So within the RAF there are regulations on how the provided uniform is worn, which is sensible and relevant.
This part of the uniform, that is being subjected to such debate, is not supplied to Cadets free of charge. This discounts the arguments about our blue uniform as this is provided and cadets should stick to regulations when in the public view (I say it this way so I’m not accused of hypocrisy as my unit uses acting stripes and duty NCOs belt, when in the Squadron HQ, which are breaches of policy!!). As others suggest, not every cadet can afford items such as expensive polo shirts and the latest soldier fancy dress. Such demands reduces the utilitarian and meritocratic aspects of the ATC, some of the appeals of our organisation. So, until these items are supplied, I will be ambivalent towards absolute adherence to this part of the regs.
Just to state, I don’t want them supplied as the cost would be huge and we are an RAF based organisation and don’t need, just want, Soldiers fancy dress.