Our Dad is in the 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, which is part of the 3rd Brigade of the Australian Army. Their nickname is the Big BLUE One, and their Battalion colour is Garter BLUE. Dad wears his BLUE t-shirt to do his P.T, and has a BLUE lanyard on his dress uniform.
You can see most of our Dad here (he's incognito!), with his BLUE t-shirt on, while having a rest on our BLUE couch!
This is the badge of 1RAR. It is nicknamed the 'Skippy' badge. The crown on top signifies service to the nation. When it was first designed, it was the Tudor crown, because the Monarch was a male. Now it is the St. Edwards crown, for that is the crown of Queen Elizabeth.
The kangaroo and wattle leaf are on there because they are distinctly Australian. The boomerang is to honour the parent units of 1RAR. The crossed .303 rifles show that it belongs to an infantry regiment. It has been the badge of 1RAR since 1949.
This is the version of the badge that members of 1RAR wear on their hats.
The mascot of 1RAR is a shetland pony, always named Septimus. This one is Septimus Quintus. See how his coat is Garter Blue, like the rest of the Regiment? Along with the Skippy badge, Septimus also has the chevrons to show that he is a Corporal. He is very handsome. Mum got to meet him, and thought he was very cute, except for when he tried to eat her skirt! This photo was taken on the day that they had a march for the 60th birthday of the Regiment.
Finally, this is me. Notice my collar tag? It is also blue, so I match my dad. I am very proud of my dad, and love him very very much.
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