Firstly are the RA Cadets wearing RA stable belts and are they all wearing them ? I ask as our local unit has a policy that on;ly (cadet) NCOs can wear a stable belt and the belt they wear is not the RA one but the ACF one which could be mistaken (if you are half cut, squniting and its dark)
Secondly as mentioned before, not all Regular RA units wear stable belts, its a regimental thing, over two thirds of my reg time we wore those god awful green plastic things, stable belts were only worn in barrack dress. So if you wna tt wear one then its something to take up with the CO next time hes up. There is no regulation that states the TA can't wear them.
Thirdly, Stable Belts are a self purchase item and thus a pain to enforce within the TA, ths very subject once came up in the bar from an ex cadet, I mentioned to him that its hard enough getting lads to wear the kit their issued let alone something they have to buy. Further more its worth remembering that the TA has a habit of changing at the drop of a hat and this week we could be RA, next week RLC, Infantry or (shudder) even a wedgey. When I pointed this fact out one of the lads smiled, nodded and them said that he had worn 5 capbadges in his TA career. imagine buying 5 stable belts to match.
I have a RA belt in my draw and am itching to wear it, however i doubt that will happen. Anyway I'm on an misson to get Battery Stable Belts adopted
Bty stable belts are supposed not to be worn according to dress regs amended by a CRA or DRA in the not to distant past (or that is what I have been told). My Bty has a Bty stable belt but is not allowed to wear it...it has been asked of 2 COs in the Regt and both refused us (but current one will allow on exercise/away from camp). There is an evil rumour that if we can find a reg notifying us of the official right to have a Bty stable belt (rather than the suspicion that they are in the BKs stock cupboard left over from the 70s/80s when apparently they were the norm) then we might get to wear them...
As for Regimental belts, 1 & 3RHA wear RHA stable belt (differently though), 4 Regt wear their own belt (a loose interpretation of RA belt), I think we used to wear RA belt at 14 Regt, but not at 19 Regt. Is it not COs/RSMs preference? But no Bty belts is the norm I think. If cadets wear an RA belt, maybe that is to reinforce the link to their "twinned" unit - give pride etc. As for TA, maybe their CO chooses not to allow it.
We will be re-naming in July on parent's day, as is always the case the RAA will be represented by "Sir Paddy", so if you want to come along I will arrange an invite for the South London Chairman, and of course your family.
I have just replied to your PM but thought I would mention here that I think I cocked up. I think I was in 98 Bty not 97 which was up at Blackheath. In 1981 we were known as 84 Cdt Bty but reformed as 98 when 8 Group (as it was known) disbanded, explains why there is no 8 Regt in SE District
My memory is not what it was and I am sure someone will point out that I am wrong and it was a different Bty up as Blackheath.
Interesting, so was I albeit for a year after spending about 3 in 84/98 Bty, think it was in 84 but might be mistaken, IIRC there was an Officer there with 2 sons and a adopted son in the Bty and a rather dodgy French Foreign Legion Walt who would invite cadets to his flat before he did a runner to Germany with all his kit and got caught trying to get on someones barracks, if the rumours were to be believed.