moab wrote:blackdog - I hear you. Bugging out of LA. Shit living in LA. Is an alternate universe. If it was just me I'd get a dirt bike. Take the firebreak across the Santa Monica mountains. And strap an Uzi to my chest. (Kidding sort of. I have a friend who's plan is to ride his dirtbike out of town.) LOL!
Glad to hear someone else had the same "cammie" issues too. That term must sound awful to everyone but Marines. Kind of how "battle buddy" or "woobie" sounds to me. So what was the next generation of BDU's after woodland? Something you called slant pockets? Was it any lighter weight? God woodland BDUs were awful. It was like wearing Carharts. No offense to those that love them. But I run hot personally. I need light weight stuff. And layers I can add to my top if need be. I could wear shorts year around.
But your right. Need to stick to the stuff that really counts. Boot's are a good subject. I'm just starting. Just getting my gear together. Kept looking at boots. Wanted to find a deal. Kept thinking about all the miles I humped in shitty old black combat boots. But the more and more I looked at it. The more I decided this was one of the places I wasn't going to skimp on. Consulted my father. (An old Indian.) He said one word "Danner". I trust him. He's an old Marine. That spent the first three years of my life as a trapper. Been a woodsman in the big mountains of the NW his whole life. Used to build trails up into the high country for the Forest Service with my grandfather. I'll save up a little longer and get the boots I want. Rather than the ones "that will work".
I need to advance my training in first aid too. Good point. It's been to long since I studied or was trained in any of that. Became blatantly apparent when I started putting my FAK together. I need to know how more of this stuff works. Back in the day no one ever even considered giving an IV. A tourniquet was about as far as it went.
This is the only pic I have of the OG-107s (and it ain't great or detailed). What they did was clean out a warehouse someplace and issued the old VN uniforms to some units. In the pic you can see a wide variety of uniforms. The BDU came in heavy and a lighter rip-stop. I doubt if many of the lighter BDUs survive because they got run thru pretty quick just like the OGs.
2-87 by mj1015, on Flickr