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ROYAL ARTILLERY STANDING ORDERS

PART 5 – DRESS
CONTENTS
1. Introduction.
2. Officer’s Orders of Dress - Annex A.
3. Designation of Officers’ Articles of Dress and Accoutrements - Appendix 1 to Annex A.
4. Designation of Additional RHA Officers’ Articles of Dress and Accoutrements – Appendix 2 to Annex A.
5. Forms of Evening Dress – Appendix 3 to Annex A.
6. Officers Dress Specifications – Appendix 4 to Annex A.
7. Other Ranks Orders of Dress – Annex B.
8. Designation of Soldiers’ Articles of Dress and Accoutrements – Appendix 1 to Annex B.
9. No 10 and 11 Dress – WOs and SNCOs – Appendix 2 to Annex B.
10. The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery Orders of Dress – Annex C.
11. Additional King’s Troop RHA Officers; Articles of Dress and Accoutrements – Appendix 1 to Annex C.
12. Additional King’s Troop RHA Soldiers; Articles of Dress and Accoutrements – Appendix 2 to Annex C. (Not Yet Issued).

13. Authorised Dress Variations – Annex D



ROYAL ARTILLERY STANDING ORDERS

PART 5 – DRESS
GENERAL
1. Introduction. The authorised dress and scales of issue for officers and soldiers is laid down in The Defence Supply Chain Manual JSP 336, Dress Regulations for the Army and Queen’s Regulations (Part 9). The word ‘uniform’ is described as meaning a prescribed identified set of clothes for the members of an organisation, such as soldiers.
2. Every article of uniform for all orders of dress is to be approved by the Army Dress Committee (ADC). These Standing Orders should therefore be read in conjunction with Army Dress Regulations. Changes in RA articles of uniform must first be approved by the RA Dress Committee (RADC), who will submit proposed changes to the ADC for final approval.
3. The RADC is the sole authority for variations and changes to RA Dress. It consists of:
Regt Col – Chairman.

Adjt YOs.



RASM.

A female officer from Larkhill.



