New No 4 (PCS)

RNPCS Issue

4. RNPCS is designed as a single uniform for use in multi climate environments utilising a layered approach. This concept requires a change in uniform philosophy and understanding, and leads to a subtle difference in the scale of kit that personnel require.

5. All eligible personnel are to be issued the following scale of RNPCS:

a. 2 x PCS Lightweight Jackets

b. 4 x PCS T-Shirts

c. 3 x PCS Trousers

d. 1 x PCS Thermal Layer

e. 1 x Stable Belt

f. 1 x Baseball Cap – no beret badge is to be issued.

7. Changes to Other Uniforms. No 4 (PCS) will supersede the requirement for blue shorts, blue stockings and ‘boat’ or ‘deck’ shoes at sea. White shorts are also being withdrawn. Thus 3BW and 3CW have been (or will shortly be) discontinued as a recognised rig. Short sleeve white tropical shirts are still an authorised scaling and will continue to be so. No 3AW eg short sleeve white shirt with long white trousers is the de facto No 3 ‘tropical rig’.

Dress Policy

8. No 4 PCS - Daily Working Rig. The standard PCS uniform and concept of wear is below. Cross refer to ‘Blue Uniforms of the Royal Navy’ poster at Enclosure 1.

a. PCS Lightweight Jacket to be worn tucked in at all times. Sleeves may be rolled up to the elbow during routine daily work but must be rolled down and buttoned for fire fighting and damage control, when working in machinery spaces, in ammunition magazines and when ordered by the Command for uniformity. A velcro strap concealed underneath the collar should be used to draw the collar wings together when conducting fire-fighting and damage control.

b. PCS T-Shirt to be worn underneath the PCS Jacket. They are of a cotton fabric but are not fire retardant.

c. PCS Trousers are to be worn in conjunction with the PCS Stable Belt. PCS Trouser legs are to be tied up with trouser ties when wearing High Leg Combat Boots but left down if wearing DMS Steaming Boots.

d. PCS Thermal Layer may be worn over the PCS T-Shirt but under the PCS Jacket when conditions require. The wearing of the Thermal Undershirt is a matter of individual discretion akin to wearing of the current jumper.

e. PCS Baseball Cap. The standard head dress with PCS will remain the RN Beret with beret badge appropriate for rank/rate. The PCS Base Ball Cap may be worn only at sea and with the permission of the Commanding Officer; the base ball cap is to be worn with the existing beret badge appropriate for rank/rate.

f. Boots. Existing black DMS boots are to be worn with PCS at sea. In other environments, PCS is to be worn with the black combat boots. In future it is intended these will be either Altberg or Haix brands and procured in standard, hot weather and cold weather variants. Existing black socks will continue to be used. Brown boots are not to be worn with RNPCS.

g. Name Tapes are to be sewn immediately above the left breast pocket on the PCS jacket for all ranks and rates. Name tapes are to contain only the surname of the individual; initials are not permitted. Name tape lettering is to be in ‘Helvetica Condensed’ font, lettering is to be 15mm in height and the name contained within the name tape length of 130mm (longer names will be condensed to fit).

h. ‘Royal Navy’ Tape is pre-sewn immediately above the right breast pocket. The tape will be a standard issue with lettering of ‘Helvetica Condensed’ font, 15mm in height and contained within the tape length of 120mm.

i.Royal Navy White Ensign Badge is pre-sewn onto the left arm. The badge is a standard size of 100mm by 50mm. The badge should be centralised and level when viewed from the left side. Exact vertical position will depend upon the sleeve length and shoulder shape of the individual but generally the top of the badge should be 70mm below the centre of the shoulder seam at the top of the sleeve.

j.Branch Badges are to be sewn on the right arm of the PCS jacket between the elbow and shoulder. The badge should be centralised and level when viewed from the right side and is to be visible if the jacket sleeves are rolled up. Exact vertical position will depend upon the sleeve length and shoulder shape of the individual but generally the top of the badge should be 70mm below the centre of the shoulder seam at the top of the sleeve (this equates to one fifth of the distance between shoulder and elbow). All ratings currently required to wear a branch badge shall do so, up to and including CPOs. Branch badges are not to be attached on any other part of the uniform.

k. Submarine Service Badges in cloth form, for officers and ratings, are to be sewn directly above and centralised over, the name tape on the left breast.

l.Existing Rank Slides will be attached to the front of the PCS jacket. MTP rank slides may not be used. In order to establish uniformity and maintain standards, officers shall wear the left shoulder slide on their lightweight jackets.

m. No other specialisation badges, flashes, patches or pins, and no ship, submarine, squadron or unit insignia are to be attached to PCS.

n. Existing Foul Weather Clothing will be worn with PCS when required.

o. Examples on how the PCS uniform should be worn are at Enclosure 1.

