British Army uniform
British Army uniform currently exists in sixteen categories, which are worn according to the requirements of a unit or individual. They range from ceremonial uniforms to combat dress.
- 1 History
- 2 Uniform numbers
- 2.1 Full dress
- 2.2 No. 1: Temperate ceremonial uniform
- 2.3 No.2: Service dress (temperate parade uniform)
- 2.4 No.3: Warm weather ceremonial uniform
- 2.5 No.4: Warm weather Service Dress (officers only)
- 2.6 No.5: Desert combat dress
- 2.7 No.6: Warm weather parade uniform (bush jacket)
- 2.8 No.7: Warm weather barrack dress
- 2.9 No.8: Combat Dress
- 2.10 No.9: Tropical Combat Dress
- 2.11 No.10: Temperate mess dress
- 2.12 No.11: Warm weather mess dress
- 2.13 No.12: Protective clothing
- 2.14 No.13: Temperate barrack dress
- 2.15 No.14: Shirt Sleeve Order
- 2.16 No.15: Blue Patrols
- 3 See also
- 4 External links
- 5 References
Prior to the English Civil War of 1642-51 the only significant instances of uniform dress in British military culture occurred in small bodyguard units, notably the Yeoman of the Guard. During the Civil War the Parliamentary New Model Army adopted a fairly standardised pattern of red clothing, a practice which continued with the small regular army of the Restoration period.
By the end of the 17th century, the English army uniform's colour (England not yet having joined with Scotland to form Great Britain), was largely settled on red with few exceptions. The practice of distinguishing regiments by different facings was in general use by the early 18th century. In the decades after the end of the Napoleonic Wars, British Army uniforms trended towards extravagance rather than practicality. That trend was reversed during Crimean war with the adoption of looser fitting tunics and more practical headresses. Red coats were however retained, except in India where drab coloured garments were worn increasingly from 1857 on.
In January 1902 the British army adopted a universal khaki uniform for home service wear after experience with lighter khaki drill in India and South Africa. The traditional scarlet, blue and green uniforms were however retained for full dress and off duty "walking out dress" wear. Details of these colourful uniforms varied greatly between regiments and branches of the army. The early use of camouflage in the form of plain khaki reflected the exigencies of colonial war and the freedom allowed, and taken, by many of the officers who fought it. The adoption of khaki for active service resulted from the development of weapons of greater accuracy range combined with smokeless powder during the late 19th century, making low-visibility on the battlefield a matter of priority.
During the Second World War a handful of British units adopted camouflage patterned clothes, for example the Airborne Forces' Denison smock and the windproof suit. In the late 1960s the Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM) camouflage uniform was adopted across the whole of the British Army. It remained in service, with periodical updates, for the next 40 years. From 2009 it began to be replaced by a new Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP) uniform. This "Personal Clothing System (Combat Uniform)" has been developed for use across the British Armed Services, making use of the latest in clothing technology. Unlike the different versions of DPM issued for use in different terrains, the new MTP kit is issued in just one version, designed to function effectively across a variety of terrains, meeting a need identified in recent combat experience.
The British army numbers its uniforms for ease of instruction. Fourteen 'orders' of dress are authorised and prescribed to be worn on various occasions (plus No. 15 dress worn only by the Royal Regiment of Scotland). "Full Dress" is also prescribed for individual regiments; outside the Household Division it is however seldom worn except by regimental drummers, buglers and other limited categories.
Note that uniform distinctions can vary greatly from one Regiment or Corps to another, and the following descriptions are a generalization. Also, while there are officially fifteen different grades (or 'Numbers'), many of these are rarely worn or are being phased out altogether. (For example, the different varieties of combat uniform (No. 5 (Desert), No. 8 (Temperate) and No. 9 (Tropical)) though still listed in the dress regulations, are in the process of being replaced by the new Personal Combat System - Combat Uniform or PCS for short. It uses the Multi-Terrain Pattern camouflage and is sometimes mistakenly called MTP uniform.
|Different orders of dress as worn by the Chief of the Defence Staff (Nick Houghton)|
Full dress is the most elaborate order worn by the British Army. It was withdrawn from general issue in 1914; the Household Division resumed wearing their scarlet full dress in 1920, but for the remainder of the Army, red coats were only authorised for wear by regimental bands and in mess dress or on certain limited social or ceremonial occasions. The reason for not generally reintroducing the distinctive full dress was primarily financial, as the scarlet cloth required expensive red cochineal dye. Not all Full Dress uniforms were (or are) scarlet; Rifle regiments wore dark 'Rifle' green, and the majority of cavalry regiments wore blue (as did the Royal Artillery and the various support corps). Line Infantry regiments, though, invariably wore scarlet.
