Can I take extra kit with me for training?

#1
Hi,

Can I take my own t-shirts etc (or issued stuff) with me for basic training and beyond? Purely just to save washing clothing all the time?

Do you get plenty of t-shirts issued just out of interest? Just asking as I get hot easily and tend to sweat a lot.

Thanks
 
#2
Hiya mate, I just asked this same Q but only about boots. Answers varied but one chap said it was a bad idea because if another recruit 'loses' some kit and youve got extra it could look like your a bit light fingered, which is a good point I reckon. Good luck with training mate.
 
#3
You kinda can, just make sure it's issued stuff, from an Army surplus shop or the like :)

I'm a current TA recruit and that's what I do, it's not like anyone could tell the difference between an ex issued army T-shirt and a just issued one :)

Things I have brought are:
C95s, T-shirts, C95 shirts, extra boots, socks and an extra combat jacket :)

I know I'm only TA but still the same sort of thing really even for the regs :)

*On another note there seem to be two types of Army issue T-shirts the older cotton one and this new one I have, but I don't even get noticed wearing either.. So you might have to ask others about that one :)
 
#4
Morty said:
Hiya mate, I just asked this same Q but only about boots. Answers varied but one chap said it was a bad idea because if another recruit 'loses' some kit and youve got extra it could look like your a bit light fingered, which is a good point I reckon. Good luck with training mate.
Hi, cheers for your reply. I guess I can see where he's coming from, maybe not a good idea then. Could always put your name in like when we were at school! Lol
 
#5
Morty said:
Hiya mate, I just asked this same Q but only about boots. Answers varied but one chap said it was a bad idea because if another recruit 'loses' some kit and youve got extra it could look like your a bit light fingered, which is a good point I reckon. Good luck with training mate.
Good point I did not think of that one :)
 
#6
Jonny5isalive said:
Morty said:
Hiya mate, I just asked this same Q but only about boots. Answers varied but one chap said it was a bad idea because if another recruit 'loses' some kit and youve got extra it could look like your a bit light fingered, which is a good point I reckon. Good luck with training mate.
Hi, cheers for your reply. I guess I can see where he's coming from, maybe not a good idea then. Could always put your name in like when we were at school! Lol
Everyone does that and even on the kit labels it has a place to stick your name :)
 
#7
No you can't take extra kit with you. The whole purpose of them giving you a set amount is so that you are capable of sorting out your personal admin. Take only what you are told to take.

If the army wanted you to have a brain and initiative, they would've issued you with them! :D

Purely just to save washing clothing all the time?
Don't be such a crabby bastard. If I caught you storing unwashed pt kit, I would beast/skullfuck you, depending on what mood I was in...
 
#9
It's one of them though, innit? If you get on with the other lads and they know you've bought some extra kit, if someone does lose some kit then they wouldn't blame ya. It's only if you get a locker search and whoever searches it starts asking questions, then that might be a bit tricky because as far as I can tell you're only supposed to wear issued kit on training.
 
#10
Digital said:
You kinda can, just make sure it's issued stuff, from an Army surplus shop or the like :)

I'm a current TA recruit and that's what I do, it's not like anyone could tell the difference between an ex issued army T-shirt and a just issued one :)

Things I have brought are:
C95s, T-shirts, C95 shirts, extra boots, socks and an extra combat jacket :)

I know I'm only TA but still the same sort of thing really even for the regs :)

*On another note there seem to be two types of Army issue T-shirts the older cotton one and this new one I have, but I don't even get noticed wearing either.. So you might have to ask others about that one :)
Good point. Don't want to be bollocked if stuff goes missing and I've got extra kit though. Are you marking them so peole know they're your own kit?
 
#12
Morty said:
It's one of them though, innit? If you get on with the other lads and they know you've bought some extra kit, if someone does lose some kit then they wouldn't blame ya. It's only if you get a locker search and whoever searches it starts asking questions, then that might be a bit tricky because as far as I can tell you're only supposed to wear issued kit on training.
You're only supposed to wear issue (not issued) kit. You don't need more stuff than you're told to take, but if it makes you happy... Remember, it's you who has to carry it.

Extra kit won't save on washing. Everything is either worn, clean or drying (having been washed).
 
