Dress Regulations – 2012 / 2013 Update: Combat Soldier '95 / Combat / Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP)
Normal Working Dress. The Normal Working Dress is the uniform worn by members of the Bermuda Regiment on a day-to-day basis; for most personnel it is Number 8 (Combat Dress). Sections of this article using the term "Combat Dress" or "Combats" refer specifically to Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP) but are equally applicable to Combat Soldier '95 DPM (CS '95), and MultiCam,– whichever uniform the soldier has currently been issued. The wearing of mixed pattern uniforms is to be avoided.
STANDING ORDER NO 52
1.All uniforms of the Bermuda Regiment are to worn correctly and smartly. A service uniform represents the whole of the Regiment: it is incumbent on personnel at all levels to ensure that uniforms are worn properly and with pride.
2.All Male Officers and Soldiers are to ensure that their hair is neatly groomed and clean; haircuts are to be no longer that 1/8in on the sides and a little longer on the top. No patterns or lines are allowed, this includes eyebrows. Male soldiers are not allowed to dye their hair any colour for the duration of their service.
3.Females are to wear their hair neat and off the collar at all times. Long hair is to be worn up in a hair net (of a colour similar to the hair) off the collar. Females are not to dye their hair to a colour that differs significantly from their natural colour.
4.Males are to be clean shaven. Sideburns are to be trimmed to the middle of the ear or higher. Moustaches are not to extend further than the corners of the mouth.
5.All other facial hair is not allowed unless the soldier has a medical note from the Regimental Doctor excusing him from shaving – this must be on the soldier at all times. This Note is valid for six (6) months only and must be renewed as required. The stubble must be kept to a minimum length or 1/8in (whichever is shorter).
6.Male soldiers are only permitted to wear a watch of a subdued colour and a wedding ring (if married). No other jewellery is allowed in any uniform or in civilian attire (whilst conducting military duties or representing the Service).
7.Females are only permitted to wear a watch of a subdued colour and engagement / wedding ring (as appropriate). Females are permitted to wear a pair of small Stud earrings in the ear lobes when in: No 3 Dress, No 4 Dress, No 6 Dress (FTS and DI’s only) and No 9 Dress. The wearing of multiple earrings in one or both ears is not allowed at any time.
8.Adornment via piercing is not permitted in any place other than the ear lobes.
9.Females are encouraged to keep the wearing of makeup to a minimum at all times. Bright colour lipstick or eye shadow is not permitted. Males are not permitted to wear makeup.
11.All soldiers that wear prescription glasses are encouraged to use frames of a subdued colour and style; dark colours (black, grey, brown) areSoldiers are to make every effort to ensure that prescription glasses are secured to their face when conducting vigorous training activities. Soldiers are allowed to wear transition glasses whilst in uniform.
12.Non-Prescription Sun-Non-Prescription Sun-Glasses are permitted to be worn in No 6 Dress, No 8 Dress, and No 9 Dress during the following situations:
a.When operating a Military or civilian vehicle on land and/or at sea. Once alighted from that vehicle, the non-prescription sunshades are to be removed.
b.Whilst on exercise in or out of camp.
c.Whilst on the Range in any capacity related to the range ie staff or firer.
d.Whilst Conducting EMO tasks, to include all forms of training.
e.As a staff member for the Assault Course and Command Tasks
f.Sun-Glasses are not to be worn when soldiers are on parade in any uniform (and in any format). The sun-glasses must be stowed away when not conducting any of the above mentioned activities: specifically there are not to be hung around the neck or placed on the top of the head.
13.Sun-glass’ frames are to be subdued in colour with the wearer’s preference of lens colour from Smoke Gray toMirrored/reflective lens are not permitted. Soldiers are encouraged to ensure that the lens offer ballistic protection as well as UV protection for the eyes. The approved standards that can be used for reference are as follows:
a.U.S. civilian standard (ANSI Z87.1 – 2010)
b.U.S. military standard (MIL-PRF-31013)
c.European standard (EN166, 169, 170 & 172)
14.In order to maintain the ballistic and UV protective functions as well as maintain correct vision, soldiers that wear prescription glasses are encouraged to wear prescription inserts in ballistic eyewear (as listed).
