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Wrens win on warrants, lose on laundry .. .

ONE of the basic principles underlying the recent decision to allow members of the WRNS to serve at sea was equality of terms of service between members of the RN and members of the WRNS. Action is now under way

clear that any changes which af- fect WRNS will apply only to those accepted, or liable, for sea service.

serving who undertake sea ser- vice will receive a uniform grant of £420 to cover the cost of jacket and trouser outfits. WRNS ratings drafted to sea will receive a gratuitous issue of appropriate additional items of uniform. WRNS ratings who move on

pay and allowances are con- firmed. In addition, members of the WRNS serving at sea will receive the same warrants and duty-free allowances as their RN counterparts. WRNS officers currently

Directions already issued on

to review the differences between the current terms and conditions of service for both Services with a view to aligning them as soon as possible. The announcement makes it

Winter sail starts now

THE Joint Service annual win- ter adventurous sail training expedition Medchase starts in mid-September and continues in legs until April next year. The Nicholson 55 HMSTC Adventure, with berths for 12, will deploy in the Eastern At- lantic during this period, and as last year's event was oversub- scribed, additional sail training craft will operate between November and April. An announcement gives full

details of the arrangements. legs

procedure. and

application s DCI(S) 60/90

to basic RN rates of pay will, however, lose their entitlement to give reduced notice to leave on marriage, and will also lose their personal laundry conces- sion.

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THE recently-established White Ensign Association Navy History Prize offers an annual prize for the best original con- tributions to naval history of any period. Entries may be based entirely on research, or on sonic combination of re-

Rewarding research

brooch of equivalent value, and three years subscription to the Navy Records and the Society for Nautical Research. DCI(RN) 144/90

MOD awards for inventions and technical suggestions, re- cently announced, include: CCMEA(M) A. E. Penman, cylinder head removal tool, £7,500; CRS L. Richmond, computer-assisted Morse train- ing method, £8.000; PO(S)(SM) G. M. Hemingham, operator trainin g package for 2001 Phase 3 sonar, £4,650. Where applicable, a local award is in- corporated in the figure. DCI(GEN) 131.90

Awards for inventions

open to all serving naval, WRNS and RM officers who will have reached the rank of lieutenant or equivalent by July I 199I. Entry arrangements and dates are given. The prize is a sword or naval

search and practical work, for example the conservation of an historical vessel or in under- water archaeology. The 1991 competition is


New badges for WOs

WARRANT officers are to have improved badges for caps/hats, berets and shoulder wear, and the multi-coloured Royal Arms on shoulder and cuff badge are being ex- tended to QARNNS AND WRNS warrant officers. A smaller version of the blue mess jacket cuff

rant Officer. In the light of this and subsequent concerns expressed about the differentiation of WOs, it was decided that their uniform should be enhanced by improving the appearance of their badges. The announcement says that, apart from standardisation on the multi-coloured Royal Arms for all WOs and reduction in the size of the blue mess jacket cuff badge, the design of cuff and shoulder badges is identical to current patterns. But some fundamental changes have been made to cap/hat and beret badges.

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badge is also to be introduced. After the Fleet Chief Petty Officer rate was introduced in 1970, distinctive badges first ap- peared in 1971. As a result of comment about the degree of difference between FCPO and CPO uniform appearance, changes in arrange- ments for wear of badges and button? were announced in 1973, the most significant being discontinuance of the three cuff buttons of FCPOs' jackets. In 1985 the title FCPO was replaced by War-

Details given include: Cap/hat and beret badges: A new, distinctively different design has been adopted — in tradi- tional colours except that the metal foul anchor and multi-coloured crown have been taken into the WRNS hat badge. Two narrow rings encir- cling the central motif have been removed and the surrounding laurel wreath has been rede- signed and widened.

the existing design for wear by all WOs has been adopted. Its appearance has been en- hanced by incorporating the full colouring of the Royal Arms and by changing from a woven to an embroidered motif.

Shoulder badge — single improved badge to

cuff badge for wear on uniform jackets has been standardised on the existing multi- coloured Royal Arms for all WOs.

Cuff badge — As with the shoulder badge, the

sion of the multi-coloured cuff badge is being introduced for wear on mess dress by all WOs. Most of the new badges are being issued this summer. Wear of the new standard shoulder badge by all serving WOs becomes compulsory after June 1 1992. These will be obtained in the normal course of uniform upkeep; in the mean- time mixed wear of existing and new badges between individuals is permitted.

Blue mess jacket cuff badge — A smaller ver- DCI(RN) 164/90

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