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PPCLI Guy said:I completely concur. Sadly, this is our approach now:
We used to issue sewing kits - we also issued SNCOs who would jack you up for ill-repaired clothing, and ensure kit was truly worn out / irreparable before it went to clothing stores for exchange. It should not be lost on anyone that "no big deal, toss them and go to the supply locker" is likely a contributing factor to shortages of kit.
"One man one kit" does not mean that every person always has brand new kit. It means that every person is responsible for the care, cleaning, and repair of their kit. That shows true pride.
Old timer rant ends.
You arent wrong at all. Alternately why not exchange and have the torn pair repaired by the base tailor and put back into the system ? Just another idea.