OTC kit issue

#1
Hi all,

I'm currently at Bath Uni and am pretty set on getting into the OTC this oct (missed the freshers fare this year and am now kicking myself about it).

I'm just wondering what kit gets issued when you join the OTC so I can start saving my student pennies to buy anything else I'm going to need. I've already spent a good few hours searching arround these forums for opinions on what kit is worth it and what isn't and I'm pretty sure I know what I want question is is how much I need to buy. I've already got a few odds and ends knocking arround (clasp knife for one).

Anyway enough of my rambling rubbish. A rough list of what kit you get would be very useful.

Rob.
 
#2
You'll get issued everything you need, but IIRC you only get one pair of boots so another pair might not go amiss.as For the clasp knife be careful If the blade is to big (above three inches?), you will A)look a right knob and B)possibly get arrested.
Anyway I'm not in the Otc, nor have I ever been so I'll let someone who has advise you further
P.S. It might be an idea to invest in some good padlocks in case anyone takes a liking to any of your kit.
 
#3
:lol: ah one must remember ones buttler how else will one have a brew up after a long hard tab!

You'll get issued everything you need, but IIRC you only get one pair of boots so another pair might not go amiss.
I've got a pair of assault boots I've been trying to break in (so I'm not going to have to instantly start doing lots of walking in brand new boots) so that's one think checked off the list.

as For the clasp knife be careful If the blade is to big (above three inches?), you will A)look a right knob and B)possibly get arrested.
Its an old version of the MOD3 clasp knife so the blade is well under 3"

It might be an idea to invest in some good padlocks in case anyone takes a liking to any of your kit.
That sounds sensible, I'll get hold of some decent ones.
 
#4
Hey, I'm currently at Southampton OTC. You will pretty much be issued with everything you need.

Just so you know, as I had no idea when I joined, here is what I was issued:

1 x Black Grip (Really nice kit bag that doubles as a rucksack)
2 x C95 Combats
2 x C95 Shirts
1 x Smock
2 x Olive T-Shirts
2 x Socks
1 x Boots
1 x Beret
1 x Leather Gloves
1 x Olive Fleece
1 x Olive Thin Under-fleece thing
1 x KFS (Knife,Fork,Spoon)
1 x Mug

I then had to pay 15quid for my stable belt and cap badge.

You also get issued the following (It is stored at the unit and not yours to take home):

Bergen
PLCE Webbing
Mess Tins
Hexi Burner
Rifle Cleaning Kit
Water Bottle
Sling
Sleeping Bag
Bivvi Bag
Basher
Helmet
Rollmat.

Obviously you get enough kit to see you through most OTC activities. I would strongly advise not to rush out and buy SAS/Para kit from ebay as you most likely won't need it.

As mentioned above, you are issued with 1 pair of boots. I spent 4-5 days bulling mine to a mirror shine before totally trashing them in the field. If you can afford it then invest in a pair or Lowas or similar before your first field weekend. You do get issued a second pair of boots in your second year though.

Here is a list of things I've since bought and actually use:

Helly Hanson base layer (Worn under smock on ex.)
Basher Poles
Tent pegs
Torch
Hat/Gloves/Shemagh (The issued gloves are only good for driving and slapping people with)
Knife
Para Cord
Waterproof roll-top bergen liners
Rite in the Rain notebook
Twisties (Elastic trouser ties)
Boot cleaning kit (Kiwi Parade gloss, on brush, off brush, clean rag)
Large black/matte karabina (for attaching helmet to webbing)
Extra PLCE Utility Pouch
Housewife (Sewing/Repair kit)
Sealskinz socks (Expensive but will keep your feet dry and breathing while standing in a bath)

Hope it helps. Bit of a long post but I'm killing time waiting for something! :).
 
#5
Thanks Hodges that's just the post I was after. I'm a bit supprised you're not issued with any waterproofs.

£15 for stable belt and cap badge, bargin! :lol:

Bit of a pain that you don't get to take your webbing home, I was going to sew my back pouches together to stop them moving about as much, oh well.

I would strongly advise not to rush out and buy SAS/Para kit from ebay as you most likely won't need it.
Don't worry I'm not a total walt :p My list of things to buy is pretty much more or less that sort of stuff, all the little bits and pieces.
 
#6
Decent jacket of natural fibres.
Double cuffed shirts in sensible shades.
A selection of ties without Disney characters on them.
Smart trousers with a suggested maximum of three pockets and no zips.
Shoes that do not glow, sparkle, collect pi55, or have a vibram sole.

That should cover about 75% of your OTC activity.
 
#7
Before your first field weekend the staff should let you know what you'll need to buy. Some people go all out on the gucci kit - I don't wear much that I wasn't issued.