15.Wrist Bands. Soldiers are permitted to wear ONE wrist band at any time. The wrist band must be for a military cause/theme ie the Bermuda Regiment, Help for Hero’s, etc. Bright coloured and power bracelets are prohibited. Soldiers are only permitted to wear a bracelet in No 6 Dress, No 8 Dress, and No 9 Dress.
16.Ironed. All uniforms require some ironing. Briefly, combats must be pressed flat, office dress shirts should be pressed flat with a single crease the length of the sleeve, office and ceremonial trousers are to be ironed flat with a crease in the front and back of each pant leg.
17.Footwear. Boots, tan or black as issued.
a.Tan suede boots are to be kept clean and waterproofed before and during use.
b.Black leather boots should be polished.
18. Cap Badge. Should be highly polished.
1.The following is a quick Reference Guide to the different Orders of Dress:
Jocular / Slang
Short General Description
Number 1 Dress.
Dark Jacket; black trousers with red stripe
Only by permission from the CO.
Not part of general issue
Green Jacket and Trousers
At formal, but non-ceremonial events
Only issued to FTS
White Jacket, navy blue trousers with red stripe
All ceremonies and parades
Red Jacket, #3 trousers
Formal Mess functions
JNCOs wear #1 or #3 Jacket
Combats with Peaked Cap, Drill Boots, and belt
Drill / Parade Practice
Drill Instructors wear #6 Dress
As #2 Dress without Jacket
Only issued to FTS. Summer and winter variants.
Normal Working Dress
MTP with beret
Jacket and tie
As directed to social events
Winter and summer variants
2.Winter and SummerThe Regiment has 2 seasons which stipulate the dress that is worn.
a.Winter: 1 Nov – 30 April
b.Summer: 1 May – 31 October
NO 1 DRESS
1.Withdrawal of General issue. No 1 Dress is not part of generalNo 1 Dress will only be worn when specifically directed by the Commanding Officer. Personnel who require direction on the wearing of No 1 Dress should consult the Adjutant or RSM. Any issues that arise out of the discontinuation of No 1 Dress should be raised with the Adjutant or RSM.
2.Corporals’ Mess functions. No 1 Dress will continue to be worn for Corporal’s Mess functions during the winter dress period, subject to availability of proper sizes.
NO 2 DRESS: Service Dress
1.No 2 Dress is usually only issued to FTS, and WOs attending Advance Drill Instructor’s Course.
a.Officers andService Dress Cap with Regimental Officers Cap Badge. Flat Regimental buttons for chin strap.
b.WO2s and Below.
(1)Beret with Regimental OR’s Cap Badge.
(2)Ceremonial Peak Cap when ordered.
3.Jacket. Olive green-coloured polyester with a singleStandard step collar with Regimental Collar badges. Infantry breast pockets with 3-jetted pockets to be 1 inch lower than flaps. Oblong flaps to be level with front bottom button. Hole and medium Regimental button in flap. No belt hooks. Jackets to be cut 1 inch longer than normal Infantry Pattern. Four medium Regimental front buttons retained by split rings. Bottoms of front to be square. Infantry pattern pointed cuffs. Two Regimental cuff buttons as for pockets and shoulder straps. Shoulder straps sewn into shoulder seam.
4.Trousers. Olive green polyester; Width to be not more than 17½ inches at bottom, hollowed overTwo side pockets. Waistband straight all round, made to be worn with or without braces. Loops for stable belt. Braces buttons inside waistband. Waistband fastener. Two back pockets.
5.(Females only) Olive green polyester to fall 2 inches below the knee.
6.Shirt. Khaki, Long Sleeve.
7.Tee / under shirt. (Optional). May only be worn so that any designs on the shirt cannot be visible through theIn addition, the under shirt should not extend below the sleeves or above the top button of the No 2 Shirt.
