Good Buys??

Iv just passed out as a Royal Engineer TA Soldier and was wondering if you guys could advise on some essential gear i could do with buying before i go on any 'proper' exercise's?

Iv got the basic issued kit but is there anything you would reccomend i get?

They'll advise against it but, if you can get your hands on you're own gun, that would help alot.
a decent bluey
decent boots
decent socks
When you go on EX you will see what kit people have, some cnuts go out and get all the gear but have no idea. build your kit up as you find you need it, dont buy something because its shiny, only buy useful kit. There is a lot of crap out there. Best thing to do is speak to your mates.
Nightrained said:
A proper Exercise in the TA? does that include a bank holiday monday or somthing?
I think he means that he's about to undergo a six week exercise compressed into a two week period.

You've got to have been there to understand.
Andi, if you've got a bottle opener, a cork screw, a chip pan and a Swiss Champ Swiss Army Knife, the issue kit will suffice for anything else.


Silly me. You just need the chip pan and Swiss Champ.
Nightrained said:
A proper Exercise in the TA? does that include a bank holiday monday or somthing?
Nightrained I realise your straight out the factory and on an Operational Tour so have a chat to some of the STABS out there who are probaby on their third or fourth tour and see if they only work Saturdays and Sundays. You are consistant with your dribble though and seem to manage to dig yourself a little hole whatever the forumn you go on (better sign that shovel out your store).

Most useful bits of kit, Small flask (cup) and an unbreakable thermal mug (ok squaddies do manage it). A decent A4 nirex folder and a waterproofed note book. All the rest f the issued kit (to regulars anyway)is good enough, luxuries like Buffalo tops, softie jackets, sleeping bags are a personnel choice. Dont spend to keep up with the Joneses.


My top buy is a Jetboil stove, fantastic for the UK but you can't carry gas on a plane and it is difficult to buy gas when you are on op's. :cry:
If you've not gone one already, a metal 58pat mug. Also leathermans are nice and gucci - small and very useful. You'll find out what you need when you've had to do without it!
RoyalEngineers said:
Your own body armour.
Go back to school please civvy, unless you have a sensible answer.
Nice to see sum1 sticking up for the TA! iv not had any1 in the regs say a bad word to me about being in the TA until now, and the odd civvy that obviously cant hack "the part time army"!

I am looking forward to getting out on op as soon as possible and appreciate the lads that are offering advice.

RoyalEngineers said:
I wasn't joking..

..i know I know nothing, been told enough times and all, but if the British Army issue body armour practically just holds you together after taking a round, wouldn't it be wiser to get some that prevents a round passing through in the first place, or something that doesn't restrict movement as much?

Sorry, just thought it was a sensible suggestion, however practical or impractical it may be, I was genually advised to do so if I could at some point.


Bring on the further abuse :)
i know this one, as have talked about it with several ex army.

the issue armour basicly keeps you together. some of the most fatal torso wounds you get are caused not by the entry wound but the exit wound.
when they go inside you, they tend to break up, meaning you have a fairly small hole in the front, but it blows most of your back away.
the theory is the armour stops that happening, and a small hole in, and a small hole out, is fair easier to treat in situ, and you have a good chance of lasting a few hours, which is usually enough time to get you to somewhere you can be treated properly.

the cermanic plates that go over the basic armour are what stops the bullet.

however, as has been said before stopping a bullet is easy. its not so easy to do, and retain your mobility. you could strap 6 inch thick metal plates to your torso, but it would weigh you down so much, the enemy would probably just run up and stab you in the head, and there would be **** all you could do about it.

the compromise is between protection and mobility. losing mobility means while you may be able to stop various small arms fire, you become and easy target for things like snipers, as well as bigger weapons like RPG, and even mortar.

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