Full dress is now rarely worn except by the Foot Guards and the Household Cavalry. It is issued at public expense to these units; other units may obtain and wear Full Dress (in their pre-1914 pattern if no modern order is prescribed) for use in historical displays, when acting as ushers or lining parties at weddings, and when acting as a sword guard to the Royal Horse Artillery. Most regiments maintain full dress for drummers (line infantry), buglers (rifles), trumpeters (cavalry) and pipers (Scottish and Irish units). However, all of these uniforms must be purchased and maintained from non-public funds.
In addition to the above, full dress is issued to Regular Army Bands for ceremonial use. The cost of procuring and maintaining these uniforms is met by the Defence Clothing Integrated Project Team (DC IPT). The DC IPT is also responsible for maintaining the No. 3 dress which is usually worn by these ensembles whilst posted to warm-weather environments.
Each regiment or corps which commonly wears Full Dress prescribes its own unique style, approved by the Army Dress Committee. They are generally a modified version of the pre-1914 uniforms. In the case of units created since the First World War, such as the Army Air Corps, the Full Dress order incorporates both traditional and modern elements.
Full Dress is worn whenever a parade is attended or ordained by the monarch or a member of the British Royal Family, including ceremonial parades, state funerals, and public duties around royal residences (such as the Changing of the Guard). It is worn by all members of the Household Division attending the Lord Mayor's procession, and also when participating in guards of honour or recruiting drives.
|Examples of Full dress uniform|
No. 1: Temperate ceremonial uniform
No. 1 Dress, sometimes referred to as "blues", is a universal ceremonial uniform which is almost consistent throughout the British Army. No. 1 Dress is only worn on ceremonial occasions, and, in some regiments, by the duty officer. It is also regularly required to be worn by a short list of other units, senior staff officers, and officers appointed as aides to the Royal Family and to the personal staff of senior officers in command. The order is not generally issued to all units, with the khaki No. 2 Dress functioning as the main parade uniform.
For most regiments and corps No. 1 dress consists of a dark blue tunic and trousers or overalls (or skirt) with a coloured peaked cap. Females should wear normal dark coloured tights when needed. Different units are distinguished by the colouring of the cap, piping on the tunic and of the welts or stripes on the trousers, as well as badges and in certain Cavalry Regiments by the colour of the collar. There are some exceptions: the tunic and trousers of The Essex Yeomanry, The Rifles and Royal Gurkha Rifles are rifle green, while the Royal Dragoon Guards and the King's Royal Hussars wear dark green and crimson overalls respectively. Cavalry regiments wear shoulder chains in place of shoulder straps. In the full ceremonial order of No 1 Dess, officers wear a waist sash of crimson silk while general officers wear a waist sash of gold and crimson stripes. Light cavalry regiments wear a lace crossbelt in place of the sash while Rifle regiments wear a black polished cross belt. Other ranks wear a white buff or black leather belt with a regimental pattern locket, with a bayonet frog if carrying arms.
The peaked cap is not worn by all regiments; berets are worn in lieu by the Royal Tank Regiment, Army Air Corps, Parachute Regiment, Special Air Service and Intelligence Corps. Berets are also worn by officers and other ranks of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and other ranks of the Royal Welsh in which feather hackles are displayed, recalling the plumes formerly worn on the full dress busby. The Royal Regiment of Scotland wear a regimental glengarry with cockfeathers taken from the former ceremonial uniform of the Royal Scots and the King's Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Irish Regiment wear the caubeen, while the Brigade of Gurkhas wear a round Kilmarnock cap.
Related to No. 1 Dress is the 'Frock Coat' sometimes worn by senior officers (of Lieutenant-General rank and above, or holders of certain Royal appointments), officers of the Household Division and some bandmasters etc. although all three are of different design. This is usually worn with the peaked cap, but on occasion it is worn with the British Army cocked hat.
Various patterns of No.1 dress being worn at the presentation of new colours to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Soldiers of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in No.1 dress
Major-General Sir Evelyn John Webb-Carter in the No.1 dress uniform of the Colonel of the Duke of Wellington's Regiment
The Bermuda Regiment has added red cuffs and collar to the No. 1 tunic.
