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    Default "Scaley" in Seven Troop by McNab

    Question for SAS troopers, British Military and others:

    I'm reading Seven Troop by Andy McNab, and a few times he has used the term "Scaley".

    Clearly he is referring to some sort of military personnel apart from the SAS and SBS -- a mate named Nish explains he is not guilty of revealing his SAS role by virtue of having claimed to be a Scaley.

    Online I see a few conflicting definitions, such as a married army member.

    Anyone know what is meant in this book?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: "Scaley" in Seven Troop by McNab

    This site suggests it is down to WW1 leaky battery acid: Scaleybacks

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    Default Re: "Scaley" in Seven Troop by McNab

    Thanks for that idea. I have some doubt about battery acid, but if they are Royal Signalers, that makes sense given the radio scale or dial.

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    Default Re: "Scaley" in Seven Troop by McNab

    The etymology might be dodgy, but they seem clear on who the term refers to.

    BTW, is the book good?

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    Default Re: "Scaley" in Seven Troop by McNab

    It is quite good. McNab was billed as being "of the quality of Forsyth" (not quite); it's pretty interesting. I prefer his fiction though, having read 3 or 4 novels of his over the last month or two. There's nothing like the Day of the Jackal, however, for suspense, in my humble...

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