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Using Rank on Retirement

Old 28th Jan 2021, 16:30
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Originally Posted by BEagle
.... and if they wish to be known by their rank when they retire, then so be it.
BEags, I don't think many here would begrudge that one bit - it's actually quite nice to have deserving characters down the local or such like. It's just when they start lording it around as if they were still in the Services .... the "I'm a VSO so what I say will happen!" type. I've seen a most spectacular example of that taking place in business. It didn't end well - for the ex-VSO!!!!

Of course, it's not just the Mil who plays that game. I knew a retired Bank Manager who, for any issue in the village, would often say "Well, when I was a Bank Manager....." ....... which was really odd if it were suggesting things for the cake stall at the local Church fete or similar! The fact they were pretty clueless (it was a while ago when they worked for the Bank) made it all the more amusing.

Fortunately, never made it anywhere myself so I just observe by peering out from under my rock! H 'n' H knows his place!!!!!
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 16:48
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Well I reached the dizzy heights of Corporal [Airframe Techie]
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 18:00
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Originally Posted by spitfirek5054
Well I reached the dizzy heights of Corporal [Airframe Techie]
Without guys like you FA would have ever got airborne. Good on ya.
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 19:01
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Originally Posted by DODGYOLDFART
Without guys like you FA would have ever got airborne. Good on ya.
The poor sod could have been a Fairy! Like me!!!!!
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 19:07
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Folks. One of the funniest shows on British TV is Dadís Army.
The fact that Capt Mainwairing was also the bank manager and he loved both titles sums up these people you are all writing about.
These type of characters are what makes Great Britain great!
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 19:39
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Cool

Originally Posted by Hot 'n' High
The poor sod could have been a Fairy! Like me!!!!!
Nah,was a Rigger
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 20:40
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The poor sod could have been a Fairy! Like me!!!!!
And me!


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Old 28th Jan 2021, 20:57
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Originally Posted by spitfirek5054
Nah,was a Rigger
As XL189 and I both know, having answered "Fairy" to the question "What are you in the Mob then?" down the Local or at the Disco, no amount of "bigging up" the job and explaining just how "vital our jobs really were" could restore the slightest vestige of credibility! I finally worked out it was not the ideal "chat-up line" to impress the fairer sex with!!!!

Suspect Rigger sounded a bit more appealing to the ladies!!!!!!!! Of course, there was a Pipe when along side in Sydney in 1986 "Would the Sea Harrier pilot called Snodgrass report to the Aft brow!" where a young Aussie damsel had shown up. A rather embarrassed AEM Snodgrass was seen heading aft to try and explain!!!! Oh how we laughed! Happy daze!
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 21:22
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Originally Posted by Hot 'n' High
BEags, I don't think many here would begrudge that one bit - it's actually quite nice to have deserving characters down the local or such like. It's just when they start lording it around as if they were still in the Services .... the "I'm a VSO so what I say will happen!" type. I've seen a most spectacular example of that taking place in business. It didn't end well - for the ex-VSO!!!!

Of course, it's not just the Mil who plays that game. I knew a retired Bank Manager who, for any issue in the village, would often say "Well, when I was a Bank Manager....." ....... which was really odd if it were suggesting things for the cake stall at the local Church fete or similar! The fact they were pretty clueless (it was a while ago when they worked for the Bank) made it all the more amusing.

Fortunately, never made it anywhere myself so I just observe by peering out from under my rock! H 'n' H knows his place!!!!!
Even worse the old letters after the name. Was once 'invited' for a discussion without tea & biccys with my civilian boss. Nice new nameplate on the door with letters after his name. Thought to myself must be a Professional qualification, having never seen them before anywhere. At the end of the 'discussion' I inquired as to the meaning of the letters. Without batting an eyelid he informed me it was 'Member of the ****** arts society'. Nothing to do with the job we were doing then
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 21:36
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Theres an old bit of wisdom regarding ranks and titles; " If you can't do without it, you were never any good with it".
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Old 28th Jan 2021, 21:48
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Originally Posted by PICKS135
Even worse the old letters after the name. Was once 'invited' for a discussion without tea & biccys with my civilian boss. Nice new nameplate on the door with letters after his name. Thought to myself must be a Professional qualification, having never seen them before anywhere. At the end of the 'discussion' I inquired as to the meaning of the letters. Without batting an eyelid he informed me it was 'Member of the ****** arts society'. Nothing to do with the job we were doing then
I once put the letters COS on my office door plate. When asked, it was because I had "Lettuce after my name".
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 08:56
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I once put the letters COS on my office door plate. When asked, it was because I had "Lettuce after my name".
(plus a few more characters for posting)
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 09:46
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Slight thread drift ... but I once worked with an american flight engineer who carried a self supporting notice.. very official looking .. that he would place beside his car wherever he parked it ... no matter what the local restrictions were .. and never got booked... sign simply said .. in large bright red letters "TIMS"......

When asked what it mean't he simply answered ... "this is my slot" ...........
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 10:58
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Originally Posted by Wensleydale
I once put the letters COS on my office door plate. When asked, it was because I had "Lettuce after name".
Well done that man [person]
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 11:27
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Pretending you were top brassica perhaps?
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 12:21
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Originally Posted by Wensleydale
I once put the letters COS on my office door plate. When asked, it was because I had "Lettuce after my name".
I made up a carpark sign with O/C NLMC on it and put it further along the parking slots from O/C Sqn.. O/C OPS etc, I never had problems parking after that and I handed it onto a mate when I left, people used to tell me I couldn't park there as it was O/C NLMC's bay, but I ignored them... unbeknown that it stood for O/C NutloosesMotorCycle.
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 12:44
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They were in his salad days...
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 12:51
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OK, confession time. As 16 year old Locking Apprentices in our first term, we could only go out fully booted and spurred in No.1s. When asked, we frequently tried to convince the girl that was asking that the 4 bladed apprentice wheel meant that we were helicopter pilots. It never occurred to us that they had heard it all before from previous entries.
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 15:42
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Hello chaps, I'm new here but you can call me....
The tales of folk introducing themselves by rank/awards led me to this throwback to imperial times. I can almost see the scene repeated in village pubs when newly retired VSO's introduce themselves as ..... .
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 15:46
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He looks like Alf Garnett!
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