Frock coat worn with cocked hat by the Queen's representative in Jersey.
No.2: Service dress (temperate parade uniform)
Originally issued as a field uniform (see Service Dress (British Army)), this uniform is worn for most formal duties by all units. No.2 dress consists, for most corps and regiments, of a khaki jacket, shirt and tie with trousers or a skirt. In the ceremonial form of No. 2 Dress, the head dress is the same as that worn with No.1 dress, with the exception of the Brigade of Gurkhas, who wear the slouch hat and officers of The Queen's Royal Hussars who wear their "tent hat" (the only head dress worn without a cap badge or other distinction). The Royal Regiment of Scotland wear a special pattern of jacket with a cut away front, worn with a regimental tartan kilt or trews. Coloured trousers are worn by some units: crimson by the King's Royal Hussars and dark green by the Royal Irish Regiment and Royal Dragoon Guards.
All officers and Other Ranks now wear the same style and colour of Service Dress and it is issued for free to all. Officers are required to purchase the caps, belts and shoes for which they are given a cash grant. The only variations of the standard jacket are the jackets worn by the Foot Guards who wear their regiemtally spaced button arrangements and the Royal Regiment of Scotland who wear a "cut away" form of the jacket to be worn with kilts.
Regimental distinctions worn on No.2 dress can include collar badges (sometimes with coloured cloth backings), coloured lanyards worn on the shoulder, and arm badges. Regimental buttons are worn; for most units these are of gold or silver colour, with black buttons worn by The Rifles, Gurkhas and Royal Army Chaplains Department and Bronze by the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment. Officers and Warrant Officers Class One of some (but not all) Regiments and Corps wear a leather Sam Browne belt (that of 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards is of pig skin which is not to be highly polished) or a cross belt. Infantry Warrant Officers Class Two and SNCOs wear a scarlet (for WOs) or crimson (for SNCOs sash over the right shoulder to the hip. Soldiers wear a white or black plastic waist belt with a plate buckle displaying the regimental badge in ceremonial uniform - a plain khaki belt in non-ceremonial.
Every regular army soldier is issued with one suit of No.2 dress. In general, issue of this order of dress to units of the Army Reserves is to all officers and SNCOs with pools of khaki uniforms being held by units for use by Cpls and below.
No.3: Warm weather ceremonial uniform
No.3 dress is the warm weather equivalent of No. 1 dress, worn for specified overseas stations or assignments. When adopted in the early 1950s, it comprised an all-white cotton drill high-collared tunic cut in a similar fashion to the No. 1 dress jacket plus white trousers; worn with the coloured No.1 dress cap. No.3 dress was typically issued temporarily, being withdrawn from units on leaving the station. This order of dress dates back to white drill uniforms worn for "hot-weather" ceremonial and off-duty wear in India prior to World War I.
Since the 1970s this order has consisted of the same white tunic but now worn with coloured No. 1 dress trousers. Head dress, footwear and badges are generally as for No. 1 dress. Widely worn during the 1950s and 1960s (when Britain still maintained significant garrisons in tropical stations) this uniform is now usually restricted to military attaches in hot weather postings, the Bermuda Regiment (see below) and a few bands, The band of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment is entitled to a permanent issue of No. 3 dress.
For the Bermuda Regiment No.3 dress is becoming the standard ceremonial uniform. As the majority of public parades and events during which ceremonial dress is worn occur during the summer months, reasons of economy have seen No. 3 dress gradually replacing No. 1 dress on the few public occasions for which the latter order had been worn; (such as the Peppercorn Ceremony).
No.4: Warm weather Service Dress (officers only)
Issued to officers on first posting to a warm weather area: the uniform is similar to No.2 dress but in a stone coloured polyester / woolen worsted mix. No.4 dress may be worn on formal occasions when not on parade with troops.
When officers are taking part in parades and formations with other ranks in warm weather areas, they wear either No.3 or No.6 dress.
No.5: Desert combat dress
Desert combat clothing is listed as: hat, jacket and trousers DPM and is issued to soldiers posted to Cyprus and the Middle East. As issued during the 1991 Gulf War, this uniform was identical to the No. 9 DPM tropical uniform, except for the multi-tone desert camouflage. This was quickly replaced with a two-tone DPM camouflage (the base colour and one other). Smocks were also available in the desert DPM, including the SAS pattern windproof smock. Covers for combat helmets and body armour were also made in this camouflage.now replaced with MTP uniform.
