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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:38 PM
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U.S. troops buy own gear for safety, style
Source: Yahoo


FORT BENNING, Ga. - Commando Military Supply on Victory Drive here is about as different from a musty Army surplus store as you can imagine.

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The traditional Army credo is that it's guts that win the glory not fancy long-johns or Oakley sunglasses. But that old-school thinking is wicking away like perspiration through Gore-Tex as US soldiers today go beyond military-issue battle dress uniforms in favor of top-of-the-line gear to help them get home in one piece and look sharp, too.

One reason, critics say, is that military procurement, especially of life-saving equipment, is still too slow. Quietly, however, the Pentagon with the Army leading the charge has begun bypassing rigid procurement rules, loosening uniformity requirements, and even spearheading technical innovations in gear, ranging from flame-retardant shirts to low-infrared signature zippers.

"The idea now is, 'If it helps Joe do the mission, let him have it as long as it's not hot pink,' " says Army veteran Logan Coffey, founder of Tactical Tailor, a custom-maker of packs and pouches in Lakewood, Wash. "It's a giant change" in the military mind-set, he says in a phone interview.

Yahoo


Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20080306/ts_csm/abattleshop



Throughout most of this 'war' the extra purchases were for safety i.e. vests.
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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:47 PM
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1. There's a number of industries that have sprung up to supply
military, the Blackwater types, SWAT, SWAT-wannabes, police, etc. And they are doing very well with new products coming out quite rapidly.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-09-08 09:04 AM
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2. locking
not Latest Breaking News, article date 3/6
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