I've noticed that Lightfighter is sorely lacking in the 3rd Line department. There's been a lot of focus on the 1st and 2nd line, but it's not often somebody posts about their packs and what's inside. There's been a little bit of talk of patrol packs in Afghanistan, especially with the recent thread about Standard Afghan 72hr loads, but that's only one specific AO.
This was prompted not only by some recent thread, but a recent field exercise where I realised halfway through we'd all packed a horrendously large amount of shit for what was only really 24 hours in the field during good weather. Seeing as how a lot of my exercises are in the space of 24-72 hours, I've decided that I don't need a lot of the extra weight on my back. Wish I could start with my own stuff, but I'm just a junior infantry Reservist and I've still got a shit tonne to learn.
I'd really like to hear from others. What about CONUS, Europe and other temperate areas? We hear a lot about the Middle East - what about different AOs? Surely throwing down with a woobie isn't quite going to cut it in temperate US, or does it?
I know there are plenty of dudes here who carry rucksacks. What's in it and how are you using it in the field?