Formerly Battle Dress was designated as No.5 dress. This order of temperate combat dress was originally issued prior to the Second World War, becoming a smart barracks and walking-around dress with the introduction of green combat uniforms. It became obsolete in 1962, when replaced by No.2 Service Dress, which it had previously replaced as a combat uniform, and which had also been adapted as a smart uniform for barracks and parade use.
Since 2011, on the introduction of Personal Combat System - Combat Uniform (PCS - CU) No 5 Dress has no longer been issued
No.6: Warm weather parade uniform (bush jacket)
The "bush jacket" uniform (in Australia, this is known as the "safari uniform"). It is issued to all officers and ORs on posting to a warm weather station. It consists of a tan bush-style 4-button jacket worn with or without a shirt and tie underneath and tan trousers. It is worn by all ranks for parades (as with No. 2 Dress), unless No. 3 dress is worn, and by ORs for all other occasions.
No.7: Warm weather barrack dress
The tropical shirt-and-trousers uniform, consisting of a stone coloured short-sleeve shirt worn with stone coloured trousers(kilt or trews for Scottish regiments), stable belt and regimental headgear.
No.8: Combat Dress
Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP) field jacket (smock) and trousers, worn with beret, helmet or camouflaged hat. The current system is known as Personal Combat System - Combat Uniform (PCS-CU) which was introduced as part of Project PECOC in 2011 and replaced the Combat Soldier 95 (CS 95) system. In recent years, the British army has begun introducing Tactical Recognition Flashes - these are distinctive insignia worn on the arm of combat gear. TRFs denote the wearer's regiment or corps (or sub division thereof in the case of the AGC). The clothing system is designed to be lightweight, yet durable enough to be used throughout rigorous activities soldiers find themselves performing. It has also been designed with the idea that layers of clothing (referred to as onion skins) are much warmer and flexible than a singular thick layer. In addition to the jacket; a t-shirt, vest, combat jacket, shirt man's field ('Norgie' or 'Norwegian'), or Gore-Tex fabric waterproof jacket is worn dependent on weather, along with various types of gloves, underwear, trousers, all-in-one suits etc.
The layering system for the PCS-CU is:
- Vest, mans, OG
- Jacket, Combat, Lightweight, MTP (Lightweight Shirt)
- Trousers, Combat, Lightweight, MTP(Combat trousers)
- Liner, MTP, Thermal (Fleece)
- Liner, MTP, MVP (Moisture Vapour Permeable) (Gore-Tex Fabric Jacket)
- Jacket, MTP, Field (Combat Jacket)
- Trousers, Mans, MTP, MVP (Gore-Tex Fabric Trousers)
- UBACS (Under Body Armour Combat Shirt. Made of coolmax fabric.
Working headress is normally worn, which is typically a beret. The colour of the beret usually shows what type of regiment the wearer is from. The colours are as follows:
- Khaki—Foot Guards, Honourable Artillery Company, Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, Royal Anglian Regiment, Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, Royal Welsh, Yorkshire Regiment, Royal Gibraltar Regiment, 4/73 (Sphinx) Special Observation Post Battery RA
- Light grey—Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
- Dark grey—Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
- Brown—King's Royal Hussars, Royal Wessex Yeomanry
- Black—Royal Tank Regiment, W (Westminster Dragoons) Squadron, Royal Yeomanry
- Dark (Rifle) green—The Royal Dragoon Guards, The Queen's Royal Hussars (with broad brow band), The Rifles, Royal Gurkha Rifles, Small Arms School Corps, Essex Yeomanry
- Maroon—Parachute Regiment, All ranks serving with 16 Air Assault Brigade (not restricted to Parachute qualified personnel) other than the non Parachute Regiment Infantry Battalion or Army Air Corps and attached Arms personnel.
- Beige—Special Air Service including attached troops who are not SAS-qualified
- Emerald grey - Special Reconnaissance Regiment
- Commando Green - Commando qualified personnel serving in Commando units (e.g. Royal Marines or the Special Boat Service)
- Cypress Green - Intelligence Corps
- Sky blue—Army Air Corps
- Scarlet—Royal Military Police
- Green—Adjutant General's Corps (except Royal Military Police, who wear scarlet; Military Provost Staff and Army Legal Service, who wear navy blue), Military Provost Guard Service
- Navy blue—all other Army units (except Scottish line infantry regiments and the Royal Irish Regiment).
