Valentine’s Day & the IDF
JSDF A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force performs a combined company attack with U.S. Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 9, 2014. Iron Fist 2014 is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Anna K. Albrecht/Released)
Valentine’s Day & the IDF
Triple IDF soldier carrying 3 rifles as she looks over a snack; you can see the third front sight block hanging upside down under the second rifle. (GRH)
Skate IDF soldier getting on a bus with something other than her rifle. Down time is always a nice for any soldier. (GRH)
Thumbs Up IDF soldier on a bus with her issued firearm. Usually when you see the IDF in public with their rifles, the magazine is either stored in a mag pouch or their pockets. Some however use a special mag hold that inserts into the mag well and secures the real mag horizontally. Other mag holders will secure the mag vertically, it just probably becomes personal preference for each soldier. (GRH)
Machine Gunner IDF soldier with the FN MAG, the Belgian made 7.62x51mm GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun). It’s unclear whether the aging FN MAG’s will be entirely replaced by the new Negev NG7, which is the 7.62 variant of the Negev LMG. (GRH)
Photogenic An Afghan National Army soldier looks at the camera during vehicle search training instructed by U.S. Soldiers at Combat Outpost Jaghato, Wardak province, Afghanistan on July 14, 2010. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Russell Gilchrest) *A follower asked (well more like requested); “can you post a hot soldier guy since you post hot soldier girls?” So here you go follower, ridiculously photogenic Afghan soldier.
Waiting A French sniper holds his rifle in Bangui December 8, 2013. France is deploying 1,600 troops to its former colony after the U.N. Security Council on Thursday authorized it to use force to help African peacekeepers struggling to restore order. (REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun)
Aviators Cameroonian soldiers escort French troops driving from Douala to Central African Republic on December 4, 2013 (AFP Photo/Fred Dufour)
Ranger & his dog…
Swedish Air Force Ranger dog handler Sgt. Zack Risson and his dog Arco await orders to execute a search and rescue mission during exercise Angel Thunder at Hannagan Meadows, Ariz., Oct. 12. Approximately 1,400 U.S. military, federal and state employees and coalition forces are participating in the 6th annual Angel Thunder Exercise, the world’s largest military Combat Search and Rescue Exercise.
Career change… 22 year old ex-grocery clerk now in training to be a Greek commando.Location: Salenika, Greece / Date taken: 1948 / Photographer: Dmitri Kessel
Don’t leave me hanging…
A British soldier out on patrol in Afghanistan attempts to get a high-five from a smiling Afghan kid with his father.
The Tower French soldier in Afghanistan keeping himself amused during some down time. War is often described as “endless boredom interrupted by a few moments of sheer terror.”.
Down time… A U.S. soldier watches an Afghan movie on TV while relaxing at Combat Outpost Nolen, an outlying base for the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
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