The design of the uniform and equipment used by the British Army in the Far East at the start of the campaign with Japan was not bad and in the context of the period was perfectly adequate to troops expecting to serve in hot climates but with no experience of the realities of jungle warfare.
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To little fanfare Army Chief Of Staff GEN Mark Milley authorized the Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform as an optional purchase item last October. According to ALARACT 027/219 beginning 1 June Soldiers may purchase it from Clothing Sales Stores and wear it in lieu of the OCP Army Combat Uniform.
Any infantry soldier who comes to the jungle becomes a better more rounded soldier if you can work in the jungle you can work anywhere. Perfecting fieldcraft and basic soldiering skills patrolling underneath the impenetrable canopy and sleeping in torrential rain among deadly creatures was the daily job at hand.