A cap badge showing the wearer's regiment or corps is always worn on the beret or other head dress worn in No. 8 Dress. The cap badge is placed on the front of the beret or caubeen and is usually offset so that the badge sits between the centre of the forehead and the left eye. Badges worn towards the left ear are frowned upon! The cap badge worn on the Scottish Tam O'Shanter sits above the left ear. Uniquely D (London Irish Rifles) Company of The London Regiment wear their cap badge over the right eye on their cabeen.
Troops from other services, regiments or corps on attachment to units with distinctive coloured berets often wear those berets (with their own cap badge). Colonels, brigadiers and generals usually continue to wear the beret of the regiment or corps to which they used to belong with the cap badge distinctive to their rank. The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers wears a feather hackle on the beret, they are now only infantry regiment to wear the navy blue beret. Other ranks of the Royal Welsh also wear hackles.
The Royal Regiment of Scotland and Royal Irish Regiment, instead of the beret, wear the Tam O'Shanter and the caubeen respectively. The Tam O'Shanter is also worn by some UOTCs and Army Reserve units in Scotland.
The beret will often be replaced with the Combat Helmet, covered in MTP material. However, in jungle conditions, the helmet is often replaced with a MTP bush hat - or equally in cold conditions, a MTP peaked hat (Cap, Extreme Cold Weather), a rolled woollen tube known as a cap comforter, or other specialised headgear. When the British Army finds itself in peacekeeping roles, regimental headress is worn (where the tactical situation allows) in preference to the helmet or MTP hat, in order to appear less hostile to local civilians. When working for the United Nations, soldiers will wear the pale blue UN beret.
The PCS-CU jacket may be worn either with sleeves rolled up or down or tucked into the trousers or worn loose. The decision as to which of these variations is to be worn within units is the Commanding Officer's.
Some Regiments and Corps wear a stable belt in No 8 dress whilst others restrict its use to Nos 13 and 14 Dress. The stable belt is a wide belt, made of a tough woven fabric. It is traditionally fastened with a set of leather straps and buckles on the wearer's left hand side (in some units to their front), but may alternatively have a metal locket arrangement, or a plate at the front bearing regimental, or formation insignia. The fabric of the belt itself is in regimental colours, either a single colour or striped along its length. The stable belt dates back to a time when soldiers in mounted, or horse drawn units wore similar belts that were often fitted with pockets to carry fob watches and loose change whilst looking after the horses. It has since become much more formalised and not restricted to cavalry units.
On exercises and operations the stable belt replaced with a plain green field belt. Synthetic Personal Load Carrying Equipment has replaced webbing. This has numerous components which can be assembled to meet the soldier's requirements and preference. Osprey body armour is worn on operations and has all load and ammo pouches attached using the molle system.
The woollen pullover (jumper, sweater or Woolly Pully) has been used for several decades and originally each soldier was issued with two. However, despite its popularity (it has also been adopted by police services, and by many foreign military forces including the US Marine Corps) in the CS95 system, one pullover has been replaced by a 'Liner, thermal', which is not intended to be worn as an outer garment.
No.9: Tropical Combat Dress
No.9 dress is no longer provided, being replaced by PCS-CU. It was made from cotton or poly-cotton DPM material of a lighter weight than pre-Combat Soldier 95 No 8 Dress The jacket was similar in cut to a shirt and had epaulettes fitted to the shoulders. Its sleeves could be rolled above the elbow and the shirt tucked into the trousers for a smarter appearance for example in barracks. There is a large pocket on each breast, closed with a button-down flap, and a first field dressing pocket on one sleeve. This uniform was normally worn with a DPM bush hat; out of the field, regimental headdress was often worn.
The trousers had button down belt loops, when carrying equipment was not worn, a uniform belt was worn in these loops.
The tropical combat trousers and shirt were preferred by many in the British military for wear on exercise in the UK and Northern Europe, due to their ability to dry very quickly when wet. Some individuals are still permitted to wear the MTP shirt with PCS-CU trousers.
No.10: Temperate mess dress
Includes a waist-length short jacket, with which men wear trousers, overalls or a kilt; and women a long skirt. No. 10 dress is normally worn by sergeants and above for formal evening functions. Colours vary greatly from unit to unit but generally match those of the traditional full dress of the regiment or corps. Thus mess jackets can be scarlet, dark blue or green with facings and waistcoats in regimental colours. Two basic patterns of jacket are worn: the high collared "cavalry" style and the open-fronted one with lapels formerly worn by officers of infantry regiments. The version of No. 10 dress worn by officers frequently includes elaborate braiding on the waistcoats.
