AND what is the story on CRYE's MULTI-CAM.....I saw that Delta operators used it & also some British SF guys...to "set them apart" from the reg troops....any ideas on this stuff????
YEH...what he said!!!!CollectinSteve wrote:Oh, it's far worse than Arch makes it out to be In addition to a lot of regulations being ignored or at least not actively enforced, all kinds of stuff went off to Iraq that wasn't officially issued. It was pretty much left up to the discretion of lower level leadership from what I understand. But that's not the half of it.
Because the Army was caught so flatfooted in all kinds of areas, emergency funding was allocated directly to Brigades getting ready to deploy. They were allowed to purchase, basically, anything they thought they needed which the Army wasn't able to provide. This included things like Camelbacks, ballistic eye protection, radios (one battalion of the 101st had 50 different types squad radios!!), kit for Interceptor Body Armor, holsters, probably pistols (not 100% sure about that), etc. etc. in addition to uniforms. The PEO offered some info on certain things to buy, and I'm pretty sure they had to be bought through GSA, but whatever the case was it meant that for a few years there was a LOT of kit bought by individual units that did not conform to issued stuff. What they didn't do was allow purchases of ballistic protection gear except from approved sources. At least not on a large scale.
As for the commercial uniform purchases... the Army had a lot of logistics problems early on. Some bases had more DCUs than they knew what to do with, others had next to none. Or they would have enough uniforms but not enough helmet covers. That sort of thing. Because things were moving fast (much, much faster than the general public was aware of) there wasn't time for the outdated logistics systems to move huge amounts of material around the country 100% of the time 100% accurately.
When ACUs were first introduced there were big problems with private purchases. That's because you could call up US Cavlary or Brigade Quarter Master and purchase a brand new set of ACUs in any size you wanted and have it in a couple of days. But on base? All kinds of problems. And if you were deploying in a couple of weeks, and if a soldier knew that the other guys in your unit or Brigade had the new stuff, what do you think they did? You got it It was bad enough that 25th Infantry Division had to post a big note on the homepage of its website telling soldiers that it was a crime to purchase a commercial ACU, even though often the commercial ones were made by the same factories by the same people to the same specs as the stuff made for the Government.
BTW, this is true for other nations as well. I have a set of German desert trousers going up on eBay in a week or so that came back from Afghanistan. Not standard issue, but first hand info says lots of unofficial stuff was being worn over there by German troops for the same reasons stated in this thread.
"Genuine" has a very fuzzy meaning these days