As you know, there was a lot of chatter recently in the mainstream media about the US Army’s poor choice of camouflage, and how many billions of dollars may or may not have been spent issuing kit in that pattern to soldiers. Well, as this article from 1917 shows, it seems that griping about the high cost of everything is nothing new…
According to an online inflation calculator that I found, $156 in 1917 money would be equal to about $2,786 in 2012 money. That’s still quite a bargain compared to the $12,000 to $15,000 that it actually costs to equip a modern US Army soldier (without counting his/her rifle).
Corporal Jack Andrews and members of his Platoon from the Canadian Army advance towards the objective during live fire training for the multi-national military exercise RIMPAC at Pohakuloa Training Area on the island of Hawaii July 22, 2012.
(c) REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
The indigenously designed and manufactured CZ 805 BREN assault rifle which was recently accepted into service with the Czech Republic’s defence forces has justifiably been receiving a fair amount of attention and accolades. Now the Czech’s have announced plans to upgrade their entire inventory of personal weapons.
The Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic plans to buy approximately ten thousand CZ 805 BREN assault rifles, seven thousand CZ 75 PHANTOM pistols and 500 CZ SCORPION sub-machine guns during next several years. According to Colonel Pavel Bulant, Director of the Armaments Division of MoD, this quantity should cover the needs of all elements of Czech armed forces.
When you think about it brown has always been a much more sensible color than black for field / combat boots – the only “drawback” being that it doesn’t polish up into a nice glossy finish for the parade ground like black does. So, rather than issue two types of boots to every soldier, most armies went with black boots – since you could also buff them up to a nice finish for garrison and parade use.
In recent years, due primarily to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many forces (most notably the US Army and US Marine Corps) have switched over to light brown or khaki colored boots instead of black. Now, and following their change over to the new PCS uniform in MTP camouflage, the British Army, Navy and Air Force are also switching over to brown boots.
According to information released today, British Armed Forces personnel will receive a new range of brown combat boots to replace the black and desert combat footwear they currently wear.
EWA BEACH, Hawaii (July 7, 2012) Indonesian Marines practice dry-fire drills alongside Tonga Defense Services and U.S. Marines from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines at Puuloa Range Training Complex in Ewa Beach, Hawaii during the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise.
Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise from June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.
U.S. Navy Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith W. DeVinney.