Yep. Don't like assault vests. You can't use them as a pillow, nor can you use them to shield the wind when using hexi. It's a pain in the arrse to fire from the prone position as well. Belt order all the way!
annother option is to take a look at getting a grade 1 surplus vest.
kitmonster do them for Â£65, it's issue kit (so it shouldn't fall apart) and when you leave, you can probably sell it onto annother cadet for about Â£30, so you'll make some of the cash back.
I know a lot of cadets do get thier own webbing, as certainly localy the groups issue 58patt, with all it's attendant problems (difficulty putting together, heavy when wet, tendancy for pouch closures to swell when wet ect)
south african assault vests seem popular aswell (mainly the comercial ones, although I have seen one issue variant)