Generally speaking it is down to the instructors, guidelines state that when carrying out mil training it should be done in issue kit, it comes from sprogs getting injured and then trying to claim compensation. So if you wear your own boots and then break your foot, you'd be told to get fucked basically because you chose not to wear your issued pair.
I have my own gun its smaller and lighter than the issued one so I really like it my question is can I bring it to drill nights? Also I quite like to wear my mexican bandit outfit rather than my issued uniform is this allowed?
I believe a separate unit made up of people wearing their own outfits and carrying specialist weopons could work out quite well. We could call it the SOS ie the specialist outfit services.
I have a crown that I like to wear its much smarter than my issue berry and lighter that that god awful helmet I pawned for beer money. My problem is I have just been told I am to stop wearing the crown and get the helmet back out of the Pawn shop is this fair?
I still remember the guy next to me wearing his RAF Flight Boots for an RSM parade at Keogh barracks on a TA CMT course.
The RSM's response could be summarised as "Go straight to jail, do not pass go, do not collect Â£200" - it just took him about five minutes to deliver, and was probably quite witty, if I'd been a fly on the wall. As it was, I was thinking "Christ, I'm next and now he's pissed off!" (All he could pull me up for was having grey hair)