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26 Struggles All Cadets Have Faced

How can a beret be so much trouble?

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1. The constant foot pain.

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Breaking in new boots was a struggle. Getting blisters out on exercise was worse. Double socks and Compeed were your only saviour.

2. The ongoing search for "tartan paint".

It's next to the place you can get the key to the drill square. Along with the sky hooks and the long weights.
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It's next to the place you can get the key to the drill square. Along with the sky hooks and the long weights.

3. Films & TV that have no idea how promotions work.

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Johnny Rico went immediately from Corporal to Lieutenant in Starship Troopers? What an unrealistic film.…

4. Civilians getting the salute wrong.

Dear @LittleMixOffic if you're going to name your album salute at least learn how to salute properly😑 #cadetproblems

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Dear @LittleMixOffic if you're going to name your album salute at least learn how to salute properly #cadetproblems

5:32 PM - 15 Nov 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. That one cadet who took it *far* too seriously.

There is always that one cadet who dresses like he's in the Special Forces... #CadetProblems

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There is always that one cadet who dresses like he's in the Special Forces... #CadetProblems

4:49 AM - 19 Feb 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. Trigger happy basics.

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Anyone that asks "When do we get to play with the guns?" is someone you should steer clear of.

7. The constant ironing to pass inspection.

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Running a crease from your front trouser belt loop, ALLLL the way to the hem? What a drag...

8. Polishing your boots to an impeccable standard.

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Only for some toad to inevitably scuff them and undo 4 hours of work.

9. The constant sewing admin.

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Get a new badge? Sew it on your brassard. Doesn't fit? Best unsew everything you've got there to make space.

Great...

10. Shaping your beret

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Wearing a lukewarm hat on your head, while rubbing it furiously to fit. Bit odd when you think about it.

11. Cleaning your beret

A special combination of lint rollers and razorblades were the key.
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A special combination of lint rollers and razorblades were the key.

12. Losing your beret.

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"WhereisitwhereisitwhereisitIcantfinditomgIaminsomuchtrouble."

13. Getting laryngitis from shouting too much.

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A good drill voice was integral to the cadet experience.

You were saying "Squaaaaaaa" before it was cool.

14. "Tick Tocking"

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Tick tocking was when you you were marching and ended up walking "left arm-left leg, right arm-right leg."

Looking like a bad Robocop impression. Awkward...

15. The pain that was “Hurry Up and Wait”.

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Dropping everything because of a command from up top, only to get there and realise no one has an idea of what's going on.

16. PT instructors from hell.

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They saw Full Metal Jacket once and now everyone is a numbnuts...

17. The questionable quality of beds on camp.

Going to cadet camp and basically sleeping on this #cadetproblems

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Going to cadet camp and basically sleeping on this #cadetproblems

8:14 PM - 04 Dec 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

18. Getting your bed to pass room inspection on camp.

Seth "this is my life... Ironing a bed sheet" #cadetproblems

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Seth "this is my life... Ironing a bed sheet" #cadetproblems

2:40 AM - 14 Apr 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

19. Getting spots from your camouflage cream.

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You may look good out in the forest, but getting that pore blocker off at home was a bitch.

20. Getting utterly lost doing map & compass navigation in the field...

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...because it turns out your map is from 1983.

21. Trying to go to the loo on camp.

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All the food you ate was fibre free so you didn't have to run off. Good luck passing those biscuits browns...

22. ...Before inevitably having to go at the worst possible time.

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Like say, on parade or meeting someone important. UGH.

23. People asking you if you were going to sign up "properly".

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"Not really mum. I just like camping."

24. Trying not to move while on parade

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Supposed to be standing still? Suddenly your brain starts playing back all your funny moments and your body starts to itch. Joy.

25. And finally, explaining it to mates at school.

What people think I am when I tell them I'm an army cadet. #cadetproblems

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What people think I am when I tell them I'm an army cadet. #cadetproblems

11:55 PM - 05 Aug 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

26. But despite all of that, you'd sign up all over again in a heartbeat..

The best memories of my life #summer2014 #armycadet #camp #expedition #instructor

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The best memories of my life #summer2014 #armycadet #camp #expedition #instructor

1:58 AM - 01 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite