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Army October 13, 2011
AFTER more than 30 years
in service, the mess dress for
officers, warrant officers and
senior NCOs will be replaced.
RSM Ceremonial WO1 Brett Pates
said the roll out of the modern uniform
was due to start later this year.
"We have developed an Army mess
dress to be worn by sergeant through
to lieutenant colonel. A senior ranks
mess dress will be worn by colonels and
above, including RSM-A and all Tier C
RSMs," he said.
When designing the new uniform,
WO1 Pates said the team wanted to
retain, where possible, the Army's cus-
toms and traditions.
"We also wanted to retain our corps
identity while implementing one uniform
for Army," he said.
The final design selected by CASAC
was to standardise the jacket cut in line
with the other two services. The design
chosen was placed into production by
DMO for introduction into service from
the end of this year.
ASODs will be updated in conjunc-
tion with the issue of the new mess dress
later this year and all RSMs will be noti-
fied once the changes have been made.
All Army members are being asked to complete
an online survey to gather feedback on the
development phase of the review. The link for the
clothing review is on the Army website at
New uniform revealed
Mess dress has been
given a facelift. Cpl
Zenith King talks
with RSM Ceremonial --
Army WO1 Brett Pates
about the changes.
ISSUING THE MESS DRESS
RSM Ceremonial WO1 Brett Pates said the
new Army mess dress would be issued to
new graduating classes from RMC effective
immediately along with any corporals pro-
moted to sergeant as of January next year.
"There will then be about 12 months
for DMO to introduce the new contract, at
which point members will be able to pur-
chase the Army mess dress," he said.
"Members can continue to wear the cur-
rent in-service mess dress until the expiry
date of January 1, 2017. From December
2012 until January 2017 will be designated
the implementation period.
"Reservists will be issued the new mess
dress during an Army-wide issue from 2017
and reservists eligible for initial issue on
promotion or commissioning will be issued
the new uniform from January next year.
"Full time members currently issued
mess dress will have to use their uniform
allowance to purchase the new uniform.
"It is recognised that some people
would only have been issued their mess
dress recently and to get the life expectan-
cy out of that uniform we have put in place
the implementation plan.
"From December 2011, members
won't be able to purchase the current
Since the start of 2010, the Army has been conduct-
ing a number of reviews of the current uniforms.
Phase 1 conducted a review of entitlements and
accoutrements, including a rewrite of ASODs.
Phase 2 conducted a review of the current in-
service mess dress in conjunction with the clothing
systems program office at DMO. This resulted in a
number of prototypes being developed and a road-
show to all major regions providing the opportunity
for members to make comments.
Phase 3 of the clothing review has commenced
and will look at development of a single ceremo-
nial uniform, while retaining the current general duty
dress, incorporating a layered effect.
NEXT STEP IN REVIEW PROCESS
Sergeant to lieutenant colonel
Colonel and above, RSM-A,
Tier C RSMs
Sergeant to lieutenant colonel
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