Wednesday, February 23, 2011

When You're On Patrol ... Uniform and Equipment Common to All

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Today is the second installment of the article "When You're On Patrol ..." from the quarterly publication "Special Warfare: Training the Special Operations NCO." The article appeared in the winter 1990 issue of the publication.

This installment is concerned with "Uniform and Equipment Common to All."

Editor’s note: The following article is taken from B-720 Tips, published in 1988 by the 7th SF Group. B-720 Tips was, itself, based on B-52 Tips, published by the 5th SF Group in 1970, but updated to include changes in weapons, equipment and doctrine.

Uniform and Equipment Common to All

• Wear lightweight BDUs on operations: even when soaking wet at night, BDUs are remarkably “invisible” to night-vision goggles. OG-107 jungle fatigues, however, appear completely black when wet, and a man’s silhouette can be clearly and easily seen by an enemy using night-vision goggles.

• Don’t use luminous tape; it’s easily spotted at long distances with NVGs.

• Wear loose-fitting and un-tailored clothing on field operations. Tight-fitting clothing often tears or rips, allowing mosquitoes and leeches easy access to exposed parts of the body.

• Tuck your jacket into your pants. You can’t use the lower pockets because of your load-carrying equipment anyway, and in a contact, you can temporarily stuff expended magazines inside your shirt.

• Gloves will protect hands from thorns, poisonous plants and insect bites, provide camouflage and aid in holding a weapon when it heats up from firing. Aviator’s gloves work well.

• Sew in a section of VS-17 panel to cover the inside top of your field hat for use as an emergency daylight position marking signal to friendly aircraft. In the center of that, sew a 2”-by-2” piece of USAF “burn tape” for use as a nighttime position marking signal to AC-130 gunships (2” by 2” is the size recommended by the AC-130 low-light/night-television operators). (Note: 1)

• Sew the same signal pattern inside your fatigue shirt, since hats are easily lost in firefights or pursuit situations. (Note: 1)

• Do not hang clothing on green bamboo if you plan on wearing it afterward; the fuzz on the bamboo is just like itching powder. Of course, clothing should not be removed or hung-out on patrol. (Note: 2)

1) The typical prepper/survivalist isn't going to have close-air support during a disaster, however; there is the possibility that you or your family will have to signal a search and rescue aircraft during and after a disaster.

2) Here in these United States, we don't have a lot of bamboo to hang your clothes on, however; the recommendation to keep your clothes on is a prudent idea during a disaster.