One of the most important equipment on the ground is the military belt. This wide belt usually consists of many MOLLE bystanders around the edges and offers two advantages: it allows the user to have quick access to his equipment without having to search for them in his backpack or jacket and offers better weight distribution of the equipment, thus a better comfort. But two big questions arise: How to properly configure your combat belt? How do I know if this configuration will suit the situation?
A Combat Belt Is Configured in 3 Parts:
The Survival Part: it is essential, the minimum required, namely a little water, a little food, a fire-lighter, a knife, a survival blanket and a self-defense accessory. Everything should normally fit in one or more pockets attached to the belt itself.
The Combat Part: this is what you need to face the enemy, i.e., your weapons, ammunition, handcuffs or even ballistic plates that can be added using a vest carrier plates.
The Bivouac Part: it is the rest of your accessories that will allow you to establish a makeshift camp, such as a flashlight, a quarter of the type “fold up”, a mini hammock and others.
Now that you have the basics to set up a military belt, we will be interested in knowing if this configuration is suitable for every situation. Because certain emergency situations require making drastic decisions about your equipment, for example on the ground, you may have to give up your tactical vest by ejecting your ballistic plates to run faster.
Or cut your jacket or your backpack if it got caught in branches and you had to get out of a dangerous situation as soon as possible. The advantage is that by wearing a combat belt, you will have the opportunity to keep a minimum of equipment to survive or face an enemy.
This is the situation that dictates the type of configuration that must be applied to your equipment. And for this reason, it is first recommended to use a combat belt with MOLLE or PALS fasteners, which can quickly be modified for a specific mission. But one thing is certain, whatever the mission, there is certain equipment that must absolutely be attached to your combat belt:
A Holster: If you plan to carry an automatic pistol, you should always have at least one holster, whether it is directly attached to your belt or fitted on a thigh platform. Moreover, if you wear a jacket that covers your combat belt, it is even advisable to use the thigh holster for faster access to your weapon.
The Door-chargers: If you go into an operation with an assault rifle and a combat vest with load carriers, add some on your belt, because if you have to abandon your combat vest on the ground, you will keep at least some ammunition on you to make facing other enemies. It is better to have more ammunition than not enough, so think if possible to add in addition to the stores of your assault rifle, at least 3 gun loaders.
A Medical Pouch: You should always have at least a first aid kit on your belt. And if you have a little space yet do not hesitate to add a small pouch for bandages and other bandages, not an example.
Some Water: After having to give up your assault vest with your hydration tank, what will you do without water? To avoid this delicate situation, hang a military gourd or a Nalgene bottle on your belt. To have 2 would be optimal, but it all depends on the remaining space on your belt.
Also, remember to take water purification tablets, it takes almost no space, and many pouch pouches have a small compartment. Being able to carry with a water filter would be a must, but again you still have enough room?
A Lamp: Do not forget to take with you a small flashlight with if possible a white led and a red led.
A Foldable Pouch: It can be used in particular to receive empty chargers and thus not to mix with those still containing ammunition.
A Multi-purpose Pouch: For all small accessories such as spare batteries for the lamp, matches or a compass.
- For a better weight distribution of equipment, you can also attach a lashing or military harness on the D-rings positioned on the top of the belt.
- Choosing a combat belt that can accommodate the maximum of equipment is good, but do not forget to take a comfortable one. So take the time to see if the inside of the belt is padded mesh for example.
- Also pay attention to the buckle of the military belt, that it is well secured to avoid a wrong opening.