The appearance of a blanking plate is not a ‘green light’ to adding badges.
Badges were stitched directly onto the CS95 jacket before and there was no consideration that a first aid badge would be added.
I can’t see any new thoughts appearing now simply because we stitch them onto a separate piece of fabric instead.
I can’t really see that a first aid badge is ‘required’ as it’d be worn by cadets, whereas the first aid itself will mostly be done by staff! I really can’t see any scenario where there will be a casualty, and instead of simply asking who is a first aider the casualty or a non-first aider bystander will walk around looking at people’s arms.
i’ll make with the heresy - i actually think that appropriate qualification badges on DPM/MTP would be both a practical thing and that it would help re-afirm the sometimes forgotten notion that DPM/MTP is infact a uniform to be worn with the same respect and care as a set of full No 1’s, rather than, on some occasions/units, a marginally more confortable and exotic version of coveralls.
an FA badge, something for a BELA perhaps, a JL etc… appropriate, small, reasonably discrete but still visble, with a decent, distinctive but parent-service orientated TRF and rankslides marked ‘Cadet’ and it would be fine - it doesn’t need to turn into the scouts, it just needs a bit of sense. for that reason however…
I know Cold War Warriors and the Bosnia generation get a bit angsty about badges on combats (“OPSEC, wah wah, what if you get taken prisoner, wah wah”), but going back through history, combats have usually ended up badged to death in wartime because, while it’s fantastic that the enemy have no idea who you are, it all gets a bit old when nobody else on your side does either…
“Blow this bridge!”
“We’re not the engineers, we can’t blow this bridge.”
“Well, where are the engineers?”
“I don’t know. Maybe those blokes over there are engineers…”
“OiC 22 Bde, will be hearing about this…”
“Not only are we not that bde, you are in completely the wrong Corps area. The bridge you’re supposed to blow must be about fifty miles down river…”