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Friday, March 24, 2006

The Games People Play II (Or How To Have Fun With Young Officers)

Have a look at the picture.

Spot anything unusual?

Something not quite right?

Unless you've served in the military then the answer is quite possibly no.

The answer if you are a newly commissioned officer is "???????????"

Games To Play With Young Officers Number II - salute with the wrong arm and watch for the confusion to spread across their face.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Growing Up said...

Do you have more respect for Officers that go through the ranks than the ones that just walk in and think they know it all?

6:44 pm  
Blogger SL said...

I spotted it! What do I win?

8:10 pm  
Blogger PI said...

What if you are left handed? Do you get a dispensation?

11:20 pm  
Blogger Foilwoman said...

Don't you guys have a war going on? Well, whatever makes you happy.

2:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"growing up" my experience was that the ones coming up through the ranks could be either complete shits - they knew what the junior ranks got up to, as they were one once, or fantastic. though i guess it depends on the service/trade i guess.

the game we used to play was to seperate just enough that the officer virtually had his hand up for about 200 yards. the route from the officers mess to the squadron ops rooms, took them straight past the airmens mess - they soon learnt to go the very long way round or leave early/late :)

2:22 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

GU - I think anon has got it pretty spot on.

SL - a 22 year contract with the army. Well done.

PI - no - lefties are descriminated against.

Foilwoman - even when we're in Iraq we have fun. As this film shows.

Anon - spot on fella.

3:46 pm  
Anonymous Hugh said...

lol.... sorry i though i put my name on my comment. i'm glad to see that some things don't change.
is that pic reversed by the way? as the excess cloth on the beret should be pulled down to the right?
its 15 yrs since i left, and i'm now doing this mental "putting my beret on" to check :)

5:26 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Hugh - Welcome and well spotted - I 'flipped' a picture I used in a post a while back.

5:42 pm  
Blogger fjl said...

I wouldn't notice?... have you seen Laurel and Hardy's 'Pardon Us', it's one of my favourites. This is exactly what they used to do.

8:30 pm  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

FJL - must admit to never having seen a Laurel and Hardy film

8:06 am  
Blogger toastedeggbanjo said...

Game we used toplay with the subbies working in a HQ situation was teach them a load of non existant Tac map symbols and poiint the "clued up" youngster at the most abusive full screw det commander we could find, sit back and watch the fireworks as our new protege scrawls all over a map with an extra wide permi lumicolor

Another thing we liked to do was confuse the YO's in the next barracks along, we wore cloth capbadges in the old days which looked suspiciously like officers capbadges, so we would pop on a waterproof and stroll around the lines looking a bit officer like and get a few banged up to you, of course you had to return with sticking your hand ontop of your head like a sharks fin and saying tally ho or some other eccentric quote

10:35 am  
Blogger Lennie Briscoe said...

Funnily enough, I just went to meet my mate last night who has just got back from Iraq.. hes a newly comissioned officer. 5 Days leave then hes back there for some more sun bathing.. They do all sorts of things to keep themselves amused. Apparently there is a shortage of dollar coins so he showed me a paper replacement 25cent...made me laugh

11:28 am  
Blogger Katy Newton said...

Hang on!

That bloke's saluting with the wrong arm!

*awkward silence falls*

What? What?

11:39 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Eggbanjo - sometimes we'd make up a random abbreviation and drop it into conversation. Some of the ruperts would spend ages trying to find out what it meant.

Katy - report to Sandhurst for training immediately

1:29 pm  

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