Posted on Dec 23, 2013
LTC Military Deputy And Senior Operations Officer
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With all the cold weather gear do you think Service members are dependent on the gear to much versus having the instinct and knowledge to survive without it? 


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CSM Infantry Senior Sergeant
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Sir not only are they over dependent but uneducated on how to properly wear and layer cold weather equipment which often leads to cold and sometimes hot weather injuries during cold weather operations. 
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SPC Motor Transport Operator
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Well sir I have to say that I have been station in Alaska for the last 3 years and I have seen some soldiers wear their silks an August. And thats just because they fill comfortable in them.
As soon as the weather changes this soldiers can't stay warm no matter what. 
My personally, I'm coldblooded. If I get cold it means it really is cold. ( talking -20 and below) 
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SPC Corbin Doades
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Sir, I have seen people use their cwg on a mild day. I rarely used mine except for the field jacket or the gortex. I would wear my watch cap under my ACH on occasion. There were individuals that would wear all their cwg. The new gray snow suits I have seen worn too. I never used them though. 
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That has always been a pet peeve wearing gear when you don't need it. I make it a point to never use cold weather gear until I absolutely need it. My kids are the same way got a call front the school because my youngest wore shorts to school during winter. I showed up in shorts to validate his choice that day. 
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SPC Corbin Doades
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Sir, I know people who wear shorts year round. 

Our CO and 1SG would only allow watch caps if it was 32* or below.

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