posted on Apr, 1 2006 @ 05:18 AM
To the best of my knowledge (I admit that my evidence is anecdotal and incomplete) US troops do not have everything they should. With an army as large
as ours, logistics SNAFUs are a part of life unfortunately.
That's not to say that everyone who gets it is using it either.
In my humble opinion, the Army's policy on forbidding personal gear has been badly implemented and it's PR has been even worse.
They need to do two things.
1. Enforce the use of issued gear, to the exclusion of anything which would preclude the use thereof.
2. Allow non-obstructive personal gear.
I came within a month or so, give or take, of deployment to Iraq before I hurt my back. I never did get a solid answer on whether or not the Corps
would allow me to take personal gear, but I had a bit of a shopping list in mind considering the state of the gear I usually ended up with in the
Corps. High on my list were a bigger canteen, my dad's glock, and a pocket translator.
And if I'd gotten there, not been issued armor, and seen one too many guys go down who shouldn't have- you bet your life I'd have written home for
my folks to spend as much as my bank account might contain on some armor- I don't care how close to or far from government specs.
On the other hand, if the Corps had given me armor, I'd have had a few choice words for anyone who suggested that I not wear it.
Heat Exhaustion... Sucking Chest Wound... hmmm. Which would you choose?
Last I checked, refilling a canteen is a heck of a lot easier than stuffing your guts back into your abdomen.