SO2 Regt Pol – Secretary.
AIM
4. The aim of these Standing Orders is to provide detail on the forms of dress authorised for wear within the RA.
ORDERS OF DRESS
5. Forms and Orders of Dress are listed at Annex A for Officers and Annex B for soldiers. Notes on certain types of dress are given below.
a. Full Dress.
(1) Full Dress is issued to The King’s Troop RHA only.
(2) Full Dress is worn by The King’s Troop RHA on all ceremonial occasions. It may be worn by others under the following conditions:
(a) By all ranks for historical displays and tattoos at the discretion of the General Officer Commanding London District or the Regt Col.
(b) By bands, corps of drums and pipes and trumpeters.
(c) By markers at the saluting base on ceremonial parades.
(d) By RHA regiments for sword guards.
(e) By lining parties at weddings and by doorkeepers, etc at social events.
b. No 1 Dress.
(1) No 1 Dress is issued to The King’s Troop RHA. It can also be issued for specific events to All Ranks. Pools of No 1 Dress uniforms are held for the saluting troops of 29 Cdo Regt RA, 104 Regt RA(V) and 105 Regt RA(V). The Garrison Management Team (GMT) at Larkhill (SO1 GMT/Deputy Garrison Commander), hold a Pool for 14 Regt RA.
(2) It may be worn on ceremonial and social occasions when ordered.
(3) No 1 Dress (Ceremonial) is normally worn only by General Officers, ADCs, Defence Attachés and officers holding certain other appointments. Senior Officers authorised by appointment to wear No 1 Dress (Ceremonial) are to draw items from the MOD pool in London District. The first point of contact is SO2 Regt Pol, RHQ RA.
(4) A pool of ceremonial accoutrements is held by GMT at Larkhill for occasional short-term use.
c. No 2 Dress (Service Dress). No 2 Dress is the normal parade dress in temperate areas.
d. No 3 Dress (White Ceremonial Dress). No 3 Dress is worn by General Officers, ADCs, Defence Attachés, and all ranks on their personal staffs, in tropical climates. Ceremonial accoutrements are the same as for No 1 Dress (Ceremonial or Non Ceremonial). Honour Guards are to gain permission for the wearing of No 3 Dress through RHQ RA.
e. No 4 Dress (Warm Weather Service Dress). Worn (by officers and WO1s only) as for No 2 Dress, in tropical climates and elsewhere when authorised.
f. No 5 Dress (Desert Combat Clothing). Issued as required. (No 5 Dress will be replaced by the new No 8 Dress (Personal Clothing System [Combat Uniform] {PCS(CU)} when issued).
g. No 6 Dress (Bush Jacket). Worn by officers and soldiers as parade dress in tropical climates; for soldiers this is in lieu of No 2 Dress.
h. No 7 Dress (Warm Weather Barrack Dress). Worn by officers and soldiers in certain tropical climates during the working day.
i. No 8 Dress (Temperate Combat Clothing). Normal working dress, to be replaced by the new pattern No 8 Dress (CU).
j. No 8 Dress (Tropical Combat Clothing). Issued as required, only to be worn when ordered.
k. No 10 Dress (Mess Dress). Mess Dress is worn by all Officers, Warrant Officers and SNCOs and can be worn by JNCOs when ordered. It is also worn as Concert Dress for all members of the RA Band. The jacket is an integral part of the uniform and should not be removed, at any time.
l. No 13 Dress (Barrack Dress). Barrack Dress is to be worn with shoes. Certain variations of headdress are permitted within each type. COs may use their discretion provided there is uniformity within regiments.
(1) The RA pattern blue pullover may be worn at CO’s discretion by Officers or SNCOs in No 13 Dress. Blue pullovers are not to be worn by individuals serving away from regiments. Regiments must obtain approval from, SO2 Regt Pol, RHQ RA prior to adopting this form of dress.
(2) In inclement weather a British Warm Overcoat or Greatcoat (khaki) may be worn in No 13 Dress.
m. No 14 Dress (Barrack Dress Shirt Sleeve Order).
(1) Officers are to wear long sleeved shirts with the sleeves rolled up. Slides with badges of rank are not to be worn.
(2) WOs and below are to wear the issued short-sleeved shirts.
6. Shirt Sleeve Order. The date to change from/to shirt sleeve order and then into pullover order is a decision that lies with the CO. The guideline dates are 1st Apr for Shirt Sleeve Order and 1st October for long sleeve order.
7. Articles of Dress. Designations of specific articles of dress and accoutrements authorised for Officers and Soldiers are given at Annexes A and B respectively (ie gloves, white lanyards etc).
8. Colonels Commandant and Honorary Colonels Commandant. Colonels Commandant RA and Honorary Colonels Commandant of RA TA units may elect to wear either the uniform of their rank or former rank, or Regimental uniform. In the latter case, the uniform of a regimental Lieutenant Colonel with the rank badges of a substantive Colonel should be worn.
9. Regimental Tailors, Hatters and Suppliers. Officers are to purchase all of their uniform from the recognised Regimental military tailors and hatters. Failure to follow this will result in their obtaining uniform which is not up to standard and which they will be required to replace at their own expense. The Regiment has no influence upon the standard of service and tailoring with firms other than those below.
10. Accredited Tailors and Hatters. The following are accredited as Regimental tailors and hatters for the Royal Artillery:
GD Golding Ltd Dege & Skinner Ltd

