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Lovejoy 6:50 Mon Nov 22
Working with ex-military.
I respect all our armed services past and present but those who end up normal jobs are bloody tedious with their military stories.

Every single subject/situation relates back to an Uncle Albert style anecdote.

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meat curtains 2:33 Wed Dec 1
Re: Working with ex-military.
A lot of Walters on this subject

zebthecat 11:39 Tue Nov 30
Re: Working with ex-military.
I have worked with the serving military for a while when I was a civil servant in the MoD. Sort of knew the mentality as I had been an army cadet and was seriously thinking about joining,

Always got on well with them as there was no bullshit unlike my civilian colleagues. Did have one regular meeting with the Special Forces operational requirements guy as part of the budget I was responsible for was a few million for urgent kit for the SAS and SBS. He missed a meeting and at the next one I asked if he done anything interesting. "Kicking arse in Mozambique" was his reply.
Pretty sure there must be a heavy drinking module in the officer training course at Sandhirst.

In the private sector I had a project manager who was ex-army and had been an RSM in the paras. He didn't talk about it much but did when we were on a contract abroad. It was just the two of us for a week and we got on. He did not much about his army career but on the second to last evening (I had finished my bit we did drink a lot of beer that night) and we started talking about the army. His turning point was when his unit got bombed at Warrenpoint. He made the decision get out after making it out alive and picking up bits of his friends up.
Given what happened to him he was pretty well sorted and a very good project manager.

ted fenton 9:15 Tue Nov 30
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Crassus 6:18 Tue Nov 30
Re: Working with ex-military.

:-)

Crassus 6:48 Tue Nov 30
Re: Working with ex-military.
Second

Have heard plenty of stories of various Argentine ears ending up on recklessness around Paras and SF's - akin to 'Nam activities

SecondOpinion 6:22 Tue Nov 30
Re: Working with ex-military.
Worked with a guy who was a soldier during the Northern Ireland troubles in the 1970's.
He was very keen to bring in photographs of blown up IRA bombers who's bombs had detonated "accidentlly"
One of the pics (he told me) was of him holding an severed arm of a dead terrorist and there were others he was proud to show.
I politely declined

Crassus 6:18 Tue Nov 30
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Ted
'at the age of 76 you would not upset him'

Don't doubt you would at 84 mate ;)

Mattie Mulshun 6:02 Tue Nov 30
Re: Working with ex-military.
Worked overseas some years ago with an Irish bloke who was always telling stories of the Irish Army. Some were hilarious.But one of the stand out ones was that of a group of men he was presenting (parading) for inspection by a man of higher rank.

Apparently the general or whatever stopped at one soldier who had a shabby beret. He said "Soldier, that beret aint quite the ticket. What did you do with your uniform allowance?"

At that time the soldiers were protesting for better salaries and conditions. The soldier replied "Sir , I squandered it on food and clothing for my wife and kids , Sir".

Laughter all around and point well put.

Moncurs Putting Iron 5:02 Tue Nov 30
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Mr Kenzo 4:58 Tue Nov 30
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Well I say friends.



People I owe money to.

Mr Kenzo 4:58 Tue Nov 30
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Moncurs Putting Iron 11:38 Tue Nov 30

You have friends ? FOMB

Northern Sold 4:27 Tue Nov 30
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PistonHammered 2:23 Sat Nov 27

Top post fella...

ludo21 3:33 Tue Nov 30
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PistonHammered 2:23 Sat Nov 27

Very very sad.

It's a cliche, but that is what they join for. My son is a serving marine (joined after Afghanistan thankfully) and he and most of his mates are desperate to see some action to the extent that they are currently bored and some are thinking of wrapping as there is not much prospect of doing what they trained hard to do. Retention in the armed forces in general is a major problem when, like now, very little is going on.

They are well aware of the PTSD, conflict and problems that many of those that have gone before have and continue to go through. There are several still serving with him that suffer to some extent but that doesn't stop them wishing something will come along to put their training into practise.... I suppose it's a case of not thinking it will happen to you.

ted fenton 2:55 Tue Nov 30
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I'm very good mates with a fella that I taught some basic guitar to he was an ex warrant officer class one and he used to tell me some amazing stories some sad and horrific from his time in northern Ireland he also taught at Sandhurst and has honestly been locked up for 6 hours in the Tower of London lol.
I loved the stories and at the age of 76 you would not upset him.

