Now that I have your attention, I felt the need(?!) to discuss something that has gripped me for a few years now. I have served with many different Arms & Regiments in my time and have worn many different forms and colours of head dress and fully support the idea of Regimental identity etc. One thing really does grip me though.Why can't the Army enforce the wearing of service issued clothing in a uniform matter? I mean, in my current unit today, I saw people on a parade(Officers, WO's & SNCO's included) wearing about 6 different types of boots, some issued, some not, 4 or 5 types of jacket/smock, again some issued,others not. Some people used trouser twists and others used the ties. In all, they looked a bit of a mess. I am not a huge fan of the Yanks, but credit where it is due, they at least look uniformal! We look like we've raided the nearest Military surplus store and dished kit out willy nilly. I admit to having privately bought kit myself, but I ONLY use it on exersice. I remember as a young soldier getting gripped by my CSM for having a non-issued beret, he would have gone ape if he was there this morning.What do you all think, are we letting standards slip or am I being a bit of a whingeing tit?