I may only be a Comms Apprentice with a whole 12 months experience, but I don't want to be confused with the RN types. In any case our current kit is fit for purpose and there is plenty of it with the RN getting rid of it. I did see an XO wear the new kit on Fort Rosalie for a day or two back in Jan. He is, like me, a cuddly bundle and it didn't look right.
Hopefully for Slim I have restored your faith in Comms by the correct use and spelling of the English Language.
You won't be wearing that....unless you're taking part in something ceremonial (I'll be borrowing a suit for my wedding next year, save on the costs of getting myself a good suit) and you won't be wearing the beret either....because the union says so.. It's for outdoor and indoor. It's what you're expected to wear all the time.
These currently a thing going through FOST at the moment regards the RNPCS, if you're a skinny bugger like me, you have to also go for the smallest size in height at a 160/ 88 as the smallest chest the 170 does is a 96. The problem is an 88 is too big for me to start with, but the 160 means the jacket won't stay tucked into my trousers. The t-shirt looses it's shape after a couple of washes, the trousers shrink along with the sleeves of the jacket, the colour runs faster than Husain Bolt at 30c in the wash, and when you iron it, the pen pockets leave a nice shiny edge on the outer map pockets they're inside of.
Of note, the RN is now sloly starting to issue ratings with a 3rd shirt, so I assume the RFA will get the same (this being due to some ships commanding officers insisting their ships company wear the jacket all day every day and not letting them take the jackets off and wear just the t-shirts as allowed in BR3 as it's at the CO's discretion). Also, our lot are also re-evaluating the pros of issuing sweat wicking t-shirts, no they may not be fire retardant, but too many people are apparently going down with heat stress in the UK let alone more tropical climates, this again is recognised by FOST in that we are not wearing the jacket how it was designed to be worn- untucked to allow movement of air.
The problem is for all the drips I hear about the unew uniform, no one ever hands in an official complaint chit to me to help improve it!
I assume the PCS can be exchanged at any naval stores like the rest of your kit (my tropicals actually fit my girlfriend who is a head shorter than me and has about a size 8 so they will definitely be getting swopped over...).
I'm a fan of the new PCS to be honest and I feel a lot more secure in it than in No. 4s (wore then with the MVS for a bit), it is a bit tragic that they pretty rapidly turn grey though. They also REALLY shouldn't be tumble dried....
Commodore RFA was wearing his RFA branded PCS on a visit to BRNC and I have to say it looks pretty good. I'm still waiting for the RFA flash and patch to replace the white ensign for mine. I suspect I shall be waiting for some time....