This month’s impression ties in with our ongoing series on Post War Australian kit on a Monday. It is the early 2010s and this infantryman is wearing the last iteration of DPCU or Auscam uniform and web equipment. The uniform consists of the 4th Pattern shirt and trousers, worn over a Platatac self wicking t-shirt with Terra combat boots and the final pattern of bush hat with the neck curtain. His webbing is the updated version of the 1988 pattern equipment, manufactured in China by this point. He has attached a length of nylon rope to one of the utility pouches. The rifle is the F88 Austeyr, a locally produced version of the Austrian Steyr Aug bullpup rifle. This example has not been upgraded yet- the Australian Army have since added picatinny rails and better optics to their Austeyrs.
The camouflage cream worn is in the same palette of colours as the uniform and by this date rank is worn on the rank slide on the front of the uniform. A subdued national flag is worn on the sleeve.
This month I have taken a little bit of a different approach to the kit layout and shown all the items carried within the pouches as well (not entirely complete as I am still missing items such as spare magazines for the F88 etc.). We have covered some of these items on the blog individually already and the rest will be appearing in the coming months.