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The difference

by Willy / July 11, 2016 1:27 PM PDT

I saw on a DVD series, "Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy", the gear USMC grunts(foot jarhead) gets. Compared to my time it certainly is a big difference. Of course, time has been over 35yrs. ago, but heck I never saw any of the stuff they have now. 782 or webgear pretty much when fully packed weights 60lbs. That doesn't include any armour. Also, besides being modern materials it really made me appreciate NOT having to hug it around where a Jeep was handy. If you ver saw a WWII movie that what was issued for Viet Nam probably with a few modern materials but basically the same. Phew, having that lugging it up a mountain, is back-breaking, thus the name, "grunt".

http://www.ww2gyrene.org/782GEAR.htm WWII 782

http://nation.time.com/2010/11/26/a-marines-black-friday/ modern

The last link explains the cost and generally I think the need was greatly and hopefully quickly provided. The period from the 1st Gulf war to the 2nd did this. The most desired need was new boots, not black but tan. Also, the arrival of the M4 against the M16. The M14 was re-issued for squad support for immediate sniper needs and reach. But heck, that's me sometimes the old can still get things done. off soapbox. -----Willy Happy

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RE: The difference
by JP Bill / July 11, 2016 8:37 PM PDT
In reply to: The difference
Canadian troops to test bionic knee brace to boost strength, endurance

The brace can allow someone to lift the equivalent of their body weight. However, that is not considered the optimal performance for the device and part of the army’s testing aims to tune the brace to find that right level, Cowper-Smith said.

The brace can assist in lifting while reducing fatigue, he said. “One of the main uses is allowing (soldiers), for example, to go from wearing a 90-pound pack to wearing a 130-pound pack,” he said.

I've fallen and I can't get up....Remember THAT commercial?

After they enable the knees to handle more weight...they will look for some way to make the back handle more weight.....then they will be looking for some way to make the next weakest point in the human body "stronger"...Then they will work on robots and remove humans from the equation...I guess they are already doing that...
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Real deal
by Willy / July 12, 2016 1:14 PM PDT
In reply to: RE: The difference

One thing most 'Nam vets didn't want to do was to lug the "extra batteries" for radioes. It was a chore on top of everything else. Of course, having 130lbs extra on me isn't going to make anyone happy. Many coming back from Afghanistan have sore backs and shoulders of the worst kind. In otherwords, they're hurting and these are young troops. Sure, it was always a problems but it practically guarantees some medical issue.

As for robots, we're already doing that with drones. While not completely a robot it is pretty much way that way. The USMC is testing a "robotic mule" that carries extra gear almost like a real mule would do.

As for my northern Canadian troops, one time gave my camo jacket and pack of smokes while on vacation passing from personal van to military 2x6 on freeway. I guess it made sense back then. Semper Fi -----Willy

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