220 Hatfield Road 10 Savile Row

ST ALBANS LONDON

Herts W1 X 1AF



AL1 4LW

Tel: 01727 841321 Tel: 020 728 72941



SPECIAL REGULATIONS
11. Gunnery Staff. Officers serving on the Gunnery Staff are to wear red hat bands on SD hats at all times. WOs and SNCOs should wear white tops with the SD hat at the following times:
a. During all periods of live firing (training).
b. When instructing on equipments.
c. On exercises/demonstrations.
At other times WOs and SNCOs should remove the white tops. Female members of the Gunnery Staff are to wear female pattern SD hats with red band or white top as appropriate.
12. The King’s Troop RHA. Variations to the standard forms of RA dress are authorised for the King’s Troop RHA, details of which are at Annex C.
13. The RA Band. Ceremonial Dress for the RA Band is authorised separately, by CAMUS.
14. Maternity Wear. Regulations governing maternity wear are included in JSP 336. Current instructions are held by Unit QMs.
15. Mourning Bands. A Mourning Band is a piece of black crêpe material 3¼” wide. It is worn on the left sleeve, half way between the elbow and shoulder. It is worn only by Officers and Warrant Officers that are attending a funeral as mourners. Bearer parties are not to wear mourning bands. Specific guidance can be found in Queen’s Regulations, Ch 8, Part 5, Para J8.130, including the exceptions as to when soldiers may wear Mourning Bands.
16. Poppies. Poppies should be worn by all ranks in all forms of dress (other than operations or tactical training) for the seven days preceding Remembrance Sunday. Where Remembrance Day (11 November) falls after Sunday, poppies may continue to be worn until 2359hrs of that date. Poppies are to be worn in the following manner:
a. NO 1 Dress Cap. The red petals only are worn behind the left button on the No 1 Dress Cap on top of the chin strap.
b. Berets. The red petals only are to be worn behind the beret badge, or Cypher.
c. No 2 Dress. For Officers in 7 Para RHA ,29 Cdo Regt RA and 4/73 Bty RA who do not wear a No 1 Dress Cap with No 2 Dress, the red petals only are to be worn above medals.
d. Other Forms of Dress. When the poppy cannot be worn as described above the complete poppy is to be worn with the stem roughly where the left collar badge would be (eg on pullovers, great coats or No 1 Dress tunics). In No 8 Dress the poppy is to be worn on the upper left lapel.
17. Stable Belts.
a. Regimental Stable Belts. Standard pattern RHA and RA stable belts are to be worn in No 13 and No 14 Dress and may be worn by all regiments in No 8 Dress (CS 95) at the CO’s discretion. Stable belts may not be worn in No 8 Dress PCS (CU). 4 Regt RA and 29 Cdo Regt RA are authorised to wear their own Regimental stable belts as agreed by the RADC.
b. Battery Stable Belts. Battery stable belts as authorised by the RADC are only to be worn within batteries’ own Regimental and Garrison lines.
18. Shoes. Only issued brown shoes are to be worn by Officers and Warrant Officers. Only issued black shoes are to be worn by soldiers. Chukka/jodhpur, ankle and stable boots are not authorised items of dress and are not to be worn.
19. Variations. If regiments or batteries wish to introduce a variation to any authorised form of dress, they are to submit a formal request, through the chain of command for consideration by the RADC. Only those variations approved by the RADC may then be worn and may only be worn under the conditions stipulated in the authorisation. All authorised dress variations are shown at Annex D.
SPECIFIC DIRECTION
20. Generic. Any individual on an ERE or detachment (operational or otherwise) is regarded as temporarily on duty away from their parent regiment; as such they are to continue to wear the regimental headdress and accoutrements from where they were detached or sent on ERE. Examples include 14 Regt RA, Ex LONG LOOK, OCE. Officers and soldiers posted directly to UOTCs are to continue to wear the regimental headdress and accoutrements from where they were directly posted from.
21. Officers and Warrant Officers. On posting from an RHA, Para, Cdo, AAC Regt or from 4/73 Bty, all Officers and Warrant Officers are to revert to wearing RA blue berets, gun cap badge and associated accoutrements. This regulation is to recognise the unique appointments within these specialised regiments and units. Passing P Coy, AACC or the Special Observer’s course, or having once served in an RHA regiment, is not an enduring entitlement to wear RHA, Para, Cdo or other specialist headdress, insignia or accoutrements ad infinitum. The exception to this direction is the very few Officers and Warrant Officers (less than 20) who are specifically selected to conduct recruiting activity within recruiting establishments, or appointments which actively display the variety of capabilities found within the RA. These appointments include: RMAS, AFC Harrogate, ATR Pirbright, RA Display Team and RHQ RA Recruiting Staff. To be entitled to wear the above headdress and accoutrements at a Phase 1 training establishment or other entitled position, the wearer must have been posted directly from an above mentioned unit. To assist in the explanation of these rules, the following examples will provide clarification.
a. Officers and Warrant Officers at Staff. Officers and Warrant officers holding staff appointments, both Single Service and Joint, are to wear standard RA headdress and accoutrements. Certain Joint organisations require individuals to wear a Joint stable belt; this is acceptable. Within 3 Cdo Bde and 16 AA Bde, Officers and Warrant Officers are entitled to wear the specialist beret but with an RA cap badge and RA stable belt. For example, a captain or warrant officer posted from 7 Para RHA to HQ 16 AA Bde may retain the maroon beret but with the RA cap badge and stable belt. RHA ball buttons (less for Mess kit waistcoat) must be changed; female Officers are permitted to retain ball buttons on the cuffs of Mess jackets. Individuals are to contact SO2 Regt Pol for clarification and exceptions may be granted by the Regt Col eg those in their last 2 years of service.
b. Defence Academy. Staff and students at the Defence Academy, must wear RA headdress and standard accoutrements regardless of their immediate previous regimental appointment eg no tartan slides, blue pullovers, etc.
c. MA and ADC Appointments. Officers posted into MA and ADC appointments are to contact SO2 Regt Pol for guidance prior to their employment.
d. Phase 2 and Phase 3 Training Establishments. All Officers posted to Phase 2 and 3 training establishments (eg RSA, Bovington, Leconfield) are to wear RA standard headdress and accoutrements, regardless of any previous employment. Warrant Officers posted to 24 Bty directly from 7 Para RHA, 29 Cdo Regt RA and 4/73 Bty, may retain the headdress and accoutrements of the above mentioned units.
22. SNCOs and Below. On posting from an RHA, Para, Cdo, AAC Regt or from 4/73 Bty, all SNCOs and below are to revert to wearing RA blue berets, gun cap badge and associated accoutrements. When sent on ERE, all SNCOs and below will retain the headdress and accoutrements of their parent unit.
23. Formation and Unit Badges. Formation and Unit badges eg 1(UK) Armd Div, must be removed when the individual is posted from that organisation (this does not include ERE appointments).
24. Badges to be Worn on No 8 Dress (CS95). The ADC has directed that the badges worn on No 8 Dress (CS95) are:
Union Emblem (national flag)

