Lovable regimental nickname given to The Royal Signals. The modern variant is simply 'Scaleys'.
The name allegedly comes from WW2 radio operators who would have a scale-like skin on their backs due to the leaking battery acid from the primitive radio battery packs of the day.
Not much has changed due to funding but soldiers can now gain a second income working down the local Blandford freak show: "Roll up roll up, see the human snake, he can even use a radio (that alone is worth seeing!)."
However, the real reason for the term comes from 'Scale E', which was the pay band that sigs were originally given, to differentiate from ordinary cannon fodder pay levels.
The term was also used in the RAF to describe individuals living in MQs, though quite why had never been ascertained.
Another piece of amazing and orignial design work here from our team. We have all been there, we have all displeased the GOD that is the Sergeant Major at one time or other, or perhaps all of the time. We are certain there is a secret handbook that is shared amongst all of them. This particular put down most likely comes under character building or more likely morale :-)
It is not lost on us that the main message is very topical. This is only directed at those that have served or are serving. The underlying message is what it is. We don't need to spell that out to you. Also, this design serves a reminder of greater times.
Wear yours with pride. Go on, we dare you :-)
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This t-shirt makes for a great staple! It has a classic fit (not form-fitting) with a thick cotton fabric.
• 100% cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Fabric weight: 6 oz (203 g/m2)
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
Model is wearing a size M. He's 6.2 feet (190 cm) tall, chest circumference 37.7" (96 cm), waist circumference 33.4" (85 cm).