Lightweights In Blandford

#1
Having recently been back too Blandford for a few days. I have noticed that the Recruits are now wearing Lightwieght trousers, Green Shirts and Jumpers. I thought they went out years ago. Anyone know the score ? ? ?
 
#2
yes mate i do ...... its just to make them stand out as trainees ..... something the rsm and co wanted to do ......... the fact there mostly 17 and look it doesnt give it away apparently
 
#3
Brought back in (by the current badge I think, although I'm not certain) a few months back to make the kiddies stick out from the upgraders & short course personnel.
 
#4
exdropshort wrote:
the fact there mostly 17 and look it doesnt give it away apparently
Bearing in mind that some may return very quickly after finishing their class 3 courses for more courses it probably is quite hard to tell the difference.
 
#9
exdropshort said:
yeah but the stable belts might of given that one away i feel along with the unit flashes oh and the fact they dont march
Everyone marches now, and I've seen quite a few sprogs wearing stable belts while I was there, although they might have stopped that now?
 
#11
I heard rummors that we will all be wearing drill kit again in barracks. Something to do with CB95 costing to much to replace so often with the IR treatment it gets. Am i the only one who heard this?
 
#13
I recently visited the clothing store and was issued new lightweights (no map pocket and slightly longer), new green shirt (apparently easier to iron and certainly not the old horsehair variety) and a new jumper (the ones we always used to wear not the Tammy Girl ones we were issued for a bit); it was quoted to be the new barrack dress. The Badge at Blandford might just be premature, most of them are, but it's the first I've heard of anyone wearing it.
 
#16
I was at blandford a few months back and I cant believe how young most of the trainees, is it just me getting old....I went on an exercise with them and it was like being at the cadets. The training staff there are so limited to what they can do as the trainees are wrapped in cotton wool.

The earliest time they can be paraded is at 7.25am (unless it is an exercise), when I was in training it was a lot earlier.

Even as an upgrader there is so more rubbish you have to put up with.....ahhh....the way of the world...
 
#17
What a splendid idea for isolating or alienating junior members of our Corps. Perhaps the 'Badge' should go and find the concise Oxford dictionary definition for the word 'uniform'. Why not make them walk around wearing red patches on the seats of their trousers. Why should they be made to stand out as trainees? Bone idea in my opinion.
 
#19
Word from one of the lads in the qm's is that its cheaper to clothe the sprogs in light weights. I'm presuming as this is so when they burn thier combats with the iron,its easier on the budget? After all it is their first time away from home without mummy to wash,clean and cook for them.
 
#20
Howay_the_Lads said:
What a splendid idea for isolating or alienating junior members of our Corps. Perhaps the 'Badge' should go and find the concise Oxford dictionary definition for the word 'uniform'. Why not make them walk around wearing red patches on the seats of their trousers. Why should they be made to stand out as trainees? Bone idea in my opinion.
I think you'll find that all the trainees will be uniform. When I was a nugget at 21 in the early 80's, the juniors wore lightweights and Snrs and Offrs wore Barrack Dress, so it's not a new idea.
 

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