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Looking ally Iraqi Army style

As for the whole looking Ally - it is very much in the Iraqi psyche to look good. Does it make them any better soldiers? Not to us, but they feel better and that means they perform better in Iraqi standards!
This line had me thinking fondly of the CSM's reaction:

“I did not like the uniform given to me by the Iraqi Army so I bought my own one,”
As for the 'SF' geezer above - sure that's not an airsoft Walt? Looks like an air hose running from his back to his 'gun', with a helmet video for his youtube heroics to be displayed... :D
US forces regularly wear knee pads around the ankles. It is a convenient way to carry them in a quickly deployable manner (They do slip and are very sweaty and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods in the correct position).

As for the internal pads that can be worn in the new uniform, I have yet to find a yank who uses them. I am told that they simply do not provide enough padding when you need it but make the uniform less comfortable when you dont. Good idea poorly executed.

Is it any wonder the Iraqis like to buy gucci kit, show me a Brit who doesnt do the same and the start point for the Iraqis is not great! It would seem that they like to copy what they see without understanding the utility of it. A decent set of goggles, worn over your eyes, might just save your sight. For a soldier to say he doesnt need them is a bit silly (unless he is a clerk).

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