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To follow on from "What kit have you left ...", let's hear about your experiences of de-kitting.

As I prepared to hand in over 3 decades of accumulated detritus I got hold of a copy of my 1157 and was amazed at some of the things still on it, and plenty that wasn't. I could find most of the stuff, but some odd things were missing and yet I still had loads of other kit that wasn't on the list.

Even more strangely there was no CS95 kit on any list.

When the big day arrived I dragged everything I could find and claimed my place in the Clothing Store. Just as others had told me, the civvies in there weren't all that interested and wouldn't hav recognised most of the kit even if I had it.

So, it was all a bit of an anti-climax really. And I've still got my CS95 (well, most of it ;-) ).

What about others, did you go through a Guards-like de-kit and have to produce every single item?
My de-kit was a bit like yours. Simply dragged the stuff over to the stores and the storeman (civvy as well) said if I wanted anything except the NBC stuff I could have it. No thank you, says I. Bye bye 29 years of accumulated guff (oh, I fib a little, I kept the Norwegian shirts for some unfathomable reason).
Mine was pretty lax and I was asked if I wanted to keep my Pro Boots. Any diffy kit was ignored and I more than made up for that by handing back 5 KF shirts, 4 pair lightweigts etc. It was a strange feeling after that, having 4 days left in camp and no military kit to my name.
De-kitted with 9/12L. I took in absolutely everything. They gave me my bag of reservist kit - they even let me exchange the reservist kit before I left, they then said give us what you don't want and keep what you want. Very civilised indeed!
With 24 years served myself and 14 for Mizz K13 we ended up with boxes of stuff left after de-kitting.

10 years on and with another house move imminent I have spent the last 2 weeks doing the final 'de-kit' ... through FleaBay ... and we're 500 quid to the good!
When I de-kitted it was exchanged for various denominations of beer tokens by a civvy storeman at the local market, then a few months later I received a letter from a man at the Ministry of Silly Walks thanking me for my invaluable service and inviting me, in my own time, to return any unwanted surplus kit that may be cluttering my place free of charge enclosing a pre-paid parcel label.
What about others, did you go through a Guards-like de-kit and have to produce every single item?
Well being a Guards type, on my de-kit I never had to produce every single item and like others handed over all the extras that had been built up over the years and wasn't billed for any diffies
Much the same here - handed in everything I could find and no bills for diffies.

I gave away nearly everything spare to the rest of the guys in my troop, even gave away my ammo boots (which were older than me!)

I think even the stores bloke realises that if you have signed off and are doing a final de-kit that you aren't likely to be all that bothered by a missing button stick and the like.
I think even the stores bloke realises that if you have signed off and are doing a final de-kit that you aren't likely to be all that bothered by a missing button stick and the like.
...which is going to go in the bin anyway...
With 4 years left thanks to VENG, i have started to wonder about this little matter. I have 4 MFO boxes of gear in the garage (never had a car in it cos there is no room thanks to army kit). I am thinking of approaching our clothing storeman to arrange the handing in of some of this equipment, some of which is still in wrappers. It doesnt help when they issue me with a complete set of FAD (future army dress) which has bumped me up with even more.
Dekitted at Bassingbourn some 16 years ago. Told to keep the reservists stuff such as combats, helmet, S10, boots etc. All old and moth-eaten now! The hardest bit was handing in my No2 dress, as it seemed to be the only physical manifestation of a pretty full and varied 22 year career... Still got my button stick though and I never did work out what some of the cut-outs were for! And yes, I did use it when polishing the back brasses on my '37 Pattern belt in 1973!


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Am I the only Cold War Warrior who only ever sporadically saw a button stick in the hands of others and never got issued one myself? Certainly seems that way, and I never had pangs for one.
My regular service was as a directional consultant in the RAF (I know, I know). When I handed my stuff in, there were only two dramas. The first was that there was a shortage of nav bags at the time, so my somewhat modded and very tatty bag was a definite focus of attention. The other was the aircrew first aid kit I had been issued in training 15 years before, because it contained three morphine lozenges. It came in a sealed plastic bag which had pretty much fallen to bits in my flying suit pocket over the years, as had most of the stuff inside it. However, the return of the morphine was demanded with menaces and I had to search high and low to find it. I believe they only have codeine in them now.

I would have liked to keep the nav bag, mind you.
I dekitted in 1990 at the same stores at Bassingbourn where I recived my initial kit issue back in the 70's (different storeman though I think). I started in the Queens Regt and the storeman who dekitted me was also Queens so we had a chat about the old days then, after being interrupted by an annoying subaltern trying to blag some of the old heavyweight combats, the very nice stores chappie swapped my old suitcase for a nice new green holdall, replaced my worn boots with some new ones for use as gardening boots and sent me on my way with good wishes for the future.

Oh yes, the subbie did not get his heavyweight combat jacket - I had it in my new green holdall courtesy of the nice stores chap and it subsequently served me well for several years in the TA, and was much admired during the Combat 95 debacle...the morale of the story is to be nice to the stores chap and not come in shouting the odds like a complete fcukwit!


When i dekit blokes the things we are concerned about is PLCE, sleeping system, helmet, ECBA, service dress and we also make sure their Reg reserve kit is up to scale (if under 12 years served) and the rest goes in a box to Field Textiles!! most os it is fit for the bin anyway!

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