reply to post by sanchoearlyjones
It's not that there is some sort of FLIR tech built into BDUs *by the way we use ACUs now *Army Combat Uniform*. It's that in addition to the
infrared markers *little squares of reflective material much like the "black plastic" reflective belts*, we wear American Flags in a subdued pattern
of the same material, and if you're operating in a night environment where friendlies are using IR detection equipment then you will have what we
call a flasher.
Seeing as that's part of an actual mission execution measure, you'll have to go somewhere else to find out what is entailed with those, but rest
assured if it comes to trying to identify US military versus US civilian, there is almost no doubt that it's 100% doable... as long as civvies stay
in civvies, and military stay in uniform.
You would be surprised how far a single group of soldiers will go beyond orders (we're all human after all) to find one person. As a soldier we're
conditioned to abhor failure, so being given an objective and then failing in that task isn't just like not getting a Wii on launch day, it's more
along the lines of being pregnant and you're child being still-born.
As far as "regular patrols" the only one's you should ever worry about are patrols consisting of soldiers in COMBAT ARMS MOS's with a unit patch
on their RIGHT shoulder... especially if they're under 35. That means more than likely they're veterans of combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, or both,
and being one myself, I know that while doing "routine patrols" in country we did some VERY off the wall and out of the box thinking in order to
find people we were looking for and to catch criminals *not terrorists, criminals, because that's what they are* in the act, or red-handed so to
But yes, I agree, you should be more worried about the "regular patrols" than any overhead video surveilance.
But if you are worried about FLIR or any other form of heat detections, remember this, that unlike night vision equipment, heat detection is broken
absolutely by a single layer of ANYTHING.... plastic, saran wrap between you and the detector held away from the body works EXCELLENT because it
transfers heat extremely quickly, thus equalizing to the ambient temperature, and it provides 100% protection between you and a detector.
Aluminum foil also works for covering up entrances to tents/caves/lean-tos....
Just some information from a retired Combat Engineer.