It looks like some OTC's do things differently, mine issued me two pairs of boots from the start.

Hodges basically told you all you need to know. One thing I'd add to that is bungees. You can apparantly buy them, but I scavenged all mine off training areas.
 
#8
I forgot about the waterproofs though :D. Despite my love for waterproof socks and bergen liners I have never actually had to wear my lovely DPM crisp packets :(.
 
#9
hodges said:
1 x Olive Thin Under-fleece thing
Hodges its called a norgi! lol, come on now, uve been with us since october i expect better!
(Btw u really must have been bored to write all that!)

Im in my second year at southampton and would recommend getting the following as well:
gas burner (hexi is shit!)
map case (comes in helpfull in first year, more so in your second/third)
a good day sack (rocket pouches are ok but dont hold too much)
everyone needs tweed! (essential at southampton,lol)
A field watch (cheap ones form argos do the trick)
Field porn (laminate so it can be easily cleaned)
 
#10
pos1986, how can you say hexi is shite? When the shite is hitting the fan, it becomes hard to resupply as it is, let alone trying to get your creature comforts (clearly gas you won't get on Ops) I used to use gas but found you can't beat hexi, especially stuck in the desert with fu** all else!
 
#11
ok maybe shite was a bit harsh but going on ops and farting about with the otc are completely different! was getting to the point that if your in otc you may as well get some gas to save some agro if you can
 
#13
I recommend canoe-bags. nothing worse than a soaked thru gonk-bag.

Steer away from web-tex anything/fcuk-off big gurkha knives/those issue green insoles and don't get a map case. Fablon is much better.
 
#14
oh yeah, jetboils are fecking great. boils water in less than 2 mins, fits two rat packs( so one for you, one for your mate whilst he packs up the basha) and it fits a utility pouch perfectly.
 
#15
hodges said:
I forgot about the waterproofs though :D. Despite my love for waterproof socks and bergen liners I have never actually had to wear my lovely DPM crisp packets :(.
Point of order ( bacause I'm bored ) the gary gortex isn't refferred to as a "crips packet" that reserved specificaly for the nasty predecessor or goretex
 
#16
The one pair of boots is a pain but its fact.

One of the things thats a great shame is the students take great pleasure taking everthing out the bags then jacking the OTC after weekend 2 only having worn one set of CS95. As the other gear has been unpacked it just get turfed as it can't be reissued.
 
#17
Jagythistle said:
The one pair of boots is a pain but its fact.

One of the things thats a great shame is the students take great pleasure taking everthing out the bags then jacking the OTC after weekend 2 only having worn one set of CS95. As the other gear has been unpacked it just get turfed as it can't be reissued.
Who says? I was issued plenty of nearly-new CS95 in my time.
 
#18
We got issued with two norgies in my day... cutbacks ey.
Rustling of news paper, think yourself lucky young man in my day we had to buy those new fangled Norwegian shirts and fleeces or it was wear the Chinese fighting suit. No nice Gortex, just sweaty noisy crisp bags we never used and 58 pattern webbing.

But we had just got the new wonder weapon, the SA 80 !!!!

YM
 
#19
RobertTheDamned said:
Thanks Hodges that's just the post I was after. I'm a bit supprised you're not issued with any waterproofs.

£15 for stable belt and cap badge, bargin! :lol:

Bit of a pain that you don't get to take your webbing home, I was going to sew my back pouches together to stop them moving about as much, oh well.

I would strongly advise not to rush out and buy SAS/Para kit from ebay as you most likely won't need it.
Don't worry I'm not a total walt :p My list of things to buy is pretty much more or less that sort of stuff, all the little bits and pieces.
Several ways of doing this; run a bungee through the little loops on the side of each pouch over the pouch. Or do the same with paracord. Or obtain a 25mm nexus buckle and make a second belt using a utility strap through the small webbing loops on the inside of the pouches. Or buy a hippo pad. Sewing them together will take hours and will break when your webbing is full.
 
#20
Seems a sensible thread to stick this on,

I am coming up to play Army with the OTC on exchange for 6 months in Leeds from Jan-Jun 09.

Anybody seen any exchange ocdt/scdt's from overseas arriving and what the kit situation is?

We had an ocdt from the UK spend some time in my unit, she wore all her own uniforms and so forth (more for me to pack in my luggage no doubt)

Assuming packs and webbing and all that associated rubbish will be doled out to me on arrival.

I'm also unsure how my boots/clothing will stand up in UK conditions, I've been down to -8 wearing just about every item i've been issued, and continued to freeze my nutsack.

Will be arriving with nothing more than 1-2 pr of DPCU, boots, KFF (hat), a koala jacket and a daypack.

Any pointers for operating in the UK kit wise?
 
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