I went to the QMs', this morning, to exchange my field jacket in a bid to smarten my appearance for the forthcoming remembrance service. The transaction was both fast and trouble free - which was disappointing. At lunchtime I inspected my new, Irish made, Jacket Field Woodland Disruptively Patterned and found that it to be ripstop free. Should I allow my cynicism to follow its natural course and presume that we are the victims of yet more penny pinching? Or Should I now be flattered that, for the first time since 1979, I'm now at the forefront of military fashion? I'll be cynical - it's easier.