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Light Foot Militia Uniform

Light Foot Militia Uniform

 

Uniform - Most militia folk (at least most of those in organized groups) wear some manner of uniform (also, it's required by the Geneva Conventions). Generally, they wear some manner of BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) with the pattern determined by their AO (Area of Operations). This is not to say that you MUST use BDUs. Anything that you would wear to hunt in the field would be perfect for militia use. The point is to blend in using durable clothing that can stand up to extended wear, and is comfortable. For wooded, mountainous terrain, the best camo is that old standby, woodland; available at any surplus store or online outlet. Next would be Marine Digital Pattern (MarPat). The current Army pattern, ACU (Advanced Combat Uniform), is supposed to work "in all environments".

 But, as the old adage goes, "camo that's made to work everywhere, actually works nowhere", could have been coined for the new Army digital camo. It's too grey for desert wear and way too light for the mountains of the northwestern united States. Desert pattern works well southwest and high desert areas of America.

Standard Uniform - The Light Foot Militia standard uniform shall be the woodland or desert camo BDU (battle dress uniform). It was chosen for three reasons:

1.  The color scheme matches your AO (area of operations).

2. They are plentiful at surplus stores, gun shows and on-line sellers such as E-Bay. 

3. The U.S. Army and National Guard have both switched to the new ACU digital camo pattern, so we will set ourselves apart from the “regular army”. You should try to acquire 2 sets of BDU's (one to wear, one in your pack) and an M-65 Field Jacket w/ liner.

Field Jacket & Liner - The most common is the USGI M65 field jacket, it is available in woodland and desert camo pattern. If you've got the cash, you may want to look at the Gortex versions of the jackets. The M65 with the liner will keep you quite warm, the Gortex will do the same and keep you dry at the same time.

Boots - Be good to your feet and they'll be good to you. Uncle Sugar spends millions of dollars to figure out what boot is best (for the smallest amount of money) for his soldiers. He knows full well that if his fighter’s feet are fubar (say that 3 times fast) they simply can't fight. Having said that, any boot worn by our combat troops will be more than sufficient. Don't expect to last very long if you plan to fight in a pair of sneakers. Go get a good pair of boots, and don't skimp.

Cold/Wet Weather Gear - For the cold, you'll want to be sure you have some decent long johns to wear under your uniform, along with a good pair of wool or polypro socks to keep your feet warm and dry. For wet weather, you'll need a poncho, preferably two (one in your ruck and one under your buttpack with a poncho liner). If you have the money, you may want to look at the Gortex parka and pant sets.

Headgear - Privates, Corporals and Sergeants will wear the GI “Boonie Hat” in woodland. All Officers will wear the woodland BDU Patrol Cap. Combat is confusing enough; being able to readily distinguish officers (without being overly obvious to the enemy) is of the utmost importance. (In the field on patrol, officers may opt for a boonie for its ability to break up your outline and hide you from enemy observation.)

When to wear the uniform - Civilian clothes may be worn at meetings or on the target range, but the standard uniform should be worn to all field training exercises. The standard uniform is not required for militia participation. If you have other military or hunter camouflage clothing, that's fine. But please understand that for unit cohesion, “esprit de corps” and to put forward a professional image to the public, you should try to acquire at least one set of camouflage BDU's as soon as you are able.

Class B Uniform – We have also adopted a more “public friendly” uniform for county unit meetings, gun shows, official engagements and meetings with county sheriff /local elected representatives. It is a short sleeved polo style shirt with an embroidered Spartan patch and “molon labe” on the upper left chest area along with “(your state) Militia”. The color scheme shall be determined by your state or county leadership. Match that up with a pair of snazzy 511 tactical slacks (Again, color chosen by command) and you have the makings of a professional image to put forth in public.

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