I'm sitting down to write this with my plastic freshly dented from ANOTHER encounter with the Arktis catalogue (finally gave into practicality and decided to dump the PLCE in favour of a tac vest.) I have a general question: why in the name of god do I end up spending so much bloody money on stuff that should come as part of the issue? The MOD says that only 50% of soldiers buy extra kit to supplement the issue. I may be a STAB and things may be better in the Regs but I have certainly never been issued with a KFS, torch, knife, nyrex, OHP pen, chinograph pencil or boot cleaning kit. I've always had to buy my stable belts and a long list of other things that turn up on every kit list I've ever seen. But that's not what bothers me. What bothers me is inadequate kit issues and the Army waiting until everyone's bought something before they issue it (hydration systems for instance) Right, I feel better now I've had a rant. I'm off to pack my yeomanry issue belt kit (one ammo poch, WB pouch, Utility pouch. Wieghs F--- all but can't bungee anything together so it flaps around like a bag of S---.) 'cos the belt kit won't arrive 'till after the next ex. Anyway, let's have an ARRSE survey of whether you've spent your inadequate pay on stuff the Army should have bought for you. edit- any comments on Belt Kit vs Assault vest? My preference is toward vest, because when you are vehicle mounted you can sit down comfortably and when you're tabbing you can wear a bergan without your poches trying to invade your kidneys.