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    An Introduction to the British Army.. (simplified version)

    OK men, listen in...

    The Army system is simple!
    “The system is really quite simple.” 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, craftsmen, sapper or signaller. Not all of the drivers actually drive because some of them cook, but we don’t call them cooks, for that matter, not all drivers are called drivers – some of them are privates or gunners.
    Gunners as I’m sure you know are the guys 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 don’t 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. Both these Corps provide a special service and that’s why the Transport Corps provides cooks. In fact the Signals Corps is not a service at all because it is an Arm. Arms do all the fighting, although Signals don’t have to fight too much, rather like the Engineers who are also an Arm but they don’t fight too much either.

    So you see it's quite simple really....
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    Uh, yeah. Okay. (Walks off whistling, "Off we go, into the wild blue yonder")
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    Of course. It makes perfect sense. Now if you will just put on this lovely jacket. The sleeves are a little long and tie in the back but you will love how the material flatters your eyes.
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    So why do you call them leftennants and not lootennants?
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    When I read that I could not help but think of the old Monty Python skit about they guy who joined the army but wanted out once he found out he could be shot at
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacemakr40 View Post
    So why do you call them leftennants and not lootennants?
    I've always wondered about that myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacemakr40 View Post
    So why do you call them leftennants and not lootennants?
    Probably for the same reason we call German Shepherd Dogs Alsatians. Historically, we don't like 'foreign' languages. As the country was invaded and conquered by the Normans way back when (1066) there has been, over time, a desire to rid what we call the 'English' language of all foreign words so Lieutenant was Anglicised. There is also a grammatic confusion with a mix up of the letters V and F in there as well.
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    I'm sorry old chap, I don't understand your banter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peacemakr40 View Post
    So why do you call them leftennants and not lootennants?
    ...I always thought it was because they call a toilet a "loo" and the term lootenant makes it sound like some guy that lives in a toilet.
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