Kit worn in Afgahnistan

#1
I have recently been out in afghanistan and was issued the new osprey, thankfully i trded it in for a plate carrier which was 30 times better! why cant the army just copy what the yanks wear and we will all be better off!
 
#2
My other half is due to go out soon, he has been issued his desert gear but has spent a couple of hundred buying better stuff and extras.

I have heard alot of men do this - why are you not issued with the best of everything in the first place?
 
#3
Ex_Reg_Andy said:
... why cant the army just copy what the yanks wear and we will all be better off!
Marker said:
... why are you not issued with the best of everything in the first place?
indoubitabley said:
...why can't you f*ck off to The QM's and MT (logistics) page if you want to talk about kit.

For f*cks sake, not every post has to be in the NAAFI Bar you know. ARRSE is a big place, have a look around!
 
#4
Ex_Reg_Andy said:
... why cant the army just copy what the yanks wear and we will all be better off!
Marker said:
... why are you not issued with the best of everything in the first place?

My journo detecting radar is blinking ominously...

B-T

Edited as a biff at using quotes
 
#5
Ex_Reg_Andy said:
I have recently been out in afghanistan and was issued the new osprey, thankfully i trded it in for a plate carrier which was 30 times better!
No sh1t sherlock, ospreys are crap at carrying plates, they lack opposable thumbs. I used to have a buzzard who could carry a teapot or a pair of egg cups but he got old and feeble (just like my mum) so I panned his head in with a lump hammer (just like my mum)
 
#6
Marker said:
My other half is due to go out soon, he has been issued his desert gear but has spent a couple of hundred buying better stuff and extras.

I have heard alot of men do this - why are you not issued with the best of everything in the first place?
If he has spent so much on stuff he needs , Id like to know where he is going to carry it. Almost everything you could concievably "need" is now on the operational kit list and no shortage of it either and generally good quality. Stuff you "want" is a different kettle of fish.

If you are a Journo you are a few years too late for this story!
 
#7
I doubt she/he is a journo, every squaddie feels compelled to buy kit that they think they will need when they go on tour however its quite often a different kettle of fish when they arrive in theatre and all the "gucci" kit that they have shelled out on gets left in their grip bag/black plastic box.
I would agree that virtually all of the kit you need for tour is issued nowadays, now that we have things like cop vests, camelbaks etc on issue.
 
#8
Marker said:
My other half is due to go out soon, he has been issued his desert gear but has spent a couple of hundred buying better stuff and extras.
my bold

No he hasn't, he's been spending the money on his 'bit on the side' and is using this as an excuse.

Does he come home with scratchs on his back from "the terrible scratchy bergans" from when he goes out for his midnight tabs???

What extras has he been buying by the way? Handcuffs for all the naughty Iraqi's he'll be arresting??? Poppers for the anal searchs he'll have to carry out??? a butt paddle for self protection when patrolling? A gimp mask so his face won't be seen for 'Opsec' reasons???
 
#9
Not a journo ladies!

Indoubitably - You know so much!

I have no doubt you are issued with everything you need, I asked him that when he got given the kit cos my main concern would be his safety. But for him (and many others) they feel the need to buy 'better' even before they go. How much use he'll get out of the stuff he's bought - I dont know.

There has been alot of stuff in the papers about kit.
 
#10
Camelbaks aren't issued. Just some cheap copy that goes "pop" aftera short while. The body armour is barely adequate. Especially when the UK is the world leader in the nano technology stuff, D3O etc.
As for the boots....
Give the boys the cash/vouchers and let them crack on. No more MoD kickbacks from sh1t kit makers.
 
#13
Check the makers marks, straightbloke. CamelBak is a registered trade mark. Their kit is well made and survives the occasional bump. The one I was issued is marked "Source Hydration." No, I've never heard of them either...
 
#15
gennithmedic said:
Camelbaks aren't issued. Just some cheap copy that goes "pop" aftera short while. The body armour is barely adequate. Especially when the UK is the world leader in the nano technology stuff, D3O etc.
As for the boots....
Give the boys the cash/vouchers and let them crack on. No more MoD kickbacks from sh1t kit makers.
the source is more exspensive than the camel bac .Could be worse could have brought webtex then you really could whinge.
 
#16
Good God! MoD went to a good supplier! My still broke after a few days though. The bag is wierd, it's not sealed, it bends over on itself and it held in place with a plastic clip. CamelBak is sealed and the plastic seems stronger. I also got Bolle goggles- in fcuking GREEN, they look shoite! Maybe the MoD has seen the light and realises that the cheapest option is often a false economy?
 
#18
Word I heard when I was in Afghanistan was that you couldn't use a Camel Bak anyway, as the Afghans fertilised their fields with human feces.
 
#19
Ladyingreen?

Thats sort of the point of having a sealed bag, with a plastic cover over the nipple of the tube. You have to carry your own water supply.
 

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