After doing a little poll on IG, I noticed there is interest in what I wear and carry on the job.
Being the people pleaser that I am (I’m really not), I thought I could do a 3-part series about my “3 lines”.
Overview of the series:
- Line 1: Clothing and belt-rig.
- Line 2: Plate carrier and MAP.
- Line 3: Berghaus pack.
In these 3 articles, I will try to outline what I usually carry and why. Note that these items can of course change, depending on the mission, environment and tasks.
For me, equipment is a living being. It changes constantly because of own experiences, but also because of insight from colleagues. The second part of this series is of course my second line! See the first here.
My second line is dedicated to fighting and completing my mission. In English: things to make holes, things to plug holes and things to make holes in the ground and everything on it.
All my fight and mission gear is either on my plate carrier or my MAP/Day pack.
Mostly I work only with a MAP style bag on my back because it’s more streamlined and smaller than the issued Camelbak Motherlode.
When I need to carry more food, water, munitions, batteries and what not, I will carry the issued backpack because it remains a decent pack.
|Plate Carrier (WAS DCS with LVL IV and IIIa Plates)
|SCAR Mags x3 (WAS pouch)
|SMK Gren (WAS pouch)
|PRC-152 (HGG Pouch)
|Knife (Pocket Piefighter)
|Admin pouch (WAS)
|GPS Dakota 20 (to double check) (WAS pouch)
|MAP (WAS Cargo Pack) or Daypack
|Liberator III Long Cable
|Weapon Cleaning Kit
|Princeton MPLS LED light
|CAT TQ (Tactical Tailor pouch)
|Israeli Pressure Dressing
Depending on the mission, our VDL system can be added either in the internal radio pouch of the carrier or in the issued PRC-152 pouch. Using the HMD we are able to see the video feed from our air assets, wich is a big plus!
In these pictures, I don’t have the Cargo Pack attached and my Spiritus Systems GP pouch is still attached on my plate carrier. This is the setup with our VDL system. The admin pouch can be closed, but on the pictures I stuffed it with some extra aerial pictures.
Here are some extra pictures from my last exercise:
If you guys have any questions, please let me know.
If you have any questions, remarks or advise, you can always leave a comment here or on my IG.
“Tom is a Belgian JTAC who loves to go shooting, hiking and drop bombs. In his free time he can be found hiking with his two blondes: his fiancée and his labrador. He started his military carreer in 2006 and before qualifying as a JTAC, he was an Artillery Platoon leader.
He has always had an interest in quality gear and wishes to spread his knowledge and interest to others.”
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