Someone who wears a khaki uniform - eg army - as opposed to a 'blue job' which refers in Britain to naval or airforce personnel. At the end of WW2 'blue job' also referred to members of the Allied Control Commission who wore blue uniforms.
I wrote to the Foreign Office and was told to go home and come back in my new uniform. From the khaki of UNRRA to the blue uniform of the Control Commission. In the language of the day I went home a brown job and came back a blue job.
Their job was to maintain the equipment, both wireless and flare piles which were large beacon pipes which were switched on when the bombers had taken off or returned. Stan enjoyed this job as he said, “A blue job’s better than a brown job.”
What ever it will be, it'll be called a brown job !
He seems hoist by his own petard - yet another example of a brown job supporting those who say they are ill-suited to discuss Air Force matters. It was a pity to spoil a good article by a cheap sideswipe at the junior service.
She said no, of course, because I was never, or ever would be, a "brown job"! Some people will never grasp the difference between Marines and Army! ...
She had to keep a low profile because the naval types thought that going out with a "brown job" was tantamount to mutiny
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