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Using Rank on Retirement

Old 29th Jan 2021, 15:46
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 15:57
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One of the funniest shows on British TV is Dadís Army
And the most popular TV show exported is Keeping Up Appearances. Not quite sure if that means that the rest of the world enjoy laughing at us.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/bbc...as-export.html
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 16:02
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The use of post-nominals can backfire, as attested by an accountant who was a Master of Arts, had a Master of Business Administration and was an Associate Member of the British Institute of Management. He wrote a letter than accounting firm in Africa and used his post-nominals when he signed it. He received a response a couple of weeks later, addressed to Mr Ma Mba Ambim.
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 20:38
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How did the BBMF get a Major?
t didn't , it was Paul's nickname.
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 22:16
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Originally Posted by Le Chiffre View Post
Anyone who uses their rank on retirement is a complete and utter throbber.

The same goes for Drs who change their passport and bank details - I mean outside of the hospital no-one gives a toss that you are a Dr.
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Old 29th Jan 2021, 22:17
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Old 30th Jan 2021, 07:01
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Originally Posted by Akrotiri bad boy View Post

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 ..... .
The Colonel was responding to the advert for someone experienced to take on the Missionary Position......
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Old 31st Jan 2021, 03:39
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it amazes me how may people have car number plate surrounds or wear caps that say "I fought in Vietnam" or "Ex Marine Corps" etc. (usually followed by "and proud of it"; which I am happy they are entitled to be

Surely that sort of blatant advertising is just asking to be a potential target of the ungodly
You wouldn't be amazed had you been one and on the receiving end of the abuse they had to put up with on returning home, it's their way of sticking a finger up to those who did the abusing IMHO.
And the most popular TV show exported is Keeping Up Appearances. Not quite sure if that means that the rest of the world enjoy laughing at us.
Laughing with, not at you. Nothing like British comedy, pity the cancel culture has got to it and even John Cleese now has to have a may offend warning.

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Old 31st Jan 2021, 09:58
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Old 31st Jan 2021, 10:39
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When I retired from the RAF (late 70s) I had no intention of using my rank, but I did have difficulty in persuading my bank (Coxs & Kings) to stop using my rank on correspondence. I eventually succeeded in getting them to desist when I wrote pointing out the potential security issues at that time (NI).




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Old 1st Feb 2021, 08:46
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Originally Posted by deja vu View Post
Earned it, what? Sucking on the teat of the tax payer for years and not having the courage to get out in the real world and stand on your own two feet. This is what you call earning it? And then to expect to be given some recognition for bludging half a lifetime. And yes, 2 chips for balance.
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Old 1st Feb 2021, 21:43
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Originally Posted by Le Chiffre View Post
Anyone who uses their rank on retirement is a complete and utter throbber.
Not sure the fans of Captain Sir Tom Moore would agree with you
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 11:28
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He didn't use his rank. The media did.

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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 11:38
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Bit of thread drift, but what about using post nominals to indicate an order or decoration (OBE, DFC etc)? Never had anything like that myself but I'm damn sure I would use them at every opportunity if I had!

In 1943 my dad was a WO2 in the Military Police in North Africa. He was given the job of arranging security for King George VI when he was visiting the area where dad was serving. At the end of the visit dad was marched in for a brief audience with HM, who thanked him and presented him with the ribbon of the Royal Victorian Medal for personal services to the monarch (he got the actual medal at the Palace in 1946). One week later his commission came through. Had he already been an officer when he got the medal he would in fact have received the MVO instead. On return to his civilian job as an AA inspector, his employers thought it would be rather good to emphasise the fact that one of their staff had letters after his name, but discovered that there was no entitlement to post nominal letters for the RVM, so thereafter all his official correspondence came addressed to Inspector *** , MVO, which of course he was not entitled do. Dad used the post nominals shamelessly for the rest of his life, and to be honest I don't think it was that much of a crime!
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 11:53
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Seen a RAFAC officer signature block stating their RAFAC rank followed by RAF rank Retíd 🤦🏻‍♂️ 🤷🏻‍♂️
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 15:50
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I assume there was a substantial difference between his current & former ranks then?

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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 16:45
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Originally Posted by Dave Gittins View Post
...However, to my real question, I spend some time in the USA and it amazes me how may people have car number plate surrounds or wear caps that say "I fought in Vietnam" or "Ex Marine Corps" etc. (usually followed by "and proud of it"; which I am happy they are entitled to be.)...Surely that sort of blatant advertising is just asking to be a potential target of the ungodly ?
We've discussed this quite a lot on various forums, but in the US retired military are [usually] regarded with a degree of respect and decorum not easily found back in Blighty (although that seems to be changing a bit). And recent events excluded, there are a lot less angry separatist types running around the US wanting to murder service men and women. It does get overdone on some occasions and can smack of "warrior adulation" but I will take too much respect over public disdain any day.
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 16:45
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Originally Posted by Ken Scott View Post
I assume there was a substantial difference between his current & former ranks then?

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Both as Flt Lt
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Old 2nd Feb 2021, 21:03
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Part of this is true!

For a while I worked in the Civil Service (pre-privatised BT). I went in as an H.E.O (Higher Executvive Officer) and had several E.Os (Executive Officers) reporting to me.
Over on the more techy side we had Information Officers (I.Os).

One day I saw a guy wandering down the corridor with some sheep. "Who's that?" I enquired of a chum. "Oh, that's old McDonald" came the reply. "He's an E.I. E.I O.!!

(OK, I made up the last bit, but I expect you noticed)
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Old 3rd Feb 2021, 04:38
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"I didn't know he had a doctorate?"
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