Why are so many of the posts we see on ARRSE extolling the virtues of, I'm sure, expensive replacements for issued kit? In my day we didn't buy our own stuff (OK, ignoring the red beret and wings bought at the local surplus shop on the first day of your first leave simply to impress your mates!) we made do with what we were issued. Yes, a lot of it was crap (not our SLRs though) but it did the job - for a while in some cases; we had jungle boots that literally fell apart after a month - and, when required, it was all replaced - for free. I'm not saying that we didn't swap kit (a pair of jungle boots made the US of A and a few hundred rounds of 5.65 could be had for a K-ration jam roly-poly) but buying it? Never.