (not too often mind )

If we keep throwing the relevance spears, its going to end up that unless you post your comment from the cockpit whilst in flight, possibly asking for hints and tips on what to do with all flashing lights that have suddenly disturbed your peaceful transit, or using it as a tourist guide to the best places to divert, any post will automatically be assumed to be irrelevant by the 'hard core operational' types. Remember, it's a light hearted internet forum, it ain't ground school or STANEVAL!

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Old 11th May 2013, 22:49
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Does make you wonder how someone who doesn't know how to carry a "SWO stick" can be regarded by someone else as being suitable and qualified to do just that...
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Old 11th May 2013, 23:59
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Suitably qualified? I thought you just had to be a sadistic, small minded prat who was probably bullied as a child?
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Old 12th May 2013, 07:51
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Mr Smith at RAF Nicosia c. 1962 was a perfect gentleman, ruled with a rod of iron, led by example and only raised his voice on parade. Routinely changed his KD at lunch time, dust never settled on his footwear, a million miles from the archetypal [email protected]
With Mickey Martin as Staish, and Jimmy Gordon as CMetO, it was a good place to be a little weatherman.
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Old 12th May 2013, 18:33
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Slightly off-topic, but does the SWO or any other Warrant Officer salute the raising/lowering of the Ensign, or is that the preserve of Commissioned Officers?
 
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You certainly do if you are SDO/OO. Twice!
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Old 12th May 2013, 19:47
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And if not SDO/OO? Airmen I think do not, Officers do, WOs?
 
Old 12th May 2013, 20:56
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You certainly do if you are SDO/OO. Twice!
I know at least once I failed and know I had nightmares about not getting there in time. God bless all OS.
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Old 13th May 2013, 14:22
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Originally Posted by snaggletooth
And if not SDO/OO? Airmen I think do not, Officers do, WOs?
Nope. WOs only salute if they are SDO/OO at the time.
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Old 13th May 2013, 14:28
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Getting bored wth this now so AP818 Ch 1 refers:


23. On occasions when the Royal Air Force Ensign is being hoisted or lowered at a Royal Air Force establishment all ranks within view of the ensign or within hearing of the Alert call (whistle) are to face the flagstaff and stand to attention, officers only are to salute. These general rules are to be applied by the Air Training Corps in relation to their Corps' ensign.



Jayand, I guess a nasty SWO frightened you at some point?

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Old 13th May 2013, 17:56
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Oi!! KPax...

....You still haven't answered the original question.
Suggest you describe this "strange manner" of stick waving so that the thread can get back on track.
The way that it has drifted suggests that aircrew might be infesting this forum.

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