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Monday, January 28, 2008

Going Solo

Not everyone who deploys on operations will deploy with the Unit they've trained with, lived with and gone on the piss for the last few years with. Most Units get extra people to go on Ops with.

They're variously called Supernumeries, the Wartime Establishment, Individual Augmentees, Battle Casualty Replacements or more commonly "Oi new lad get the kettle on".

I had the choice of going to Kuwait as an augmentee or not going.

So I went by myself.*


* - Well I sort of knew three people. I still got to make lots of tea though.

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'New lad'? After how many years in the Army??! Back down the to the bottom of another ladder?

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You must make a right nice cupa after all that practice !

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PG Tips?

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Blogger Katy Newton said...

I had no idea being in the army was about tea until I read your blog. I make a great cup of tea. KNEW I should have gone to serve my country.

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Hope you get some decent biscuits with your tea.

They used to say an army fights on its stomach, is that still true?

Keep up the good work, you do a bloody hard job in a bloody hard world.

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Hey there! Just realized you were back, glad to have you. Occasionally Pat (Past Imperfect) and I would say to each other, where has that US gone? :o)

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