Army Increases Combat Effectiveness With More Reflective Belts, Extremely Safe Combat Patrols Maxx Butthurt August 18, 2012 Army 70 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: 82nd Airborne soldiers leave their forward operating base with safety on their side. PANJWAI DISTRICT, AFGHANISTAN – Army Sergeant First Class James Hargrove knows the dangers of war. The platoon sergeant — currently on a year-long deployment with the 82nd Airborne — says he’s been worried about maintaining combat effectiveness since casualties have been so high. His soldiers have seen increasing attacks from small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, and countless improvised explosive devices (IED). “I was really concerned about whether or not we could keep this up for another five months,” says Hargrove. “I mean, how the fuck can you take the fight to the enemy when you’re losing guys like we are?” “So I brought up the issue to my chain of command, and believe it or not, they did something about it.” The grizzled platoon sergeant smiles and holds up the latest addition to a soldier’s protective gear when going outside the wire. A bright yellow reflective belt. “When the CO called us all together and told us about the new policy, I was like holy-shit, why didn’t I think of that?” Years of Army research of course has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that soldiers who wore reflective belts during low light hours were 75% less likely to get hit by cars, motorcyclists, pedestrians, small arms fire, explosions, lightning strikes, or fat wives in base housing. The only question soldiers are asking is “why wasn’t this implemented sooner?” As Hargrove’s platoon gears up for another combat patrol into the heart of an enemy village, the men are all smiles, helping each other adjust the neon-yellow straps to ensure maximum visibility during the dark hours of the night. “There’s no way we’re going to take casualties with these babies!” exlaims PFC Lance Detwiller. As the Americans exit the compound with their Afghan partners, the ANA seem to hang back, shying away from the US soldiers in formation. When asked about this, SFC Hargrove believes it to be a simple answer. “It’s probably just jealousy. I mean, there’s only so many reflective belts to go around, and our guys come first, ya know?” Don't miss the next story.Get the latest news and alerts from Duffel Blog delivered to your inbox—free. Short URL: http://duffelblog.com/eZ4We John MasterGuns Lewis says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM @ Mark-short answer to your question…Army discipline. Or lack of same. Jerry Beingesser says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM The next item will be blinking red clown noeses the the radio mans helmet. We will not be beat. Sam Ferrell says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Fat wife repellant. Ken Warner says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Sadly, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the army actually tried this. Chris Bushart says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM How did casualty’s decrease? I would think that it is helping the enemy. “Here I am in the bright yellow stripes”. Why do we still wear camo gear? Lets just start wearing Cook Whites and call it a day. Mike Harris says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Rumor has it… The DoD is forcing troops to mark their entire patrol route with reflective yellow safety paint so the next squad to come through doesnt get lost. David Rush says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM The ONLY thing that will save your butt in a fire fight is your PT belt and Camel Back, all other armor is strictly for looks. Pepe Tandazo says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Pt belts all the way Daniel Barton says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM This shit is funny…….Its the only news I read… Anonymous says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM I’m retired and still were my reflective belt. But Seriously, I can see some dumb a** at the puzzle palace, writing up the new Army reg for this right now. Timothy Michael Nance says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Fight like we train? Justin E. Miller says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM PT Belts save lives, people. THEY SAVE LIVES! Peter Kirk says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM he wore a yellow ribbon round the whole torso! c’mon,, sing along with me! Kyle Kline says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM I will also be recommending this to my command great idea, give those guys a medal. Daniel Reed says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM More PT Belt mania! Jason Hutt says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Funny as hell! Robert Kerecz says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Thanks. I just spewed hot coffee on my keyboard. Now, do they have their combat earplugs in? Green or yellow side out? Christopher Golembe says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Are you kidding me? That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Why wear multicam? Just get reflective uniforms James P Mcclain says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM its true reflective belts provide a personal shield against all small arms and grenades. Mark Rinaldi says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Why are some Soldiers wearing them left to right and some right to left. Why are they not all the same! Frank Wismer says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Absolutely