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by Leigh Dowell
Wed 21 Dec, 2005 2:35 pm
Forum: RM Joining & Training
Topic: Green Beret - Got it!
Replies: 16
Views: 3011

Good effort mate.
by Leigh Dowell
Thu 15 Dec, 2005 9:13 pm
Forum: RM General Discussion
Topic: Limbang Raid
Replies: 22
Views: 4673

The rig

We had been in the Far East for months and stopped off at Goa on the way and just went a bit native, you know you want one.
Needless to say as I'm on my way back to CTC soon I'm sat at my computer in the buff and finding it surprisingly hard to type with a roll mat on each arm :wink:
by Leigh Dowell
Wed 14 Dec, 2005 9:03 pm
Forum: RM General Discussion
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 13
Views: 3861

Roger.
by Leigh Dowell
Tue 13 Dec, 2005 10:10 pm
Forum: RM General Discussion
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 13
Views: 3861

I'm an SA, I'm permanent P3L3 so I had to stop playing soldiers years a go and get a grown up job.
by Leigh Dowell
Tue 13 Dec, 2005 4:55 pm
Forum: RM General Discussion
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 13
Views: 3861

Cheers mate, I've got 12 years left to do so I should be out when I'm 49 :o
by Leigh Dowell
Tue 13 Dec, 2005 3:03 pm
Forum: RM General Discussion
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 13
Views: 3861

CTC for a couple of weeks of admin and a few tests (NBC, APWT etc) then it's up to my branch sponsor but I heard from a Sgt on the drafting desk that I might get my 2s course soonest then a juniors I suppose, I was loaded onto a juniors when I put my chit in. I can't wait.
by Leigh Dowell
Mon 12 Dec, 2005 11:48 am
Forum: RM General Discussion
Topic: I'm back!
Replies: 13
Views: 3861

I'm back!

I've been outside for 6 years and it's taken a year to complete the process but on the 10/01/06 I take up the Queens shilling once again, I've just picked up my travel warrant, all I need now are two roll mats and some Sheppy's cider and I'm set :P .
by Leigh Dowell
Sun 11 Dec, 2005 9:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: D`YA HEAR THERE, D`YA HEAR THERE
Replies: 7
Views: 2058

If I wasn't such a techno biff a picture of me next to the memorial at Limbang would be inserted here from '97 on R'n'R during Ocean Wave. I also remember my first RSM Black Jock who was infamous for reminding people he was there, in a compulsory sort of way "Did someone mention Limbang? Turn t...
by Leigh Dowell
Sun 04 Dec, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: Recommended Media
Topic: The Utility of Force
Replies: 0
Views: 1246

The Utility of Force

Anyone interested in recent military history and the future of military planning should read this book. It is a treatise by Gen Sir Rupert Smith on how industrialised warfare was started by Napoleon and continued through to the end of WW2 when with the dropping of the A bomb it effectively became ob...
by Leigh Dowell
Thu 01 Dec, 2005 1:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: Marines 'violent bullying' probed
Replies: 98
Views: 22115

I think Rudyard Kipling sums it up well in "Tommy" We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too, But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you; An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints, Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints; Whi...
by Leigh Dowell
Tue 29 Nov, 2005 10:13 pm
Forum: RM Joining & Training
Topic: Royal Marines Initiation - sprog olympics
Replies: 57
Views: 11248

I saw the Norton Manor incident on the box and two words sprang to mind, Sheppy's & Cider,to those who haven't had the pleasure it would be like trying to describe a colour to a blind man(who probably went blind drinking Sheppy's).
by Leigh Dowell
Tue 22 Nov, 2005 1:00 am
Forum: Army Joining & Training
Topic: SBS Officer Selection.
Replies: 13
Views: 4643

Artist wrote:Another part of Naval History bites the dust then.

Buster Crab must be turning in his grave.

Artist
Wherever that grave might be, Tim Binding's Man Overboard, Picador books a nice twist in the story.
by Leigh Dowell
Thu 10 Nov, 2005 7:27 pm
Forum: Para's General Discussion
Topic: 1 parra no more
Replies: 32
Views: 8466

Crikey HN that's a bit strong, but it validates my earlier point that the British forces do have assets in theatre that can deal with these things, my point about Royal was more that they were there and were used. For my part it is a genuine interest as to how 1 bn is going to carry out all the supp...
by Leigh Dowell
Wed 09 Nov, 2005 7:14 pm
Forum: RM Joining & Training
Topic: Asked a question the other day
Replies: 5
Views: 1590

Mortars have just filled a vacancy.
by Leigh Dowell
Tue 18 Oct, 2005 7:36 pm
Forum: RM General Discussion
Topic: Assault Engineer?
Replies: 10
Views: 3292

I was an AE for a while and I just put in for it once I had been in the unit for a year, no special tests were required although the ability to make a decent wet was a good thing to have under your belt :wink: