I'm fairly new to this forum, but I've been lurking long enough to know what kind of replies to expect to a question like that, and hopefully I'll be able to filter out the worst of the AI-bashing. For the record I was in the Regular Army for 10 years, which included four operational tours, one of which was a 2-way range. Not much by todayâs standards but I left a long time ago. The reason for the question, I joined the ACF as an AI in September and County policy is not to issue AIs with uniform until immediately prior to their Induction course, which in my case is over four weekends starting in late Jan. For Remembrance Day we cobbled together enough uniform out of the stores so that I could march with the detachment. The only exception was there wasn't a beret to fit me so ever since I've been wearing my old Royal Engineers beret and stable belt. Clearly as far as the Corps is concerned I'm not entitled to wear it, but my motivation is genuine enough: I want to wear the same (well, similar) uniform as the cadets instead of teaching them drill (or whatever) whilst in civvies. To me that's just not right. Should I be thought of as a Walt? Does it look like Iâm trying to big-time it in front of kids? Sure there are a few war stories, but if cadets ask questions you like to answer them, right? Iâd appreciate your (constructive ) comments .