Having just been issued the veritable mountain of kit now obligatory for going sandy places, I was in turns amazed, chuffed, angered and perplexed. I only took the warm weather kit, (short and shiny deployment) but I was amazed that I still ended up with 3 full bin bags of claggage. I was chuffed with the standard of basic issue, and the quality of the items issued. I was angered that I joined the Army 24 years too early to be issued this cornucopia, and now the gucci stuff I've purchased over two decades might as well be binned. Think of all the beer tokens wasted... I was perplexed when I wondered how the fuck am I going to get all this kit on my baggage allowance! As somebody whose last operational deployment was TELIC when we got knack all, I am pretty bloody impressed with the issue of kit now.