My regiment has all just been briefed by the RSM on our dress. As it is getting hotter we are being allowed to dress down to T-shirts while doing strenuous work on lines. The catch is that we will only be allowed to do so if we have the regimental T-Shirts, all of which cost about 15£. This has also been extended to P.T. Additionally we are all being ordered to buy core belts, retailing at 20£. These were issued to some in the regiment but not others. And now we have been told that if we want to represent our regiment in any sport we will have to buy a Regimental jacket costing about 50£. Someone raised the issue with the RSM when we were getting briefed, about the belief soldiers didnt have to pay for kit and couldnt be forced to buy it. His response was if he received any resistance or reticence in buying the new kit we would all be in barrack dress on every occasion that the new kit would have been on view. This seems a bit heavy handed, forcing soldiers to pay up to 85£ for kit they need, then threatening punishment if they dont comply. It was my understanding (although I dont know where I got this from) that the army was obligated to provide kit deemed essential, is this the case?