brilliant! Any fool can understand that reflective belts reflect the sun making it impossible for taking aim at the patrol. Mark Malinowski says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM The two in the back of the patrol aren’t wearing their reflective belts. They’re done for. James Nelson says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM 82nd leads the way! Martin Andrew says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Anything to stop being hit on by fat wives is a good thing. Clarence Moore says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM THIS ENTIRE IS SITE IS NOTHING MORE THAN A TABLOID LIKE THE SUN OR THE ENQUIRER. IF YOU BELIEVE ANYTHING ON THIS SITE YOU ARE A FUCKING DUMBASS! Thomas Pintar says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM funny satire. David Gaddie says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Good training for the school crossing guard career after the military. Tyler Bosco says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Soldiers everywhere will find this story hilarious… Nate Opgenorth says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Ahaha I love this! I remember wearing these in 4th grade being “walking patrol”. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Airforce took this to heart in the most serious way! Jacob Richards says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM WOW Lance Heckerman says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM A recent study has found the latest approved US Army cammo patterns are more effective that reflective belts in making soldiers more visible. Sean Michael Diggs says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM PT Belts have shield generators. Didn’t you know? lol! Dust Man says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM THEY ARE JUST FOR USE BY THE POOPY DIBBLERS AND CUM GURGLERS SINCE THEY DROPPED DOn’t ASK DOn’t TELL…SODOM AND GOMMORAH BRIGADE I BELIEVE. Ryan Crane says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM We actually went out on a patrol with reflective belts one time just to be smart asses after the BSO said that we were required to wear reflective belts on our tiny FOB at all times.. We took pictures, then waved at the TOC as we came back on the FOB.. it was awesome. Timothy Nelson says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM Wait a minute, I thought this was satire… AK Bear says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM While safety is important, I’m not sure this is enough. I would recommend stripes on the ruck, around the helmet and the legs and feet should also be marked. That said, a clear visible marking for the gun would also make everything safer. Which means that black color has to go. Neon color weapons are better for safety. John Whitehead says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM wars should be conducted by us guys over 55. First….we shoot the media and press guys……then we take care of business. Then we take a nap. end of story. Anthony Hargrave says: January 3, 2014 at 2:55 AM It kills me how many people fall for this stuff. Its Not Real People! None of these stories are real! Oh I understand now….Hey guys your on the wrong page, Marines are 5th tab from the left. Hardly Deployed says: October 31, 2012 at 5:25 PM I think we forgot to mention that the US forces working for the MFO in Egypt wear bright ass orange headgear. Bright colors prevent wars, duh! TorranceBell says: November 7, 2012 at 7:19 PM It’s supposed to be called ‘rust’ color, lol (mfo-48) combatjumpmaster says: September 12, 2012 at 10:57 AM Just happened to look down on my desk and (re)found my old Motorcycle DDC card. Took it back in 92 or 93 back on Bragg (after taking a MUCH better course in Germany in order to get my USAREUR motorcycle endorsement). Having that card in your wallet, plus wearing a reflective vest or PT belt while riding was like LVL V body armor to spit-balls! As the reg never stated the COLORS required for the reflective vest, I found a black one with 2 white reflective strips sewn on. Got “questioned” a couple of times by “superiors” about it, asked them to look at the reg… topic never came up again… candido j colon says: September 10, 2012 at 7:56 AM would that belt make it easier to see u.kinda like a target on ur back The_Hammer says: October 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM That’s the point dumbass. old vet says: September 6, 2012 at 2:44 PM The soldiers in the picture need to get it together! Whatever happened to uniformity? Some have the belt over the right shoulder and some over the left!! Don’t they have any standards? former Sgt O' Marines says: September 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM Glow straps save lives in combat environment. Mortality rates climb back in garrison as glow belts are used as strangulation tools during suicide briefs. All branches of military baffled. Cpl gimmeabreak says: August 31, 2012 at 4:29 PM I never read anything as funny as this! And the funniest of all are all the serious loonies out there who can’t take a fucking joke. I am 65 years old, did my time in Vietnam. I remember all the filthy jokes made at the expense of officers (junior and senior). But maybe I am too old to read this shit. I almost stroked out laughing. Get real, all you serious assholes out there! This is for fun. And our guys and gals in combat need this for stress relief. That’s my rant and I’m stickin’ to it. leftoftheboom says: August 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM We need to add glowing florescent tattoos on the neck, wrists and ankles, yellow or orange so that the exposed