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    Timeline of Kit issue to the DF

    I must start a thread giving dates when different pieces of personal kit went on issue.
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    2005 was a key year when they stopped issuing the og fleece & and only issued the norgie. RDFRA were patting themselves on the back at the time for getting this enshrined in the regs.
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    1989 when we started getting issue working dress instead of just SD1 for everything. Great coats came off the issue scale at the same time IIRC
    Ho Chi Minh jackets came out too both for pdf and FCA did not last long for PDF but much longer for FCA, not actually a bad bit of kit but very limited as it was crap in rain and cold
    Official OG wooly pully at same time too
    Baseball hats were on issue to PDF at the same time but only for a short period
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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    1989 when we started getting issue working dress instead of just SD1 for everything. Great coats came off the issue scale at the same time IIRC
    Ho Chi Minh jackets came out too both for pdf and FCA did not last long for PDF but much longer for FCA, not actually a bad bit of kit but very limited as it was crap in rain and cold
    Official OG wooly pully at same time too
    Baseball hats were on issue to PDF at the same time but only for a short period
    It must have been a bit later, I joined up in 1990, we only got SD1 until camp of 1991, we were issued great coats as well.
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    was it red epaulettes at the time ; think it was green.

    Interested in remembering when we lost the black beret and went green, also when Bulls Wool went out.

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    14bs for Magnums - what year
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    I don't ever remember being issued with a greatcoat that had green epaulettes. Always only Maroon.
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    1996: First issue of OG combats to FCA.
    I believe the Magnums went on issue to the RDF in 2007.
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    Quote Originally Posted by apod View Post
    1996: First issue of OG combats to FCA.
    I believe the Magnums went on issue to the RDF in 2007.
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    2004.We were the first unit to get them. 28 inf Gp KFOR.
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    Remember being on first annual training in 1989. Was on guard duty one night and the PDF BOS was chatting with us in the guardroom. "Ye lads are getting working dress shortly" he said. We'd heard nothing about it at the time. We got working dress trousers, wooly pully and Ho Chi Minh jacket. Like Trellheim said, wear of it didn't last long. For some reason, it was another while before we got the working dress shirt. Until then we wore the SD No 1 shirt with it. Didn't think it was 96 when we got the combats. Thought sooner. Like most, had contraband combats. Cooks, etc. , were making a mint flogging same off. How they squared it away with kit inspections I don't know
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    ... never saw the baseball caps. Initial issue of SD No 1 had red epaulettes as did the greatcoat. This was my issue on my Pot NCO Cse. One of the lads in my section had an SD No 1 tunic with green epaulettes. Subsequently got an issue of SD No 1 and greatcoat with green epaulettes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The real Jack View Post
    2005 was a key year when they stopped issuing the og fleece & and only issued the norgie. RDFRA were patting themselves on the back at the time for getting this enshrined in the regs.
    Never managed to get an OG fleece on issue. Ended up buying a Soldier 2000 fleece. Needed on cold winter nights and could not be seen under the DPM smock anyway
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    I joined in 96 and got combats and working dress. Still havent got a greatcoat. Also got a green cravat which i never used.
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    Also got a green cravat which i never used.
    I forgot about those fkers !

    OK here's one : when did the kit bags go on issue ? Bonus points if you can remember what years they shifted to progressively worse versions. I still have the first issue kitbag and its by a LONG WAY the best item of kit I was ever issued, still going strong
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    Was before i joined because i got one with my initial issue.
    Still have it. Newer schoolbag types are s**te

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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    I forgot about those fkers !

    OK here's one : when did the kit bags go on issue ? Bonus points if you can remember what years they shifted to progressively worse versions. I still have the first issue kitbag and its by a LONG WAY the best item of kit I was ever issued, still going strong
    Think I got mine around 1990/91. Still have it - bulletproof for what is a relatively flimsy bag
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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    I forgot about those fkers !

    OK here's one : when did the kit bags go on issue ? Bonus points if you can remember what years they shifted to progressively worse versions. I still have the first issue kitbag and its by a LONG WAY the best item of kit I was ever issued, still going strong
    1990/91 I think is when I got my one. Bulletproof piece of kit
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    I got mine in 1999 or 2000. Still have it, has travelled widely. Zip still fine, straps all fine.
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