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America is at War Some are in support of it and others oppose it It matters not which side is taken because the American people pay for the war Every person that pays taxes on American soil has a hand in funding those troops sent over to protect democracy from terrorism Whether the American people agree with it or not they have the responsibility of paying for the war But at the same time the people have a right to know what they are paying for The first cost of War is obviously the needs and necessities of those troops whom are sent onto the battlefield to fight Basic needs like food water and shelter The first thing a soldier in the field needs is food and water These are supplied in the form of individual rations MREs Meals Ready to Eat The number of rations each soldier carries can vary depending on the mission requirements but many soldiers given the option of carrying less rations versus have extra ammunition The average soldiers would elect the extra ammunition Despite this fact food is still a major cost when sending soldiers into the field The next cost would be that of all of the equipment each individual soldier carries These items include 61664Kevlar Helmet with cover Optional night goggle glasses 61664Flack Vest bullet proof vest 61664BDU or DCU BDU-Battle dress uniform green DCU- Dessert Cover Uniform brown 61664M16A1 Semi-Automatic Rifle 61664LBE Load Bearing Equipment-suspenders with belt holds ammmunition flashlight canteen and miscellaneous items 61664Boots 61664Black Socks 61664Brown Underwear 61664Brown T-shirt 61664Dog Chains 61664Ruck Sack back pack which houses MRE meals ready to eat shelter half need two to make a tent entrenching tool fold down iron shovel 61664Protective Mask Gas Mask 61664MOPP Gear Mission Oriented Protective Posture Gear used for chemical warfare usually in ruck sack The individual field soldier in the United States Military carries these items with them every day in the field
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