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This caught my eye (probably because I love anything with skulls). It does look like a pretty nice blade though.

Pro-Tech Knives has a limited edition TR-4.8 folder that features a black-coated, 4-inch, saber-ground 154CM stainless steel blade.

“This is Pro-Tech’s first button lock manual action folder. … The blade opens extremely smooth using the single thumb stud, it absolutely flies out of the handle, just like all Pro-Tech AUTO knives,” Pro-Tech officials maintain. The thumb stud allows for easy one hand opening and the button only works to unlock the blade from the open position.”

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Jungle BootThe U.S. Army unloaded a trove of uniform news on the last day of March when it announced it was restarting camouflage testing and introducing a new jungle boot for soldiers.

The Army will test the new jungle boots to replace the Vietnam War-style jungle boots. But of course soldiers have been wearing the desert-style combat boots over the past 12 years as the U.S. has fought in arid climates in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Officials didn’t list which brands the Army would test, and only offered a picture of one of the models under consideration. [click to continue…]

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100206-A-0846W-033Soldiers will return to the field to test different camouflage patterns as the Army looks to meet requirements laid out by Congress to find a camouflage pattern that could be used across the military.

The Army has signaled that the service will pursue fielding a family of camouflage patterns versus a single pattern. Army leaders are considering fielding a transitional pattern for general use that would go along with specialized arid and woodland patterns, according to a recent Army statement.

“Separate patterns designed for arid, transitional semi-wooded, or heavily wooded terrain tend to perform better than a single pattern, which seeks to provide concealment in all three environments,” the Army wrote in a March 31 press release. [click to continue…]

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Women CombatSecond Lt. Sage Santangelo wrote for the Washington Post about her experience attempting and failing to complete the Marine Corps’ Infantry Officer Course and the overall process of introducing women into combat roles.

She talked about the rigors of the test while not offering any details on the secretive course that is meant to keep Marines in the dark about what it entails. An accomplished athlete who has played hockey in high school and has climbed 14,000-foot peaks, Santangelo wrote about how she couldn’t finish the first day’s Combat Endurance Test, and what steps could be taken to allow women to pass it.

Santangelo is one of 14 female officers to attempt the course. None have passed it yet. However, Santangelo believes a woman will. She points to the female enlisted Marines who have completed the enlisted infantry course as one reason why. [click to continue…]

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Prosok2I never thought I would be one of those guys who cared about what kind of socks I wore.  As long as they were not white socks with slacks, I thought that was all that really mattered.  When it mattered the most – going through BUD/S, all I wore were the Navy issued brands.

I did find a way to reduce blisters and hot spots when running in boots if you are wet and sandy all day long, however. With great success, I wore the uniform issued dress sock, a thin polyester / rayon blend (aka church socks that your grandfather wore), under my thick Navy wool dive sock.

So, are these “special” socks really worth the money?  Are they really all that more comfortable than my tube socks from Wal-Mart? [click to continue…]

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The U.S. military wants to know how nutritional supplements such as protein shakes can speed up the rate at which a soldier can heal from a wound or spot an enemy on the battlefield.

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, or USARIEM, in Natick, Mass., is leading a study that seeks to measure how physical stress such as sleep deprivation affects a soldier’s immune system in various environments, according to an official news release. [click to continue…]

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U.S. Army leaders told lawmakers today that the service will have to spend less on live-fire maneuver training as a result of the deep cuts to defense spending under sequestration.

Service leaders have been warning Congress for months that these cuts are forcing the Army to cut readiness training. A slightly clearer explanation of what cutting readiness training will mean to combat units emerged during a March 27 hearing before the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee.

“It has come to my attention … that in our budget in the area of marksmanship training for our personnel, both active and Guard, that the funding is being reduced by about 60 percent,” Rep Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, who represents the Ohio Army National Guard’s Camp Perry Joint Training Center, told senior Army officials.

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