Great Kit - none of it

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by danielsan, Jan 5, 2007.

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  1. I have been in theatre seven weeks now, and have yet to be issued with Osprey Armour that fits or a 6A helmet and yet I see civvy contractors with the helmets, and camp rats with the armour. I am trying to chase it up with my own G4 to no avail. Apparently there are 15000 sets of Osprey within the two main theatres - enough for two each for frontline troops yet I go on patrol without. Serve me right for being a fat b'st'rd but whats a man to do - run off to the papers - refuse to go on patrol?
    Any serious suggestions?
  2. complain up the CoC only way
  3. Tough titty then eh?
  4. Danielsan

    Welcome to the club. In Afghan it took us 2 months before Osprey and a limited number of Kestrel started arriving in theatre. I can say that approx 800 sets of osprey were in theatre and issued to EVERYONE who needed / required it whilst out on the ground. On the size issue, most of the armour was 180 /116 or 190 /120 so yes you are a bit of a porker if none fits you.

    All I can suggest is that you carry on using ECBA until the time you can be issued a larger set of osprey. Probably not what you wanted to hear, however, ECBA does work and it's better than a desert shirt as a bullet stopper!

    Wax on

    Mr Miyagi
  5. Start keeping a diary. God forbid that you or one of your guys is killed or badly injured, it may well be useful. This of course is of little use to you when taking a 7.62 through the chest, but if sonmebody in the CoC is "turning a blind eye" then there is very little you can do.

    Although, I suspect that given the number of journalists and interested parties trawling ARRSE for the sharp end view, and coming three weeks after the inquest into Sgt Roberts that many of them may well start to ask how we can be in the same postion three years into the op.

    Good luck and keep your head down.
  6. danielsan,
    for goodness sake man keep complaining up your CoC , I have spent a lot of time and money having you trained and transported out there , FFS you are a very expensive asset and I cant keep loosing you all just for the cost of some body armour.
    In the mean time as already said keep your head down ,stay safe and maybee diet :D

  7. Contractors get the kit because either:

    They go out and buy it;
    Their boss says "my lads aren't going anywhere until they get it from the MoD as promised".

    The Army - run by dedicated professionals who live by "Serve to Lead" - tells you to STFU and get on with it.

    If I was you my missus would probably be phoning the press about now - but I'm a STAB so I've got no pension at threat from a vindictive CoC.
  8. Another big driver of that is insurance requirements.
  9. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    Get your BAFF application in and get them on the case!
  10. Thanks Guys, I really just needed to blow off some steam - interesting points none the less. My issued set just fits over a t shirt and shirt but when you start adding softies and smocks I have a problem. Lack of helmets really is just a crime.
    Slimfast it is then :oops: !
  11. Danielson, get your father to write to his MP and write direct to Des Browne. If you are not satisfied with the answer PM me and I will forward you a good letter to write, with your father's name on the bottom of it.
  12. I suggest you stop being gay. You've got body armour and a helmet already. Are you scared?
  13. Please don't break wind in the current affairs forum.

    Its good to see threads like this developing, knowing that they are least being read by the occasional sympathetic ear and by people in postitions to be able to do something about it.

    I am going to start a thread asking why my chateau in Bordeaux hasn't been provided free of charge.

    You could improvise, and manufacture your own 'in theatre' bullet repelling armour. Suggest using a couple of spare landrover tyres, some dexian wrapping and a necklace made from track pads..... you'll look nails.

    You wouldn't have been worried about armour if you had listened to your PTIs in training... you'd be able to outrun munitions and failing that deflect them with your beautiful bronze body.
  14. Doh_Nut

    Your Chateau is being used as a Grace and Favour residence for Prescott, Brown & Browne (Bliar would use it but you don't get enough Airmiles from flying there)
  15. You have not been issued maahuusive, fat boy, sized body armour because the money was spent on really important stuff like "neckcoolers" and "camp chairs, REMF, camp rat, use of".
    Be Happy, dont panic. If you do get dinged you'll get to watch the fcuking big televisons in the hospitals.
    On a semi serious note, I couldn't get over the amount of genuinely crap gear which was issued to me. Next time, just give me some vouchers and a fair go on the interweb.