While most of us pine over this year’s annual Blister Gear Awards with dreams of that ultimate touring setup– a bunch of Marines are being outfitted for free thanks to the federal government.
According to Military.com, General Robert Neller recently notified a unit of 300 some marines at the Norwegian Home Base located near the Arctic Circle that they would be receiving up-to-date ski gear. “No Marine is going to leave here unless they know how to ski,” said the four star general. The marines will receive standard “NATO ski system.” The system features a skis and boots that were designed by ASNE for the Norwegian military personnel.
The last time Marines trained on aging equipment in the area, they were plagued by equipment failures that stalled maneuvers and caused morale problems. Military superiors took notice and have since ordered 2,648 pairs of skis and boots for scout snipers, recon, and infantrymen, who will receive the new gear as a part of a $12.75 million investment in winter warfare.
Find the entire Military.com article here: Marine Corps Invests Millions in New Skis for Cold Weather Training