Mess Dress

Fugly

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DirtyBAT
#5
Are you newly promoted to Sgt? If so, are you aware you can claim £455 on JPA to assist in the purchase of your new Mess Dress?
 
#6
Dinger's correct and in the Sappers you will get bounced if you don't buy new.
 
#7
Yes dingerr i am an AT. Priced up Mess Dress and it comes in well in excess of £600, yes we get the Mess Dress grant of £455 which i am more than greatful for, but being a parent to two young boys finding the difference is hard. Especially after buying the whole mess drinks at both my old and new unit!
 
#8
Are Mess dresses fairly standard whoever you buy from or are there tailors who charge more for better quality?
 
#9
Not being allowed to buy second hand is a bit out of order. I'm a Sgt in the RE and have been posted to a non RE unit on promotion to Sgt for the last 3 1/2 yrs. I'm due to finish in 5 weeks. And I have worn my mess dress 3 times. And one of those was on the SNCO's course. So I've paid over 200 quid a function for my clobber. And now I can't pass it on to some one else.
So do I just keep it in the cupboard or do I join the TA just to make use of it?
 
#10
Yes dingerr i am an AT. Priced up Mess Dress and it comes in well in excess of £600, yes we get the Mess Dress grant of £455 which i am more than greatful for, but being a parent to two young boys finding the difference is hard. Especially after buying the whole mess drinks at both my old and new unit!
Do not try and plead poverty, especially not with a fellow AT.

What size feet are you?
 

Fugly

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DirtyBAT
#11
Dinger's correct and in the Sappers you will get bounced if you don't buy new.
Bounced for what, exactly? As long as the bought kit is in good condition, 100% presentable and serviceable and has all required badges of rank/qualification sewn on, then that's the end of it.
 
#12
You can have mine in just over a year if you want. It should fit you, but it's the taffetta kind. I've got grandma rights. It's only mildly ripped, with a few vomit stains on, but should fit you perfectly. I only bought it in 1994, and being an ex-WRAC it's still fitted me perfectly.
 
#13
Bounced for what, exactly? As long as the bought kit is in good condition, 100% presentable and serviceable and has all required badges of rank/qualification sewn on, then that's the end of it.
For a couple of years now there have been accredited tailors for RE mess dress, and you do get inspected on the Senior's Course by the Corps RSM. And there have been a number of changes to RE mess dress, bigger bombs, the change from black to red backing etc, and anyone picked up having to get their mess dress up dated.............

However, the Corps RSM did pick me up for not having gone to one of the approved suppliers..........even though the old bastard was stood behind him.
 
#15
I am size 11 dingerr
That's a shame, I've got a size nine pair of patent leather george boots (worn once) that you coud have had for £30 donated to the will and grace fund.
 
#17
I prefer the older black backed badges rather than the newer red backed. Now that there are approved tailors does that mean that the Corps RSM now gets free Mess kit and any tailoring???
 
#18
I prefer the older black backed badges rather than the newer red backed. Now that there are approved tailors does that mean that the Corps RSM now gets free Mess kit and any tailoring???
Good question!! But the guy in the position has changed in the last 18 months or so from the bloke who set it all up.

As for the new backings I've lost count of the 'old and bold' trying to get me port fines for them, it's amazing what their reaction to 'F*^k off' is............
 
#19
As for the new backings I've lost count of the 'old and bold' trying to get me port fines for them, it's amazing what their reaction to 'F*^k off' is............
Shut up you cock.
 
#20
As far as I was led to believe you can keep your black background until you pick up the next rank then you have to change them all. So if you are para/Cdo/diver/signaler going from Sgt to SSgt could cost you a pretty penny. Glad I never made the grade to get picked up now, all this bullshit about the clour of the badges. Does it make any difference if the badge is red or black. 5 weeks to go till I hang up green skin for the last time. Can't wait
 
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