Provision of new RAAF uniforms
Additionally, measurements will be taken of those members who cannot be provided with the 1A uniform on a made-to-fit basis, or trousers, slacks and skirts from normal stocks. As advised in last month's Air Force News, the ADA team will be moving on to all regions and major bases within Australia in the next few months to continue this task.
In relation to the 1A uniform, a number of points need to be made. The uniform consists of a tunic and trousers or slacks. If personnel cannot be kitted from the made-to-fit range, a made-to-measure (tailor-made) uniform will be issued or charged for at the standard made-to-fit price, if repayment is involved.
This principle also applies to the provision of trousers, slacks and skirts. Some members who can be fitted with stock items, may choose to purchase fully tailor-made garments, and in these cases, the higher special measurement prices apply.
The list below sets out the current prices for Air Force blue garments supplied by ADA. In relation to the new 1A uniform, it should be noted that the higher price, in comparison to the previous blue/grey equivalent, arises for two reasons.
Firstly, supply of the new garment involves a more complex fitting process than the old system of tailors altering off-the-hook uniforms to provide a near as possible fit.
Secondly, under the previous pricing policy for RAAF clothing, the cost at the time of purchase, of all currently held stocks of the same uniform item was taken into account. The final price was the average of the cost of these various batches of garments.
With the new uniform, no old stocks are held and the price reflects the current cost of supply to the RAAF. These prices are similar to those for comparable Army garments.