No.11: Warm weather mess dress
A white jacket is substituted for the coloured one of temperate mess dress. Waistcoats are not worn.
No.12: Protective clothing
This order of dress includes various types of protective clothing ranging from standard overalls to specialist kit worn by aircrews, chefs, medics and others.
No. 12 also covers whatever day-to-day working dress may be authorized at a local or regimental level. Formerly an olive green shirt and trousers were often worn, but this has been replaced with smart Combat Dress: ironed shirt and trousers worn with beret and stable belt (identical to that of No. 7 Dress). The uniform worn by soldiers most of the time, it is to be supplemented by the new Barrack Dress.
No.13: Temperate barrack dress
Khaki Barrack dress trousers (as issued under the Future Army Dress (FAD) programme) and the standard issued shirt from No.2 dress with pullover. The stable belt is worn over the pullover by some Regiments and Corps. Some regiments' officers and WOs may wear coloured pullovers in place of the green pattern; the following regimental patterns and colours are authorised:
- Grey/blue v-neck: Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
- Grey/blue/green knit: Queen's Royal Lancers
- Grey/brown v-neck: 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards
- Grey/green v-neck: Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
- Grey v-neck: Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
- Green v-neck: Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, 307 (South Nottinghamshire Hussars Yeomanry) Battery RA (V)
- Lincoln green v-neck: 68 (Inns of Court and City Yeomanry) Signal Squadron (V)
- Brunswick Green knitted crew neck: Royal Dragoon Guards
- Dark green: Queen's Royal Hussars
- Emerald green v-neck: Royal Army Dental Corps
- Brunswick green v-neck: 9th/12th Royal Lancers
- Lovat green v-neck: Royal Yeomanry
- Green fleck v-neck: Royal Wessex Yeomanry
- Lovat green and red fleck v-neck: 70 (Essex Yeomanry) Signal Squadron (V)
- Black: Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Army Chaplains Department, Army Legal Services Branch
- 265 (Kent and County of London Yeomanry) Support Squadron (V)
- Navy/corvette blue: Royal Artillery
- Dark blue: 94 (Berkshire Yeomanry) Signal Squadron (V)
- Dark blue v-neck: A (London Scottish) Company, The London Regiment
- Storm blue v-neck: Queen's Own Yeomanry
- Light blue/green fleck: Light Dragoons
- Maroon: Royal Army Veterinary Corps
- Dull cherry v-neck: Royal Army Medical Corps
- Brown/crimson with brown shoulder and elbow pads: King's Royal Hussars
- Buff: Mercian Regiment
- Mid brown v-neck: Royal Mercian and Lancastrian Yeomanry
A regimental pattern coloured side hat (officially described as a cap field service) may be worn at the commanding officer's discretion.
No.14: Shirt Sleeve Order
As for No.13, but with the shirt sleeves rolled up to above elbow level or the issued short sleeve barrack dress shirt. The pullover is not worn.
No.15: Blue Patrols
An undress uniform worn on semi-formal occasions by officers and Regimental Sergeant Majors of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. No 15 dress of the Royal Regiment of Scotland consists of a blue patrol jacket, tartan trews and Glengarry head dress.
"Blue Patrols" was formerly the designation for a relatively plain uniform worn by officers of most infantry regiments as a substitute for scarlet when in barracks or for training. The single-breasted tunic was blue with black cord Austrian knots on the sleeves and black cord frogging instead of buttons. This was worn with a blue foraging cap with black cord or undress pillbox cap. It survives as a simplified version of No. 1 dress, worn by the duty officer when attending formal mess functions.
T.E. Lawrence used to wear his No. 15 uniform without metal insignia when going behind enemy lines to collect intelligence. Turkish troops would mistake him for a German adviser or attache and leave him alone.
- Battle Dress
- Denison Smock
- Stable belt
- Canadian Para Smock
- Smock Windproof DPM
- DPM Parachute Smock
- Red coat (British army)
- Military uniform
- Mess dress
- Modern equipment of the British Army
- Multi-Terrain Pattern (New replacement camouflage from 2010 onwards)
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- He is wearing Colonel's (not Maj Gen's) Rank as he is in his uniform as the Colonel of The Regiment
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