What kit will my son get for ACF?

#1
My son is joining the ACF; can anyone tell me what kit he will be issued with and what I need to buy for him. I know he won't get boots (luckily he fits my old pair!).

TIA

W
 
#2
depends on the QM. If he's just a useless old bitter drunk who hates the ACF and everybody in it, then probably not much. I've never been issued with anything useable by mine.

But today cadets are scaled for, as a minimum:

2x CS95 shirts
2x Coolmax T shirts (will likely be brown. Haven'!)
2x CS95 Trousers
1x CS95 Combat Jacket or hooded smock (2005 pattern) if he's lucky
[Edit]OG Fleece[Edit]
1x Nylon working belt
Headress to arm inc cap badge
Brassard inc ACF title.

This will all be new kit. The smock may have had very light use, but anything worn next to he skin must now be new for H&S reasons.

If he's lucky, and QM is a switched on useful bloke (as some are) he might get a few extra bits.

In the future the ACF plan to issue boots, Goretex waterproofs webbing or load bearing vest, bergan, etc. The webbing/load bearing vest and bergan may be a 'cadet' version, with less pockets or features. This is dependant on funding being secured of course.

Cadets on FTX should get sleeping bags if needed, waterproofs, poncho's, bungees, messtins, plastic mug, water bottle and hexi from a central pool

If you really want to buy him something useful, get good fitting comfortable boots, one size up from his shoe size and of the correct width fitting. Nothing saps the interest of a 13 year old faster than blisters! Followed by Goretex waterproofs (every TA I've ever been on with has near incessant rain, even in June) and finally a daysack to carry around said waterproofs. A pair of PLCE side pouches is a good start as there are lots of All Arms and a fewPLCE bergans knocking which can be attached.

After a few dramas with hexi, he will go out and buy a small gas stove. everybody does. These can be had for a tenner upwards these days.

[Edited to add fleece]
 
#5
I know Lightweights are out, but I am not 100% sure on Woolly Jumpers ?
 
#7
is this in place of Wooly Pullies ? WOTW
 
#8
Yes. Wooly pullys, lightweights and OG shirts are no longer issued (or shouldn't be) as C95 is now the 'official' ACF uniform, according to our QM. Cadets already serving are/were being told hand in your OG shirts, lightweights and jumpers for an extra set of CS95s and a fleece. Soon no-one will be wearing lightweights. Not even the adults.
 
#11
Watcher said:
I have a couple of old name tapes; are these still worn?
Yes, but some berk recently said cadets are not to wear them because paedophiles will somehow use them as intelligence and track said cadet down and abduct/bum rape/murder them. FFS? :roll:

Personally, I think all Cadets and Adult Staff should wear name tapes. I struggle to remember the names of the cadets in my det, let alone the names of the other 350 across the county
 
#12
walt_of_the_walts said:
This will all be new kit. The smock may have had very light use, but anything worn next to he skin must now be new for H&S reasons.


[Edited to add fleece]
seriously? everything of mine is has been issued before, my combat jacket had no hood and a small hole in it, and i was given neither t-shirts or a second of anything.
and for some strange reson i dont have a brassard.
 
#13
sazzz said:
walt_of_the_walts said:
This will all be new kit. The smock may have had very light use, but anything worn next to he skin must now be new for H&S reasons.


[Edited to add fleece]
seriously? everything of mine is has been issued before, my combat jacket had no hood and a small hole in it, and i was given neither t-shirts or a second of anything.
and for some strange reson i dont have a brassard.
This is because you are from Bridgwater and no doubt living on the wrong side of the Parrett
 
#14
Retd_crab said:
sazzz said:
walt_of_the_walts said:
This will all be new kit. The smock may have had very light use, but anything worn next to he skin must now be new for H&S reasons.


[Edited to add fleece]
seriously? everything of mine is has been issued before, my combat jacket had no hood and a small hole in it, and i was given neither t-shirts or a second of anything.
and for some strange reson i dont have a brassard.
This is because you are from Bridgwater and no doubt living on the wrong side of the Parrett
yes, but i dont go to cadets in Bridgwater.
 
#15
Is it loaned kit from your unit before your proper uniform is issued by your County HQ?
Perhaps they are holding back on issuing kit until they think you're committed to save knocking on doors to get it back?

You should have a brassard if you're wearing any sort of uniform - the ACF shoulder title is the most important bit.
 
#16
the acf in northern ireland get
1xc95 trousers/or 94
1x Og lightweighs
2x og shirts
1x brassard and acf badge
1xbelt
1xheadrest+capbadge
1x og jumper
1xcombat jacket, 94 or95 if ur lucky


most off the cadets got all there own 95 kit as most off the stuff issued was grade1 and ether 2 big or 2 small
 
#17
sazzz said:
walt_of_the_walts said:
This will all be new kit. The smock may have had very light use, but anything worn next to he skin must now be new for H&S reasons.


[Edited to add fleece]
seriously? everything of mine is has been issued before, my combat jacket had no hood and a small hole in it, and i was given neither t-shirts or a second of anything.
and for some strange reson i dont have a brassard.
Sort of negates the 'Hygiene' reasons for issuing new kit (Why is everyone put down to Elf 'n Safety these days?) If clothing is properly cleaned it should however be no problem!

I also hope that the Sleeping Bags you get for training weekends etc have also been cleaned between use?
 
#18
are cadets in n.ireland never did they were stuck back on the shelf in the stores, thats ymost off the people got there own cos they new it was clean
 
#19
Mike_2817 said:
sazzz said:
walt_of_the_walts said:
This will all be new kit. The smock may have had very light use, but anything worn next to he skin must now be new for H&S reasons.


[Edited to add fleece]
seriously? everything of mine is has been issued before, my combat jacket had no hood and a small hole in it, and i was given neither t-shirts or a second of anything.
and for some strange reson i dont have a brassard.
Sort of negates the 'Hygiene' reasons for issuing new kit (Why is everyone put down to Elf 'n Safety these days?) If clothing is properly cleaned it should however be no problem!

I also hope that the Sleeping Bags you get for training weekends etc have also been cleaned between use?
When I was in the cadets I refused to go anywhere near their sleeping bags, I always used my own. Hygiene reasons aside, it didn't take up my whole 58 pat large pack.

We were never issued C95 kit, though I had seen a fair bit knocking around in the stores. Then one day I had a peek into a normally sealed room, there was tons of brand new C95 kit stacked to the rafters, and brand new OG and DPM PLCE all over the place, tons of the stuff. Never was issued though. I left in early 2004, sounds like things have changed a little though.
 
#20
Mike_2817 said:
sazzz said:
walt_of_the_walts said:
This will all be new kit. The smock may have had very light use, but anything worn next to he skin must now be new for H&S reasons.


[Edited to add fleece]
seriously? everything of mine is has been issued before, my combat jacket had no hood and a small hole in it, and i was given neither t-shirts or a second of anything.
and for some strange reson i dont have a brassard.
Sort of negates the 'Hygiene' reasons for issuing new kit (Why is everyone put down to Elf 'n Safety these days?) If clothing is properly cleaned it should however be no problem!

I also hope that the Sleeping Bags you get for training weekends etc have also been cleaned between use?
Probably same as TA, used in a tick infested field and stored without cleaning ready for use again!
 

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