I’d like to give the masterminds behind the Rapid Fielding Initiative (RFI) a big, wet kiss.
Note that this is not an indication of homosexuality on my part and thus cannot be used as an excuse to get me out of going to Iraq (got that, Mom?).
The RFI process was exceptionally efficient – the whole company got issued a duffel bag full of new stuff, including fitting 2 new pairs of boots and a new helmet, in about two hours. Furthermore, everything we got is just fucking cool: the new helmet is incredibly comfortable and has a 4-point suspension system to keep it on your head; the new boots have much better soles and one pair has Gore-Tex™ lining for waterproofness; the new load bearing vest, or Fighting Load Carrier (FLC), interfaces much better with our body armor and is fully modular, allowing you to put stuff (ammo pouches, etc.) wherever you want; and we actually got all-black ninja suits.
It’s almost like somebody actually listened to soldier complaints about gear and did something about it!
Tomorrow, it’s back to Burger King…