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How Much Weight Do Infantry Soldiers Have To Carry?
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How much weight does an infantry soldier have to carry on patrol in Afghanistan? You might be surprised...

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Added: Dec-10-2012 
By: funker530
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Tags: soldier, war, machine gun
Location: Kandahar, Kandahar, Afghanistan (load item map)
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    • @Zardoz003 I know, how do you do it?

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    • @Zardoz003 How much of the 133 lbs that he's carrying is really weaponry?

      It seems that carrying around what is essentially another person on your back puts you at a disadvantage with the Taliban who only seem to have an ammo vest and and an AK.

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    • @mekkaman don't forget the prayer book / mat!

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    • @Zardoz003 I shit that much every morning!

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    • @mekkaman The Flak vest which holds the chest & back plate with kevlar is over 30 lbs if I remember correctly(could well be 40lbs). The helmet is over 10 lbs. The weapon is over 15 lbs.. He has a tactical vest on top of his flak vest that holds most of his ammo. Probably 10lbs worth of ammo attached to the weapon.

      Quick math: without the back pack, it's probably over 75% essential fighting gear that he is wearing.

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  • I respect these guys for what they do for sure Just hope they can all make it home in one piece. Canadian, American, UK, Austrailia, all of them are a Band of Brothers. I can't believe the balls these guys have to do what they do.

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    • @Binky US foreign policy was the thing that created terrorist groups and caused the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. That's what happens when your policies consist of self serving hypocrisies.

      Meanwhile in our own country, right wing nutjobs thing our president is a socialist when he's the most conservative president in American history. Obama is a Trojan horse republican.

      If socialism isn't established in the US soon we're all going to be fucked.

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    • @sk8tafrnk Yes, im sure what we need in a economic recession is higher taxes, spending and business regulation.

      Why couldn't those foolish industrialists realize this!

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    • @Dump Ass hey ! sk8tafrank is one of the most knowledgeable people in the whole wide world and the proof of that is that he is on LL all day, every day.

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    • @sk8tafrnk

      your not the 99% rofl your like the wannabe 1%

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    • @sk8tafrnk No matter what happens, how do you figure YOU personally are going to be fucked? Has your life been effected besides getting handled in security. Which, I'm guessing is probably why you like to fly so much more than you used too. Your life isn't going to change, because guys like me and my friends are going to go to other countries and persuade the bad guys not to come here and set up a bomb shop in the condo next to you. Whatever Obama is, and Im not sure myself (Im not crazy about t More..

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  • That's why they're called "grunts."

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  • Dam, keepin it real, Canadian style.

    Stay safe boys!

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  • You get used to it.

    One thing that doesn't work with all that on is kneeling. You have about 5-10 kneels in you on a patrol, then it's all sitting.

    I could still probably point out half a dozen of the best sits in zarhi on the map - mostly ones that have a little ledge behind your ass to rest your day bag on.

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  • Salute from one Canadian soldier to another.

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  • I remember marching 13 miles in basic with full pack and weapon, though I bet it only weighed about 50 pounds. 125 pounds is a lot to pack!

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    • @niltomega Then again, the patrols in Afghanistan aren't 13 miles.

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    • @niltomega Ranger standard is 12 Miles with roughly 40 lbs, in 3 hours or less. I think it's important for people to realize that it all varies with your position within the team (SAW Gunner for instance vs Rifleman), the unit itself (Most infantry grunts are packing serious body armor, whereas you've got SOF only rolling in with a light vest at times, and they might not even be wearing helmets). Also, the location, time expected to be away, and mission type all affect your loadout. For instance More..

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    • @dracco73 Lest we forget about the little hills they have there :-p

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    • @ThePackLeader They have hills here.

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  • Most Americans weigh over 300lbs anyway so it's no big deal.

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  • We need to develop an all-terrain, military-grade shopping trolley.

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  • Tough young men and women that volunteer to fight for their fellow citizens freedom, tip of the hat and hope to see you guys home safe and soon.

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  • American soldiers also have to carry the weight of all these 3rd word fuck-ups who can't stand up for themselves on their backs.

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    • @nuntius_mortis I miss-spoke... they don't HAVE to carry that weight, you are correct. Regardless of their motivation they still DO though.

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  • They have to carry the weight of pussy ass politicians telling them they have to fight a polite war.

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  • Liveleakers carry that in their guts...

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  • ...and Congress wants to fuck with his retirement.

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    • @Afro Samurai Accidental on the thumbs down there mate.

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  • Balls of steel and a big heart. god bless

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  • Much Respect.Thank you.

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  • They don't call em grunts for nothing. Thanks guys and be safe.

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  • My knees, hips, lower back and ankles are thanking me now... years later after getting out. Yah I'm whining. Body takes a shit kick-in and you don't even know it.

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  • And woman are bitching about not being allowed to be in infantry units...I say let them in...have an ALL female company and laugh your fucking ass off.

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    • @Gulf Flyer I don't care if it's sexist, but I think women should not be in the army. Men cannot breed as much as the homos try. Women make babies and should not go to war.

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    • @Gulf Flyer as sad as i am to say, The Aussie Army are on their way to allowing women grunts.. :(

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    • @gutsnsuch it comes down to the fact women arnt as physically strong as men. If they were we wouldnt have sporting events seperated into 2 sexes

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    • @siamsunset78 Don't try using logic when it comes to this topic. The important thing is that women should feel they can do what ever they want no matter who stands to suffer the consequences <end sacasm>. What shits me is the people making the most noise about allowing women to do it have no fucking intention of doing it themselves. I did my time in the army and I just know as fact that putting women in there will cause more grief than any good it could ever hope to achieve.

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    • @oz_taipan The painful thing is they have released new fitness standards that have, in my opinion, lowered the bar to make it easier for women to enter combat roles. A CFA is a push over compared to what an average grunt does on ops.

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  • dOES THIS INCLUDE WATER, tHE BIGGEST PAIN IN THE ASS ON AN OP IS WATER!!! Amo you can do with out but water.

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  • DARPA BigDog.

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  • Get in line for joint replacements.

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  • Is there any outfit that is lesser weight? That's intense, I had no idea. I can hardly imagine going into battle with all that extra weight. Much respect!!

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    • @HerbOverstanding
      you go in with your Bermuda shorts and flip flops and see how that works out for ya.

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    • @the wedge hell yeah and I would be a legend for it. Nice avatar, btw

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    • @HerbOverstanding Crazy Herb

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    • @HerbOverstanding US foreign policy was the thing that created terrorist groups and caused the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. That's what happens when your policies consist of self serving hypocrisies.

      Meanwhile in our own country, right wing nutjobs thing our president is a socialist when he's the most conservative president in American history. Obama is a Trojan horse republican.

      If socialism isn't established in the US soon we're all going to be fucked.

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