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What the Special Forces Can Teach Us About Layering
« on: May 09, 2019, 18:54:33 »
What the Special Forces Can Teach Us About Layering

The Naval Special Warfare Command’s requirements called for a clothing system that could go from completely soaked through to completely dry in 30 minutes, in subfreezing temperatures, using only body heat generated by exercise. Such a requirement, says Elder, is “a real son of a *****.”

Clothing specs for the Special Forces are very extreme because, in the field, soldiers may have little to no control over the conditions they face and no ability to remove themselves from those conditions. If you or I get a little too cold or wet on a camping trip, we can usually do something about it: start a fire, crawl into our sleeping bag, go home, whatever. But that soldier under fire, sheltering in a crater, needs to be able to stay comfortable and alive even if that crater is full of water and the weather is below freezing, while concentrating on the battle.
“To stand on the firing parapet and expose yourself to danger; to stand and fight a thousand miles from home when you're all alone and outnumbered and probably beaten; to spit on your hands and lower the pike; to stand fast over the body of Leonidas the King; to be rear guard at Kunu-Ri; to stand and be still to the Birkenhead Drill; these are not rational acts. They are often merely necessary.”
— Jerry Pournelle —