I recall about 4 years ago talking to a cabbie in Melbourne whose son was serving in East Timor.
His son and many of his platoon mates were getting US combat boots by mail order because the standard issue were crap.
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Having served in the French Foreign Legion in the 1980’s, I can only cringe in horror at this story. The Legion marches like no other army (‘march or die’ is their unofficial motto), and I can personally testify that poor quality boots are a constant source of agony and injury. They are the infantry soldier’s worst enemy.
I find myself asking the same question I asked back then – why don’t armies use readily available quality hiking boots such as Scarpa’s, instead of the lumps they pass off as footwear?
I was sent a small snippet of an article you are writing on Military Equipment i.e. crap boots. I have a real interest in this story as I was the creator of www.mil-kit-review.com and uncovered a great deal of corruption within the ADF and DMO. I would be happy to provide info on this topic.