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Not sure if this helps but the King's Div are advising OCdts currently at RMAS not to buy mess kit and to wait until new Mess Kit has been approved and then buy it.
Direction should come from your RHQ as to when buttons/badges should be changed. Most of those should be able to be issued through QMs. I'm sure the Army wouldn't be so short sighted as to decree a badging date and then not have enough badges for everyone... would they?
The fact is Dress Regulations state that because it is personal expense nobody should be pressured into buying mess dress. Dress Regs state it is optional....fact. Try telling that to the RSM as a SNCO though. The matter is it not how long you are allowed but how you will be frowned upon and the pressure you get from the Mess President or whatever. Take the AGC and RLC. I witnessed the guys in the Mess being told in a heavy manner that the new mess dress would be more appropriate. In other words, get it sunshine or I'll make your life a misery. Like I say Dress Regs say you don't have to have it but if you want to fight that fight.....