No12 DRESS PROTECTIVE 1970-1991
No.12: Dress Protective covers the many items of dress that come under the general description of "protective
These items of issue range from "Coveralls, flame resistant, AFV Crewman", "Coveralls, Black, RTR" to specialist uniforms or equipment that are general issue.
No12 Dress encompases a wide range of uniforms, often dependent on individual unit requirements. In some Regiments
and Corps, such as the Parachute Regiment, the Royal Engineers, Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers and Royal Signals,
No12 Dress includes olive green "Trousers Lightweight" which are worn with "Shirt KF/GS", "Jumper Man's Heavy", Puttees
and Boots DMS, often referred to as "Working Dress". This order of dress crosses into No13 Barrack Dress, due to the use of the
"Jersey, Wool, Heavy".
The No12 Dress often becomes a dress code at the discretion of the unit Officer Commanding, at Squadron, Company, Battalion or even Regimental level.
WORKING DRESS - ROYAL ENGINEERS
Everything from cooks uniforms to nurses uniforms, technically comes under the heading of No12 Dress, even the green soled
"Garage Boots" issued to the REME, have a place within this dress code.
As an example: the Royal Engineers are issued "Specialist" equipment, for use during water-based tasks. The "Beaufort
Buoyancy Aid, Royal Engineers" is specifically designed for the Royal Engineers, first issued in 1970, and has remained
unchanged, with the exception of the updated "immersion activated light", to present day.
BEAUFORT BUOYANCY AID, ROYAL ENGINEERS ISSUE 4/1
INNER LABEL, BEAUFORT BUOYANCY AID, ROYAL ENGINEERS, ISSUE 4/1