Trops Q

#1
Is it true that troops were banned from wearing trops in NI as they are a fire hazard. Put it short the synthetic material melts, not burns, with say a petrol bomb, in much the same way we don't wear under-armour or synthetic stuff now because of the same with IED's and RPGs?

Or was the just the new trops, or old trops, whats the difference? And what is this t-bag material?
 
#2
LCpl Steve Tavener D and D was killed in 1983 in XMG in an IED, he suffered (not sure of the %) very nasty burns, he was apparently wearing trops which accounted for his conditon, we were banned from them because of this incident.

RIP Steve
 
#3
I know from my mates in the US that they are not allowed any synthetic clothing that carries such a hazard any more as part of their uniform at any time.

That mean no under armour, and the military being a huge part of their sales, I know they've come up with at least one flame retardant long sleeved T shirt atm.

Pretty sure this regulation came into effect about the same time we were getting dished out new sweat wicking synthetic t-shirts and undies. :\\ don't get that logic, especially after incidents years back such as bangalore pointed out.

Weren't the old old trops all cotton?
 

ugly

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#4
We wore on ops what we could get away with! No change there then, after the Falklands there was a review of man made clothing fibres due to the horrific burns suffered on ships.
This did filter down and we had a No Lightweight Trs rule during riot season, the rest of the year full DPM in Urban was considered agressive.
The trops and I still have a pair were very lightweight although with enough washing you could get a cotton feel they were I'm sure a mixture unlike the old OG's.
 
#5
ugly said:
We wore on ops what we could get away with! No change there then, after the Falklands there was a review of man made clothing fibres due to the horrific burns suffered on ships.
This did filter down and we had a No Lightweight Trs rule during riot season, the rest of the year full DPM in Urban was considered agressive.
The trops and I still have a pair were very lightweight although with enough washing you could get a cotton feel they were I'm sure a mixture unlike the old OG's.
Always used to chuckle at those rulings - combats/face-cam/no2 haircuts considered too aggressive. Unlike, for example, the rifle and FRG you are carrying... :D
 
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