Lessons from Army photos
I try to learn whenever I can, especially from government sources. Take a look at this photo posted @ the Firearm Blog. Notice anything about Spc. Jeremy Burton? Here are a few observations.
- He’s not alone, despite the appearance. For one, he’s got his teammates described in the caption. Two, I’m willing to bet that the cameraman is armed.
- He has what appears to be a bottle of water strapped to his back. Don’t do that, it makes it hard to get to. Likewise the axe (?) next to the water bottle.
- His body armor is not as effective as it could be. Note the giant gap behind his left scapula (shoulder blade) where the body armor isn’t conforming to his torso. This means that a large part of his back is uncovered from the cameraman’s perspective, and therefore vulnerable.
I’m sure he’s trained in how to use that M4 and M203 competently, so I won’t comment on his skill there without any evidence. But all that fancy equipment ain’t worth a damn if you don’t use it correctly.
What else do you see?