QA Dress Policy: White Blouse/Black Skirt in the Mess

Discussion in 'Professionally Qualified, RAMC and QARANC' started by BuggerAll, Dec 14, 2004.

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  1. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Is it QA dress policy that women (ladies) must wear white blouses and black skirts at mess functions if they do not have mess dress? I often attend functions where there seem to be a surfiet of waiters until you realise that they are QA's who have been told to turn up clad like waiters.

    Is this legal? Nobody tells men what they should wear - formal evening dress. If anyone told me I could not wear a kilt I would invite them to go forth...

    This really annoys me- it is insulting to QA's and it reflects badly on the officer corps and sergeants messes in general.

    PS Thought. This won't affect regulars, and yes maybe all the women/lady QA's(V) should buy mess kit, but when your grant is £350.00 and you are supposed to get an SD etc well...

    PPS I'm not a QA and I'm not a woman/lady.
  2. I always thought that it was mess kit or No2's in the mess, unless there are circumstances eg heavily pregnant, please correct me if it is not so
  3. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    I thought female SNCO's just wore what they wanted to!!
  4. Heard a variety of resons or excuses, one was "well I will get a commission one day so I'll get one then", the silence at the table was deafening after that
  5. not a mess member either then? or do you have a standing order for bottles of Port?

    QARANC dress regulations 2002 states:
    Indepentant TA Units
    QARANC Officers amd WO/SNCOs without Mess Dress are to wear, in order of preference:
    a. No 2 Dress (Service Dress) without medals
    b. Suitable evening apparel at the COs and OC Nuring Sqds discretion.

    Specialist TA
    QARANC Officers and WO/SNCOs of AMS TA Specialist units without No 10 (mess dress) or No 2 (Service Dress) are to wear:
    a. Suitable evening apparel at the CO and OC Nuring Sqns discretion. This should be of sober colour with a modest neckline and shoulders covered for ladies and black tie for gentlemen.

    which also blows your 'nobody tells the men what to wear' statement out as well! :roll:
  6. dont they just wear a 9x9 or is that still a bit "snug" around the rear?
  7. The Dress Regs (2004) for RAMC Officers and WO/SNCOs without Mess Dress is the same as the QARANC Dress Regs (2002).

    Neither sets of Dress Regs mention Black skirts or white blouses. I have seen seniors without mess dress wearing black skirts and white blouses, but I think this is more out of lazyness to buy an outfit (including the Mess Dress itself!!) than being told that it was what they had to wear.
    At the end of the day I think it comes down to Personal Pride in your appearance.
  8. Ventress

    Ventress LE Moderator

    Hence Bulldog being dressed as box of a frogs! :lol:

  9. Foxy, you wrote these out! just nicely close to hand next to the computer eh? just past the tissues? :wink:

    on the other hand at least someone takes it seriously
  10. Thought it was White stilleto's, ron hills and Reg sweater for whatever regt their current fiance is?
  11. Complete with collection of engagement rings
  12. All ten fingers and the rest as earings :lol:
  13. All bought from Elizabeth Duke/Ratners!
    The two certainties in life - QA's and Death

    P.S. i was Engaged to a QA once
  14. And you survived? 8O
  15. Maybe he was the last in the queue.