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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2014, 23:49:59 »
Two things:

Well trained and self disciplined.

Kit is only 50% of the battle.


Good attitude and being a good team member is important....more important than kit.

Be that guy.

I will take that to heart. Thanks.

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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #26 on: February 23, 2014, 02:34:20 »
What items, other than what is currently being given as standard issue, are must buys for going on a tour of duty outside Canada (Afghanistan, Africa, Middle East)?

Is PEI going somewhere?

As a mounted officer, none on the list are must haves.  Good radio orders, staedtlers (in the system or your gunner will find you some), and a robust coffee cup.   A decent folding belt knife is a nice to have.

I love Zeke Anderson as much as the next man, but 'tour' will suffice. 
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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2014, 07:34:53 »
Don't tempt me. lol

Well let me tempt you, judging by your username, roughneckrico, seems to be a play on Rico's Roughnecks from Starship Troopers. Bring a copy of Starship Troopers.  You can use it for a multitude of things from starting a reading group to helping start a fire, or emergency toliet paper.

My point being anything you bring can be diverted to satisfy a variety of needs

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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #28 on: February 23, 2014, 07:56:42 »
Also...Nobody calls it a "tour of duty"

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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #29 on: February 23, 2014, 09:31:50 »
Add these

Snugpak Softie jacket
big 7"+ fixed blade knife
regimental flag
books
Garmin 401 Fortrex GPS

If you're issued a pistol, buy a few pistol mags. You'll loose a couple rounds but they'll work better.

All set.
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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #30 on: February 23, 2014, 09:43:38 »
Is PEI going somewhere?

As a mounted officer, none on the list are must haves.  Good radio orders, staedtlers (in the system or your gunner will find you some), and a robust coffee cup.   A decent folding belt knife is a nice to have.

I love Zeke Anderson as much as the next man, but 'tour' will suffice.

Oh zeke...Deployment perhaps would be more PC.  :camo:


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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #31 on: February 23, 2014, 09:47:16 »
Well let me tempt you, judging by your username, roughneckrico, seems to be a play on Rico's Roughnecks from Starship Troopers. Bring a copy of Starship Troopers.  You can use it for a multitude of things from starting a reading group to helping start a fire, or emergency toliet paper.

My point being anything you bring can be diverted to satisfy a variety of needs

I think that ST would go without saying, lol.

Just waiting for my deployment to an asteroid where I can blast some bugs.  ;D

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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #32 on: February 23, 2014, 10:19:18 »
Add these

Snugpak Softie jacket
big 7"+ fixed blade knife
regimental flag
books
Garmin 401 Fortrex GPS

If you're issued a pistol, buy a few pistol mags. You'll loose a couple rounds but they'll work better.

All set.

I'll have to wait and see what is issued, I may already have the mags (If its a M1911). Otherwise, a few books might be the priority.

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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #33 on: February 23, 2014, 10:31:24 »
I may already have the mags (If its a M1911).

The CAF does not issue the M1911. The Browning Hi Power and Sig P225/226 are issued, and are 9mm.

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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #34 on: February 23, 2014, 11:37:33 »
I like Petzl Tactikka Plus headlamps.

http://www.cpgear.com/store/flas/petzl_tactikka_plus_headlamp.htm

Just because I can't avoid a conversation about kit...

I have that headlamp but went out and bought a cheaper Petzl that I find works better for the army.

It has a filter, like you said, important for not having to switch through 3 white lights to get to your red.

But instead of brightness settings that you have to click your way through like the on the headlamp you posted, it has an "on/off" switch. Much more convenient for doing link-ups / light recognition. It was hard to find a Petzl that was that "simple," but its perfect.
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Re: Must haves for tour of duty (new to forces)
« Reply #35 on: February 23, 2014, 11:41:21 »
I'll have to wait and see what is issued, I may already have the mags (If its a M1911). Otherwise, a few books might be the priority.

Given you don't even know what we use for a service sidearm, it'll be a long time before you go anywhere. When you're ready to deploy, come back with some specifics about it and get some answers then.

There are lots of threads about different equipment here that you can read for turning yourself into a kit *****.

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