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    What i carry,what i used to carry.

    Got the idea for this thread off another military forum.The idea is to post what kit you carry in the field if you are currently serving and what you used to carry if you are an exer.No comments on each others set ups are allowed.Just list your kit.We can always learn something new from others.Particularly interested to hear from our posters from foreign Militaries and our veterans who can post what they carried before we went all Gucci.
    So to get the ball rolling:

    My Bergen/CEMO contents:
    Sleeping bag (Issue Nanok jungle type).
    Issue BIVI bag.
    Sleeping mat.
    Canoe sack for sleeping kit.
    6x metal tent pegs.
    Issue Basha (inside BA basha bag).
    Spare tropical pants.
    Long sleeve DRIFLO top.
    3 X Bridgedale socks.
    1 x Sealskin socks.
    Footpowder.
    Waterbottle ( BA issue 58 Ptn bottle).
    24 Hour ORP.
    Disposable lighter.
    Jetboil stove c/w Gas canister.
    Stuff sack to keep rations and cooking gear in.
    Stuff sack for dirty laundry IE socks.
    50 Metres Paracord.
    2 x Arc markers.
    TAM Part one(field stripped)
    Small polish brush,tin of polish,spare laces.
    Small battery power Electric razor.
    Small toothpaste and folding brush.
    Pack of SAGE wipes.
    2x issue TP
    Small Field towel.(Quick drying and anti microbial).
    Isue waterproof trousers.

    Patrol pack
    Issue Camelbak.
    Issue Lighweight Norgie shirt.
    1 x spare socks(sealed in plastic)
    BA issue CS95 gloves.
    Issue neck gaiter "skipcap".
    Issue waterproof jacket.
    Issue "Elmerfud" waterproof fleece hat (winter only)
    1x Boil in the bag meal.(next meal)
    Jetboil(if operating without Bergen for long period)
    Metal spoon and cleaning rag.
    6 x AA batteries.3 x AAA.
    4 x Cylumes(Red,green,blue,IR)
    Issue TP.
    Rifle cleaning kit.
    A5 Nyrex "battlebook" c/w cover.
    PW kit( Tags,elastic bands,rubbergloves,sandbag)
    Assorted Stabilo markers and chinagraph pencils.
    Any ordnance or reserve ammo issued.
    Flaskmug.
    Issue Patrol pack liner.

    Battlevest
    Magazines as issued.
    50 Rd GPMG link (if issued).
    Smoke/HE/M203 Grenades( if issued).
    Bayonet(if issued).
    Small IFAK.
    Snack pack and emergency brewkit.
    4x Hexi tabs(sealed in plastic)
    PRR (if issued)
    Mozzie repellant (100% DEET)
    Issue Mozzie headnet.
    Headtorch c/w red lens.
    2 x disposable lighter.
    Leatherman tool.
    Issue Puritabs.
    Lifeboat whistle.
    2x Flexcuffs.
    A6 Nyrex for cribcards.
    Waterproof notebook c/w pencil,eraser,sharpener.
    Silva compass.
    Map.
    Piece of old orange survival bag for flash card.(Heli ops)
    Roll of black electrical tape.
    Issue Cam stick.

    Smock(if worn)
    Micro Maglite(lens taped and pinholed for mapreading).
    Boonie hat.
    FFD in sleeve pocket.
    Issue Spirigel in sleeve pocket.

    Thats what I carry for 72 hours exercise/OPS here in Ireland.Ration and water resupply would be assumed.Variations would include carrying a Snuppack jacket in the patrol pack during winter.Carrying my issue DPM poncho instead of the waterproof suit if operating in tropical weather or if carrying out static OPS such as VCP's.I also sometimes ditch the sleeping bag and use a Poncho liner instead. if the weather is warm.I sometimes carry my issue gaiters if I know i will be crossing marshland etc.

    Now.Who is next???
    Last edited by apod; 21st August 2012 at 19:22.
    Infantry Corps - An Lámh Comhrac


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    outstanding post apod - i think you've covered pretty much everything on there without going into detail.

    i travel light these days with pretty much everything i need in my patrol pack.

    Lightweight Commanders Rig:



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    admin panel removed, but in the 2 x closed mag pouches on the left i have my 5.56 Speed Loader, Gun Oil, RCK, Leatherman and Maglite.

    3 x QR mag pouches then a decent Medkit.

    its perfect for range work and mobile ops.



