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I am glad I provided you with some amusement. If I can make someone smile then my day has not been wasted! ajb007/wink

A little (hopefully other funny) story about boots. On basic training induction, when we got our issue if uniform and other kit, we were issued with one pair of boots only. These boots were to be worn for everything in training including parades. They were old boots, worn by many recruits before us, so they were not stiff and uncomfortable. That was the good thing. The bad thing was they had to be polished to the standard for parades, but they would be - I don't know the correct word - but very dirty and worn through the day. Evening time was the time to bring them to parade standard for the morning. This was a great task and not a welcome one because if they were not to standard the recruit would be in trouble.
At the end of basic training, these boots were handed in - after we smashed the polish off them - for the next intake to polish!

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ajb007/lol

In the middle of the winter it's pitch black outside for at least 23 hours a day in northern Norway. As a result our boots couldn't be checked by the officers on morning parade. But one day the an officers saw me and (even worse) my boots in teh harsh light of the indoor lamps in the corridor. He just said quietly: "Oh f*ck" and went away. The next morning the Whole company's boots were checked by flashlight and I'm sorry to say it was my fault …...

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Some of the recruits in my intake were very devious. They bought boots and they would keep these boots only for parades. So, as the rest of us worked hard to polish our boots that we had been wearing all day, they would not have to. They knew they must hide these boots though because when we found them we would smash the polish off on the concrete step and throw them over the camp wire where they could not be got by the owners!

I often wondered if any one ever one found out about this and then went to go and collect these boots at the end of basic training and sell them to the next recruits?!

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I had 2 pairs of boots as a standard, even going in as conscript.
That was one of the lessons I learned from my father.

I bought a pair 2 months prior to my conscription starting, and wore them in, so that they were comfortable to walk in. When I signed the second pair from the army, I kept those in an immaculate condition at the back corner of my locker, so that I always had a perfectly bulled pair in my use at the drop of a hat.
Later on it drove the conscripts under my care absolutely insane. When after a week in the woods, we would be back at the barracks, and they would still be shining their boots for the week end inspection in their dirty cammies; when I would be in a perfect leave uniform with shiny boots overseeing their efforts after just 15 minutes: kit in storage or in the drying room, rifle cleaned, oiled and in the rack, and me fresh from the shower and shave!  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol  ajb007/lol

"I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
-Mr Arlington Beech

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Your boots would have been stolen and thrown over the fence as soon as your secret was found out!

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Here's an updated video about the Jaeger Brigade up in the north: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3HK943xmyo

"I mean, she almost kills bond...with her ass."
-Mr Arlington Beech