The British Army.




 
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November 4th, 2019  
The Highway Man
 

Topic: The British Army.


For those that don't understand British Army ranks and terms, here is a simple explanation which I copied from another group.

You see, all people in the Army are soldiers, all privates are soldiers, but not all soldiers are privates. Some are officers who are commissioned, but some are officers who are not commissioned. Obviously if every private was called private it would be confusing, so some privates are called things like trooper, driver, gunner, craftsman, sapper or signaller. Not all of the drivers actually drive because some of them cook, but we donít call them cooks, for that matter, not all drivers are called drivers Ė some of them are privates or gunners.
Gunners as Iím sure you know are the blokes that fire guns, unless of course they are drivers or signallers in which case we call them gunners rather than drivers or signallers just to make it clearer. All gunners belong to the artillery, except that in the infantry we have gunners who are called privates because they fire a different sort of gun, for the same reason we call our drivers and signallers private as well.
A Lance Corporal is called Corporal, unless he is a Lance Bombardier then we call him Bombardier to distinguish him from a full Bombardier, who is just like a Corporal. All other ranks are called by their rank for the sake of simplicity except that Staff Sergeants are called Staff, but they are not on the staff, some Warrant Officers, who are not officers, are called Sergeant Major although they are not Sergeants or Majors. Some Warrant Officers are called Mister which is the same thing that we call some officers but they are not Warrant Officers. A Lieutenant is also called Mister because they are subalterns, but we always write their rank as Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant, and second comes before first.
When we talk about groups of soldiers there obviously has to be clear distinction. We call them Officers and Soldiers although we know that officers are soldiers too, sometimes we talk about officers and other ranks which is the same as calling them soldiers. I guess it is easiest when we talk about rank and file which is all the troops on parade except the officers and some of the NCOs - and a few of the privates - and the term is used whether everyone is on parade or not.
A large unit is called a battalion, unless it is a regiment but sometimes a regiment is much bigger than a battalion and then it has nothing to do with the other sort of regiment. Sub units are called companies unless they are squadrons or troops or batteries for that matter. That is not radio batteries and donít confuse this type of troop with the type who are soldiers but not officers.
Mostly the Army is divided into Corps as well as units, not the sort of Corps which is a couple of divisions but the sort which tells you straight away what trade each man performs, whether he is a tradesmen or not. The Infantry Corps has all the infantrymen for example and the Artillery Corps has all the gunners. Both these Corps also have signallers and drivers except those who are in the Signals or Transport Corps. In fact the Signals Corps is not a service at all because it is an Arm. Arms do all the fighting, although Signals donít have to fight too much, rather like the Engineers who are also an Arm but they donít fight too much either.

So you see, itís really quite simple.
December 18th, 2019  
BritinBritain
 
 
My dad was a Driver/Mechanic Royal Army Service Corps during WW2
4 Weeks Ago  
Armywannabe
 
 
Ok now you just confused me more
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4 Weeks Ago  
I3BrigPvSk
 
 
That's what the British do, they confuse people. First of all, it's normal to assume they speak English, but they don't. The sound they are making can never be considered to be a language. The northern part of the British isles is even more confusing when their dress code is quite disturbing. You can't see the difference between men and women, they all wear the same thing. Imagine an individual with a ginger beard running toward dressed like a woman and making a weird sound. You will be thinking is that a human or a Neanderthal? I would say they are a mix between the two species. How to handle Limey's? The best approach is to insult them

Will I be banned now?
4 Weeks Ago  
MontyB
 
 
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Originally Posted by I3BrigPvSk
That's what the British do, they confuse people. First of all, it's normal to assume they speak English, but they don't. The sound they are making can never be considered to be a language. The northern part of the British isles is even more confusing when their dress code is quite disturbing. You can't see the difference between men and women, they all wear the same thing. Imagine an individual with a ginger beard running toward dressed like a woman and making a weird sound. You will be thinking is that a human or a Neanderthal? I would say they are a mix between the two species. How to handle Limey's? The best approach is to insult them

Will I be banned now?

Strange I thought it was perfectly clear, all soldiers have clearly defined ranks and designations except where they differ.


Think of it like a discussion with the wife, you are always right except where you disagree.
4 Weeks Ago  
BritinBritain
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by MontyB
Strange I thought it was perfectly clear, all soldiers have clearly defined ranks and designations except where they differ.


Think of it like a discussion with the wife, you are always right except where you disagree.
A guardsman (otherwise known as a woodentop) that has two stripes, isnt a Corporal, he's a Lance Corporal, a woodentop with three white stripes isnt a sergeant, hes a corporal, a woodentop with three gold stripes IS a Sergeant A corporal of horse isnt actually a corporal, he's a sergeant. I think the Household Cavalry have been either sniffing too much horse manure or glue. Confused? Me too
4 Weeks Ago  
The Highway Man
 
Don't forget the Lance Serjeants and the Regimental Corporal Major.
4 Weeks Ago  
BritinBritain
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Highway Man
Don't forget the Lance Serjeants and the Regimental Corporal Major.
Don't forget the Kings Corporal.
 


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