Kit Issue

#1
I was just wondering what kit will I be issued before my first weekend away? Soon I will get the call to go and collect some kit from the TA base before the first weekend away.

The reason I ask is that I am in two minds as to whether or not to bike it the 4miles to the base or get a lift?

I know a few of you will probably give me the 'ask your psi' answer but its sunday and he wont be working today!!

Any help appreciated. Thanks
 
#2
Thikning back to what I was issued initially, I wouldn't have wanted to bike it back if I had another option.
 
#3
Depends on unit policy. May only get a pair of coveralls or the full issue. Makes sense to restrict issue to minimum for as long as possible, as people have a tendency to disappear. When you get the call, call them back and ask what you will be issued.
 
#4
If it's the selection weekend then just bike it. If you're starting your phase 1 then go by car. Unless you think you can carry webbing, bergan, holdall and all your kit while riding.
 
#6
Your gonna want a car.

You'll have a bergan, full of assorted goodies, a big black holdall, again, full of goodies, 2 big cardboard boxes with boots in and whatever other stuff the unit gives you. Bike won't be an option.
 
#8
Lampard said:
Your gonna want a car.

You'll have a bergan, full of assorted goodies, a big black holdall, again, full of goodies, 2 big cardboard boxes with boots in and whatever other stuff the unit gives you. Bike won't be an option.
What sort of goodies can i expect? Do i get issued a sleeping bag and stuff like that? My little boy is hoping I get issued a rifle, told him thats not quite the case just yet!!
 
#9
ryano said:
Lampard said:
Your gonna want a car.

You'll have a bergan, full of assorted goodies, a big black holdall, again, full of goodies, 2 big cardboard boxes with boots in and whatever other stuff the unit gives you. Bike won't be an option.
What sort of goodies can i expect? Do i get issued a sleeping bag and stuff like that? My little boy is hoping I get issued a rifle, told him thats not quite the case just yet!!
You'll get all the kit you need (it wont fit - of course :roll: ) but that's the army for you :lol: . Dependent on what stage you are at, you will get to see, touch hold, learn about the rifle and no doubt one of your new muckers will happily take a photo of you holding it for your son. (My 'little' boy of 16 has a thing about the LSW so I always MMS him a picture of them whenever I go near one...just to p!ss him off :lol:
 
#10
ryano said:
What sort of goodies can i expect? Do i get issued a sleeping bag and stuff like that? My little boy is hoping I get issued a rifle, told him thats not quite the case just yet!!
Uniform (2 shirts, usually at least one of which is missing the union flag flash to see if you're paying attention. 2 pairs of trousers, usually complete with heavily ironed in tramlines from previous owner and obvious wear and abuse from nights in the field, so they're impossible to get looking half-decent)
T-Shirt made of weird material that soaks up sweat and stinks even after 2 hours of death by powerpoint on a drill night.
Boots (2 pairs, probably one pair missing it's laces) plus socks
Kevlar lid and DPM cover thing. Won't fit and will slip down over your eyes the first time you do any running about.
Bergen. Green is traditional.
Waterproofs. May also be green.
Field jacket. Green. Complete with annoying hood with metal bits in that sticks in your neck until you figure out what to do with it.
Webbing, complete with lots of straps that make no sense and some pouches.
Ear protectors. In green. (Why is everything green, even when it doesn't matter?)
Towels. 2 of. Guess the colour? Yup, green.
Sleeping bag and odd waterproof bag for it, in green. And a green sleeping mat and shelter sheet.
Gloves. Black. I think they ran out of green dye.
Respirator, useful for re-enacting 2005 Doctor Who episodes and scaring small children.
Also black. (Why isn't it green?) Probably has a manufacture date of 1967.
NBC noddy suit. Except it's CBRN now, apparently.
Fcuk loads of other green clothing stuff I haven't even unwrapped yet.
 
#11
yea all the kit above is spot on as to what youll get!!

only suggestion is that you buy yourself a couple of olive green t shirts from your PRI (not off the high street with some stupid design on the front). Ask someone at your regiment as the "vests" you're issued are totally naf, normally the wrong size and uncomfortable under a shirt.

also another set of combats is also a must as most folk dont last long on 2 pairs look at cadet supply website www.cadetdirect.com youll find combat clothing there along with plenty other gucci bits of kit youll add to your collection over time served

and once youve passed out a pair of lowas or other comfortable boots are suggested if youre not a fan of the issue ones or even pro boots, (sometimes issued for cold weather tours, look like issue combat highs but gore tex lined and sligtly more comfortable)
 
#12
Hi all. Thanks for the good words. I got my kit today. MAin question is how am i supposed to make the belt work? ie how do i put them four bits of metal I was given together to make a fastening belt?