Formation Badge

Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF)/Drop Zone Flash (DZF)

Certain approved qualification badges, namely:


British Parachute/SAS Wings1

Army Commando Shoulder Titles

Commando Dagger

Special Observer Triangle

Army Flying Badge
Note: Army Commando Shoulder Titles are only to be worn when serving in 3 Cdo Bde.
25. Badges to be Worn on No 8 Dress (Personal Clothing System {Combat Uniform}) (PCS{CU}). One impact of new design features is that the arm pockets are sewn on to both arms at an oblique angle to enable the wearer to access both pockets easily. On top of each pocket is a rectangular “Touch & Close” patch designed to carry Combat Identification. This is covered with a blanking plate to protect the Touch & Close material. This blanking plate is to be used to carry all badges in order to minimise tailoring of the garment itself. Because the rectangular blanking plate sits at an oblique angle to the vertical, all badges are to be sewn to follow a vertical line, each blanking plate is to carry no more than 2 badges. Limiting the number of badges that may be worn to 2 on each arm conforms to CGS directive on badges issued in 2002.
a. Formation, Qualification and Employment Badges and TRFs.
(1) On the left arm, the blanking plate is to contain uppermost the Union Emblem. A Formation Flash if worn is to be sewn below the Union Emblem. On the right arm, the blanking plate is to contain the wearer’s Tactical Recognition Flash (TRF) together with a qualification or employment badge. It is to be noted that, in line with the current policy, both the Formation Flash and the TRF are to be procured and tailored at non-public expense.
(2) The only badges which are to be sewn directly on to the material are:

(a) Shoulder titles for Commando Forces.