#13
Jonny5isalive said:
Ok, taking into consideration all the below replies: can I wear issued extra kit of my own after basic training when I've started my trade?
Yes of course, but haven't you got another two years before you can even apply?
 
#14
Well kinda, I just write my name and issue number in them :)

What you could do is when you get to the camp make it aware to the other around your billet that you brought extra kit, you know the old trick "hey lads I had to get this" or "like what I brought" that way if someone kit does go missing others know you had it well before and it could not really be part of the other chaps missing kit :) If you know what I mean.. It does not take much to do a bit of blagging and in this case it could save you a bit of face! if such a thing does happen!

I remember someone stole my top from my regimental tracksuit, I found out who it was a used his shaving cream and razor after he had cleaned them them, and before kit inspection, he had some lovely arrangements going on in his locker.. But not for long as it was all pulled out stamped on and kicked around the room! How nasty of me I thought to myself, then I thought..You, as in that silly twat nicked my tracksuit top. Serves you right, not only that but a few lads skiffed him later that night because we all got in the shit about poor admin! LMAO!

*So make it known to the lads in your billet you have extra kit, even offer it out to a few of your closer pals if they need stuff in a hurry, what goes around comes around! :) You'll be OK..

Where are you going for Phase 1 training?
 
#15
Tartan_Terrier said:
Jonny5isalive said:
Ok, taking into consideration all the below replies: can I wear issued extra kit of my own after basic training when I've started my trade?
Yes of course, but haven't you got another two years before you can even apply?
Yes, this is true Tartan_Terrier, just merely gathering info. I have a habit of charging into things without researching them first.
 
#16
Perhaps times have changed, but DO NOT take any extra kit with you. your locker layout is set up for all your issue kit. you will have no place to store it.
Do not bring any Gucci kit either you will not be allowed to wear it, certainly wouldnt if i was training staff.
Things you can take that would be of benefit are
a GOOD iron, not a cheap one
Boot bulling kit
Lots of trouser twists
Bungees and para cord (for exercise)
Any other small item that would be useful on exercise
 
#17
I think it's already been stated (it's been a long day), but the main reason that training teams have a paddy with extra kit is because Phase 1 is the time to learn to sort out your personal admin. Having a nervous break down while trying to fold your pt shorts and t-shirts into A4 sized blocks while (with the other hand) trying to get the creases out of the cuffs of your No.2 dress shirt is all part of the building process. At least, that's what they told me.

Extra kit will also put you at an unfair advantage to the rest of your platoon. This is not something you want if you want to stay mates. By week 8, very minor details such as this start to seem very important in this introverted little world.
 
#18
What you could do is when you get to the camp make it aware to the other around your billet that you brought extra kit, you know the old trick "hey lads I had to get this" or "like what I brought" that way if someone kit does go missing others know you had it well before and it could not really be part of the other chaps missing kit :)


Then d1ckhead who has only just met you steals it from you!
you are not short of any kit are you as you have all you were issued.

read experienced threads

DO NOT TAKE SPARE KIT

YOU asked,WE tell,

"we could build a large wooden badger"
 
#19
When I joined up in 1991 I took a spare pair of boots and lightweights told the Tp staff at the start I had them so no chance of being called a thief and kept them in with my civi gear made life a bit easier having the kit as thespare boots got used for Pt/exersise but dont use it as an excuseto become a fester!. Best bit of kit you can buy it is a spray bottle for watering plants makes ironing your kit 100 times easier oh and your own ironing board as well saves having to wait your turn for the room one :D
 
#20
Didnt even enter my head to take extra stuff. In my day they gave you a little list of things you should bring with you that also kinda said we'll cut your balls off if you bring anything else.

Any extra stuff we bought in the Shot got stored in the Bks loftspace come inspections.

And then there was the happy day we had to move some lockers from a stores depot to Bisley.
5 of us and the NCO left alone for about a minute in a warehouse full of full of used kit.

'Off you go lads'
'But corporal its all old kit'
'Well exchange it when you get back, you numpty'.

Ah the suspicious look on the MoD security guards face as we all sat 2 foot up from the seats of the Landy as we sat on all the kit we'd realocated.

Often wonder what the QM made of all those 66 Patern jackets suddenly appearing.

Gives the Lantern another push and adjusts himself on the sandbag.....
 

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