Are there any military personnel out there who are paranoid about carrying a sword.
My father was in the RAF for more than 30 years but towards the end of his career he was really just a services manager. However, as a RAF officer he occasionally had to lead the morning parade, which meant wearing a sword. He was terrified that he would trip himself up with it and fall flat on his beak on the parade ground. One evening I caught him, out of uniform but wearing the sword, marching up and down the upstairs landing, shouting orders and turning about. I could never take parades seriously again.