Also thought you might get stuff like a wash kit and a nice bergen to carry it rather than the black holdall?? Cant complain though, some nice new trainers :p
 
#13
okay, putting belt together;
step 1, slide the two thin bits of metal onto belt.
step 2, slide the two more complicated bits onto belt, on the outside of the first bits.
step 3, fold the belt inwards over the back of the complicated bits.
step 4, now, you should have a folded over bit either side, slide the thin bits of metal onto the folded bit, to pin it down and hold it in place.

there you go! ajusting it at this point should be fairly self explanitary. and if you get confuzzeled, just ask.
 
#14
ryano said:
Also thought you might get stuff like a wash kit and a nice bergen to carry it rather than the black holdall?? Cant complain though, some nice new trainers :p
If they're doing it the same as my unit, you'll get Bergen and Webbing once TSC(A) dates are confirmed. I don't know but I'll hazard a guess it's because people lose kit otherwise.

Chuck wet wipes in your wash kit/webbing too, handy for getting cam cream off - some staff won't allow it but you might be allowed!
 
#15
our webbing and bergens are kept in the sqn stores and only signed out when required i.e training weekend or exercise. Your bergan is, i think, personal issue but for simplicity is kept in unit stores.
 
#16
tank6275 said:
our webbing and bergens are kept in the sqn stores and only signed out when required i.e training weekend or exercise. Your bergan is, i think, personal issue but for simplicity is kept in unit stores.
ah cool so ill get all that up at grantham with anything else required for fieldwork?

Any hints or advice on purchasing items that may hold me in good stead? already been told to get some trouser twisters....
 
#17
ryano said:
tank6275 said:
our webbing and bergens are kept in the sqn stores and only signed out when required i.e training weekend or exercise. Your bergan is, i think, personal issue but for simplicity is kept in unit stores.
ah cool so ill get all that up at grantham with anything else required for fieldwork?

Any hints or advice on purchasing items that may hold me in good stead? already been told to get some trouser twisters....
Not sure about where youll get it from but your parent unit will issue you with bergen etc when required before you go away on your 2 weeks or whenever required.

One of the main tips is stick with what kit youve been issued for all your recruits training until youve passed out then you can buy all the gucci kit you like eg nice smock, assault vest (if thats what you prefer), boots(lowas or like) , softies, sleeping bag

Things that are priceless at your stage are as i said good t-shirts, comfortable socks (nothing wrong with the black issue ones but i find the warm weather issue socks more comfortable), torch or head torch with red light filter, and to keep you one step ahead of others ortlieb dry sacks for your bergen. one large for main section and 2 medium for side pouches (you could throw your bergen in a lake with these dry sacks in and your kit would be bone dry) and plastic re sealable bags from tesco/asda for separating kit in your bergen.

It all depends how much money youve got to spend and how much you want to stick out. The kit ive suggested leaves you fairly inconspicuous and efficient.
Its just a matter of deciding how much you want to spend and what you need/like. With time and experience youll know yourself things thatll make your life easier dependant on your job.


One last thing thats like gold dust at my unit is issue note pads and the brown plastic holders (see your unit clerk) and Webtex do a camouflage pouch/holder for it.

Hope thats of some use!

youll find most if not all of the kit ive mentioned at www.cadetdirect.com or www.rvops.com you should find a link to them from this site.
 
#18
ryano said:
Hi all. Thanks for the good words. I got my kit today. MAin question is how am i supposed to make the belt work? ie how do i put them four bits of metal I was given together to make a fastening belt?

Also thought you might get stuff like a wash kit and a nice bergen to carry it rather than the black holdall?? Cant complain though, some nice new trainers :p
Don't panic. Your kindly RRTT or RTC will instruct you on all this stuff as you go through the system. Good luck!
 
#19
ryano said:
Hi all. Thanks for the good words. I got my kit today. MAin question is how am i supposed to make the belt work? ie how do i put them four bits of metal I was given together to make a fastening belt?

Also thought you might get stuff like a wash kit and a nice bergen to carry it rather than the black holdall?? Cant complain though, some nice new trainers :p
Some nice new Silver Shadows?

Gave me a fast track to sore ankles.......
 
#20
tank6275 said:
Things that are priceless at your stage are as i said good t-shirts, comfortable socks (nothing wrong with the black issue ones but i find the warm weather issue socks more comfortable), torch or head torch with red light filter, and to keep you one step ahead of others ortlieb dry sacks for your bergen. one large for main section and 2 medium for side pouches (you could throw your bergen in a lake with these dry sacks in and your kit would be bone dry) and plastic re sealable bags from tesco/asda for separating kit in your bergen.
I don't know about military stuff, probably not an issue for Phase 1 training, but for outdoorsy things I tend to chuck as much silica gel in the bottom of the dry sacks as possible. If you open them up in damp conditions or put something damp inside, you get horrible condensation on everything otherwise. (But then, if I'm using dry sacks it's generally on the top of Crib Goch in the rain or some activity that involves swimming in full kit...)
 

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