I served in the Marine Corps back in the 1990s and was issued this exact gear for all training deployments and field exercises. We used the 782 gear loadout for desert warfare, jungle warfare and mountain warfare. We didn’t have different loadouts for different environments like they do now. We used the same gear and just made small tweaks to the contents. It required an adaptive mindset to figure out ways to make it work, no matter the environment we were operating in.

The following video covers this old school loadout and how the gear and contents relate to modern-day equivalents and the 10 C’s of survivability.


*Photo courtesy of Corporals Corner Youtube channel