9. No 4 (PCS) (Relaxed). The standard No 4 PCS rig can be relaxed such that the PCS jacket is removed and only the T-Shirt worn; this is No 4R uniform. This rig may be authorised by Command at sea or, exceptionally, for parties conducting arduous duties in hot conditions in harbour (not outside the confines of jetty). It may be ordered when it is unlikely that immediate fire-fighting is required, but the PCS Jacket must be kept readily available in case of emergency. Personnel forming the SSEP/Duty Watch are to have the lightweight jacket immediately to hand in readiness for FF/DC duties.

Use of RNPCS

10. No 4 (PCS) will replace No. 4 (AWD) onboard ships, submarines and establishments across the Naval Service. Commanding Officers have authority to transition from No 4 (AWD) to No 4 (PCS) once 100% of their personnel (or as near as reasonably practicable) have been issued with the full scaling of PCS.

12. RN Personnel who are assigned to RM or Tri-Service positions and who would previously have worn MTP are now to revert to wearing No 4 (PCS) in lieu; this will include the PJOBs and UKMCC. The only exception is when those personnel are deployed to field conditions and the wearing of MTP becomes a tactical requirement. Personnel assigned to these units should draw their MTP issue as normal. The sub paragraphs below clarify intentions for specific units, organisations and scenarios.

a. CHF. Commando Helicopter Force will ordinarily wear No 4 (PCS) changing to MTP when deployed on operations.

b. NAS. Other Squadrons deployed as formed units should ordinarily wear No 4 (PCS) unless MTP is the tactical requirement, for example a NAS deployed to Oman would be expected to wear No 4 (PCS), whilst a NAS deployed to Afghanistan would be expected to wear MTP.

c. Maritime Security. RN Boarding Party personnel will wear No 4 (PCS). Matching blue ballistic helmets, ECBA and other accoutrements will be available for consistency of uniform in due course but some period of mixed rig may be unavoidable. RM Boarding Party personnel will continue to wear MTP and related equipment.

e. Diving Units. Fleet Diving Squadron, Northern and Southern Diving Unit personnel will wear No 4 (PCS) as the daily working uniform and cease using MTP once 100% of unit personnel have been issued PCS. Additional role related specialist uniform items for diving units will be procured in RNPCS pattern.

f. Training Establishments. Phase 1 and 2 training establishments will be amongst the first to receive RNPCS and hence all new recruits will be issued with it. Units and Course Managers should stipulate in Joining Instructions which uniform new personnel are expected to wear during PCS roll out and transition. Front line units that have transitioned to No 4 (PCS) must communicate the expected uniform to new joiners. Logistic Officers at donor or receiving units must be prepared to assist personnel in being issued appropriate uniform.

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e. Diving Units. Fleet Diving Squadron, Northern and Southern Diving Unit personnel will wear No 4 (PCS) as the daily working uniform and cease using MTP once 100% of unit personnel have been issued PCS. Additional role related specialist uniform items for diving units will be procured in RNPCS pattern.
Divers won't be happy with that!!!
 
RN Personnel who are assigned to RM or Tri-Service positions and who would previously have worn MTP are now to revert to wearing No 4 (PCS) in lieu; this will include the PJOBs and UKMCC. The only exception is when those personnel are deployed to field conditions and the wearing of MTP becomes a tactical requirement. Personnel assigned to these units should draw their MTP issue as normal. The sub paragraphs below clarify intentions for specific units, organisations and scenarios.

a. tactical requirement, for example a NAS deployed to Oman would be expected to wear No 4 (PCS), whilst a NAS deployed to Afghanistan would be expected to wear MTP.

c. Maritime Security. RN Boarding Party personnel will wear No 4 (PCS). Matching blue ballistic helmets, ECBA and other accoutrements will be available for consistency of uniform in due course but some period of mixed rig may be unavoidable. RM Boarding Party personnel will continue to wear MTP and related equipment.

e. Diving Units. Fleet Diving Squadron, Northern and Southern Diving Unit personnel will wear No 4 (PCS) as the daily working uniform and cease using MTP once 100% of unit personnel have been issued PCS. Additional role related specialist uniform items for diving units will be procured in RNPCS pattern.
I can understand matelot units in they UK wearing this as it makes perfect sense.
But this suggests to me that Matelots who are part of bootie units in the UK are also expected to wear it. That doesn't make sense to me. Stores will need to carry two lots of gear it's not uniform etc.
Also RN boarding teams in a ribs all day wearing dark blue in the gulf?

