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Old 2nd Dec 2018, 11:18
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Pontius Navigator [QUOTE.]it is odd that some trades have trade badges and others don't. That aircrew, do and ground trades don't.
Except for Police, Regiment, PTIs Radio Techs, Medics, Dental trades and Bomb Disposal obviously.[/QUOTE]

Markspersons- don't forget markspersons!

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Pontius Navigator:it is odd that some trades have trade badges and others don't. That all aircrew, do and most ground trades don't.
SJW. Better?
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Some Other Ranks have Trade Badges.
Most Officers don’t, apart from Aircrew and the Medical/Religious.

Thus, in the Officers Mess, there’s no visual way of discerning who is Admin, Eng, ATC, FC, Supply, PEdO, Catering and a few others I may have missed. I always liked the old RN system of coloured bands between the gold rings ... Wasn’t it Green for Electrical Engineers, etc, and nothing for the Executive Branch (aka Ship-Drivers!).
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Thus, in the Officers Mess, thereís no visual way of discerning who is Admin, Eng, ATC, FC, Supply, PEdO, Catering and a few others I may have missed.
How did you cope? All joking aside, I can't see the issue.
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Pontius Navigator....................

and lets not forget 'The Marksmen'

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MPN, on a cruise ship, arguably very much full of electrics it is Green for Environmental Officer. Interesting how many of these on P&O wear Dolphins.
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Originally Posted by St Johns Wort
Pontius Navigator....................

and lets not forget 'The Marksmen'

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When I was in the Regiment I remember several officers who still wore pilots' wings, but I didnt realise the reverse could apply now.
Wasn't there something said in the past about teaching a Monkey to fly......?
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With the demise of No 2 jackets trades badges are virtually redundant.

Are Marksman badges still awarded? What is the criterion now, do you still have to fire live rounds?

Interesting the difference between Army and Air Force with the former having 3 grades yet the Air Force only the top one. Do the Army still wear such badges on working dress?
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SASless - well they managed to teach me to be a nav! And how to fly a Cessna much later on, although at age 60 it took me rather more hours than would have been allowed at an RAF flying school
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Originally Posted by MPN11
Some Other Ranks have Trade Badges.
Most Officers donít, apart from Aircrew and the Medical/Religious.

Thus, in the Officers Mess, thereís no visual way of discerning who is Admin, Eng, ATC, FC, Supply, PEdO, Catering and a few others I may have missed. I always liked the old RN system of coloured bands between the gold rings ... Wasnít it Green for Electrical Engineers, etc, and nothing for the Executive Branch (aka Ship-Drivers!).
How interesting - One of the major reasons announced in Admiralty Fleet Order 1/56 for doing away with coloured cloth distinction between the rank stripes of Royal Navy officers, except for those considered non combatants under the Geneva Convention (namely Medical and Dental Officers and civilian officers required to wear uniform) was very specifically to encourage the concept of officers of all other specialisations being "All of One Company".

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Jack, P&O stick with purple for engineering, salmon for medical. I seem to remember Marconi men had a different rank emblem.
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator
Jack, P&O stick with purple for engineering, salmon for medical. I seem to remember Marconi men had a different rank emblem.
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Absolutely spot on, PN, in both your examples, for the simple reason that there are so many different variations between companies that they are indeed anything but "All of One Company". The one which really amuses me is he increasing tendency for cruise ship master to wear their four stripes with the lowest one somewhat wider than the three above, thereby making them "borderline" full Admirals!

Now back at OASC.....

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Are any contributors here serving Rotary crewman or Pilots at Odiham/Benson?
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Are any contributors here serving Rotary crewman or Pilots at Odiham/Benson?
Unlikely fella, this is a history forum!
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Yeah, the serving ones either don't have internet or are too busy
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator
Yeah, the serving ones either don't have internet or are too busy
The Retired ones remember when a WSO was called an Air Gunner or a Bomb Aimer.
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Unlikely fella, this is a history forum!
What would you like to know?
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Originally Posted by heights good
What would you like to know?
What the recruitment outlook is for rotary crewman over the next couple of years? Is there demand for new blood?
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Originally Posted by WingsofRoffa


What the recruitment outlook is for rotary crewman over the next couple of years? Is there demand for new blood?
Very low demand(For all 3 types for that matter) The number of pilots being selected for each IOT has been reduced to 5.
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