CF Sleeping pad

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This is required equipment for NATO Canadian Forces participants.


A military air mattress is required for all Canadian Forces attendees at East Wind. Either the original Canadian Forces "Black Betty" or the newer self inflating Therma-Rest pad.

Notes on the correct Canadian air mattress

The Canadian Forces never issued foam Sleeping Pads - that's an American thing. Canadian Soldiers were only ever issued the "Black Betty" air mattress and the newer and not as comfy self inflating air mattress. The self-inflating air-mattress is also preferable to the Black Betty when you're using it on a cot as opposed to directly on the ground as it gives sufficient cushioning and doesn't shift around as much as the Black Betty.