I meant the airsoft Brigade, the few round here that I see meeting up are all salad dodgersLots of people wore knee pads in the 82nd back in the day. Only for jumping though - rarely saw them in the field.
I remember those, they were described as being Italian paratroopers kit.Early 1980’s our local surplus store had a load of Italian kit which we (cadets) all bought. It was in plain green and had large oval shaped rubber pads built in to the elbows and knees. It wasn’t special kit either, just seemed to be an ordinary combat jacket and trousers set.
The big DZs at Bragg are clay and can get hard as a rock in summer. Every little bit helps, because we all know PLFs always go according to plan. I just tried to avoid looking like a sack of potatoes dropped from altitude.They must perform an interesting PLF.
Just land like a sack of potatoes, but as they say ' A good jump is one that you get up and walk away from.'
My night landings seemed to go better, probably because the landing was always a bit of a surprise.Remember the thing when we attended RTA's and the pissed up driver used to always get out and walk away whereas the sober driver was injured. The assumption was that the pissed up driver was alcohol relaxed, slower to react and tense up than the sober driver so used to remain uninjured.
You could possibly apply the same theory to PLF's; don't tense, and dollop in like a relaxed sack of spuds, rather than being all tensed up trying to time and execute a PLF.