Most important deployment item

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Originally posted by RICKY_BRANCH:
I'd say an MP3 player to whittle away that down time at one camp before going to another camp in the same day.


Definately. My husband's iPod has been a life saver for him. With music, photos from home and ebooks on it, he can kill a ridiculous amount of down time without ever getting bored.
i brought my desktop PC lol.

ID card holders (for all those times youre asked to show ID and you cant find it)

a camera so you can take a picture of something just in case... (we have had a few people get saved from UCMJ by their camera)

a good weapon cleaning kit? the issue one sorta sucks (at least mine does), one of those nifty magazine-on-the-buttstock holders, and a more comfortable sling.

and right about now im wishing i had brought DCUs instead of these ACUs >< theyre comming apart so fast...
Strangely enough, I've always found the standard issue cleaning kit to be the best tools to clean my M-16.

It amazes me sometimes when I show soldiers how to clean their weapon. The "tricks" I use were all learned from the TM. I often think I'm the only one in the Army who knows how to read.

Add individual weapon TM (-10) to the list.
My husband was never issued a cleaning kit, we had to buy one prior to deployment...along with many other things we had to purchase that he needed. Soldiers were spending crazy amounts of money at the Army store; the chashier told us that some SOs spent up to $500-$600 that day on items they needed but were not issued to them...that is painfull!
I'm sorry for bringing up old threads, but it's June 06 and I would have to say an external hard drive & some quality portable speakers.

Also, my soldiers brought their German cell phones and just got a new sim chip for Iraq. Now their significant others can reach them at 3AM after getting home from the club!
I would really have to say a LAPTOP and an MP3 player! A GBA or PSP won't be bad either...and trust me, it kills loads of your time when you're waiting around to SP.

Question about the cell/gsm phones? Y'all can bring those now? Aren't your CoC worried about ComSec??? Or at least you all be worried about it? I know Iraq isn't pretty up in techs but there are still spies out there Iraqi and from other countries with the technology, just a question though?
There is no ban on cell phones that I know of. It there was, I'd expect it to be in GO#1. COMSEC is everyones responsibility whether on personal cell phones, DSN, or e-mail. Now, I would think that inadvertantly setting off IEDs might be a concern, so maybe there are unit SOPs for convoy Ops that restrict cell phone use. I'm a chairborne though, so someone else will have to answer that.
Cell phones would have been real nice but the truth is not everyone watches what they say all the time.
As far as talking while on a convoy, I've been on plenty and the last thing on my mind was talking on the phone. Even if I wasnt driving or gunning, just a passenger, you always need to keep your mind crisp when your out there.
When you insert a SIM card from a different provider it would say "locked SIM" (or something similar) if the phone is not unlocked or it would just recognize it and everything will look normalWink Depending on your GSM phone, you can either call the provider and ask them for the unlock code (which they don't like to give out), you can buy it online for $2 - $7 depending on the type of phone, you can ask someone from ebay who sells a phone like yours to give you the code (of course tell him/her that you are in the military and want to keep in touch with family while deployed) people are really helpful with things like this and you have a great chance of getting the code for free. And last, but not least, you can buy a used or new unlocked phone from ebay, but I wouldn't spend too much money on it or go for a fancy phone because once you get to your location the chances that you'll damage it are pretty high (sand, water etc.)

Just want to add that the phones that your purchase from your providers always come locked. T-Mobile is the only company that I know for sure that gives out their unlock codes.
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Originally posted by Quartermaster922:
that is ridculous. If I was your husbands supply NCo I would have to quit. Obviously someone was not doing their job correctly.

Sadly, most Unit Supply NCO's, NEED to quit, or maybe the issue is above that NCO's level because it is sad how much stuff the army DOES NOT provide a soldier in Regular Army units. FOR EXAMPLE - ACU'S...I had to BUY all four sets that I have...that is a JOKE...the clothing allowance I received no where near covered the expenses of 4 ACU uniforms with name tapes, US Army tapes, patches, rank...Its to damn bad that the only people being properly supplied are Ranger Bats, CAG, and SF...

However, a desk top PC is a little extreme, but I had a laptop after about 6 months over there in OIF III. I would say that was useful for communicating with family rather than walking across the FOB to use overpriced phone cards...(phone cards also are important for communication with family)...
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Sadly, most Unit Supply NCO's, NEED to quit, or maybe the issue is above that NCO's level because it is sad how much stuff the army DOES NOT provide a soldier in Regular Army units. FOR EXAMPLE - ACU'S...I had to BUY all four sets that I have...that is a JOKE...the clothing allowance I received no where near covered the expenses of 4 ACU uniforms with name tapes, US Army tapes, patches, rank...Its to damn bad that the only people being properly supplied are Ranger Bats, CAG, and SF...

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You're firing some pretty big rounds at your supply personnel there. It is the Army's responsibility to clothe you (henceforth the clothing allowance that 8 out of 10 Soldiers blow on beer and what not), not your supply NCO's job. Your supply NCO usually operates with unit funds that is managed between him, the Commander and the S4. How would you feel if you had ACU's instead of parts to repair your equipment? There is a lot more to it than you think.
I'm finding that hard to believe if they really need stuff down there they are issued it. Maybe they were buying stuff for comfort because when I went down there we didnt have much space or time to buy or p[ack a bunch of stuff that we didnt need to stay alive
Mostly Hygiene items that you can't get in the desert...When you first get to your FOB usually the incomming units and outgoing units have bought out most items that you need so it might be a couple months before the BX/PX get stocked. Other then that you can always go to Soldiers Angels online and they love to send care packages of items you need...trust me you will get more then enough sent to you! ;-)
The things that I was most glad to have...

Awesome Pillow
Ipod
Laptop

For all the little things that are hard to come by...Amazon.com and Drugstore.com both have super fast APO shipping and were total life-savers. Out PX was outta shampoo for like a month...Drugstore.com...my friend!
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Originally posted by Jenny:
When you insert a SIM card from a different provider it would say "locked SIM" (or something similar) if the phone is not unlocked or it would just recognize it and everything will look normalWink Depending on your GSM phone, you can either call the provider and ask them for the unlock code (which they don't like to give out), you can buy it online for $2 - $7 depending on the type of phone, you can ask someone from ebay who sells a phone like yours to give you the code (of course tell him/her that you are in the military and want to keep in touch with family while deployed) people are really helpful with things like this and you have a great chance of getting the code for free. And last, but not least, you can buy a used or new unlocked phone from ebay, but I wouldn't spend too much money on it or go for a fancy phone because once you get to your location the chances that you'll damage it are pretty high (sand, water etc.)

Just want to add that the phones that your purchase from your providers always come locked. T-Mobile is the only company that I know for sure that gives out their unlock codes.


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