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The British soldier has always been innovative.
The minute he is issued something, he sets about "improving" it.

The CSM's pace stick as issued is a great big lump of ash, with brass point for gripping the ground and prevent splitting. It has a brass "fold away" device which when concealed in the body of the stick cannot be seen.
When the device is opened, by means of a hinge, it is calibrated into different pace lengths, to suit different Regiments and customs.
Since the object is very very rarely used as the designer intended, it's main use today has become ceremonial and has become the issue of a very very competitive competition between Units, chiefly (of course) the Brigade of Guards.
Now then, to allow the user to comply and compete with the rules of the pace stick competition, the issued pace stick has to undergo some extreme soldier modifications, it is simply not possible to "Stick" at the speed and standard required with an issued stick, they are far to heavy clumsy and thick( The sticks, not the Guardsmen)

So what does our aspiring stick champion do?
He gets himself an ordinary issued pick helve and he goes to see the Unit Chippy, who for a small consideration will whittle it down until is is a shadow of it's old self, and will JUST accommodate the brass fittings taken from the old one.
(Are you still with me?)

The new slim line stick is then smoothed and polished into a work of art and beauty, ending up with a varnish of yacht lacquer to the proud owners choosing.

Now he is ready, and on to the parade ground at the front of Old College RMAS steps our Fusilier( me) stick clicking away at his side as though on automatic.

I came nowhere in the competition.

Little fat Infantry men do not look the part alongside those 6 foot bean poles who have practiced sticking day and night for months, and who see it as regimentally shameful not to win this annual event.

I still have my modified stick, it stands with the umbrellas, still looking cheated at my letting it down.

Joe.
Omnia Audax XX




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