Just heard (yes, typical ARRSE moment) that there is a TA soldier serving in the sand who wants to wear issued US body armour because he thinks it is better, but the Chain of Command are insisting he wear issued Brit armour. In NI we were only ever allowed (by our CO) to wear issued kit - and by that he meant CS 95, chest webbing and issued boots. Now I have no problem with the Army insisting he wear it, but where does that mean the line is drawn with regards issued kit? Helmet? Webbing? Boots? Would PAX pay out?