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sapinid
12-17-2015, 20:16
My son just passed selection, and I promised him a rucksack if he did. I have looked at the different sites talking about the best brand name kinds, but what I would like to know is how many rucksacks do you own that you have used on the job, and how many liters or cubic inches does each one hold?
I realize it would depend on the job, but I am guessing that there is one backpack that you used the most. Which size one did you use the most? My son starts 18D training in March. Thanks for any information you can send my way.

Joker
12-18-2015, 04:13
Ask him or take him shopping for one.

craigepo
12-18-2015, 11:03
Ask him or take him shopping for one.

Probably a little tough to accomplish, looking at the author's present location.

Joker
12-18-2015, 17:12
Probably a little tough to accomplish, looking at the author's present location.

Never can tell with bunches of folks traveling for Christmas...

sapinid
12-19-2015, 01:06
I do realize that the ruck needs to be his choice, but what advice we are looking for, is what size ruck seems to be the one that any of you used or currently use the most? Doesn't make sense to buy a super nice ruck that he might only use once a year, and he gets a cheaper/lousy one that he uses all the time. Of course there is no rush on this, because I don't think he will need it for at least 36 weeks after he does the first bit of his medical training, but I want to get the best advice on this that I can before he gets his bag. Of course he will choose what size, but then I can say, this is what you guys said.
The other question, out of curiosity, was how many rucksacks by size do you guys own that you use?
Thanks for any advice on this.

JJ_BPK
12-19-2015, 08:53
My son just passed selection, and I promised him a rucksack if he did. I have looked at the different sites talking about the best brand name kinds, but what I would like to know is how many rucksacks do you own that you have used on the job, and how many liters or cubic inches does each one hold?
I realize it would depend on the job, but I am guessing that there is one backpack that you used the most. Which size one did you use the most? My son starts 18D training in March. Thanks for any information you can send my way.

two suggestions/thoughts

1)what he uses in the course will probably not be what he selects when he gets to a team.

2)18D have multiple requirements for deployment med gear. He may end up with several based on mission.

As suggested, his input is paramount, but at this point may not be viable.

I would suggest he continue to use what he used for selection, until he feels he needs have altered.. Also during the course he will get real input from classmates and instructors.

Good Luck..

murphyd1
12-19-2015, 10:36
The most common ruck sack used in the Q course is the issued MOLLE pack. He will be fine using that... Some guys use an ALICE pack (large) and that can be purchased online or at most army surplus stores. If you are trying to go high end some guys like tactical tailor MALICE packs. http://www.tacticaltailor.com/malicepack.aspx

Most guys at group have multiple rucks depending on the mission/training event. (MOLLE, ALICE, Mystery Ranch, etc) But they will issue those to him, no need to buy anything.

I agree with the above comments... ask him what he wants. Keep in mind he might need some more time rucking before he knows what is comfortable for him.

CDRODA396
12-19-2015, 14:16
I am not trying to be flippant, or smart-assed, really, but trying to buy someone a rucksack long distance is a very challenging proposition.

If it was me, I'd by him a Glock 19 that he can carry and train with off duty, and let the rucksack thing work itself out in the team room where those who have been around will make sure he gets what he needs. Just my $.02

sapinid
12-19-2015, 16:00
like that idea about the glock. I will be in the USA and will see him, so won't be buying from a distance.

Sdiver
12-19-2015, 17:31
Just a thought, here's a web site that deals with Military luggage/packs/backpacks and any other type bag you can think of.

http://www.militaryluggage.com/

I've ordered several bags from them and really like their products. They have great customer service and are very PRO-MILITARY.

Once your son gets settled in on what he needs, then the two of you can check out what's on the site that he might find useful. They can ship it directly to him, so you don't have to do the "double ship" (they to you / you to him).

Hope this helps.

Although, I do like the Glock idea too. :D

Razor
12-19-2015, 22:51
I have to agree with JJ--he's too early in training to even know himself what he will actually need when he gets to a team. Perhaps you might consider putting this purchase off until he gets to a unit and learns their mission and operational environment.

sapinid
12-20-2015, 17:34
thanks for the advice, I agree that it would be wisest to wait until after his training, if Lord willing he makes it through.

chester
12-25-2015, 21:08
If you get him a ruck they will probably not let him use it during the course, and he will be issued plenty of gear at group if he succeeds in getting there. I'm a somewhat recent graduate of the medic pipeline and I like the glock idea, although I found little time to practice with mine during the course. Some other ideas would be anatomy and physiology materials, especially something that is cadaver based, or a good book for his language. Probably something medical though as that is his first and one of his more challenging obstacles he will face.