Boots and body armor

Before you fret over troops in Iraq and Afghanistan being “forced” to buy their own boots and body armor (shame on you, Senator Edwards), read this. It’s been going on for decades, and does not indicate any kind of shortage. What you’re seeing are supplemental purchases made by the troops to make their lives in the field more comfortable.
Here, look.
UPDATE: More illustration of my point.

  1. It’s so nice to have you back. I do mean that. While it is true that supplemental military purchases have been made by soldiers throughout history it’s unfair to paint the situation in Iraq with such a broad brush. If a soldier goes out and purchases an item to make his job easier that’s one thing, but when a soldier has to go out and purchase TA-50 (organizational gear) that should have been issued, that’s another issue entirely. There are troops that were deployed from right here in Texas that were told that supply had run short on certain items and they could either purchase their own equipment and try and get reimbursed or wait until they landed in country and hopefully the supply chain would catch up with them.
    This is a bad as VP Cheney saying we have a force of 30 coalition countries in Iraq. All we’re asking is that they put the cards on the table so we can address the problem instead of dodging and ducking. This is America, and we can get it done better than anyone else, but we have to know what the problem is.

  2. Thanks. It’s good to be back in the saddle.
    I hadn’t heard about honest-to-goodness supply shortages in Texas. Was it a unit at Fort Hood?

  3. I don’t know about the situation in Ft. Hood although I just drove through there today.
    This comes out of Ft. Sam Houston which I have occassion to visit about once a week.

  4. Which unit(s) at Fort Sam?

  5. Can I buy a vowel?

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