Also love how it seems a little half arsed. Wear current black rank slides on blue uniform looks a little chip shop.
Not issuing an extra beret badge?
Also what happened to the zip up boots they were trailing the current DMS boots are toss.
 

cjg375

Lantern Swinger
I can understand matelot units in they UK wearing this as it makes perfect sense.
But this suggests to me that Matelots who are part of bootie units in the UK are also expected to wear it. That doesn't make sense to me. Stores will need to carry two lots of gear it's not uniform etc.
Also RN boarding teams in a ribs all day wearing dark blue in the gulf?

Also love how it seems a little half arsed. Wear current black rank slides on blue uniform looks a little chip shop.
Not issuing an extra beret badge?
Also what happened to the zip up boots they were trailing the current DMS boots are toss.
I think getting our corporate image back can only be a good thing. Never seen the reason for matelots in RM units to wear you can't see me suits nor divers in track suits. Stores will just have to cope (or fail to as they do now) at which point management can decide how to deal with it.

What colour rank slides do I currently wear on blue uniform. That's right .... Black! And the new shirt looks darker than current.

Extra beret badge might be a good idea but I think I'll just send the baseball cap to the back of my locker.

Don't know about the boots. Think they have enough difficulty getting non conductive boots without specifying zips too.
 
I can understand matelot units in they UK wearing this as it makes perfect sense.
But this suggests to me that Matelots who are part of bootie units in the UK are also expected to wear it. That doesn't make sense to me. Stores will need to carry two lots of gear it's not uniform etc.
Also RN boarding teams in a ribs all day wearing dark blue in the gulf?

Also love how it seems a little half arsed. Wear current black rank slides on blue uniform looks a little chip shop.
Not issuing an extra beret badge?
Also what happened to the zip up boots they were trailing the current DMS boots are toss.
Cause it will be worth holding it all for the 10 or so rates at a RM unit!

Apparently the magnums didn't meet the required standard- people's feet getting all sweaty!
 
Cause it will be worth holding it all for the 10 or so rates at a RM unit!

Apparently the magnums didn't meet the required standard- people's feet getting all sweaty!
I spent a fair amount of time in an RM unit and there was more than 10 of us. MTP is still going to be issued for the field so there's no cost saving.
 
I think getting our corporate image back can only be a good thing. Never seen the reason for matelots in RM units to wear you can't see me suits nor divers in track suits. Stores will just have to cope (or fail to as they do now) at which point management can decide how to deal with it.

What colour rank slides do I currently wear on blue uniform. That's right .... Black! And the new shirt looks darker than current.

Extra beret badge might be a good idea but I think I'll just send the baseball cap to the back of my locker.

Don't know about the boots. Think they have enough difficulty getting non conductive boots without specifying zips too.
Our current uniform is a lot lighter so there's a contrast. The photos I saw when they did the trial just looked a bit shit with the blacks ones. Maybe it's just me but seems half arsed for what it would cost to issue a few new rank slides.
If I wasn't on my phone I would post a photo.
 
Kinda annoyed how the smock isn't on the list, I pretty much live in mine and prefer it over the foulie, but then again I'm guessing heirarchy don't wan't to see me keeping my hands warm with those fleecy pockets while I freeze my ass on the jetty.
 

redmonkey

Lantern Swinger
Book Reviewer
A smock would be nice and be better than the foulie jacket but it would all be more kit to try and stow on board.
Looking at the whole of the new uniform list it seems that the pussers suntan really will be a thing of the past. Gone are the shorts and the knee high socks and the white front to really get a tan you can never blend out.
 
A smock would be nice and be better than the foulie jacket but it would all be more kit to try and stow on board.
Looking at the whole of the new uniform list it seems that the pussers suntan really will be a thing of the past. Gone are the shorts and the knee high socks and the white front to really get a tan you can never blend out.

We only wear white fronts with 1's or 6's, we don't do half blues anymore after 5's were replaced with 3's.
 
Kinda annoyed how the smock isn't on the list, I pretty much live in mine and prefer it over the foulie, but then again I'm guessing heirarchy don't wan't to see me keeping my hands warm with those fleecy pockets while I freeze my ass on the jetty.
I think its quite strange how they have decided people who work on land mostly (divers) need to wear this new kit and then omitted the smock. They should have made it but only issued it to those who needed it.
 
I think its quite strange how they have decided people who work on land mostly (divers) need to wear this new kit and then omitted the smock. They should have made it but only issued it to those who needed it.
Wonder if they'll be ways around this like the current situation with old uniforms (old style windies, foulies, steaming bats and trousers can be seen walking around the dockyard by some SR's and officers) still being worn? I have one of the trial issue smocks, would I get away wearing it on the jetty?
 
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