I am a relatively new cadet, and wondering if there is any ‘exotic’ kit (webbing, bergen, basha, stove etc) that would be needed, or if I should just wait until camps to see what is needed/if instructed to by sqn staff. I do have a lot of kit from previous purchases as I have a strong aeronautical/military interest.
I’d you do want to get something the most useful thing to start with is a daysack. 25-30 litre range.
I would have said get one in tan or green rather than mtp. But there are so many people cutting about with camo bags now that I don’t think it matters. Even brands like Nike have camo in their range. You can always get a plain waterproof cover if you want to ‘civilianise’ it for whatever reason.
You could buy loads but on the one or two times in your whole Cadet career you’ll look back and realise that the only benefit you derived from all the kit was being able to take a water bottle from a webbing pouch and not spend 5 seconds getting it out of a bag.
If you want the stuff because you collect it then that’s another thing, but as to what you need on top of just a rucksack, absolutely nothing.