My cadets are getting to the stage where a new Squadron Badge is imminent, with it, comes an opportunity to finally kill off the old badge and buy some new stash. That, comined with all of this chat elsewhere that with the death of WB shirts, no.3A may become our new lord and saviour, (Please God no…) I decided to actually read the No.3A regs a little more closely and noticed, a few confusing aspects.
- The badging of the shirt is not clear. For instance:
"b. RAFAC Logos previously approved through the RAFAC Brand Rules on the left breast, sleeves and/or back panel (combinations are allowed but there must be a minimum of an RAFAC logo on the left breast or sleeve).
c. Sqn or Formation insignia can be added to the sleeve or right breast but an RAFAC Logo is to be included on the left breast."
My reading of this is that if you want purely a RAFAC Logo, and no squadron or formation logo (I imagine formation includes things like sports teams, Nijmegen teams etc.) then you can wear a RAFAC logo on just the left sleeve if you so wished. However, if you do want a Squadron badge on the right breast, then you have to have a RAFAC logo on the left breast. (Personally I don’t like that, it sounds a bit cluttered to have badges on both breasts, I would prefer Squadron on left breast, RAFAC on sleeve.)
So far so simple, yet the only current example picture in the regs is of a WO in the D&C badging, with a D&C badge on the left breast. Nothing on her right breast, and the RAFAC logo on the left sleeve. Which is the complete opposite of what the description states???
Paragraph 0229 f. states: “f. Outerwear. During inclement weather, either the RAF GP or MVP jacket with rank insignia may be worn but all personnel are to be attired in the same fashion. Berets are to be worn with outer wear.”
That clearly states that the correct jacket in no.3a is the blue GP or MVP jacket. (Unless I’m being really thick.)
However, the ‘order of dress’ summary on page 62 states:
"Field Jacket: PCS-MTP (Note 6)
MPV Suit: waterproof gortex [sic] jacket & trousers either CS 95/PCS-MTP for bad weather conditions. "
Which is the exact opposite of paragraph 0229! Who writes this stuff?