As a newly appointed officer I received a uniform req form from Cranwell with instructions to pop down to clothing stores at my parent station and pick up my new uniform.
I can almost hear the guffaws of the person typing the letter now!!
- Parent station wouldn’t issue kit until I had my MOD90.
- MOD90 requires a passport photo of me wearing a wedgewood shirt.
(just let that sink in for a bit…)
So, having stolen a badly-fitting, way-too-small shirt and tie from sqn stores I take a passport selfie and submit the MOD90 application that came with the appointment letter to my OC.
The MOD90 form can’t be signed by your OC - it must be an approved signatory from Wing, so second application form is submitted.
MOD90 cannot be applied for until I have BPSS. Even though BPSS form is very similar to the commission application form. And I already have SC because I’m a SAAI too. BPSS forms get submitted.
approx 2 months after being appointed I get my MOD90. SO I book an appointment to go see Stores
Most uniform is picked. Tailor measures me for trousers and … my size is larger than the largest they have on the shelf. So I’m given a 10-page ‘outsize uniform’ form and told to go back to tailor for him to fill in. With a warning that outsize uniform items are currently taking a YEAR to come into stock. …
yes, 12 months
Fortunately, tailor suggest i try the next size down and, apart from being designed for someone 7’ tall they fit - so now I only have to wait 2 weeks for the trousers…
With the end in sight, the stores guy is just double checking everything else on the list and happens to mention “this form you’ve been given is out of date - the JSP it refers to was superseded 3 years ago… And i have no idea what this item is (referring to one of the coats…)”.
So, for those of you still reading:
AP1358C (version 3.0, dec 2018 as per sharepoint today) says:
0104. RAF GAI 1033 lists the entitlement of free-issue clothing to officers on first appointment and the mandatory items which are to be purchased from their initial outfitting allowances at the appropriate stages of service.
- JSP 886 Vol 6 Part 5, details the following scales:
a. Scale C704 – C705 – lists entitlement to initial free-issue clothing for ATC Male and Female commissioned ranks.
gov.uk confirms JSP 886 was withdrawn on 4 October 2016 and has been archived. The Defence Logistics Framework (DLF), accessed through the Defence Gateway, has become the authority for defence logistics support chain policy. BPSS gets submitted…
I cant create an account on Defence Gateway becasue my service no (as shown on my MOD90) is not recognised.
And finally, GAI 1033 is not in ‘key documents’ on sharepoint. (there are only two GAI’s there).
Is there a CURRENT official document that the RAF will accept that shows what CURRENT uniform an RAFAC commisioned officer should recieve for initial kitting?
PS, i’m rapidly running out of hoops - I’ve jumped through all the ones I had. Anyone know the NSN so I can get some more?