His guitar playing is quite good but has now opted for a ukulele ;-(

Moncurs Putting Iron 11:38 Tue Nov 30
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Lovejoy,

FWIW

I like it when my Ex Military friends can talk openly and often about their service and past life.

It's the ones that cannot or will not talk about it, that you one day open a mail or message about that you definitely do not want to get.

PistonHammered 2:23 Sat Nov 27
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A few years back my sister and her husband threw "garden party" and I met an ex marine that had just returned from his 2nd tour of Afghanistan. We all thanked him for his service and he in turned thanked us in a shy, awkward manner. Such a polite, kind soul. He was only in his early 20s, a handsome young man with his life to live. Found out later that week that he committed suicide the following day because he couldn't handle his demons of war.

My son's best friend also served and now suffers from PTSD and on occasions breaks down and is close to ending it all. He cannot come to terms that he survived when so many of his friends did not. My son has witnessed this on a couple of of times and says how awful it is to see his friend go through such a tormented ritual. He's a lovely lad that anyone would be proud to call him son, he's recently married and hopefully his nightmares will fade but I doubt it.

When these young men sign up every one of them could end up in battle, some will return and some won't. Some ex military will say it was the best time of their lives....some will not. Give them the respect they deserve and if they want to talk about their stories it costs you nothing to listen.

Briano 12:42 Sat Nov 27
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Boop Beep….This is Jim Rockford..I can’t get to the phone right now..leave your name an number an I’ll get right back to you

Tomshardware 4:25 Thu Nov 25
Re: Working with ex-military.
My dads mate joined the Royal Navy in the 1970's. He saw the world and experienced different cultures, namely women of different nationalities.

Solzhenitzyns Ghost 3:17 Thu Nov 25
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Mr Chimmy Chimmy Chin

Thank you for your interest and as luck would have it I've noted something down that can also be found in many of my esteemed books about this sort of jazz some years back (available through various publishers), here's a relevant excerpt from an interview I gave some years back that I felt concise and clear enough that could shed some light on the issue you seek to understand, even some of us stooopid and paranoid cunts could twig from.

"You must understand, the leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians.

Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse.
It cannot be overstated. Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time.

The fact that most of the world is ignorant and uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media is in the hands of the perpetrators."







Boop Beep, there are no new messages, if you want to hear this message again press some number or something on the keypad, that might work.

Auntie Thermite 3:07 Thu Nov 25
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1 unread message, press #1 to listen to the message... Booop Beep!

Chimmy Chimm Chim
"Will you turn it in for ONE fucking day?"
Dunno, perhaps, maybe... not sure you're to decide what fate awaits my itchy typing fingers for the moment. I'll let you know of my decision in due course.

"Let's boil this down so even paranoid, stupid cunts like me and you can understand it... so I want you to now feed my thirst, and not turn it in but answer me!"
I'm not sure I can boil it all down for your needs in this instance, but have contacted an associate who's far better informed and of as much repute you could wish for who could and they will be sure to get back and update you on your request.

chim chim cha boo 4:31 Wed Nov 24
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Auntie Thermite 1:08 Tue Nov 23

'Still we now get to see first hand the results of WWI and WWII with this wonderful corporate communist takeover of the West today!'

Will you turn it in for ONE fucking day? Let's boil this down so even paranoid, stupid cunts like me and you can understand it

Who are the government of Britain and are they left or right wing, or even centerist (if that's even a word?)

WHU(Exeter) 3:18 Wed Nov 24
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"I went to the new Nandos on Saturday"
"Epic"
"I've just filled in last week's timesheet"
"Amazing"
"I don't understand this new instruction"
"Perfect"

Yeah, all in all I think I'd rather chat with ex military tbh...

mashed in maryland 12:50 Wed Nov 24
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bobbymoore 12:46 Wed Nov 24

Great stuff.. big respect for that

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