Thank you number 24. I see with the photograph better. We use these also but we call them 'hot extraction harness'. they are to be used to lift the commando soldiers from places under fire or other danger where a helicopter cannot land. We wore them all times when on exercises or operation. For infiltration, the rope from the helicopter to the ground when the helicopter can not land.
I must say, my unit does not train in the jungle, no jungles in my country! I put these photographs here which I take from the internet to show the country. Our training and selection takes place in this type of country, the bush country which is hard country.
These is the type of places we do the 120km route march. no food allowed, empty stomach before and only little water. 48 hours to do the march. as you see this is hard country to cross. navigate as the patrol while looking for wild animal who will attack. Many trainees have been killed or injured in selection.
I spent 4 years in the regular Air Force building nuclear weapons for the Minuteman III from 1972-1976. In 1986 I joined the Missouri Air National Guard at St Louis and built bombs, missiles and rockets, and strung ammo for the F-4E and F-15A fighters...In 1992 I transferred to the Tennessee Air Guard at Memphis, (my hometown) and spent 18 years working in supply and training. I retired in early 2011. I was deployed to the UK, Germany, and the Middle East...
If the good Lord would let me go around again, I would do it again...
A long time ago in a city, far, far away....
I have to ask: what is a PBI?
I had the opportunity to talk to some Russians who were in their military at the same time I was serving...they had no great desire to be part of an invasion of Western Europe...one of them told me that he wasn't too sure they could trust their allies for very long...
We call infantry "grunts".
I just wonder. If any peoples here deployed operationally? If so did you get more pay? In my army to go on active service the soldier was paid more each day allowance.