Issue item VS commercial item Greeting to All, I am new here, I am not serving in any military but i am very interested in the army! I got some questions hope you guys in the army, will don't mind to tell me so i can learn more! I see there are may issued gear(for instance, the PLCE 120L bergen) got replicated under come commercial brand (e.g. Web-tex, UK Kombat, etc), also some fo the "non-issue" gear (e.g. the 135L bergen by Web-tex or those webbing pouches by Pro-force), the they claimed their product are build for the military. So here it come the question: 1. I though the issued item were produced by the government contractor under no brand name, is it? Or it is actually supplied by one of those commercial manufacturer? 2. Do you guys allow to use these commercial items on the field? 3. If this is allow, does many people using these item supply by these commercial manufacturer? 4. How's the quality? Issue better or commercial better? 5. Do you guys have any allowance to purchase these item or it simply you pay your own additional commercial made gear? 6. Since you guys can have issue item for free, what make you go to purchase these commercial item? Hope these are not too much to ask. Thank you all in advance for your advice and opinion!