Man the battlements and raise the portcullis. Fix bayonets and draw swords! Sharpe sorties forth!
Hmmm, an AAP journalist, (or a sub-editor in an Ozzi newspaper) who has one helluva grasp on military/emergency services/security forces terminology. (They're all the same sorta thing rite? Guys with guns or uniforms or something?)"Officer" "Commando" "Trooper" "Special Agent" "Operative"All the same meaning, rite? Nobody'll give a hoot anyway, that sort of stuff (accuracy)isn't important, rite?
Because we all know what a bunch of reprobates the officers are!
Sigh...There's always one. As you were PTE Boyonabike.
The privates were bad, the NCOs worse. But the absolute nastiest, worstest, evilest men to ever lift a can all had pips on their shoulders. Why do you think I ended up the way I did? I learned from the masters...
Don't forget the mess and Mr Vice...
I have only been Mr Vice once. It was in my Duntroon days, and I haven’t been invited to do it again. One of my duties as Mr Vice was to prepare the seating plan. To his later dismay, my boss gave it a perfunctory look before signing off on it. The look of horror on his face as we sat down to dinner and he realised I had surrounded myself with all of my equally reprehensible mates was priceless.For the uninitiated, Mr Vice is shorthand for the Dining Vice-President. The Dining President of a formal Dining in Night is usually a senior officer. The role of Mr Vice is to do all of the Dining President’s work for him in the preparation of the dinner, and is usually a very junior officer. On the night, Mr Vice is responsible for making sure everyone is seated at the right time and to run the after dinner entertainment between when the senior officers retire for coffee and cheese, and when the great unwashed are unleashed on the ante-room and bar. This usually entails what is referred to as a Subbie’s Court, or a Kangaroo Court. The good thing about being Mr Vice is that you can usually control these things so that it is not you in the dock, although not always.
I see the lexicon of our journalisit comrades hasn't improved any. At least Three newspapers on Monday reported that Three "Australian Officers" had been killed in Afghanistan.These reported ranks are not consistent with later reports, nor with Defence press releases.As far as I could see, all Three stories has been passed by sub-editors.
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