All Soldiers take the same key items with them when they leave the base to go on patrol. This equipment can be stored in their rucksacks, pockets or in a system of pouches worn on a harness called “webbing”.
So what are they?
Well, these items fall roughly into four categories: clothing, shelter, provisions and tools.
Clothing consists of items like spare socks, gloves and waterproof or warm-weather clothing as well as body armour and helmet.
Provisions include a 24 hour ration pack, which has everything from a breakfast to an evening meal (as well as chocolate and biscuits) to keep a soldier going for a full day. They also often carry a three-litre pouch with a drinking tube attached to it on their back so they can keep hydrated on the move.
Finally, soldiers carry a number of essential items such as a weapon, Personal Role Radio, spare ammunition, a multi-purpose tool, torch and the all-important spade. Oh, and then there’s the kitchen sink…..
So what are the four key things to take?
WATER CARRIER – called a “camelbak”, it carries up to 3 litres of water to allow a soldier to keep hydrated on the move.
MULTITOOL – wire cutters, screwdriver, pincers, wood-cutter, file….be prepared!
PROVISIONS – a soldier’s ration pack includes three meals plus snacks.
PONCHO – can be used for sheltering from sun or rain, and even as a makeshift stretcher.