(b) Aircrew wings worn on the left breast, positioned so the top of the badge sits no higher than the top of the left breast map pocket.
(3) It is to be noted that Para/SF Wings are to be sewn on the blanking plate itself of the right arm only. Para/SF Wings are to be sewn above the TRF and other badges sewn below.
b. Commando Qualification Badge. The qualification badge of the dagger indicating that the wearer has passed the All Arms Commando Course (AACC) is no longer to be worn in PCS (CU) by Army personnel either serving with FLEET (Cdo units) or elsewhere. Army personnel serving with FLEET will continue to wear the “ARMY COMMANDO” shoulder titles and green beret and, where appropriate, will wear the 3 Cdo Bde Formation Flash below the Union Emblem on the blanking plate of the left arm. However on leaving service with FLEET, Army personnel will cease to wear the green beret2 and remove the 3 Cdo Bde Formation Flash but to indicate that an individual has passed the AACC and served with Cdo forces, he/she may continue to wear the “ARMY COMMANDO” shoulder titles in Combat Uniform as a qualification badge in perpetuity. The existing red dagger on a black background badge will continue to be worn on the left arm in all other orders of dress.
26. Honorary Distinctions and Badges. The only authorised embellishments to dress are honorary distinctions and badges, which may be worn by a small number of regiments and batteries in recognition of services in the field and approved by The ADC. Those batteries authorised to wear honours are to do so in accordance with Materiel Regulations. They are as follows:
a. 7 Para RHA – Pegasus Badge. Worn on No 2 Dress only, on the left upper arm, whilst serving in the Regiment.
b. 5 (Gibraltar 1779 – 83) Bty RA. Croix de Guerre, worn in No 8 Dress on the beret under the cap badge by all ranks. Worn on No 1, No 2 and Mess Dress, on both shoulders.
c. 10 (Assaye) Bty RA. Syrena, red shield with white mermaid carrying a sword and shield. Worn in No 1 and No 2 Dress on the right lower arm.
d. 25/170 (Imjin) Bty RA. Imjin Flash, US Presidential Citation. Worn in No 1, No 2 and Mess Dress on the right shoulder.
e. 201 (Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Bty RA (V). Pegasus Badge. Worn in No 1, No 2 and No 13 Dress on the right upper arm.
27. Standards of personal appearance (ie jewellery, haircuts, tattoos, make up) are laid down in Queen’s Regulations Ch 5, Part 9, Para 5.366. These orders are to be adhered to at all times.
28. Guidance on religious and cultural considerations is laid down in AGAIs Volume 2, Ch 59.
29. T Shirts. T Shirts are issued in both green and brown, regiments are to ensure a standard colour is worn.
CIVILIAN ATTIRE
30. The Regimental Tie. The Regimental Tie is navy blue with crimson zigzag stripes running downwards from left to right of the wearer. Serving and retired Gunners are encouraged to wear the Regimental Tie on Fridays.
31. The Regimental Brooch. The Regimental Brooch, of bomb design (7 flames) in either silver or gold, is to be worn by females in place of the Regimental Tie, on the left lapel.
32. Club and Battery Ties. Any RHA or RA regiment, battery, sporting club or other association is permitted to produce a tie for the use of its members, provided that:
a. The design does not duplicate that of a tie already in existence.
b. The Regimental Tie design (zigzag) is not to be incorporated in any way into regiment, battery or club tie design. Where the design includes emblems which belong to the Regiment as a whole – eg the Regimental Badge or Monogram – these emblems are to be correctly depicted and tastefully displayed; they must not be defaced in any way.
c. The designs of all such ‘private’ ties are to be approved by and registered with the SO2 Regt Pol, RHQ RA.

