CCF Boots - not issued?

Discussion in 'OTC and ACF' started by Tuna_Head, Jan 4, 2007.

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  1. I'm a retired loggie. My son has just joined his school CCF, and I've been sent a bill for £35 for a pair of boots. Can anyone explain why boots, unlike the rest of the uniform, has to be paid for? Seems odd to me.(but then he has got size 11 feet...:) )
  2. Join the club - my son has joined HCS CCF and I had to buy his boots (£38 in my case!). I offered him a pair of my old junglies but he didn't want to be different - that'll soon change!

    And I'm a serving loggie - perhaps we're being discriminated against!
  3. ACF are the same. I've been given reasons ranging from the cadets feet are still growing, therefore the cost of replacing them every so often would be too much. Too foot health, eg athletes foot etc, from 2nd, 3rd and 4th hand boots.

  4. I never got athlete's foot from my 25th hand ammo boots at Sandhurst!
  5. Just saying what excuses I've been given. I had no problems with the used boots I got from Fieldtextiles either.

    HS12 :D
  6. As a cadet I was told boots are the one piece of equiptment that cannot be reissued. Therefore with the high turnover of cadets (esp. in the ACF) it would not be cost effective to give everyone a pair of boots.
  7. It has always been the case, I joined the ACF in the 1970’s and my parents had to supply my boots (good old Army & Navy stores).
    IMHO Growing is a valid excuse, a youngster can change foot size on a regular basis between 13 & 18
    Regardless, a small price to pay for such a worthwhile pastime
  8. Got it, thanks for the replies. I think that its not just cadets feet that are still growing but I suppose the old RQMS's line of "You'll grow into that sonny" holds true for other parts of the uniform. I think have a pair of DMS in attack, and maybe even some puttees... :D
  9. I am a little surprised at the price being charged for boots though - £38! My last pair purchased from the kit shop at Frimley cost me £27 including p&p, only about a year or so ago. Sounds like someone is making a profit out of the kids.
  10. people at my ccf have to buy their own boots, they can either get them through the SSI or go to the local army surplus shop to get them them self, either way i think brand new boots come to about £30.
  11. our cadets are told they need boots and that they can get them from an army surplus in town, but if they want i will try and get them a pair ( i sort stores, i think I got this role beacuse i am willing to talk to anybody to aquire stuff) i tend to get em for about £10 snd hand or £20 new as I am normally buying a few pairs. we will also take cadets old boots in part ex if they are going up a size ( so long as they havent nackered em) as these can then be sold on to a smaller cadet. the Det makes no profit out of this, but it means the kids can get em at a normal price, as at one point our local army suprplus was charging a minimum of £35 for boots of any kind and i felt this was taking the piss.
    i must say our local TA unit are very good for bringing in boots or anything they no longer need, and most boots from them can be sorted with a bit of polish and an evening in front of the TV (i really should have said i dont spend that many evenings in front of the TV with a big stack of boots to do, as it makes me sound a bit sad)
  12. The same thing in my day, all of 10 years ago when i first joined as an Army cadet. Mind you boots cost me nothing then, I bought a second hand pair from an Army Surplus store for about ten quid.

    I never got my issued pair as an Adult Instructor either, which annoyed me. Still, it's a shame the money isn't there to supply the cadets with all of the kit.

    Though I must say I was particularly annoyed when I visited my last cadet unit on their summer camp a few months back, to find ten sets of brand new PLCE webbing sat in a box. When I enquired, I was told it was for adults only. I hope they're not doing this with other pieces of kit
  13. 25 years ago the excuse was that as the kids feet are still developing/growing and supplying boots could leave the MOD open to compensation claims later in life.
    I understand that the Police has never issued boots/shoes either.
  14. Air Cadets is just the same. However the boots we get are given to us direct from RAF Lyneham, so we only have to pay £10 at the most.
  15. Yep, had to buy mine too. I think its to stop the cadet accidently getting polished boots by mistake. Although my unit used to allow you to sell your old boots via them to the new lot, so I did get some money back