Re: Re: You're in the army now

From: Peter Metcalfe <metcalph_at_...>
Date: Fri, 08 Oct 2004 15:01:20 +1300

At 08:47 PM 10/7/04 -0400, you wrote:

>Very much so. New recruits still spend some time learning the specific
>history and traditions of their Regiments. The system has been slightly
>weakened by the fact that as the British Army has contracted many regiments
>have been merged - so, for example, all the Rifle regiments are now
>combined into a single Regiment called the Royal Green Jackets.

Merging can cause troubles if the regiments being merged are dissimilar. The most common example is that a lowland regiment gets merged with a highlander regiment - the lowlanders take great exception to the thought of wearing a skirt for the rest of their military career.

--Peter Metcalfe

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