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justmagick  ·  299 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: [Trip Report] Combat Field Training 2017

Good write man. I know that your allowed a certain amount of money to buy gear, or your allowed to go beyond the budget with your own cash. My question is, are you allowed to buy your own choice of pattern in camo as long as it suits the terrain? Like multi cam or something like the new highlander kryptek stuff (thier desert terrain pattern) or atac au? I know that the army( I think it was), were considering kryptek and then one of the newer digital patterns won out because of a bulk buy money issue or something like that. Do my question is are you allowed to wear your own camo once deployed?

nowaypablo  ·  298 days ago  ·  link  ·  

In the big Army, when you're deployed for example-- and depending on your unit-- you can purchase some gear such as equipment vests, rucksacks and other bits and pieces. Boots are a big one. At West Point we have to use what we're issued.

To my knowledge, if we're talking conventional units, the only time you're not wearing your typical ACU is if you get one of those deployment shirt things. Also, Special Forces don't wear conventional uniforms.

The only other thing that could change is wearing MultiCam on deployment vs. regular OCP in garrison. It's kinda different from OCPs but certainly not on the level of "wearing your own camo."

I'm sure there are plenty of exceptions on deployment, contractors for example, but as far as I know uniforms are uniform :P