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    Predator 45l patrol pack (canoe bag inside) with Camelbak, poncho / stretcher, bivi bag, entrenching tool, gore-tex jacket, softee jacket and trousers (sometimes), Underarmour, spare socks and foot powder, paracord, head torch, metal mug, brew kit and hexi.

    ammo, rations and batteries get thrown in there too as required.

    there is a lot i haven't mentioned but that's the jist of it.

    does the job for what i need it for. i can add a belt and more pouches if need be.

    that's how it is now, but 15 years ago - that would have been a very different story indeed.

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    RGJ, Photos and attachments not working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwiftandSure View Post
    RGJ, Photos and attachments not working.
    not again!

    try now.
    Last edited by RoyalGreenJacket; 12th July 2012 at 00:28.
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    PLCE Bergan:

    Top pocket:
    Issue hand sanitiser
    Black tape
    Clear google lens

    Inside lid pocket:
    Hexi stove, mess tin, scouring pad (for if I run out of gas) (Mess tin removed. Have a Crusader cup in my CEFO so don't need a mess tin also 20/8/12)
    Boot polish kit
    Housewife kit
    Model kit

    Main compartment:
    Dry kit: pants
    Shirt
    T-shirt
    Socks

    Warm kit: socks
    Thick socks
    Issue thermal longjohns
    Thermal top

    Wash kit: "unbreakable" mirror (Not broken but bent into all sorts of queer shapes and scratched to fook!)
    Micro towel
    Small tooth brush and paste
    Shave oil and disposable razors x2
    Baby oil and baby wipes
    Soap bar

    Sleeping kit: Highlander Ranger lite sleeping bag
    Issue bivi bag

    Front pocket:
    6x metal tent pegs
    Basha (with hand straps on corners so it can be used as an improvised stretcher)
    3x bungies

    Left rocket pouch:
    Jetboil
    2x gas canisters
    Cleaning rag

    Right rocket pouch:
    Empty (for Ammo)

    Strapped to front:
    Kip mat



    (3)/Day bag: Now have a TECMAC 50 so this has been reorged

    Top Pocket:
    Black Tape
    Issue hand sanatiser
    Rifle cleaning kit (Moved from bergen 20/8/12)
    2x Isotonic drinks powder

    Inside lid pocket:
    Model kit
    Para cord

    Main compartment:
    Socks
    Sealskins socks
    Issued fleece
    Wet gear jacket
    Dry gear (from bergen if using it as a 3 day bag)
    Poncho and liner (if using as a 3 day bag)

    Left rocket pouch:
    PW kit
    Jet Boil (if using as a 3 day bag)

    Right rocket pouch:
    Empty (for Ammo)

    Front admin pouch:
    2x arc markers
    6x AA batteries
    6x AAA batteries
    Mozzi head net
    Cam Cream
    Tissues
    Wipes
    Pen + pencil
    2x green cylumes (Moved from bergen 20/8/12)
    2x red cylumes (Moved from bergen 20/8/12)
    Folding saw





    Webbing:
    Ammo pouch (BA ones that can take 3 mags each vs the 2 in a issue pouch)
    Bayonett frog
    IFAK (personal boo-boo kit on one side, trauma kit on the other)
    Ordnance pouch
    Utility pouch with emergency rats, steel mug, servival blanket and servival kit
    Ordnance pouch
    Water bottle pouch with 58 pattern bottle and puri tabs
    Ammo pouch (BA ones that can take 3 mags each vs the 2 in a issue pouch)
    Grenade pouch (for small bits and bobs and gerber multi-tool as I will never get issued a grenade)
    Black tape attached to yoke strap


    Helmet:
    Helmet( duh)
    Revision goggles
    "Cats eyes"




    Smock:
    Left sleeve: pen
    Tissues
    Lighter
    Steri wipes

    Right sleeve: issue FFD and surgical gloves

    Top right pocket: monocular
    Pencil with a few feet of gorilla tap around it
    Smokes
    Spoon
    Lighter (Moved from TR pocket 20/8/12)

    Top left pocket:
    Whistle
    Pace beads
    Compass
    Marker
    R/G/B china pencils
    A6 Battle book
    A6 tac flash cards
    Rite in the rain notepad

    Bottom left pocket: crappy multi-tool
    Issue Hand sanitiser
    Bush hat
    Fleece hat

    Bottom right pocket: neck gaiter
    Glucose sweets
    Cam cream
    Streamlight sidewinder (the one with the IR bulb)





    That's it I think. Missing few things alright after moving recently so I'll need to find or buy new ones. When I do I'll add them to the list along with a few things I'll be adding/replacing over the next few weeks. Also everything is waterproofed in dry bags.
    Maybe there should also be a thread for tips and constructive critisism of the kit posted here?

