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Australian military order the wrong sized uniforms for their SAS - image

Australian SAS are roaming Afghanastan with uniforms that look like they may have shrunk in the wash. Apparently the Australian MOD didn’t make the US/AUS conversion in sizes, so almost 100 uniforms came in a bit slighter than the soldiers could accommodate.

The mistake was made during the trial of the new US-made “Multicam” combat uniforms when the Defense Material Organization placed the order using Australian clothes sizes, neglecting to translate them into the equivalent US sizes for the American manufacturer.

Yet again Americas archaic measurement system messed up the rest of the world.

As a result, about 100 SAS uniforms arrived in smaller sizes that did not resemble the robust SAS physique. The army had to redistribute them to non-special forces soldiers whose less-toned body shapes better resembled the wrongly-sized uniforms.

As one Australian TV reporter put it to the Minister of Defense: “No one made the difference between Australian sizing and American sizing, so they’re too small for the big blokes of the SAS.”

The Australian MOD elected to purchase 5,000 Crye combat uniforms in MultiCam for all Australian troops to wear who go “outside the wire” in the AO. The MOD said that batch of uniforms — with a $2 million AUS pricetag — was not affected by the size conversion problem.

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By netchicken: posted on 28-3-2011








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