OK, we're on a mission.... We forever see people asking what additional items of kit individuals should take to CTC upon commencement of recruit training. Totally understandable but, as ever, we resolutely advise potential Royal Marines to ONLY take kit that is on the kitlist issued by their AFCO. Reason? The additional kit required is different troop to troop, gets confiscated if not on the supplementary list(s) issued after commencing training & returned home. Conversely, some potential recruits get issued a Recruit Handbook (A5 published booklet) which contradicts the AFCO kitlist in some areas. What extra kit? - Examples:- Ironing Board, Bucket, Jetboil, Compass, paracord, additional non-issue clothing, cam cream, satnav, etc. Question is...Why?! Our understanding is RM Recruits are advised to take about £200 when joining to cover incidental expenses after joining whilst waiting for the pay account to come online. We're getting feedback that this money, and up to double that figure, is spent pretty much exclusively on additional kit required to undertake recruit training. Many ask the question why they are acquiring essential kit which should be provided through service sources and, frankly, most agree. Why, for example do you need to buy your own steam iron or washing liquid/powder to do your job and maintain the kit you are issued? Why should a recruit need to buy their own toilet/bathroom cleaning equipment? If your boots need to be polished...should you be expected to buy the polish? Therefore, confidentially assured, feedback would be very much appreciated detailing additional kitlists after joining and approx costs incurred.