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I like to see what gear they use and how well they use it. Definitely some amusing moments in this video but at least they are out in the snow getting hands on experience :mrgreen:



Published on Jul 1, 2013

April 4-17, 2013 -- Marines with Second Battalion, Third Marine Regiment (2/3) receive a wide range of winter training at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MWTC) in Bridgeport, CA.

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The gear is so much better than when I did the cold weather cycle. Bridgeport ->Ft. McCoy ->Ft Drum ->Norway used to be norm but I don't know what it is now. Those guys in the video must of loved transitioning from their homes in Hawaii to the high altitudes and snow. There are many good skills taught there. https://www.offgridweb.com/survival/usmc-winter-shelters/

Cold weather tests leadership like nothing else.

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Asymetryczna wrote:
The gear is so much better than when I did the cold weather cycle. Bridgeport ->Ft. McCoy ->Ft Drum ->Norway used to be norm but I don't know what it is now. Those guys in the video must of loved transitioning from their homes in Hawaii to the high altitudes and snow. There are many good skills taught there. https://www.offgridweb.com/survival/usmc-winter-shelters/

Cold weather tests leadership like nothing else.


Thanks for the link!

I have a super early ECWS 300 Weight Polartec fleece jacket made by North Face from the first cycle of Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) improving cold weather gear. They were working on replacing the fiber pile bear suits and the smelly polypro gear. My jacket is the only piece of TNF gear I have where the logo is in black thread on black fleece as opposed to the commercial gear using white thread for the logo. The NSSC Gen 1 Goretex weighed about 2.5 pounds and was also patterned after commercial jackets. Recent USMC Goretex jackets barely weigh one pound now. In a similar fashion all other pieces have improved to match commercial gear.

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Glad to be of service. Old gear I was talking about was shelter pieces, and layers of wool and cotton. My cold weather gear for the cycle was from the Korean War and pre-goretex issue. I didn't see the polypro issue and gore-tex until my post baccalaureate training phase. The large snowshoes and "white-rocket" skies were hilarious in use, especially since many of our guys were seeing snow for the first time.

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Some newer videos

Norway 2016 (check out the sliding tanks)


Mar 2016


2017


Japan Cold Weather Training 2017


Jan 2017 Bridgeport MWT without snow


2017


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