I was walking about in Central Manchester around piccadilly station earlier today and saw a couple of squaddies walking about with their kit - obviously on the way to/from leave. However, they were not wearing headdress or rank slides. I said to the missus who was with me - "that's nice to see, but if they are going to walk about in uniform surely they should wear it properly and wear headdress and rank slides...it doens't look right otherwise" She, who is a TA soldier, said that the current orders about wearing uniform in public is that it is allowed (even encouraged) but it is a standing order not to wear headdress, rank slides and stable belts. Can anyone confirm this? and, if so, what is the logic behind it?