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    US armed forces equipment/clothing

    Here's a question (in light of the thread about the new clothing):

    When US personnel are deployed, do you have to wear the clothing, boots and equipment you are issued with, or do you have a free rein to wear what you like?

    British soldiers can generally wear whatever they like on operations, so long as the camouflage pattern is the same as the standard. Similarly - as long as webbing has the same pattern or is plain olive.

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    Almost all troops are required to stay "in uniform" when deployed AND in Garrison. Special Forces types tend to do their own thing, and occasionally get hassled by non SF officers for it.

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    Phrost is correct.

    There is more flexibility "in the field", depending on the environment and the unit. Some units - especially small, specialized units - tend to have a fair amount of freedom.

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    What punchingdummy and Phrost said.

    Just to add in about SF, Green Beanies pretty much do whatever they fucking please. I've seen Green Berets from 5th group around Campbell with hair past regulation length and stubble on their face which looked more than a week old. Why can they they get away with that? Because they can. They are a different animal than the rest of the Army.

    I would have become a Green Beret but I just couldn't afford the hairspray and makeup. :icon_wink ............ :icon_lol: :icon_lol: :icon_lol:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawkeye

    Just to add in about SF, Green Beanies pretty much do whatever they fucking please.
    It would seem that applies to much more than simply haircuts and uniforms. They do pretty much what they want.

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    It seems US troops are generally well and uniformly turned out compared to the fairly rag-tag look of British forces. If you think your special forces look unconventional - you should see the ours. An SAS long-range patrol looks like a bunch of hobos wandering around the desert.

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    I was thinking about that - perhaps it's a good thing anyway?
    Unconventional forces don't need to look the same - having
    stubble and longer hair might make them look less like a
    military threat, and a band of hobos might get less attention
    than a perfectly-uniformed squad. This is all just pure
    conjecture on my part.
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    I was just commenting that even our regular troops have a great deal of latitude with equipment. This might be because historically the quality of issued equipment was very poor, and soldiers were allowed to buy their own. Most of the current equipment issued is government copies of the most popular commercial products that soldiers bought for themselves. This is true of the webbing, boots, jacket, rucksack, cold weather shirts and scores of other products.

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