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by Sarastro
Wed 09 Jan, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: .:: Our Dear Friend Wholley - Paul Bird::.
Replies: 20
Views: 13558

Re: .:: Our Dear Friend Wholley - Paul Bird::.

Sorry to hear that. I remember Paul always took everything with unflappable humour and like a top bloke, even when I mistook him for a Yank.

Rest easy, Royal.
by Sarastro
Mon 01 Mar, 2010 12:40 pm
Forum: Para's General Discussion
Topic: Does anyone recognise this man?
Replies: 18
Views: 4553

Re: Does anyone recognise this man?

Sure it won't be a massive surprise that no, he isn't a major with 1 PARA (science fact), and judging from that picture, he never has been. If he's actually claiming to be, you can forward details onto ARRSE, particularly The_Duke, who used to do a good line in Reg anti-walt ops. If he's simply taki...
by Sarastro
Sat 14 Nov, 2009 7:30 am
Forum: Army Joining & Training
Topic: Females Joining up.
Replies: 144
Views: 25614

Yes, I agree. I wouldn't at all have a problem with women joining the infantry if they met the following standards: 1. Just as strong, fit, tough and fast as a man. Which some women are definitely capable of. 2. Capable of using a multitude of weapons. To complete the same physical, mental and batt...
by Sarastro
Fri 13 Nov, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: Postal Strike affecting the troops???
Replies: 1
Views: 957

Mail is coming out to AFG fine, no problems there. Mail going back to the UK was held up for a period at the end of September, but there isn't a huge amount sent from AFG - UK anyway.

In short: no.
by Sarastro
Sun 25 Oct, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: Viking BVS10, are they safe?
Replies: 22
Views: 4625

Ayup matey, aint seen ya round here in a while. Are you sure about the challenger 2 incident? I was lead to belive only 1 or 2 have ever been destroyed. Very sure. May well be that only 1 or 2 have been destroyed, but one of them was by an IED in Basra. I believe the official word was 'damaged', bu...
by Sarastro
Sun 27 Sep, 2009 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: Viking BVS10, are they safe?
Replies: 22
Views: 4625

I was thinking along the same lines as Green Boil when I spotted this topic. When the Vikings were brought into service everybody said how great they were and they proved themselves in Afghan when the Marines first deployed there, that was the reason why it was decided they were to be permanently d...
by Sarastro
Sun 13 Sep, 2009 12:34 am
Forum: Para's General Discussion
Topic: 1 Para SFSG.
Replies: 23
Views: 9948

Gunner, I don't know where you are to have such an insight on what information is or is not releasable concerning SFSG, but I know where you're not. They're DSF. This doesn't get talked about. That includes any serving soldiers, sailors, airmen or gunners who aren't in the unit. Go to the SF forum -...
by Sarastro
Sat 12 Sep, 2009 10:08 pm
Forum: Para's General Discussion
Topic: 1 Para SFSG.
Replies: 23
Views: 9948

Don't mean to shit on your parade fellas, but though they're still Reg, 1 PARA are also part of DSF, so please treat discussion of them as you would discussion of other SF issues. Namely, don't. There are ways for blokes who are in to find out about recruiting for SFSG, but discussing it over an ope...
by Sarastro
Sat 25 Jul, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Army General Discussion
Topic: operator military intelligence Advice
Replies: 20
Views: 12381

and basic training may satisfy your taste for the infantry life style. Sadly, it won't. Green skills in the Corps are sadly neglected. Aside from this, in my humble opinion, being Bad for any soldier, it is doubly so because there are so many juniors in the Corps who could & want to hack the green ...
by Sarastro
Sat 25 Jul, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: SF General Discussion
Topic: Special forces in today's warfare
Replies: 8
Views: 10322

Right, I'd expect it from a SE London lad who is still pre-Land of Nod, but Doc - intel? Are we all fcuking Americans now?

For shame...
by Sarastro
Mon 22 Dec, 2008 9:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: hannibal reporting from catterick
Replies: 45
Views: 9328

Can't beat it if you're already piss wet through though. Spent four hours in a puddle they called an FUP outside the FIBUA village in Senny a few weeks back, with driving rain, galeforce wind, the usual joys - only warmth we got was someone taking a leak, brought a smile to my face it did. Less so i...
by Sarastro
Mon 22 Dec, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: TA General Discussion
Topic: T.A Infantry as an Officer.
Replies: 5
Views: 9484

Plus he's dead wrong. A good pl sgt will support a new young offcecr who is keen and willing to learn to the point of shutting down mouthy tossers in the ranks. It's young offciers who gob off when they know fark all who come unstuck. Realise that the poster is long gone, but in the interests of an...
by Sarastro
Tue 02 Dec, 2008 8:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion & Introductions
Topic: Anyone worked with HUMINT?
Replies: 8
Views: 9104

HUMINT is now run by the Int Corps in a special tri-service lot called Defence HUMINT Unit (DHU). Involves agent handling, surveillance, interrogation, debriefing, and elements of reconnaissance. As you might expect, that list of duties requires pretty tough & specialised training; fit, intellegent ...
by Sarastro
Tue 02 Dec, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: Army Joining & Training
Topic: officer selection - equal opportunities
Replies: 3
Views: 1922

It is indeed utter bollocks. In fact, the genuinely posh at Sandhurst are few and far inbetween, and the sons/daughters of officers don't tend to perform spectacularly well here in my experience - some even crash out at the selection stage in AOSB, because there seem to be a decent number who turn u...
by Sarastro
Tue 02 Dec, 2008 4:21 pm
Forum: Army Joining & Training
Topic: Boot bulling.
Replies: 12
Views: 2814

Balls, we're just halfway competent at brush polishing the things, so to the untrained bootneck eye it might be assumed they were bulled...:roll: One of the bullshittier aspects of the Army, and one I certainly won't be arsed with in 16 weeks time. Stagg, you should get parade & field boots issued, ...