Was thinking back to my time spent in the inf about NBC drills which were carried out during trg/ex. I have always believed that however slick the drills were, in reality we would have had no chance during a full blown conflict involving nukes. Im talking about the drills carried out after the blast i.e. fighting & surviving in the aftermath of fallout. Unsure whether the drills or kit have changed since 80's/90's but training at that time was a joke. With most of the drills performed your skin would nearly always be exposed. The difficulty in trying to connect your waterbottle to your ressi for a sip of water (which may have been contaminated) for example. That was the drink drill, I cant remember ever performing an eating drill? A classic was the take a dump drill - go dig a hole, open up nbc suit, dab your exposed skin with those powder thingys, take crap etc.. I never did get that one? All I ever remember at the end of the trg was to be covered in fullers earth which was probably the same colour as fallout dust. That was basic survival drills carried out in non-tac environment. The fun came when trying to implement these drills into an excercise. I think the longest ever time spent on ex inside an NBC suit was about 6 hours and that was a killer. It was ok when stuck inside a trench waiting for an attack but tasks such as a section attack - forget it. I remember everyone at the time, when carrying out fire & manoeuvre, had to lift the ressi up to actually breath after running a short distance - and this was first contact. Even the old sweats who had empty filters would lift the mask to get a breath. So what was the point in carrying out these drills when in reality they were a complete waste of time. How were we supposed to function for days/weeks on end in these suits? We would have needed a spare bergan just to carry the fullers earth required for each drill. Anyone else ever wonder about this?