Forget it. It's the VVD that wanted to cut 18bj on goverment spending, while the PvdA wanted to cut only half that amount (or at least less). Sure it's a good thing to cut radically and get the nation back on it's feet as quickly as possible, but those 18bj need to be cut somewhere and you can bet your a$$ that the defense-budget will be cut as well. Hell, they have already scrapped all Logistic and Infantry positions for the august officers training course on the KMA. I'm lucky I'm already in and going to a part of the army where cuts will likely be less dramatic, but it's going to be a few tough years for the military whether we have a right goverment or not.
Yes, you are right, VVD wants to cut 18 billion on government spendings, but they won't cut the defence budget (only slightly) Link (in dutch)
BTW, now the Uruzgan story has almost ended, they should have less budget problems anyway, right?
Yep, and by all the other armed forces as well. Navy (marines and fleet) have BDU if they operate/exercise in the jungle as a unit. But individual marines or fleet personel now get issued the Dutch Jungle pattern. (though most prefer to wear BDU if they happen to have it)
The jungle pattern is indeed still used and pretty good. DPM sucks in the jungle for being way to dar, especially when wet (which just might happen in a jungle). The jungle camouflage still works very well when wet. The fabric of the jungle uniform is very thin and flexible, like wearing a pyama. It also has a zipper instead of buttons to keep any insects/bugs out. I'd personally prefer to wear the jungle cammies instead of the BDU if I would be navy/marine. Luckily I'm Army, so I'll be wearing this camouflage when in the jungle anyway.
Although not very well known, next to jungle camouflage uniforms we also have boonie-hats, helmet covers, parka's ect in jungle camouflage. Although I have never seen a jungle helmet cover actually being used.
Just got back from the Christchurch Netherlands Society Veterans Celebration. A wreath was laid by Lieutenant Colonel Herman Verhoef, Defence Attache to Australia and New Zealand. He was accompanied by his Lovely wife Carla. We paid our respect to the fallen and honoured the service that all those who served in the military provided and the support their families gave them while serving. Lunch was excellent and i can still taste the salted herrings.
Last edited by Engine Mech; 08-08-2010 at 03:12 AM.