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Habib joins the RAAF! The prospect of a weaponised Habib should be of special interest to Phillip Adams.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/01/2007 at 02:22 PM
    1. Good luck, Old Top! We’ll put your picture up in the Comment Gallery Salloon.

      Posted by paco on 2007 09 01 at 02:30 PM • permalink


    1. Congratulations, Habib. The best half of your life has begun.
      Have you been given a nickname yet? The 24-year-old who joined with us 18-year-olds was known as Pappy for the rest of his career.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 09 01 at 03:38 PM • permalink


    1. Habib, how does it feel to know that you made Phatty cry?

      Posted by kae on 2007 09 01 at 05:10 PM • permalink


    1. All the very best, Habib.

      Posted by geoff on 2007 09 01 at 05:13 PM • permalink


    1. Glad to see the recruiting figures are up. You’ll find things a little different now than 1964…paid on a daily rate,(7/6 per diem for cadets), learnt rifle drill with the old .303 SMLE, still a lot of blokes around with WWII ribbons.

      Best advice I have-keep cakehole shut, eyes and ears wide open.  That hasn’t changed.

      Good luck

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 09 01 at 05:20 PM • permalink


    1. A “weaponized Habib”?  Is that sort of like SNURB T-104 Hell Brick?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 09 01 at 05:29 PM • permalink


    1. You realise of couse that the only entry requirement for the RAAF these days is the ability to grow and large and interesting moustache that can be twirled.

      Good luck with the twirling old chap.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 09 01 at 05:47 PM • permalink


    1. Congrats Habib. Your philosophical approach may well be needed by us all before 2050.

      …although I’m sure the Navy was a better choice …. ducks behind cat to avoid rotten vegetables.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 09 01 at 06:16 PM • permalink


    1. I was a little lad serving on loan to the then Royal Canadian Navy in the late 60s when the trudopian defence minister hellyer (sp?) announced the demise of that proud service.  I can remember senior officers, some of whom had served in WWII, in tears.
      I left to return to Oz just after the formal unification process started -who could forget the green bus drivers uniforms!!
      An experiment in social engineerimg that failed dismally.A country’s forces need integration, and interopability, which will enhance combat effectiveness.  Unification ruined Canada’s forces for at least a generation.

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 09 01 at 06:26 PM • permalink


    1. #9 Rod, Paul Hellyer has simply gotten worse.

      Good to hear your experience as it is an outsider, objective, view point. Which agrees with alwmost everyone from that period that I have met. Trudeau thought Canada didn’t need armed forces.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 09 01 at 06:55 PM • permalink


    1. Congratulations Hab-“Topgun”-ib.

      Posted by surfmaster on 2007 09 01 at 07:14 PM • permalink


    1. Hes joined the RAAF? but the headline said he’d joined the military! Still the RAAF is almost as military as Telstra.

      Remember you’ve now filled your quota for volunteering for this enlistment and when you arrive at a new unit keep your mouth shut for the first few weeks ‘til you know the ropes.

      Good luck.

      Posted by Harry Buttle on 2007 09 01 at 07:26 PM • permalink


    1. #10 Wimpy

      Try ( if you haven’t already) Granatstein’s “Who killed the Canadian Military”,  which I got in Ottawa a couple of years ago.

      My antenna, now a bit old and shaky, suggest you have worn the uniform at some stage..right?


      Posted by Rod C on 2007 09 01 at 07:35 PM • permalink


    1. #13 No, Rod C, I haven’t.

      I was going to join the RN as a kid and got throught all the tests for Dartmouth; but, what with teenage and all, I didn’t follow through. Should have though. Big mistake. However, I have met many in the service here in Ottawa.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 09 01 at 07:38 PM • permalink


    1. Cheers & godspeed to Habib.  Wherever he goes, I’m sure the bad guys will wish he weren’t.

      Posted by The Sanity Inspector on 2007 09 01 at 08:37 PM • permalink


    1. Best wishes to you Habib.
      Give ‘em hell!

      Posted by krossport on 2007 09 01 at 09:06 PM • permalink


    1. Habib, always maintain the dignity of the mature gentleman when associating with the callow youths who will be your RAAF classmates.

      No getting bladdered at late night drinking parties or banging on electric guitars at 0300 or . . . . . . . . oh wait . . . .  . . .

      Never mind.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 09 01 at 09:14 PM • permalink


    1. Whatever you do Habib, don’t be a bad lad
      You might be crucified for your sharp tongue!

      Posted by 81Alpha on 2007 09 01 at 09:15 PM • permalink


    1. Not sure Ronnie RAAF is completely aware of the ramifications of this decision. Although the Amberley O’s will be an amusing place to be over the coming weeks and months.

      Posted by CB on 2007 09 01 at 09:49 PM • permalink


    1. With Habib in the RAAF and my son in the RAN, we can (and should) take on the world.

      Let’s start with New Zealand.
      BTW and OT.  Castro is still dead.

      Posted by Jack from Montreal on 2007 09 01 at 09:57 PM • permalink


    1. Habib has joined the RAAF? Pig’s arse!
      (Message passed on from MichaelF at Catallaxy).

      Posted by C.L. on 2007 09 01 at 09:59 PM • permalink


    1. Good onya Habib!

      I’m sure your direct, ‘tell it like it is’ style will sit well with the ADF’s politically correct equity and diversity policies.

      Posted by Penguin on 2007 09 02 at 10:59 PM • permalink


    1. Way to lead by example Habib!

      Semper Fi

      Posted by Grimmy on 2007 09 03 at 12:41 AM • permalink


    1. Never before, in the history of human endeavour……


      Do you give rides yet Habib ?

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 09 03 at 01:29 AM • permalink


    1. ohhh, this blog’s Habib!

      I thought at first you meant Mamdouh Habib…

      Well done, Habib, and may your commentary in the RAAF float as prettily as the planes.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2007 09 03 at 01:44 AM • permalink


    1. Congrats and God be with you, Habib.

      Or maybe God should be with those of an enemy persuasion who encounter you? Naaaaah.

      Go get em, Tiger.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 09 03 at 09:09 AM • permalink


    1. Way to go Habib, proud of you. Give ‘em hell.

      Posted by JAFA on 2007 09 03 at 05:56 PM • permalink


    1. Yay! Back after many days of no ‘net!

      Congrats on joining Ronnie, Habib. Welcome to the club. The rumours that we are the paramilitary arm of the APS are tales spread about by the Army. They are jealous that we send the officers out to die do the combat stuff.


      Posted by MarkL on 2007 09 04 at 02:36 AM • permalink


  1. #12, dunno about the RAAF, but here in the good ol’ Yew Ess of Ay we figure the USAF is for those who wish to serve but aren’t cut out for the military.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    We had a RAAF det at NAS Lemoore in the early ‘80s, training on the F-18.  One Monday I showed up and my weekend duty guy indignantly told me how he’d found the Aussies barbecuing on their barracks fire escape.  He was disconcerted by my response:

    “Thank God!  I’ve been trying for weeks to stop them barbecuing in the lounge!”

    Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 09 04 at 11:16 AM • permalink