I'm an ex matelot who joined up in the late seventies, just when they were introducing the new style uniform, i.e. no horizontal creases on the trousers etc. This new uniform just never looked right and in my opinion undid the whole Jack appearance that matelots held dear for generations. On Friday 5th Sept 2008, I witnessed my son pass out from HMS Raleigh, a very proud moment for me, but the way the service is dressing todays sailors is bordering on ridiculous. Everyone of them was wearing a cap about two sizes too large for them so that it was over the back of the head and sat on their ears. Perhaps I'm a dinosaur but I just hark for the days of proper bell bottoms, a proper blue jean collar (on some of the girls, the collar looked more like a cape, it was so huge), and none of this unisex nonsense, you can hardly see the white front. The navy uniform always used to be the smartest of the armed forces uniforms and RN version the smartest navy uniform internationally. Now I fear the reverse is true. Your thoughts?