The desert cammies are only distributed when going to an area of the world where it is suited. It seems quite logical that the Army knows who gets how many (if any) sets, so they know if they held one (or more) back when turning them back in.
I've already seen it for sale on a military market at Ursel.
That reminds me to something. A few years ago I was approached by someone who claimed that he works in the Belgian army and he wanted to sell me new stuff like uniforms (the camouflaged ones), flak jackets, boots and helmets. He said he worked in a large magazine (I suppose one of the depots) and he could get his hands on the latest stuff. I didn't trust it, because I believed he was stealing things. Later , in the newspapers I read that the police arrested an person who was selling stolen arms and equipment (all ABL) on the market.
Lucky for me I bought nothing.
That's pretty much true, but you never really know now do you...
If you look at op Telic (for example), you can see there's still use for the MBT on the modern battlefield. OK, we're not in Iraq right now, but who knows what the world will look like 5 or 10 years from now...
If the need for MBT's really emerges we can still buy them then, but we've always had and still have some pretty good tank crews, and the know-how will disappear now.
Won't you keep a cadre of tankers ? I mean, will there be no unit using MBTs left at all ?