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Monday, February 28, 2022

What Uniform Can I Wear to Swift Fox 22?

The three factions each have their own requirements, but the first principle is that they are uniforms, and allow identification so you avoid fratricide. 

The rules we have are specifically to avoid even accidentally thinking the enemy is a friendly — or vice versa — sometimes based on experience. While mistakes happen and you are under no obligation to tell your opponents who don't shoot at you that they really should be, deliberately looking like the enemy is not an allowed tactic, and is grounds for dismissal.

Ardea

Ardeans all wear Woodland, British Woodland Pattern DPM, or immediately related items patterns such as French CE, Russian LES, or anything else that can be easily confused with it. If not sure, ask us but very different shapes in similar colors (like Multicam Tropic) are not permitted. 

Left is USGI "M81" Woodland, right by contrast is UK DPM on top, but with Woodland pants and hat, and a commercial Woodlan-ish pack cover. but at a glance, they give the impression of a uniform appearance.

That's it! As far as strict rules, nothing else. But do remember to not ruin your uniform impression or you may be perceived as cheating, or become fodder for fratricide. For example, if you want to wear a plate carrier, and it's Multicam... that's probably a bad idea. It may even escalate to prohibited because you are covering too much of your body with the color of the enemy. 

Different members of that same team in a different situation. The far troop is wearing French CE, but you have to know to look for the difference. Note how there's a coyote brown ruck and OD green LBE. Doesn't matter as the overall impression is Woodland. The pack is, when carried, covered with a CE pack cover to make double sure they are hidden, though.  

If not sure, try it all on, get a photo, and ask your chain of command, or just us directly. We'll advise if it is fine, you can get away with it with caveats (e.g. for the plate carrier: only if you keep the LBE on over the top), or is simply No Go. We do this a lot, and often it's easy to shift the impression with some tape, spray paint, or changing a pouch or two only. 


GDL

The basic summary of what you can wear as a GDL insurgent is: almost anything you want. You can show up in a clown hat, polka dotted shirt and red pants for all we care. Your chain of command may tell you to go change and certainly no one will want to be anywhere near you but it's not illegal. 

You can't however wear a red jumpsuit, because suitability and sanity aside, there's really only one rule:  

No matching tops and bottoms. 

That means two piece uniforms are also required, though we're pretty loose on what "two piece" means. A camoflaged poncho like a zeltbahn is fine, as long as the pants are different. All in all this is designed to allow you to buy few or no pieces of clothing. 


Some typical mismatched example insurgents

Grab your favorite outdoorsy clothing, camouflages or not and wear that. I could wear my gray Vertx "jeans" and a Multicam combat shirt with an OD green plate carrier. Non-matching, works great, and I am comfortable.   


These three on the right, part of a Ukrainian civil defense force getting refresher training, are good examples. 

Hats? We don't care about hats. Hats are most identifiable by shape. By the second CWG event we realized there was so much helmet use that attempting to differentiate by shape (one side used to be patrol caps, one boonies) was pointless. 

I'd wear better shoes, but activewear bottoms, military issue jacket, camouflaged LBE, muted color keffiyeh / shemagh 

Camouflage pattern on hats and helmets is not terribly important so for the GDL: wear what you want on your head, or nothing at all. You don't even have to be consistent, and can have your favorite comfortably worn tan baseball hat with the Surefire logo, but switch to a USGI boonie for sun or rain. 


Kitoy

Kitoy uses two distinct patterns, OD Green, and Crye® MultiCam™ and related patterns or close copies are permitted. This includes US-issue OEFCP, OCP, and Scorpion W1, UK-issue MTP, Australian-issue AMCU, Polish-issue Suez, and others with the same basic pattern and color scheme. Both commercial and military issue versions are permitted.


Even in classic as-issued Multicam-everywhere, green or woodland accents like the scrap of camouflage netting on the helmet, is entirely permitted as it doesn't change the overall impression of the uniform. 

We're not picky about what we mean by "OD Green" so any muted greenish color darker than khaki is permitted. 


Three different OD greens (uniform, boonie, LBE) and it looks fine. Everyone would say he's wearing OD green. 

Same as for the Ardeans — but assuming you didn't read that if going Kitoy — That's it! As far as strict rules, nothing else. But do remember to not ruin your uniform impression or you may be perceived as cheating, or become fodder for fratricide. For example, if you want to wear a ballistic vest, and it's an old Woodland IBA, that's probably a bad idea. It may even escalate to prohibited because you are covering too much of your body with the color of the enemy.

We don't generally care much about accessory equipment like assault packs. Here is khaki/CB and Pencott Greenzone, and... that's fine. The overall impression is still OD Green. 

If not sure, try it all on, get a photo, and ask your chain of command, or just us directly. We'll advise if it is fine, you can get away with it with caveats (e.g. for the plate carrier: only if you keep the LBE on over the top), or is simply No Go. We do this a lot, and often it's easy to shift the impression with some tape, spray paint, or changing a pouch or two only. 

From the CWG point of view, we added Multicam a few years ago because hardly anyone incidentally had an OD green uniform, but nearly everyone has some Multicam; at least some people have showed up with their work uniforms and equipment, just switched to airsoft. From the Kitoy, in character, point of view the army is a third world army in a somewhat eternal transition period, so individual units may have a mix of both uniform types. 

Since OD green is official Kitoy uniform, insignia, and brassards are still green, and LBE in green works well with Multicam uniforms as well.  

We also have been deliberately loose on mixing these as long as there's a good faith effort to wear matching uniforms. But if you want to wear ODG but your only GoreTex is Multicam, that's permitted. But with the identifier for GDL being mismatch, be very careful if you do this. Think about stuff like MultiCam GoreTex overpants, for example 


Dress for the Weather

Much of the plains around here, and especially north-east Oklahoma, is great for training because the weather should see a doctor and take some mood stabilizers. You might see 70's, sunny and humid during the day and freezing rain that very night. Literally. 

Make sure whatever uniform you bring has all the components to allow you to be comfortable in all likely weather. Becoming a heat or cold casualty is one sure fire way to make sure you have no fun at all. 



See the full set of rules for uniforms and equipment for more, or ask us if you have any questions at all. 

And we're less than 2 months to the start of Swift Fox 22, so sign up as soon as you can! 
Operation Swift Fox 22
22 - 24 April 2022
Force-on-Force FTX, Airsoft
D-Day Adventure Park Oklahoma

http://centralwar.com/events/SwiftFox22.shtml





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