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Old 1st Feb 2022, 13:26
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New RAF Uniform

Fair amount of humorous comment on social media over the leaked pictures of proposed new RAF uniforms overnight.

Anyone any idea of actual status?



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Here are the picturs LOL

https://www.reddit.com/r/RoyalAirFor...w_raf_uniform/

If they want to save money, change the colour of the trousers to dark blue black, that would mean a NO1 could have the trousers replaced without the full set
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Old 1st Feb 2022, 13:32
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Terrible bicolor patches. Looks like some sort of olympic games space pyjama.
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What's wrong with a light blue version of the Royal Navy's working dress?
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I thought it was a wind up
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Why are there two pictures in each of the three uniform options? I sincerely hope that there is not going to be any differentiation between the men and ... er .... the others, I mean, the aviators, no, I meant Specialists .... aargh! Nurse!
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What about a beard on the action man? [or woman, come to that]
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Letís have some positivity here. Think of the saving in Ties, Black.

And who in their right mind thinks that Shirts, Buttoned Up To The Top, is a fashion statement in UK? Popular in the Middle and Far East, of course Ö is this an attempt to be Ďinclusiveí wrt other Nations?

Oh, Lord, please spare the Service from this time and money wasting drivel, and just (as noted upthread) make the bloody kit from better material.
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Old 1st Feb 2022, 14:57
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Just replace the stable belt with an nice over the shoulder sash, bring back the chipbag hat and then:

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At least in the finest traditions of the SH Force we can now have even more people (gender neutral noun) without 2 being dressed the same....
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New Uniform

Letís be honest. Whatever ideas are produced the ex-military members of the forum will hate it regardless.

For me personally I can virtually count on one hand the number of times Iíve worn my No.2 uniform since I left Cranwell so I donít really care. And if Iím honest, I think anything would be an improvement on the ill-fitting, scratchy blue trousers and jumper that Iím currently expected to wear when the situation arises.

I have no idea if the attached images are a wind-up or genuine but Iím not about to get excited either way.

If it was up to me, Iíd just ditch the concept of a No.2 blue uniform and use the MTP clothing as the everyday wear and No.1 for smart occasions.

Iíll still spend 99.9% of my days in a flying suit.

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It looks as if someone has been over-influenced by Startrek fashions. Still, the old No 2 Thunderbird jackets elicited similar objections in 1980 as did the dark blue windcheater jacket. in 1993 Things were ever thus!
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Old 1st Feb 2022, 16:09
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Let’s be honest. Whatever ideas are produced the ex-military members of the forum will hate it regardless.
Not so, but some of us do still keep some pride in the how the RAF presents itself.
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I think it’s great. The Space Ops brevet will go with it perfectly.

BV “ Scratchy blue trousers and jumper”? It’s like silk compared to the “hairy blue” battle dress that a previous generation tolerated and I’ll never know how. Six months wearing it at OCTU was quite enough for me.
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Originally Posted by Timelord View Post
I think itís great. The Space Ops brevet will go with it perfectly.

BV ď Scratchy blue trousers and jumperĒ? Itís like silk compared to the ďhairy blueĒ battle dress that a previous generation tolerated and Iíll never know how. Six months wearing it at OCTU was quite enough for me.
As a former wearer, not always meeting the approval of some of the more pedantic uniform obsessives I'm pleased to say, of this combination of cloth and sandpaper, you have my sympathies, but from your perspective thankfully only for a few short months.

" that would mean a NO1 could have the trousers replaced without the full set"

Slightly off topic, but still related, when it came to the No1 trousers, and "hairy blue" in Germany, some of us on 431 were whisked off very soon after arrival to a certain surplus store in Roermond, where, by an amazing coincidence there was a never ending supply of Dutch uniform trousers remarkably similar in colour and style to the RAF version...this did raise a few eyebrows from the above pedants, but, ensured your legs weren't ripped to pieces .
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Of course BV has a different view from the other 95% of the RAF. By their free GroBag and optional Leather Jacket (with colourful badges) shall ye know them. 👎

Some Trades require work overalls, which are not normally worn striding around the Station. Others work in less grubby environments, and wear on a daily basis the No. 2 Dress so eschewed by BV and his ilk. Or, indeed, in my early days, No. 1 HD … a heavy personal expense for young officers.

Sorry, BV, I don’t visualise a huge sympathy vote for your elitist perspective.

BUT … I do agree with the idea of wearing MTP as standard. It might help remind some people that it’s a Fighting Service, not a sub-set of the RAC.
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Old 1st Feb 2022, 18:09
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Iím sure that uniform will look good the first time itís out of the wrapper and on a young 20-something not long out of training.

Fast forward 6 months of wear and 20 years in the Service, and I donít know anyone with a figure that would make it look good. Itíll be a cringing disaster if they do it. Just put people in MTP if you want to save money on uniforms - and remind them they are in a fighting service not the RAC / Kwik Fit.
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I like the idea of RN no 4 PCS in RAF Blue - any reasons that wouldn't suit RAF (Includes the option of only T shirt or T shirt and fleece in the RN regulations)
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I like the light blue patches on the trouser pockets, just where youíre going to put your hands and get the patches really grubby. Well thought out that.

Why did anyone think that multi-coloured patches would make the wearer look smart or stylish, at the very least, not look like a nob?

What we canít see from these pictures is the choice of material, which is all important. Will it be a good quality cotton-based uniform, or best Brentford Nylonsí highly flammable crimplene?

Agree with some of the above, whatís wrong with a blue-grey (one colour) version of the RN PCS rig?
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Well, plenty of baddie extras for the next Bond movie.
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