Now if women suffer from ‘Shoes and Handbag-itis’ then estranged husband Hagar he suffers from Boots and Watches-itis. I didn’t realise it until we moved him out of quarters recently that man has boots up the ying yang and he still wants more. He’s very excited about the new boots being issued to the military. The Ministry of Defence has signed a multi-million-pound contract for new boots for the Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.
Armed Forces personnel will receive a new range of brown combat boots to replace the black and desert combat footwear they currently wear.
The contract is worth £80 million and troops will have the choice of wearing five different boots, depending on where they are based and what job they are doing. There are five types available:
- Desert Combat: worn by dismounted troops conducting high levels of activity in desert environments exceeding 40 °C
- Desert Patrol: worn by mounted troops, typically drivers or armoured troops conducting lower levels of activity in desert environments exceeding 40 °C
- Temperate combat: worn by dismounted troops for high levels of activity in temperate climates
- Patrol: worn by mounted troops, typically drivers or armoured troops conducting lower levels of activity in temperate climates
- Cold Wet Weather: worn by dismounted troops for high levels of activity in temperatures down to –20 °C.
Each of the five boot types comes in two different styles, so personnel can wear whichever one is more comfortable for them. Black boots will continue to be worn with most non-camouflage uniforms and by units on parade in full dress uniform, such as Guards regiments on ceremonial duties in central London
If women can’t have too many shoes and handbags then men can’t have too many boots and watches. Hagar gets magpie eyes when he sees watches – he definitely covets then. I am pretty sure he would have an entire watch collection if his budget would allow it. So it’s not just women who get struck down by these strange shopping health conditions – men do too!