StaffsPOL have both long and short sleeve black quick-wick shirts as well as white shirts...We were issued 1 long and 1 shirt sleeve white shirt as little as 1 year ago. I do not know what they issue as standard now (as out of training), as i just put the occasional C5 in for odd replacement/up date kit items, such as the long sleeve black quick-wick in winter. If you need something just C5 it when on division.I would not bother to buy any shirts etc like that, as the time you actually have to wear the whites are few and far between to say the least. So in reality you can just make do. You get used to it while working, so also isn't a problem really. Its better to save your cash for something like a decent torch (a real must).The 'new' quick-wicks are as you say, not really any different to the 'old' ones in reality, as only the Sgt that actually bother to use the epaulet loops with any regularity around the area i'm stationed. Honestly, i wouldn't worry about it, as long as you have atleast 2 quick-wicks and some trousers then you can rock and roll, everthing else you can C5 as and when...other than belt order obviously.
Can I just ask, seeing as Staffs aren't issed with long sleeve white shirts, only short sleeves, can I buy and wear one of my own? I just don't like stiff collar short sleeve shirts. At all. Although if I have to I will wear them, obviously.
You should be issued with one long and one short at your choosing or be able to C5 a long sleeve. On attestation you MUST wear the same sleeve order as everybody else though, so if you were to wear your long sleeve there's a good chance you could be sent home. Obviously in the old days it didn't matter as you had a tunic but things change!
Attestation...is about the most flexible day i've heard of! Some with helment, so without. Some long, some short sleeves, so wolly trousers, some light weight, so polished boots, some just turn up...its arranged and planned in advance, but the group decide, the trainers just advise usually. I should add, that you will have plenty of chance to get the uniform you need and will be briefed by your course trainer (as you were there when everone planned) about what to wear or not...they wont just toss you out. If it does look dodgy with stores not giving people the kit to look uniform, then everyone can just wear their national uniform fleese. Where there is a will, there is a way!J
Edited by Kilo Sierra, 11 April 2012 - 02:22 PM.