Kit for Afghanistan?

#1
Hi gents. I am an RAF bloke who is deploying to Afghan in Mar 08. I was wondering if you would offer up any advice, kit wise that would be useful for me to buy/beg/steal, over and above the Combat Troops issue kit that I will get from clothing stores (Mk 6a Helmet, thermal mat, knee/elbow pads, patrol sack, basha, etc)?

Any kit list that you as a 'bill oddie' have bought to make your life easier in the field, that I as a crab wouldn't know about, would be greatly appreciated.

I will be working for numerous units which involves deploying forward into the s#1t and I have not got the field experience to know what is good kit to take.

Even the most insignificant item that you take and think is gucci would be a help!!

I have had loads of exped experience, so I am ok with living in the outdoors and what to bring civi wise, although not under fire from Terry!

I will use this advice/kit list as a foundation kit list for me and my opos for future deployments.

Many Thanks in anticipation and I look forward to meeting any of you who will be in Afghan from Feb/Mar 08.

Regards

crab-lad :D
 
#3
The inside back cover of this month's Soldier magazine will give you an insight. In the 'Vox Pop' section is a quote from a LCpl who was seperated from his bergen for 2 weeks (no toothbrush, sleeping system). So a good start point may be to decide what you can't be without, then make it as light/small as possible, and make sure it always goes with you. Then keep your bergen for the comfy but bulky stuff that you could live without if you had to.
 
#5
Thanks v much so far for the positive replys fellas. I will read soldier mag.

To 10BA09 I hope you are just taking the p**s, which is fine but if you are having a dig then just remember this. A friend of mine doing the same job as I will do, sustained serious injuries from an RPG round nr Garmsir!! No swimming pool there m8!! :wink:

We seem to 'dig-in' more nowadays than 'check-in'!! :x
 
#7
crab-lad said:
Thanks v much so far for the positive replys fellas. I will read soldier mag.

To 10BA09 I hope you are just taking the p**s, which is fine but if you are having a dig then just remember this. A friend of mine doing the same job as I will do, sustained serious injuries from an RPG round nr Garmsir!! No swimming pool there m8!! :wink:

We seem to 'dig-in' more nowadays than 'check-in'!! :x
Ah shame! It rains mostly in March and April, so I'd recommend a big Ortlieb canoe sack for your bergen, and two mini ones for your patrol pack. They also keep dust/river water/sewage out of all your gear. You'll also need waterproof paper and pencils (not just lumipens).

A light sleeping bag is useful. There are many times when you would love to carry the issue one (because its toasty) but you just don't have the space. I use a Softy 6 (which is not enough in March, but sh1t happens).

Black steel mugs (for cooking) are great space savers. Lifeventure thermal mugs are great for more static soldiering.

My best piece of advice would be to buy an infantryman a few drinks and get him to build and fit your webbing to you, so that it fits, doesn't rub/fall apart and most importantly make you look like a crow. Don't forget that you'll have radios (what sort?) and body armour to go with it all.
 
#8
Baldrick, that's not very nice, suggesting that the RAF are the same as the US Navy. :D The chap did say he would be digging in forward.
 
#9
crab-lad said:
Thanks v much so far for the positive replys fellas. I will read soldier mag.

To 10BA09 I hope you are just taking the p**s, which is fine but if you are having a dig then just remember this. A friend of mine doing the same job as I will do, sustained serious injuries from an RPG round nr Garmsir!! No swimming pool there m8!! :wink:

We seem to 'dig-in' more nowadays than 'check-in'!! :x
What trade are you by the way?
 
#10
It all depends on what job you are doing, assault vest or belt kit? What specialist kit are you likely to be carrying=Bergen, or grab bag! What weapon/s will you be carrying.

read soldier mag as suggested above.

Ask in the Inf forum.
 
#11
crabmabb said:
crab-lad said:
Thanks v much so far for the positive replys fellas. I will read soldier mag.

To 10BA09 I hope you are just taking the p**s, which is fine but if you are having a dig then just remember this. A friend of mine doing the same job as I will do, sustained serious injuries from an RPG round nr Garmsir!! No swimming pool there m8!! :wink:

We seem to 'dig-in' more nowadays than 'check-in'!! :x
What trade are you by the way?

Rather not say m8, if u dont mind.
 
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#16
crab-lad said:
Mr_C_Hinecap said:
Newly posted to 90SU then? Sound like a new enthusiastic comms techie to me!
No! I am not a 'box swapper'. :wink:
AH you must have worked with techies or you are a different trade of techie to call TG4 that????

the plot thickens
 
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#17
come on, you were quick enough to point out just how far forward you will be and how you will be digging in etc on a public forum but now want to keep your trade secret?

Are you embarrassed? Are you RAFP?
 
#18
Hmmm, perhaps he is with a tri-service bunch which aren't all kicking in doors or voyeristic types and due to the nature of thier work are not combat orientated but will be attached to combat units upon deployment. Combat multipliers?

Speaking of which deffo get a leatherman. Great for getting dirt out from under your nails but I'm going to let you guess which blade to use.
 
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#19
In which case, he should know better,as a combat multiplier, than to invite advice about operations to be provided on an open source webpage, shouldn't he?

Sure that any tri- service unit dispatching him MIGHT have given him a kit list. SOPs?
 
#20
really?_fascinating said:
Sure that any tri- service unit dispatching him MIGHT have given him a kit list. SOPs?
Indeed, might. It was only a guess I've heard of some places where admin is yours to sort out. Really helpful for first tours and no combat types to ask...Could be the reason for his OPSEC busting "Should I take laminated porn etc. (Yes, but don't show the natives) What else?" generic question.
 

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