Operation Iraqi Freedom: Lessons Learned

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    Operation Iraqi Freedom: Lessons Learned

    Post by AndrewA74 on Sun May 23, 2010 8:29 pm

    Hello,
    I found this PDF document online. It's about gear and uniforms of OIF, how they performed under the stresses of combat, and even what soldiers thought of how improvements could be made. They also talk about modified uniforms and commercial gear. Take a look.
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    http://www.militec-1.com/OperationIraqiFreedom.pdf

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom: Lessons Learned

    Post by AndrewA74 on Sun May 23, 2010 8:31 pm

    The section on the DCU:

    Desert Camouflage Uniform: The most prevalent comment on the DCU was the need for pockets on the sleeves. Soldiers realize they will wear IBA in almost all environments from now on. The pockets on the front of the DCU are all but useless. Many soldiers have already had a tailor sew pockets on their sleeves. A similar suggestion was made for the pant pockets. The current pockets are frequently blocked by the protective mask carrier and the thigh holster. Soldiers suggested moving the pants pockets to the front of the leg.
    The durability of the uniform was questioned due to the propensity of the thread to give away especially in the crotch area. Soldiers felt that dirt was to blame for the high failure rate. Soldiers did not receive an opportunity to have their uniforms laundered for over 30 days of combat. When they did get the opportunity, many refused it because of the perceived likelihood that their uniforms would be lost. Interestingly, we heard a request for a hand-powered platoon or company level washing machine (e.g. a wash board) from several different soldiers and units.
    Soldiers also thought the collar was too wide. When we asked why this was a problem, the soldiers responded that they felt the collar did not present a neat/aesthetic appearance.

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom: Lessons Learned

    Post by Mercenary25 on Sun May 23, 2010 10:35 pm

    Very cool .pdf page. Consisted of useful information. Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom: Lessons Learned

    Post by Ben on Sun May 23, 2010 10:58 pm

    I've been saying 9mm is a bad choice for ages. It's got no real stopping power and its only saving grace would be its higher-capacity magazine versus the .45, and that perk is only marginally beneficial at that. Personally I think we should still be using the 1911. The 9mm just can't pack the punch that the .45 does.

    Very interesting article indeed. Thanks for sharing!


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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom: Lessons Learned

    Post by P-E on Mon May 24, 2010 4:04 am

    I already see it before, but yes, it's good.

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom: Lessons Learned

    Post by Iraqi Militaria on Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:22 pm

    Now the only thing we can wear is the Molly with many things attached to it, it must have the IFAC. Can't go out and buy what you want to wear anymore. Some units still allow some soldiers to wear their setups;)

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    Re: Operation Iraqi Freedom: Lessons Learned

    Post by Iraqi Militaria on Sun Aug 22, 2010 5:24 pm

    I would like a 45 auto Glock to go with me to combat would be great, or the Sig.45

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