8.Socks. Green, black, or tan.
9.Pantyhose /(Females only) Off Black or Neutral.
10.Footwear. All footwear should be highly polished with a bulled toe and heel.
a.Officers and WO1s.
(1)Males. Dark tan leather shoes with plain toe-caps and five lace-up holes.
(2)Females. Dark tan leather shoes with 1 ¾” heel, plain toes and five laces-up holes.
b.WO2s and Below.
(1)Black leather shoes with plain toe-caps and five lace-up hole.
(2)Black leather shoes with 1 ¾” heel, plain toes and five laces-up holes.
c.Black Leather Sole Boots (when ordered)
a.Belt of same material with gilt anodised buckle
b.Officers and WO1. Sam Browne.
c.WO2s. Brown Sword Belt when wearing Ceremonial Peak Cap
d.ORs. White Plastic Belt when wearing Ceremonial Peak Cap
12.Sword. As directed for a specific
a.Officers and WO1s. Infantry pattern; brown leather scabbard; brown leather knot, The knot should be loose for Field Officers and Adjutant, twisted four times for Captains and below.
b.Drill Instructors may wear a sword for the purposes of teaching sword drill.
13.Badges of Rank.
a.Metal badges of rank (pin-on, worn on epaulette)
b.Cloth badges of rank worn on lower arms.
c.Cloth badges of rank worn on upper arms.
14.Medals. Court mounted and pinned above left chest pocket so that the centre medal sits on the pocketWhen not on parade only the medal ribbon is worn.
15.Lanyard. Regimental pattern, worn on the left shoulder of jacket.
16.Shoulder Titles. Worn on both shoulder epaulettes.
17.Gloves. Brown leather gloves are worn by Officers and WO1s only. WO2s and below do not wear gloves with this uniform.
18.Tie. Neck tie, tucked into shirt between 2nd and 3rd
a.Officers andKhaki (light)
b.WO2s andKhaki (dark).
NO 3 DRESS (CEREMONIAL DRESS)
1.No 3 Dress is the Ceremonial Dress worn by all Regimental personnel.
a.All (except Band and Gun Troop as ordered). Peaked Cap of dark blue cloth with a band of scarlet cloth and scarlet welts at top of band and aroundSemi-soft top. Chin-strap of black patent leather ½ inch wide, retained in place with two small flat Regimental buttons. The peak will droop at the angle of 45 degrees and will be 1 inch deep in the middle. The Regimental Cap Badge will be worn in the front and centred with canon in line where the dark blue cloth meets the band of scarlet cloth.
(1)FieldField Officers will wear as above with ¾ inch wide, plain gold embroidery on the lower edge of the peak.
(2)Helmet with spike (save the DOM and Bandmaster).
a.Officers and WO1s. White, patrol pattern with side bodies and vents, the latter being 4½ inches in depth. Regimental collarFour front pockets with centre pleats and three-point flaps with medium Regimental buttons. Pleats will be 1½ inches deep from the top edge of the flap. Top of flap to run in line with bottom front button. Front fitted with five medium Regimental buttons, the top button 1¼ inches from collar seam. Drop-in cuff, open and fitted with two holes and medium Regimental buttons. Cuff blunt-pointed, to measure 6 inches in depth at the point and 2½ inches at the narrowest point.
b.ORs. White, patrol pattern with side bodies and vents, the latter being 4½ inches in depth. Regimental collar badges. Two front pockets with centre pleats and three-point flaps with medium RegimentalPleats will be 1½ inches deep from the top edge of the flap. Top of flap to run in line with bottom front button. Front fitted with five medium Regimental buttons, the top button 1¼ inches from collar seam. Cuff blunt pointed, to measure 6 inches in depth at the point and 2½ inches at the narrowest point.
b.Bottom17 inches at the bottom.
c.Hollowed over the instep.
d.FrontThe front of the trousers bottom should sit on the second boot lace.
e.BackThe back of the trouser leg should sit ¾ inch longer than the front.
f.The trouser should have two side pockets.
g.Although optional, their use is strongly encouraged. When worn, braces should be white and fixed by clips or buttons to the front and rear of the trousers. They should be adjusted so the trousers comply with stipulated length.
