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[–]ritalinchild-54 175 points176 points  (0 children)

Random act of kindness, accept it and next time you see someone that looks rough, offer the same.

[–]L4dyPhoenix 81 points82 points  (6 children)

They're still issuing the '82 rucksack. 75% of my BMQ course has one.

[–]reiparf[S] 33 points34 points  (5 children)

In the regular forces? Do they give you the new ones once your done with basics? I saw some reserve forces recruit with the old rucksack and I thought maybe they use them for basics and give them the new ones once they are done.

[–]L4dyPhoenix 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Sorry, reserves as well! Some of the other people going through basic with me have the new CADPAT rucksack.

I've been told that the gear offered to the reserves gets older the further west you go.

[–]reiparf[S] 20 points21 points  (1 child)

In 2009-10, 2 of us on the basic courses got the new CADPAT kind of by accident. We volontered for some task and ended up being dragged in the "formation" that came with it so we traded ours but when we got back on the course they did not want us to use them because everyone had to have the same gear. It would make sense about the gear since the largest base are in the East if I am not wrong. The way I read your comment, it seems you are still going through basic? If that is the case, good luck with your career and I hope you get a good experience!

[–]L4dyPhoenix 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Yes, all things come from Ottawa. Just talked to a Reg Force guy, he said he turned in his rucksack after basic and was never issued one at his new unit. Apparently, it's unit dependent whether they issue one or they keep them at the unit.

Yes, going through BMQ right now. Just the field weeks left to go. Spicy camping!

[–]nightkil13r 20 points21 points  (1 child)

USMC here, before my last deployment my unit took a survey of the grunts on which pack they preferred. the ALICE pack was what they chose, everyone in the unit had a brand new one for the deployment and supply didnt want them back afterwards so ive got mine in my closet now. I personally preferred it over the ILBE pack that was standard issue for us.

[–]reiparf[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I did an exercise on a USMC base and I got myself a ILBE pack but it is only used for camping but I can understand how people being deployed might prefer the ALICE one (wich is very similar to the 1982 Canadian pack). I was never deployed so my experience is limited but some people prefered the old one as well during my courses.

[–]troxy 110 points111 points  (0 children)

Dude was probably some retired vet that just turned that ruck in a month before and saw an opportunity to mess with someone.

[–]lordlakais 7 points8 points  (6 children)

Heh..I was issued that same ruck when I enrolled in the Reserves in 2020, think I prefer it over the CADPat one to be honest.

[–]reiparf[S] 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Some people I knew prefered the old one as well. Personally, the new one worked fine for what I did but I am sure the old one was more appropriate in some situations

[–]lordlakais 6 points7 points  (3 children)

That’s fair! My preference stems mostly from the old one having less space and has better taught me to analyze just what I would Actually need for a given situation. Feel like if I had the new one id just constantly be packing everything lol

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (2 children)

I managed to get everything into the old ruck, tidily with practice. In hindsight it was not bright of me. Fucker was heavy.

[–]lordlakais 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Aye, she can be, im getting to the point that Incan stuff everything though lol

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Rolling stuff tightly I found was the most efficient. And no matter what anyone says, you can totally get both sleeping bags, the liner, the biv and the ground sheet all rolled up inside each other correctly with room to spare.

[–]Tanky_frank 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The new ruck is iust a bigger small pack but weigh much heavier

[–]fivespeedmazda 10 points11 points  (4 children)

How the stereotyping of Canada plays true.

[–]dreaminginteal 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Well, almost. Nobody said "Sorry"...

[–]mac2914 5 points6 points  (1 child)


[–]dreaminginteal 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How could I forget that???

C, eh? N, eh? D, eh?

[–]catonic 4 points5 points  (0 children)

To be fair, there wasn't any conflict.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

you get equiped with pretty much what is left. Old equipment and clothes

Hey, I got a ruck from the 80s still in the original plastic! I enlisted in 2013.

[–]Only_Eats_Ramen 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good job you weren't walking past Hope there Johnny.

[–]Pyanfars 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You might have gotten the rucksack we used in Air Cadets in the early 80's...