As of the 23rd August 2021, a new MTP Barrack shirt will be offered to troops with a slimmer profile and in a wider range of sizes.  

This article was submitted by Sam Wheeler.

The new MTP Shirt is due to be issued next week and is aimed at providing troops a wider variety of  sizes that according to the new Army Sergeant Major: 

“will particularly benefit women & men of smaller stature” – WO1 Carney 

The shirt will include a smaller 150cm length and have chest size increments of 5cm rather than 8cm.  This allows a tighter and more comfortable fit than previous shirt iterations. Furthermore, the  pockets will be scaled to the size of the shirt rather than a standard size that could look oversized on  smaller shirts. 

This change has come into effect after feedback has been received through the Chain of Command  and the Sergeant Major network.

The older MTP PCS Barrack Shirt was based upon the old CS95 DPM shirt that many will remember from the 80s through to the early 2000s. The shirt had extra material that made it look disproportionate on the smaller figured men and women of the armed forces. 

Should any serving members of the Army wish to be issued this new shirt they can check out ABN  083/2021 on Defence Connect and will be issued 3 new shirts as of next week.

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Andy P
Andy P
6 days ago

Its all about appearances in this game.  😂 

#GokandyP

Deep32
Deep32
6 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Colours are a bit drab for my liking, something more cheerful – like the paint job on HMS Severn, much more colourful!!! 😂

Andy P
Andy P
6 days ago
Reply to  Deep32

I’m just pleasantly surprised there isn’t a rainbow on it somewhere….  😉 

Something Different
Something Different
6 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Why do people on your side of the fence always bring up hypotheticals like that to stir up imagined panic about diversity. I’ve got news for you, there have always been people who sleep with their own gender in the armed services. Want some historic examples of famous military leaders who probably did the same, try Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Frederick the Great, Charles the Bold, William of Orange etc

Andy P
Andy P
6 days ago

I don’t need to go that far back, I had plenty mates who did it when in the mob.

On the bright side, you’ve managed to squeeze a rant out of a pretty light hearted post so kudos for that.

Trevor Stacey
Trevor Stacey
6 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Well said 👏

Andy Field
Andy Field
5 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Fair play pal. Always someone got to be offended by what you say. World’s gone nuts!

Something Different
Something Different
19 seconds ago
Reply to  Andy Field

Ah but the originally poster has clearly got sufficiently hot and bothered about diversity to have a little dig despite it had zero relevance to this article. Are people so sensitive that they can’t be challenged? Ironic because they say people can’t take a joke? 😉

Mel S
Mel S
6 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Ha ha Andy P fair play your comment made me laugh 😆

Trevor Stacey
Trevor Stacey
6 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

Just what I was thinking 😂😂

Mike O
Mike O
6 days ago

Well at least something has been done right. Not sure how far this goes to mitigate the past 20 years of operational and procurement failure though 😅.

Angus
Angus
6 days ago

Poor Quality like the rest of the kit they wear. Not suitable for anywhere except the place we have run out on. Combat 95 was a much better and suitable kit than the Chinese nock off we wear now. Dont last and looks rubbish.

David Hamilton
David Hamilton
4 days ago
Reply to  Angus

Made in fivemiletown apparently

Graham
Graham
3 days ago
Reply to  Angus

I wear MTP as an ACF officer. It feels very thin compared to the CS95 that I wore as a Regular. Even the small sizes of MTP look big on our small cadets so this announcement is long overdue.

Karl
Karl
6 days ago

My “Soldier 95” from TA days is still going strong, I use it for shooting about twice a week, so its hammered. I got hold of various bits of this new wonder kit to give it a try. Now not being one to be judgemental, I came to the conclusion it is crap. That was after a smock split up the sides, no not because I am overweight. And in serious rain? It all leaks. Smock, shirt the so called waterproofs….Still, its good to know somebody in China or somewhere is going to make little people look ally in barracks.

Dern
Dern
6 days ago

You know, the army really needs to square it’s shirt terminology.
Combat Jacket
Combat Shirt
Barrack Shirt

Is a Combat Jacket the normal thing you wear over a T-shirt (or not as the case may be) or the Smock you wear when the weather is bad? Depends on who you are talking to. Is a Barrack Shirt the beige thing you wear when working in an office, or is it the specific MTP shirt you wear when you’re in camp but not on exercise (if you make a difference between those)? GUESS.

Angus
Angus
5 days ago
Reply to  Dern

They have no idea but the ‘shirt’ referred too is actually a Jacket and there fore should NOT be worn like a shirt and tucked in (it’s too short anyway to do so really). Poor quality when we get the cheap imported crap from China, all our kit should be UK made, spending the cash in the UK would boost jobs too here and lets get some kit that lasts. The older patterns where so much better to wear and of course lasted too. God helps those that serve presently for they do not look the part.

Dern
Dern
5 days ago
Reply to  Angus

I think we look the part way better than the old army that was way too interested in how shiny it’s garrison boots were.
As for poor quality, I’ve had the same combat shirt for the last 4 years and it’s holding up fine, so…. not sure what you’re on about.

Nick
Nick
5 days ago
Reply to  Dern

Same here mate, I joined as the 95 kit came in and every one complained about it just like those on here are complaining about the new stuff. I love our MTP clothing now, it is much better than the old stuff and I have had my kit a lot longer than I ever had an item of 95 kit so I don’t know what these people are wearing and were their quality concerns are. The new kit is just far better, both in and out of camp.

Andy P
Andy P
5 days ago
Reply to  Nick

both in and out of camp.”

I’d go easy with terms like that mate, someone might get triggered.  😂 

Nick
Nick
5 days ago
Reply to  Andy P

😂🤣😂🤣

Dern
Dern
4 days ago
Reply to  Nick

It’s the same brigade that never has anything good to say about the modern British Armed Forces combined with the “well back in my day.” crowd.

Karl
Karl
1 day ago
Reply to  Dern

Yeah but those old fellas fought in real wars…..

Dern
Dern
1 day ago
Reply to  Karl

Oh look, someone who thinks that two decades of war doesn’t count as “real” wars. Go back to sitting in Germany old man, if you ever did serve (I suspect not).

Sawasdee
Sawasdee
5 days ago

More garbage for the mincers

John Pickford
John Pickford
5 days ago

Not more uniforms ?

Andy H
Andy H
4 days ago

What about some evening wear with a more open chest, and maybe some frilly cuffs?