7.All footwear should be highly polished with a bulled toe and heel.
a.Field Officers, Adjutant & ADC: Half Wellington boots.
b.Captains andGeorge boots.
c.ORs. Black Leather Sole Boots
a.Officers and BandMaroon Crimson Sash worn over Sword Belt.
d.Brown Leather or Black Plastic (Band WOs Only) Sword Belt.
e.DrumWhite Sword Belt.
f.All Other Ranks (less Drummers). Black Plastic with gilt buckle.
g.Drummers. White Plastic
9.WO2s and SNCOs. Red worsted sash to be worn over right shoulder with tassels.
10.Badges of Rank.
a.Officers andGold shoulder cords detachable, fastened with a medium Regimental screw button, the tongue of the strap passing through a loop fitted on the sleeve-head seam. Braiding on the shoulder cords should be such that a ball bearing would roll back off the shoulder of the wearer, on each side, from the outermost braid of the cord.
b.Gold embroidered on scarlet cloth, on right sleeve.
c.Gold embroidered on scarlet cloth, or right arm.
11.Medals. Court mounted and pinned above left chest pocket so that the centre medal sits on the pocket.
a.All (less Drum Major) White cotton.
b.Drum Major. White Leather Gauntlets
13.Sword. (As directed).
a.Officers and DrumInfantry pattern. Silver plated scabbard. Gold cord sword knot. The knot should be loose for Field Officers and Adjutant, twisted four times for Captains and below.
b.Infantry pattern. Brown leather scabbard. Brown leather knot, twisted 4 times.
14.Spurs. (Field Officers and the Adjutant only) Infantry Pattern.
a.Mourning Band (Funerals and Memorial Services Only). Black, worn on left arm by Officers and Warrant Officers only.
b.RPs. Black Chevron with RP in red with small cap badge between R and P lettering. Worn on the left arm.
c.Medics. Black Chervon with Red Cross embroidered over white circular patch, worn on the left arm.
NO 4 DRESS (Mess Dress)
4A – Winter Mess Dress (Officers)
1.Head-Dress / Gloves. If in public or ordered to do so the head dress is the No 3 DressGloves are only worn if ordered to do so for a specific event.
2.Jacket. Cavalry pattern scarlet with dark blueRegulation dark blue cuff with two holes and small, flat Regimental buttons. Collar and front edges trimmed with gold braid. Shoulder straps fastened with a small flat Regimental button.
a.Field Officers andOveralls of blue regulation barathea with 1¾ inch scarlet strips on each leg, with foot straps.
b.Captains/No 3 Dress
5.Shirt. White collarless shirt with soft cuffs fastened with Regimental or plain cuff links.
7.Pantyhose / stockings. (FemalesOff Black.
a.Field Officers, Adjutant: Half Wellington Boots with spurs, ADC same without spurs.
b.Captains and Subalterns: George boots.
c.Females If wearing skirt – court shoes; if wearing trousers plain black shoes.
9.Badges of Rank. Small gold embroidered badges of rank on shoulder lapel.
10.Medals. Miniature medals, court mounted.
11.Vest. Dark blue with single gold stripe down the centre of the front.
4B – Summer Mess Dress (Officers). As 4A – except remove dark blue vest and replace with Red Regimental Pattern Cummerbund.
No 4 Dress - Mess Dress (WOs and SNCOs)
1.Head-Dress / Gloves. When ordered to do so the head dress is the No 3 DressGloves are only worn if ordered to do so for a specific event (Dinner nights).
2.Jacket. Cavalry pattern scarlet with dark blue collar, lapel and Regimental CollarRegulation dark blue cuff.
3.Trousers. No 3 Dress (Ceremonial).
5.Bow Tie. Plain black bow tie.