areas will be visible. And all military personnel will now have ear piercings so that reflective warning triangles will be affixed. We will also mount strobes on our helmets with revolving mirrors so that the individual is as visible as possible. Safety first, mission last TWS says: August 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM Winner. Farve says: August 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM While at premob I was joking around because of the stupidity of the PT belt and wore my PT belt in the shower. Another warrior snapped a photo of me. Later in the deployment an LT was transferred to battalion and had to put together a shower SOP. After returning from a convoy mission the Battalion XO saw me in the chow hall and was laughing hysterically at me and commented ” you’re the PT belt in the shower guy.” Needless to say I never was injured in the shower. Bill Cooper says: August 20, 2012 at 1:28 PM Huh!?! Robet says: August 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM I know most of these comments are dripping with sarcasm but for the one or two people that really do think this is a good idea let me speak plainly, these people are fucking retards!!!!!!!!!!!! Decisions like this and flawed logic are killing our troops. On top of that, policy like this pushes REAL, salty soldiers to leave the army. Bullets, bombs and danger are not the reason soldiers leave the military, stupid politically correct, nonsensical, bureaucratic, left wing, hippy, safety weenies push real soldiers out of the army. Pits and Shagrins says: August 20, 2012 at 3:06 PM Ummm Robet (French?), who are you mad at? There is a reason most of the comments on here are “dripping” with sarcasm. We, the majority of posters, HAVE A FUCKING SENSE OF HUMOR! So, why are your panties all twisted? No one is really forcing our troops to patrol with cones on their heads or flashing lights on their backs (however, neon green safety vests are still optional). Just like no one forces people to post “serious,” stupid, trolling, blathering, idotic, out of contex faux anger shit on a satirical site. Oh, one more thing, and let me speak plainly, I don’t know of anyone on here that has ever been accused of fucking retards. That’s just sick man!! Is that a French thing???? Bill Cooper says: August 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM Johnson, did you forget your medicine today. Calm the f*ck down and reply to the damn article. If you want to advertise that you like SF guys, and who doesn’t, take out an ad. Jeez! Johnson says: August 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM The Army has gone soft. Go Special Forces or Ranger Bat, or get the fuck out and collect welfare. Fuck these soft CSM’s and Soft BC’s, all the way down to the Yes Sir PL’s. Bitches. Army Spouse (P) says: August 20, 2012 at 12:36 AM There is nothing safety oriented about this reply. Fantastic article that you are not contributing to. and fyi SF and Rangers are Army. or did you mean to say big Army versus SOCOM? Go troll somewhere else. I bet your cac card was taken from you a long time ago you call of duty playing fuckstick. ‘Merica! Jeremy says: August 20, 2012 at 3:00 AM You forgot the end of “‘Merica!”….Fu@K Yeah!! Johnson says: August 20, 2012 at 6:57 AM not trying to argue with you Army Spouse. So shut the fuck up, and go sit in the bleachers on the parade field. Pits and Shagrins says: August 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM My my Johnson. Why such anger?? I’m willing to bet you’ve spent way too much time playing pocket pool instead of working…eh Tiny??? Kinda scrambled yer brains a little, didn’t it??? And I’ve got $20 on Army Spouse whippin’ yer ass all over this place! Big smiles!! leftoftheboom says: August 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM Change the cushion in your Chair..born. It might make you less crabby. Lt. Butero-Trinkejo says: August 19, 2012 at 5:17 PM Also making Female Soldiers wear Chain-mail Bikinis is extremely safe! TWS says: August 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM Camo makes it hard to see those guys. Get them into orange and yellow safety shirts and construction helmets. Instead of those dangerous weapons, they should be carrying something safer. I opt for those human signboard deals that guys advertise with on sidewalks directing people to businesses. You can teach them to toss them in the air and spin them to attract attention. Make sure you space the guys out better, you don’t want them all advertising on the same street corner and in front of the same shop. And I’ve heard that there might be some money problems coming down the pike. You can sell space on the signs to make up some of the shortfall. Plus, you can improve COIN by renting space on one side for say ‘Coca-cola’ and give away space on the opposite sign to local businesses, ‘Ahkbar’s Carpets and IED’s’, ‘Shaheed’s Involuntary Disposable Wives – Guaranteed Virgins or Your Money Back’, ‘Crazy Omar’s New and Gently Used Goats’. it’ll prepare the troops for the jobs available when they get home. Win-win-win! SlicNic5150 says: August 19, 2012 at 3:35 AM WELL IT’S ABOUT TIME! I remember traveling from KAF out to FOBs that DIDN’T require reflective belts…I never felt safe out there…couldn’t wait to get back to KAF…and the shower… Darrell B says: August 18, 2012 at 2:39 PM I’ve also seen orange flags at pedestrian crossings that OBVIOUSLY work. Affix those babies to our warriors’ helmets for full-time use. Bam, safety just happened. Pits and Shagrins says: August 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM Bravo Sir, Bravfuckingo!!!! Excellent idea!