Hallo all, I'm hoping the knowledge of arrse could help settle a debate between a friend and I. He says one doesn't need a private income being an officer in the Army. I say otherwise. Quite simple. I point to buying uniforms at the end of Sandhurst. To do it all in one hit, no 1, service, mess dress, sword etc, it is going to cost upwards of £6,000, depending on who you go to. There are mess bills etc as well. I understand it's not the 19th century anymore and there aren't champagne penalties any longer (except maybe in the Light Dragoons...) but it can all still be pretty costly. Especially in the Household Division where I intend to end up. Silly fool has decided to join the Navy either way!