Max has undoubtedly worn a battle belt for a very long time, in practice the Brits have been using the belt for so long there is no other modern force out there that would have a better grasp on its utility. Israel possibly, but the Brits have more time with it.
Our convert Colonist takes us through his treatise on the merits and short comings of the battle belt. His experience definitely comes through in his writings.
What specifically stuck in my mind was the American buttpack, and how it sits up too high to be integrated with the ruck. This is an experience statement. I can’t even recall this being an issue, more than likely due to my inexperience or I simply didn’t wear one, I can’t remember. I enlisted in 2004, that may seem like awhile ago but it was certainly not in terms of men like Kris, John and Max. These three were likely doing their fifth and sixth deployment to the multiple war zones around the world. In addition to this, they would have both likely have used a battle belt or PLCE for the majority of their carriers prior to the issue of the MOLLE system.
Even in my tender military upbringing in the land of the Frozen Chosin, I had experience with the PLC. I remember loving it! Since then the US transitioned almost completely away from the belt and has worn gear on the chest ever since. Only a few Soldiers (more and more as time progresses) have transitioned back to the belt style of load carry.
I have transitioned back to it after witnessing its efficiency from CSG’s classes. Max’s article is a huge help for someone like me who is looking to better my belt, and expand into multiple belt types. I think I may be building a Max V style belt in the near future.