Skip to comments.Why Are US Army Soldiers’ Pants Breaking ?
Posted on 09/01/2011 9:41:14 AM PDT by george76
It seems their pantswhich are completely new and supposed to be more durable than previous modelscan't survive the rigors of the desert. They're ripping apart seemingly at random.
The new pants seemed perfectly fine. They use tightly stitched flame-resistant Defender M fabrics and Christian at Kit Up! says their "crotch design" is fine! But they can't survive up to the daily life of Army soldiers, and they get ripped right, left and center. The problem is so bad that the Army had to get back to select a new fabric, 40% stronger than the current material.
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Probably made in China.
Eat MREs all day.
Then you`ll see why.
I wonder if they treat the pants with some sort of chemical?
To make up for the Marines who aren’t permitted to break wind.
That's an extremely gay sentence...
The real reason for the anti-farting order discussed earlier in the week finally revealed!
Are they trying to say something about Obama and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?
Years ago...many years ago, Made In USA meant something; today, stuff is made for one thing only—SALE! (And, this includes repeat sales)
No more made to last; no more tough and best money can buy...for sale and that’s it!
If the merchandise survives getting it home from the merchant...and assembling it, that in itself is remarkable.
That’s the name of dat tune!
The uniforms the Soldiers were issued were some lowest bidder crap. Much worse quality than the ACUs, which aren't exactly famed for being resilient either.
This all gets back to the Global War on Fashion. The Army is completely in the grip of too many generals sitting on too many panels, all fighting to make their next star and get set up for when they retire. The ACU was a dismal failure, and their efforts to move on past it are schizophrenic and random.
As to the pants falling apart, you get what you pay for. It's unfortunate that this endless uniform infighting results in less money for what needs to be purchased, so they skimp on the quality. But much, much better stuff is available.
Shouldn’t this be in “Breaking” News?
I’ll bet you $5.00 when the suits come looking to cut money (because of the swell Boehner/Obama Debt Ceiling deal), this is where they’ll squeeze more savings, while continuing to buy $600 toilets and coffee pots that will brew a cup of joe at 10G on the bombers.
Not to mention another problem: DADT repealed
I hope they use the Bluefly.com accessories wall wisely!
Eat MREs all day.
You are right. We ate them during Katrina and I was noticing the caloric count - wow - especially the deserts - loads of sugar for energy! Anyway, not bad tasting but if you are not going to work off the calories I can see how you could gain on 3 squares of MREs a day.
Anyway, China is the answer and I lock it in.
Whats coming apart? The stitching or the material?
Find that out and solve the problem.
If history is any guide the fabric failure is due to fraud in filling the clothing contracts. Many years ago my Uncle Reported that when he was in the Army in WWI their shoes disintegrated at the first rain in France. Government contractor fraud is an old story reaching back to the Revolutionary War, the Civil War etc. In a Democracy it is cash flow that counts; honesty and concern for the country are meaningless concepts.
The more things change... the term “shoddy” originally referred to a type of cloth made from reprocessed wool. It held up fine when dry, but easily tore when wet. During the War Between The States uniforms made from it would fall off the soldier’s bodies after a march in the rain. The term lingers to this day.
When the Army issued BDUs there were thin summer weight uniforms and thicker winter weight uniforms. I was stationed at Ft. Bliss and even though it was blazing hot I always wore winter weights because they held up much better.
Nowadays, there is only on summer weight issued.
....and are 100% made in USA...
I wonder if the wealthiest nation on earth could treat our volunteer soldiers any worse?
I’d look at bid rigging and some quality control payoff issues. QC inspectors at the point source should be checking out the strength of the material and the construction of the pants. Someone is not doing their job.
Funny— I was just talking to my husband about this last night on Skype (he’s over in the sandy box.) Michael Yon had some pictures of these pants on soldiers posted so I asked hubby about it. My husband said that the material is terribly thin and after only 3 months his pants have holes in them also.
Did the crotch and armpits ever rot out? I remember during TET, when having problems connecting with a shower point for a month, my jungle fatigues started falling apart. I also had crotch rot to my knees and smelled like a goat, the things we do for our country.
The Soldier Systems Center at Natick redesigned the uniforms a few years ago. Quality does not appear to have been in the program manager’s vocabulary for those projects. The program manager, a quarter master type, got promoted. The combat soldiers have their uniforms fail.
Note: Few people who have experience with the U.S. Army thinks quartermaster types are good for anything except stopping stray bullets.
Or are they ripping apart randomly at the seams?
Our Muslim overlords are not amused. US soldiers showing their butts to Muslim superiors? At least they are not farting.
In related news, politicians’ pants keep spontaneously catching fire. A cause has not yet been determined.
Great for Alaska, but might be a little hot for the sandbox.
Pants on the ground?
Yeah, that "rip-stop" crap sucked.