New pattern No 2 Dress

#1
Was speaking to a good friend of mine who is a well known military tailor and he told me about the new Number 2 Dress coming out next year supposedly. He says that there will be little, if no difference in the actual pattern between Officers and OR's just the rank insignia and accoutrements?

Anyone know anything about this?
 
#2
I have seen the new No2 dress, at Sandhurst and it better than the old stuff, it is a lot lighter in weight but still looks good. It does differ alot, but the rank insignia is totall the same. The sooner it is in service the better!
 
#3
grey_mafia said:
The sooner it is in service the better!
Yeah I know. I got my current set of No2 dress about 15 years ago and it's a f***ing nightmare. I either lose a couple of stones or wait for the new stuff. :)
 
#5
Can anyone with contacts post either pics or a link?

Have the powers that be thought this one out from top to bottom?

All very well having a nice suit, but then they accompany it with combat boots, polyester shirt and the wonderful green plastic belt.



PS is it still ginger?
 
#6
BlotBangRub said:
Can anyone with contacts post either pics or a link?

Have the powers that be thought this one out from top to bottom?

All very well having a nice suit, but then they accompany it with combat boots, polyester shirt and the wonderful green plastic belt.



PS is it still ginger?

Yes, pics would be nice. I agree all the other things have to change apart from maybe the shirts - they're ok. The ties are bloody awful and they have to change. Would it be asking too much to have one of polyester and not have loads of fraying at the bottom? Cheap and nasty shite if you ask me!!
 
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#11
Bugger.

I was hoping to get a pair of those ears issued.
 
#12
cabbage_head said:
mynameis said:
grey_mafia said:
I have seen the new No2 dress, at Sandhurst and it better than the old stuff, it is a lot lighter in weight but still looks good. It does differ alot, but the rank insignia is totall the same. The sooner it is in service the better!
Is this it?

http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/princes/harry/050508_sandhurst/050508_sandhurst_04.html
No, thats a bloke with massive ears in a pin-striped suit!
:D :D

The AcSM is wearing the NCO Peaked Cap with what appears to be Officer Pattern Service Dress. As the general rule for WO1s is not to mix Officers' Service Dress items with No 2 Uniform, I'm wondering whether the AcSM is wearing the new Number 2 Uniform?
 
#14
woksmuggler said:
Doubt it. The AcSM would be wearing an officers' pattern service dress. All WO1's AFAIK wear officers' service dress.
But Guards' WO1s wear No 2 Uniform and if the AcSM is wearing Service Dress why is he wearing the NCO/WO Peaked Cap?
 
#16
Cutsy said:
. . .new Number 2 Dress coming out next year supposedly. . . . little, if no difference in the actual pattern between Officers and OR's
Enlighten me - will this be issued to all Chaps and Blokes, or will Chaps still get the price of a sports car to help them stock their dressing-up boxes before they go off to join their chums in the mess?
 
#17
mynameis said:
woksmuggler said:
Doubt it. The AcSM would be wearing an officers' pattern service dress. All WO1's AFAIK wear officers' service dress.
But Guards' WO1s wear No 2 Uniform and if the AcSM is wearing Service Dress why is he wearing the NCO/WO Peaked Cap?
Because Guards WO1s wear ORs style caps with officers gold braid peaks, all be it 'slashed'
 
#18
As WO's don't get any grant to offset their mortgage/Aston Martin/gambling debts, and have to fund it from their own pockets, anyone got a steer on where to get a decent set of service dress that won't result in filing for bankruptcy?

Cheers.
 
#19
IIRC the CGS Briefing team shows a photo of it and it is horrific cheap and nasty junk - brought a collective groan from the audience and a wry grin from the briefing team.

Not suprised there is no appetite to publicise it.
 
#20
Must say I cannot see any officer/WO worth their salt actually wearing this ghastly apparel (AMS and AGC excepted perhaps), and many will continue to wear/purchase their own Service Dress. Good news is that prices charged by military outfitters will inevitably reduce and the market for second-hand SD will sustain.

This trend towards RAF-standard tailoring is rather worrying - God forbid they turn their attention to mess dress.
 

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