6.Shirt. Plain white cotton, collared, button front.
8.Pantyhose / stockings. (FemalesOff Black.
a.Male. Black, plain, laced.
b.If wearing skirt – court shoes; if wearing trousers plain black shoes.
10.Badges of Rank.
a.RSM andGold embroidered over Scarlet miniature cloth badges of rank worn on lower right arm.
b.Gold embroidered over scarlet miniature cloth badges of rank worn on right sleeve.
12. Miniature medals, court mounted.
13. Scarlet Regimental pattern.
No 4 Dress - Mess Dress (JNCOs)
1.JNCOs will wear No 1 Dress - in winter - or No 3 Dress - in summer - to Mess functions less No 3 Hat, Belts and gloves.
NO 5 Dress - Drill Order Dress
1.General. No 5 Dress is worn by all officers and soldiers practicing drill with the exception of the Drill Instructors who will wear No 6In addition the CO, Adjutant, DOM, and RSM will wear No 6 Dress during a CO’s Rehearsal.
2.No 5 Dress is the same as No 8 Dress with the following exceptions:
a.Head Dress. No 3 Dress (Ceremonial) with Regimental Cap badge.
(1)Officers. Sword Belt. (If swords are not to be used e.g. Remembrance Day Parade the sword belt will not be worn.
(2)Soldiers. Black Plastic Belt with Black plastic Frog when ordered
3.Sash. (Officers) Maroon Crimson Sash worn over Sword Belt.
4.Footwear. Soldiers will wear Ceremonial Boots (No 3 Dress), with bulled (highly polished) toe caps and heels.
NO 6 DRESS (Office Dress)
2.By default, 6A denotes the wearing of shorts, although trousers may be 6B (Winter Dress) is worn 1 Nov – 30 April.
6A DRESS: WINTER Office Dress
a.Officers andService Dress Cap with Regimental Cap Badge.
b.All Beret with OR’s Cap Badge.
4.Trousers. Olive green coloured polyester (as for No. 2 Dress)
5.Shirt. Short sleeveKaki, short sleeves, open collar.
6.Name(Issued to FTS) Worn above right breast pocket, centred above the pocket button.
7.Green or black.
a.Officers andDark tan leather shoes with plain toe-cap and five lace-up holes.
b.WO2s andBlack leather shoes with plain toe-cap and five lace-up holes.
9.Belt. Regimental stable belt, green with black border, with gilt buckle forward.
10.Badges of Rank.
a.Metal pin-on badges of rank worn on the both epaulettes of the shirt.
b.WOs and DrumMedal badge of rank on Brown Leather wrist strap worn on right wrist.
c.SNCOs andCloth service badge of rank sewn on right sleeve
11.Medals. Bar with ribbon only.
12.Lanyard. (SNCOs and above only) Regimental pattern, worn on the left shoulder of shirt.
13.Shoulder Titles. Worn on both shoulder epaulettes by shoulder seam.
14.Jersey. Olive Green Heavy Wool, if available.
15.Tee-Shirt. (Optional). TanIf worn, it should not have any designs that are visible through the shirt; additionally, it should not extend beyond the sleeves or above the collar.
16.Tie. If a long sleeve shirt is worn, a Kaki tie must be worn. It should be tucked between the 2nd and 3rd button of the office dress shirt.
6B dress: summer Office Dress
1.No 6B Dress is as 6A except:
b.Socks (with shorts): Black knee length, Regimental garters with blue flash forward.
NO 8 DRESS (Combat Dress)
1.2013 Update: Combat Soldier '95 / Multi-Cam / Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP). The use of Combat Soldier ’95 will be withdrawn from service as of 1 Apr 2013 (save Junior Leaders). During 2013 / 14 the use of MultiCam will be phased out and replaced by MTP.
2.Normal Working Dress. The Normal Working Dress is the uniform worn by members of the Bermuda Regiment on a day-to-day basis; for most personnel it is Number 8 (Combat Dress). Sections of this article using the term "Combat Dress" or "Combats" refer specifically to Multi Terrain Pattern (MTP) but are equally applicable to Combat Soldier '95 DPM (CS '95), and MultiCam,– whichever uniform the soldier is currently issued. The wearing of mixed pattern uniforms is to be avoided.