Annexes:
A. Royal Artillery Officers Orders of Dress.

B. Other Ranks Orders of Dress.

C. King’s Troop RHA Orders of Dress.

D. Authorised Variations to Orders of Dress.

ANNEX A TO

RA STANDING ORDERS

PART 5
ROYAL ARTILLERY OFFICER’S ORDERS OF DRESS
1. Listed below is the RA Officer’s baseline standard as worn by YOs. Permitted variations are listed at Annex E.


SERIAL

DRESS

MALE

FEMALE

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

1

No 1 Dress (Non Ceremonial)

No 1 Dress cap
No 1 Dress tunic with cloth shoulder straps and white strip collar
Overalls with braces

White shirt without collar.

Mess Wellington boots and spurs.

Brown leather cross belt

Brown leather gloves

RA Sword with brown leather scabbard, sword knot and sword slings



No 1 Dress cap (female pattern)

No 1 Dress tunic (female pattern) with cloth shoulder straps and white strip collar

No 1 Dress skirt

White shirt without collar

Approved hosiery

Black Gibson shoes

Brown leather cross belt

Brown leather gloves

RA Sword with brown leather scabbard, sword knot and sword slings


2

No 1 Dress (Ceremonial)

As for No 1 Dress (non-ceremonial) less brown leather accoutrements which are replaced by the following embellishments:

Gold shoulder cords with extensions

Busby lines (RHA only)

Gold shoulder belt

RA Sword with plated scabbard, gold sword knot and gold sword slings with blue leather backing

Medals


White gloves

As for No 1 Dress (non-ceremonial) less brown leather shoulder belt and gloves and with the following embellishments:

Gold should cords with extensions

Busby lines (RHA only)

Gold shoulder belt

RA Sword with plated scabbard, gold sword knot and gold sword slings with blue leather backing

Medals


White gloves

3

No 2 Dress (Non-Ceremonial)

No 1 Dress cap
Khaki issued jacket, trousers and braces.

Issued shirt

Silk tie

Issued khaki socks

Brown shoes
Brown leather cross belt

Brown leather gloves



No 1 Dress cap (female pattern)

Khaki issued jacket and skirt

Issued shirt

Silk tie


Approved hosiery

Brown Gibson or Court shoes3

Brown leather cross belt

Brown leather gloves



SERIAL

DRESS

MALE

FEMALE

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

4

No 2 Dress (Ceremonial)

As for No 2 Dress (non-ceremonial) with the following:

RA Sword with brown leather; sword knot, scabbard and sword slings


Medals

As for No 2 Dress (non-ceremonial) with the following:

RA Sword with brown leather; sword knot, scabbard and sword slings

Medals

Brown Gibson Shoes only



WARM WEATHER UNIFORM

5

No 4 Dress

No 4 Dress jacket and trousers as issued

Other articles as for No 2 Dress except that gloves are not worn



No 4 Dress jacket and skirt as issued

Other articles as for No 2 Dress except that gloves and hosiery are not worn



DESERT COMBAT UNIFORM

6

No 5 Dress

To be replaced by PCS (CU).

DPM Desert as for No 9 Dress

Boots desert worn instead of boots jungle



As for male

WARM WEATHER PARADE UNIFORM

7

No 6 Dress

No 1 Dress cap
No 6 Dress jacket and trousers as issued

Other articles as for No 2 Dress, except that shirt, ties and gloves are not worn.



No 1 Dress cap (female pattern)

No 6 Dress jacket and skirt as issued

Other articles as for No 2 Dress, except that shirt, tie, gloves and hosiery are not worn.


WARM WEATHER WORKING UNIFORM

8

No 7 Dress

Service Dress cap or side hat.

No 7 Dress short

No 7 Dress Ttousers

Brown shoes

Khaki socks

Stable belt

Staybrite badges of rank


Service Dress cap or side hat.

No 7 Dress shirt

No 7 Dress skirt

Brown shoes

Hosiery

Stable belt



Staybrite badges of rank




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