Τρίτη, 10 Ιουλίου 2007

GEAR

We try to keep an updated level of gear in the team. The basic camouflage pattern used is the contemporary USMC styled camouflage pattern (digital camo). Woodland version combined with OD or Brown for woodland games and Desert version combined with Black or Brown for CQB games.

MANDATORY GEAR

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Boonie hat(both Woodland and Desert)

Unit insignia, attached to the uniform with Velcro (and personal gear such as backpacks)

Speciality patch.

Name tape, OD with Black letters, attached to the uniform with Velcro (and personal gear such as backpacks) and Tan with Brown letters same as above

RAID style moded BDU, (both Woodland and Desert)

BDU, Pants, (both Woodland and Desert)

Some kind of winter jacket, preferably Gore-Tex or soft shell jacket in brownish colour.

Boots or comfortable hiking or trekking boots.

Beanie cap, thermo fleece, wind stopper, Black/CB/OD.

Assault Gloves, OD/Black/Tan.

Rifle Sling, OD/Black/Tan.

T-Shirt, Brown/Black/Tan.

Molle based Load Bearing Vest/Plate Carrier/Chest Rig/Harness, OD.

Safety glasses or goggles, DIN/ANSI certified.

Hydration bladder in MOLLE pack or in LPC.

Combat pant belt, OD Green or Black.

IFAK containing at least the following objects:

  • Bandage Kit, Elastic
  • Bandage, Gauze, Cotton
  • EMS Shears
  • Adhesive Tape, Surgical
  • Triangular Bandage
  • Safety Pins
  • Pain reliever/pain killers
  • Iodine/alcohol wipes
  • Antihistamine tablets
  • Tweezers
  • first aid instruction sheet.

Every operator according to his speciality is obligated to carry his personal tools of the trade (for example the Field Technician is indebted to carry the basic technical kit, the Field Medic a bit more than a IFAK, the EOD specialist a basic bomb defuse kit, the Field Radio Operator a bigger radio and so on…)

OPTIONAL/ALLOWED GEAR

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Pistol Holster.

Dump Pouch.

Pace counter/Ranger Beads.

GPS/Compass.

Winter Gloves, Thermo fleece, OD/Black/Tan.

Knee Pads, OD/Black/Tan.

Elbow Pads, OD/Black/Tan.

Helmet, PASGT, MICH, IBH, LWH, Protec or equivalent, OD/Tan.

Blood type patch

MOLLE Backpack, OD//CB/Tan.

Pocket/Folding Knife and/or MultiTool.

Shemagh, Desert/Black, OD/Black.

Net Scarf.

Tactical Retention Lanyard, OD/Black.

Raincoat/Poncho OD.

Survival kit, worn on the first line, containing at least the following objects:

  • Water proof and windproof Matches and/or Lighter
  • Wire Saw
  • Magnesium Block and Flint Striker
  • Button Compass
  • Rescue Blanket
  • Whistle
  • Para Cord
  • Mini-Flashlight
  • Spare Batteries for the flashlight
  • Signaling Mirror
  • Water purification tablets

A more complete survival kit in the third line should have the following items:

  • Candle Stub
  • Candle
  • Fishhooks (small and medium), High Strength Line
  • Needles & Thread

A more complete First Aid Kit in the 3 day pack could have also the following items:

Eye Drops

  • Cotton Balls
  • First Aid book
  • Alcohol (bottle)
  • Anti-malaria tablets if needed
  • Antibacterial Soap
  • Antiseptic (bottle)
  • Ephindrine (adrenaline, found in mini-tabs)
  • Iodine
  • Morphine or other powerful painkillers
  • Needles
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Thermometer
  • Potassium permanganate
  • Vomit Inducer (for poisoning)
  • Surgical Blade(s)
  • Butterfly Sutures
  • Additional Plasters (band-aids)
  • Various size dressings
  • Triangle bandage(s)
  • Gauze Roll(s)
  • Ace bandage(s)
  • Eye Pad(s)
  • Latex Gloves
  • Tampon (can be used for large wounds)
  • Wound Closure Strips
  • Sutures
  • Syringes

A good gear kit list for a 3-day pack would be:

  • Wool Blanket or Sleeping Bag
  • Duct Tape or 100 mile/hr Tape
  • Lighter Fluid (for starting fires)
  • Extra Clothing (jacket, 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs of underwear, 3 t-shirts, etc)
  • Extra Food
  • Extra Water
  • Leather Gloves
  • Mess Kit (pot, utensils, cover, ect..)
  • Canteen and cup
  • Salt, pepper, tea bags, coffee, sugar, spices, ect..
  • Fuel
  • Rope 50-100ft
  • Tent
  • Toiletries in an individual container, containing tooth Brush, tooth paste, Soap, medium size towel and toilette paper
  • Extra Compass (of a different type than the other)
  • Maps of the area
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hatchet or folding saw
  • Folding Shovel
  • Spare pants’ belt
  • Binoculars
  • Aluminium Foil (heavy duty)
  • Flares (pencil flares)
  • Watch
  • Mosquito netting
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm
  • Radio - multiband
  • Solar battery recharger, rechargeable batteries
  • Locking Oval Carabiners

GEAR ARRANGEMENT

In order to maximize the efficiency of the team members there is a basic draft for the gear arrangement. According to various SF units gear is divided in three lines:

  • First line, everything you need to survive
  • Second line, everything you need to fight
  • Third line, everything you need to keep going.

The three layers gear arrangement helps to get going during combat according to the given circumstances. In need of stealth movement someone can remove his 3rd line and still be able to fight. In case of removing his battle vest, he still can survive with his sidearm, IFAK and survival kit…

FIRST LINE

The first line should be consisted of a battle belt and suspenders preferably to sustain the weight and for extra comfort. On the belt should be positioned the pistol holster with the pistol and extra pistol magazines. On the back side and to the centre should be a butt pack or small waist pack containing the IFAK and the survival kit. According to the operator’s liking a small folding knife could be positioned to the left or right and to the opposite side a one litter water canteen.

SECOND LINE

The second line is the basis of the troop’s fighting ability. Basically it contains all the ammo. It is usually loaded with rifle magazine pouches, grenade pouches, pistol magazine pouches, PMR pouch, strobe light pouch, etc...A hydration pack or bladder can be worn on that, if no third line is worn.

THIRD LINE

The third line is everything the team member needs to get going. It could be based on a day pack or a 3 day pack according to the mission.

A day pack could be fitted with rain protection, extra ammo, a 3 lt water container, some food, an extra pair of socks and t-shirt.

A 3 day pack is an exaggeration and it can be used only in 2-3 day games where the ability of the troop to stand alone in the battlefield is crucial. The pack should have outer compartments where one should be used for the toiletry set, one for the extended survival kit or the mess kit. Inside the main compartment should be positioned the extra clothing, sleeping bag and so on.


Some suggestions about the team's load outs and configurations are as listed below


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