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    Don't normally knock about in here, but seeing as you lot have started a thread about the uniform I wear, I thought I might be able to help.

    Reference kneepads: There are a number of truths that surround the wearing of kneepads in the British Army. These are:

    1) If you wear them training on exercise, some 'old and bold' unit member will take the p!ss out of you for it.

    2) Consequently, people who have never done anything other than exercises will tell you not to wear them.

    3) Some bright spark will tell you to wear them, but on the inside of your trousers so it doesn't look as though you are wearing them. (Why?!?)

    4) When you get on ops, you will realise that deserts are hard and rocky. Your knees will hurt and you will see that all those before were talking out of their arrses.

    Wear kneepads if you want. Though they're more of a pain in the arrse if it's nice and grassy, I wouldn't bother then.


    OK. General tips for looking 'ally'.

    1) Don't wear wooly gloves or shemaghs when actually attacking things. In fact, dont ever wear wooly gloves.

    2) Make sure your beltkit is set up tightly. Put something heavy in it and run/crawl etc until you've set it up comfortably.

    3) Dont put pouches on the yoke. Dont tape FFD's to the yoke or belt. Dont stick fancy gucci pouches all over your kit. Dont strap crap to your legs. Don't strap knives to things. Dont take knives with you at all, they're dangerous.

    4) Dont wear shades in temperate climates. You look silly.

    5) Get your kit dirty and worn in. No British soldier looks like they've walked out of a silverman's catalogue.



    Oh yes....and dont roll up your sleeves.

    And MOST importantly....weapon handling. No one holds their weapon up, one handed in the air, or over their shoulder. Nor do they support the weapon with the left hand on the magazine or on top of the grip as in a few photos.

    Remember, the British Army is renound for having excellent personal skills. I appreciate you lads havent been taught them, but try to emulate them and that will be the most flattering compliment to the blokes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabre View Post
    Don't wear wooly gloves or shemaghs when actually attacking things.
    What's the reason behind this?

    Also, don't forget the Dutch army wears woodland DPM too! Slightly different, most notably in colour. Mad Man is the only one with the Dutch stuff in this thread at the moment. Different kit and all. Just pointing out that the British way is not the only way of wearing a DPM uniform correctly

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilz View Post
    What's the reason behind this?
    It's far too hot. Running/crawling/sprinting with 50+ lbs of kit is hard work, even in the depths of winter in Brecon. No-one ever wears warm kit on an attack, it's part of your battle prep to ditch it and make sure you're correctly kitted out for the upcoming 'festivities'. Also, they would get in the way. They stop you using the 'brecon pocket' (mags down the front of your smock) and would flap about, especially if worn as somemembers here wear them. The last thing you want is a stoppage due to your shemagh feeding through the GPMG/minimi!

    Also, don't forget the Dutch army wears woodland DPM too! Slightly different, most notably in colour. Mad Man is the only one with the Dutch stuff in this thread at the moment. Different kit and all. Just pointing out that the British way is not the only way of wearing a DPM uniform correctly

    grtz,
    nilz
    I know. In fact there are many armies that wear DPM (New Zealand, Indonesia, Romania to name a few). I'm giving some pointers on how to look more like a British Soldier. There are many serving cloggies here that could do the same for any dutch 'impressionists'.

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    I've been doing some mods on my P85 smock recently...I'll find my camera and get some pictures up later.
    Basically;
    -removed the epaulettes and replaced one as a chest tab.
    -placed small velcro panels on pen pocket flap and right upper arm.
    -replaced buttons on chest pockets with small tape buttons.
    -replaced buttons on waist pockets with large tape buttons.
    -opened up 7" underneath armpits and sewn in zipper.
    -small reflective tab centered on upper back.
    I've just got to reinforce the zippers and touch up the [now]larger waist pocket button holes. And then...par..ty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nilz View Post
    What's the reason behind this?

    grtz,
    nilz

    You'll get a tad warm for a start

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    Its good stuff..I prefer it over US gear..The US drops to much money into some stuff and it ends up over engineered..I have so much Brit gear its nuts
    Last edited by East Scout II; 02-16-2007 at 10:27 AM. Reason: cant type

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    Nice kit, ES. Nice and shiny though, get it dirty

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    Quote Originally Posted by FozzieBear View Post
    i have to disagree with this stuff about non cut down boonies looking wrong, what the **** is a boonie for if not to keep the sun off you? **** me, if you cut it down to a bloody skull cap it aint gonna do ****.

    cutting a boonie can open up your field view but then you dont have a functional cap to keep out the sun light and run off rain...pointelss to cut it when you can just fold it up to gain a better FOV..Purely trendy
    Last edited by East Scout II; 02-16-2007 at 11:20 AM. Reason: cant type

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydro View Post
    Nice kit, ES. Nice and shiny though, get it dirty
    Thanks..Ive only had it a week..It'll get dirty soon enough..

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    Quote Originally Posted by East Scout View Post















    Minimi pouch on the right?

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    @lorenzo19823: Damn right... Minimi Pouch...

    @East Scout: Is that one of these NL Mag Pouches on your Webbingbelt?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Hearst View Post
    @East Scout: Is that one of these NL Mag Pouches on your Webbingbelt?!
    Yep

    grtz,
    nilz

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    Quote Originally Posted by lorenzo19823 View Post
    Minimi pouch on the right?
    Yeah i use it to hold my Binos and map case..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Hearst View Post
    @lorenzo19823: Damn right... Minimi Pouch...

    @East Scout: Is that one of these NL Mag Pouches on your Webbingbelt?!

    Yep..good spot for a compass.....

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    [size=5]Mk1[/size]

    -Standard Issue P85 Smock [size=1](not the one bought, but exact same)[/size]

    [size=5]Mk2[/size]

    -Removed epaulettes and resewn one epaulette to storm flap to create a chest tab
    -Sewn velcro panels on left and right upper arms for patches


    [size=5]Mk3[/size]

    -7" zippered pit vent.
    -Replaced buttons on chest pockets and chest tab with small tape buttons.
    -Replaced buttons on waist pockets with large tape buttons.
    -Removed velcro from cuff and sewn in cotton cuffs.
    -Small reflective tab centered on upper back.

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