`I was issued black daps in 83, still got them somewhere.
IICR those who had a reserve liability (probably the wrong term) used to have to report in periodically to muster stations with their discharge kit. I think they got a days pay and expenses for it.
I could have course dreamt the whole of the above
No, you were correct, once a year for 3 years I had to report to mill hill barracks, get dicked about for a few hours, and get a days pay, in cash.. On the final one I asked about the retention kit, and was told its now mine to dispose of it as I choose. I still have bits of it. came of the short term reserve in 1984, and the long term reserve in 1995.