A Green Beret’s Guide To Basics and Priorities: Rucksacks, Vehicles and Specialty Gear

Posted: May 5, 2015 in SWIG

Jeremiah Johnson is a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne) and a graduate of the U.S. Army’s SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape).

This is the final installment of our personal stance-series (Part 1, Part 2)

Today we will discuss rucksacks, the uses for vehicles, and specialty gear you may want to consider.  Keep in mind: these are ideas to provide you with food for thought.  They are not rules set in stone, nor are they foolproof.  What I detail works for me, and I will give you reasons for things not immediately self-explanatory so that you may weigh them in the decisions you make for yourself.

Another thing to keep in mind is that there are physical differences and limitations that vary considerably per individual.  You have to gauge your equipment by your limitations and abilities.  Someone with the physique of a Hulk Hogan will be able to carry a load that differs considerably from one toted by Justin Timberlake.  Nevertheless, there are certain basics that we can all strive for, and everything else is gravy on the meat.

My personal preference is ammo, and I’m partial to a large rucksack, military issue.  An anonymous commentator gave some advice for me to not use so many military acronyms, so I’ll be sure and define any I use from here on out.  I prefer issue gear from the U.S. Army for three reasons: familiarity, dependability, and durability.  The large rucksack with its sturdy frame and kidney pad holds a tremendous amount of gear and takes great punishment.

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