3.Deportment during train, exercises, operations. The MTP uniform has been specifically designed to assist in the training and discharge of militaryAlthough it can be altered to suit the environment that you are working in, it must still remain functional: buttons unfastened, front of jacket unsecure, laces not tied properly, badges and flashed either not worn or worn incorrectly are just some of the examples of common faults when wearing No 8 Dress.
4.Head-Dress. Blue beret with Regimental cap badge worn over left eye. During training: Jungle Hats / Helmets as ordered.
5.Jacket. Combat Jacket (if required / ordered).
6.Trousers. Combat Trousers with bottoms secured at ankles by use of draw string or elastics on the boot.
7.Shirt. CombatIn Winter Dress, if the sleeves are worn "down" (optional) they are to be secured at the wrist. In Summer Dress, the sleeves are worn "up": the cuffs are to be neatly folded / pressed so that the folds are smooth and fit neatly against the wearer's arm, two to three fingers above the bend of the elbow, and between three and four fingers in width.
8.Socks. Issued green, black or tan.
9.Footwear. Boots, tan or black as issued.
a.Tan suede boots are to be kept clean and waterproofed before and during use.
b.Black leather boots should be polished.
10.Belt. DPM / MTP: Green corylene, or MultiCam: rigger belt.
11.Badges of Rank. Rank Patch/Slide with Bermuda Regiment and rank insignia embroidered black, secured to centre of shirt; rank slide to be worn on centre of combat jacket.
a. RTT and Recruits are to be issued with appropriate Platoon Colour Velcro patch for the duration on Recruit Camp ONLY. To be worn on right sleeve of shirt or jacket.
b.PJNCO Cadre Students shall be issued with Black Bermuda Regiment embroidered on A combat material patch for the duration of the PJNCO Cadre ONLY. To be worn on right sleeve of shirt or jacket.
12.Tee-Shirt. Optional. Tan, brown, or of a colour to match the uniform worn – if required.
13.Bermuda Flash. To be worn in top corner of upper Velcro patch of left arm of Shirt over UK
NO 9 DRESS (Travel Dress)
1.No 9 Dress is the dress when members of the Regiment are travelling overseas - individually or in a small group - when the wearing of a military uniform is inappropriate. It can also be worn to civic functions in Bermuda or as directed by the CO. Two variants: Winter and Summer.
NO 9A (Winter Travel Dress)
2.Head-Dress. None permitted – hats of any kind will not be worn.
3.Jacket. Navy Blue blazer (cut is wearer’s preference) with gold buttons and Regimental crest sewn on to pocket.
4.Trousers. Charcoal grey or navy blue dress pants. Belt to match the footwear (if trousers have loops).
5.Shirt. Blue (plain) or white (plain) dress shirt.
6.Socks are to match trousers.
7.Black polished smart shoes.
8.Bermuda Regiment Tie
NO 9B (Summer Travel Dress)
1.Head-Dress. None permitted – hats of any kind will not be worn
2.Bermuda regiment polo / golf shirt. However, if the occasion or CO requires the dress to be “with jacket” it should be a navy blue blazer - as in 9A Dress - with a smart (buttoned) shirt and tie Dress. Note:
3.Shorts. Bermuda shorts are the default for 9BThey should be of a traditional colour (kahki, grey or navy blue) and cut (2 inches / 3 fingers above the knee), Belt to match the footwear (if shorts have loops).
a.Trousers may be worn with summer dress. They are to be kaki, of a smart cut, and not made of denim or have rivets on the pockets.
4.Socks. (With shorts). Navy blue Bermuda knee socks, folded 2 inches / 3 fingers below theIf trousers are worn, the socks should match the trousers.
5.Footwear. Plain brown or black shoes (whichever are more suitable / match the outfit).