U.S. Army Load bearing gear

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This is required equipment for NATO U.S. Army participants.

Alice_Line_Drawing.jpg ALICE Load Bearing Gear

ITLBV.png LBV-88 Load Bearing Gear

For U.S. Army riflemen at East Wind ALICE (strongly suggested) or LBV-88/ELBV-88 (acceptable alternative) will be the only allowed web gear.

M79vest.jpg M79 Grenade Carrier Vest

GrenadeCarrierVest_single.JPG Later generation M203 Grenade Carrier Vest

Grenadiers may opt to use the older M79 generation Grenade Carrier Vest, the LBV-88 generation Grenade carrier vest, or a a half and half vest made out of a normal LBV-88 and a Grenade carrier.

  • No other load bearing gear is acceptable.


Selecting and setting up your load bearing gear

  • Avoid the temptation to load up on magazines. The standard fighting load of 6 magazines and 4 grenades is more than enough to handle a patrol at East Wind. Logistics is part of what we do at East Wind, don't concern yourself with "the game" concern yourself with the experience. If you do bring additional mags, consider keeping them in cloth bandoleers so that when deployed forward for extended periods, you can rapidly refill by just grabbing a bandoleer.
  • Plan to employ at least 2 canteens on your load bearing gear. No competent squad leader will pass you on a pre-combat inspection if you have less.
  • Watch the balance of your rig. Don't put 3 canteens on the left side and all your mag pouches on the right for instance. Seek to keep things even a much as possible to reduce fatigue.
  • In this era, a great deal of focus was placed on keeping pouches on the front of the soldier down to a minimum in order to facilitate crawling and allow you to get as low as possible when taking cover. Keep this in mind when positioning pouches.
  • Period appropriate modifications and substitutions to the ALICE system are allowed. Substituting the an H harness for the Y harness on the ALICE system was a popular modification using either purpose made commercial harnesses or just as frequently the H harness from the M1956 web gear.