I have been ruminating on this particularly irritating change and have come upon a solution.
As all lawyers will tell you, rules are rules. But loopholes are loopholes. And here is our loophole:
“The only approved load carrying equipment in the RAFAC are the ACF-specified Cadet Tactical Vest and the Cadet Patrol Pack. These are not issued but may be sourced by individuals, Regions or wings as long as they confirm to the pattern listed in Reference A. To facilitate training where the appropriate LCE is not available (or not appropriate following a risk assessment) a correctly fitted belt kit… Is to be worn”
So, I’m currently drafting a rather specific risk assessment… Anyone got any criticisms of assault vests beyond:
- They get hot due to the mesh,
- They don’t distribute weight effectively to the hips/waist.
- The pouches being on the front mean that if you hit the deck you land on your mags.
I have also included controls on weight limits and the correct fitting of kit.
In other news, the lessons state you can get all your kit for a weekend in the NI pack. We just tried. It’s impossible.