I am relatively new in the ranks of the ACF as an Instructor and I wondered if people might offer me some advice. I have no desire to prance around looking like some wannabe SF Gucci model (although I did manage to get my SF Wings, Green Beret, Sniper, Diver and every other qualification you can think of within six months of starting to play fantasy soldier online just after I retook the world single-handed) but...... 1) Stores kit is not abundant and better left for the Cadets themselves 2) I am conscious that our role as youth organisation means I am more likely to need a domestic type first aid kit than three field dressings' a full NBC suit and kevlar helmet. 3) Although I can afford to buy things for the role I do not want to spend huge amounts on things that make people either extract the urine or simply never get used even though they looked all nice and shiny in the shop. I have asked around the detachment and thought would seek advice here. I have bought a decent pair of boots as foot comfort is something that at my age is important. For example: 1) Merits of vests over webbing? Viper do a South African pattern vest in DPM for thirty quid as opposed to Webtex for Â£70 - Â£80 or PLCE at Â£120. Is it strong enough? Can't see the point in spending a fortune on kit that is IRR if the cheaper version is fit for purpose. Also is having it sewn onto one garment useful? 2) What would other AI's see as necessary kit? For myself I thought in no particular order First aid kit Notebook Small multi-tool Whistle (if only to start and finish sessions) Water bottle, mug, cooker, eating irons, mess tins Bungees ZIPPO lighter Water proofs Basha Torch Obviously this excludes things like changes of clothes, wash kit etc. My intention is to simply have the things that are genuinely useful and might be of use should an accident happen. What if anything else is there? As I say I have asked around my colleagues whose opinion I value but wondered if there are any more useful tips from those with longer and more recent experience. 3) Does anyone have a list they or their county have devised for people such as me? To date I have tended to borrow or blag kit but having decided that the Cadets is a thoroughly worthwhile organisation which helps young people find a place in the world thought I ought to put my money where my mouth is. I emphasise again I have no desire to prance around but would like to know things that are useful, fit for purpose and value for money.