As many of you will be aware, the clothing supply contract for the famed RAF dark-blue “Shirt, Working, Collar Attached” has apparently not been renewed.
My understanding is that it was already withdrawn from issue to RAF personnel serving in trade groups traditionally entitled / expected to wear it.
The closest sister-service equivalent shirt (which we did sometimes see worn on Air Cadets’ backs) previously on issue for RN/RFA ratings (& Tiffy/ Subs Offrs) was the AWD shirt worn with No8s has been replaced by the Navy’s rather-smart dark-blue ‘MTP’ uniform.
A parent who was (validly) phoning Cadet Direct to purchase some items of uniform was told today “they are no longer stocked, and won’t be available in the future”.
So what happens for RAF Air Cadets? Do we go into partnership with the Sea Cadets, and create our own manufactured version via some company, despite it no longer being an issue item for the RAF?
Do we at long-last issue Cadets short-sleeved shirts? Or fund (@ £1 per sleeve, & a pair for £2) the shortening locally of the sleeves of a third wedgewood shirt for each Cadet?
Dark Blue Working Shirts have been useful. They are tough, not as chilly as wedgewoods, yet not thick enough to cook Cadets. But they may now become a thing of the past.
Since RAFAC appears to always directly-follow RAF dress regulations with almost zero variation, if nothing is done to replace dark-blues, then we must dress Cadets in wedgewoods and black tie permanently (which is impractical and not going to be popular)…and Cadets would,officially, lose the right to bare arms (a bad joke, but you can see what I mean !-)
What are the opinions from the forum? And if anyone has a definitive insight into the official strategy, don’t stay buttoned-up!