    By the way I'm posting this from an iPhone so I'm sorry if it comes out all arse about face.





    Updated 20/8/12 - Still need to work on this but it's coming along. It's just one more evolution of my kit
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    Maybe there should also be a thread for tips and constructive critisism of the kit posted here?
    There is already a thread like that here.It's called the "Good tips" thread.This thread is a no criticism ,no opinions,thread.Just for people to share their way of doing things.
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    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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    I'll post what works for me after the upcoming assessments
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    This is a fantastic idea for a thread. Cant believe i've missed it til now, and eqally shocked its still on its first page. I'll be adding mine when i have some time. Hats off to apod. Good idea sir.

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    OK! just back!

    Smock:

    Top right: KFS, Waterproof matches, some rations
    Top left: Swiss army knife, sweets
    Bottom right: Gloves, cam cream
    Bottom left: Bush hat

    Day Sack:

    Top pocket: GPMG Ammo + belts (I was MAG gunner)
    Main Compartment: Wet Gear/Smock, Water, Metal mug, more ammo
    Front: Hexi cooker (gas stoves are great but the hexi does the job too!!)
    Right: Cam cream remover, some rations
    Left: Some rations

    PLCE:

    Left side: Ammo pouches (unused this time)
    Water
    Middle: Scrim scarf, head torch, spare batteries, mossie net, Peltors
    Right: Small med kit (plasters, blister covers, space blanket and mossie repellent)

    That's the lot. Basic as hell but for the 24 hours, this + bergan was absolutely spot on. I moved the wet gear to the bergan along with some extra hexi tabs, waterproof matches and the remainder of the rations. Also included in the bergan was sleeping system, sweets, bungies and tent pegs!
    I knew a simple soldier boy.....
    Who grinned at life in empty joy,
    Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
    And whistled early with the lark.

    In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
    With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
    He put a bullet through his brain.
    And no one spoke of him again.

    You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
    Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
    Sneak home and pray you'll never know
    The hell where youth and laughter go.

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    Smock
    Top Left- Compass
    Top Right- Pace Beads
    Bottom Left- Morale Pocket
    Bottom Right- Bush Hat, Gloves, camo cream and mossie net
    Inside Pocket- Spoon- no I didn't steal it from the cookhouse, I only carry a spoon, who needs a knife and fork for rations?
    Left Sleeve- chinagraphs etc in a ziplock bag
    Right - FFD + globes in a ziplock

    Day Sack
    Top Flap- Black Tape, Housewife Kit and Baby Wipes
    Inside- Brew Kit, one meal, wet jacket, snugpack, spare batteries and spare torch

    Vest
    Inside Left- Battle Book and Map (waterproofed)
    Inside Right- waterproof notepad and TAMs
    Small pouch front - headtorch and whistle
    4 x ammo pouches- I keep 2 for ammo one has cam cream the other keeps scrim scarf and rifle cleaning kit.
    Rear Pouch Left - Bino's, Model Kit, paracord-lots of
    Rear Right- Gloves, first aid kit and warm hat, black tape
    Rear- Source 2L sack, though manged to lose the end of it last week so horsed in water bottle c/w metal mug and brew kit, all in it previous to daysack

    Bergen
    Sleeping bag (gelert), in bivvie bag in a compression sack
    Wet gear trousers
    Spare shirt/trousers/jocks/socks all individually waterproofed
    Water min 2 litres
    All above placed in a dry bag (ortileb)

    Top flap outside- TAMs 2, secatures, tent pegs
    Top Inside- Rest of rations
    Rocket Pouches- kept empty, can be used for carrying addtional kit if required
    Front Pouch- hexi cooker and tabs, in case I run out of gas.

    Kip map and basha secured then to either the inside of the top flap or to the front of the pack. It all depends on requirements on a particular day.

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    Infantry Corps - An Lámh Comhrac


    "Let us be clear about three facts:First of all.All battles and all wars are won in the end by the Infantryman.Secondly the Infantryman bears the brunt of the fighting,his casualties are heavier and he suffers greater extremes of fatigue and discomfort than the other arms.Thirdly,the art of the Infantryman is less stereotyped and harder to acquire than that of any other arm".
    -- Field Marshall Earl Wavell.1948

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