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#218671 - 03/09/11 11:15 PM US Army's new ditch kit
KG2V Offline

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Seems like the Armay has a new grab and go aircraft ditch kit

http://peosoldier.armylive.dodlive.mil/
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#218674 - 03/10/11 12:38 AM Re: US Army's new ditch kit [Re: KG2V]
jzmtl Offline
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Quote:
The Survival Kit, Ready Access, Modular (SKRAM)


Lol, do they hire people to come up with these names?

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#218675 - 03/10/11 01:14 AM Re: US Army's new ditch kit [Re: jzmtl]
Art_in_FL Offline
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Registered: 09/01/07
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Originally Posted By: jzmtl

Lol, do they hire people to come up with these names?


I suspect there are an interlocking series of committees that approve acronyms. In a GS office I used to frequent, back in the days before computers, I used to flip through the books they had. One was a series of books, about three feet linear, of reference on just acronyms. And, as I understand it, that was the abridged version that only covered the most frequently used acronyms. The military has always had a love affair with acronyms.

One time the secretaries had a problem, they have to check the acronyms for accuracy before sending messages. Operating from phonetic shorthand notes they knew the manager has talked about the "AG and C" but they couldn't find any reference to it. So they kept moving the research up through various authorities and reference sets. Certainly there had to be an 'AG and C' somewhere in the federal system. It sounded familiar.

Eventually, all resources expended, they were forced to admit defeat and contact the manager via satellite, a big deal at the time, and ask what he meant. Turns out he was talking about resources we had in the Aegean Sea.

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#218679 - 03/10/11 01:57 AM Re: US Army's new ditch kit [Re: KG2V]
dweste Offline
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Registered: 02/16/08
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Loc: Central California
Is there a list of the standard SKRAM contents?

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#218680 - 03/10/11 01:58 AM Re: US Army's new ditch kit [Re: jzmtl]
Am_Fear_Liath_Mor Offline
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Registered: 08/03/07
Posts: 3077
Quote:
Lol, do they hire people to come up with these names?



The Program Executive Office Soldiers 'Stealthy Man Portable Modular Field Operations Latrine Collection Contrivance' (SMPMFOLCC) was mentioned earlier in another thread I believe. wink

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#218681 - 03/10/11 02:16 AM Re: US Army's new ditch kit [Re: jzmtl]
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2820
Originally Posted By: jzmtl
Quote:
The Survival Kit, Ready Access, Modular (SKRAM)


Lol, do they hire people to come up with these names?


Probably the same way everyone does, sit around and try to think of a funny acronym.
The person in my group at work who owned the System Monitoring And Reporting Tool left our group so were taking it over and adding And Security Services to the end.

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#218697 - 03/10/11 12:30 PM Re: US Army's new ditch kit [Re: KG2V]
Andy Offline
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Registered: 09/13/07
Posts: 378
Loc: SE PA
Having spent time at the PEO Air Soldier program office in Huntsville AL, I found out that the there is a ditch kit is the bag that is attached to the helos, either in the cabin or in an externally available compartment. It's been undergoing internal review and enhancement for a few years. The SKRAM modular piece is part of the ALSE body kit pilots wear during flight operations. My firm was contacted by the PEO to provide assistance in assessing the fit and fitness of of the survival gear. That contract hasn't come thru, yet, but since these program can take 3-5 years to complete I still have hope.

Check out this link: Air Soldier for more info.

Andy

PS The last acronym listing I saw for DoD was 400 single spaced pages.


Edited by Andy (03/10/11 12:34 PM)
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#218701 - 03/10/11 03:15 PM Re: US Army's new ditch kit [Re: Art_in_FL]
Glock-A-Roo Offline
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Registered: 04/16/03
Posts: 1076
Originally Posted By: Art_in_FL
...the manager has talked about the "AG and C" but they couldn't find any reference to it... Turns out he was talking about resources we had in the Aegean Sea.


LOL, as I was reading your post I was thinking "the mystery term is 'agency'". Guess I should have looked it up in the manual...

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#218705 - 03/10/11 06:06 PM Re: US Army's new ditch kit [Re: jzmtl]
philip Offline
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Registered: 09/19/05
Posts: 639
Loc: San Francisco Bay Area
Quote:
Rapid Fielding Initiative Modular Sleep System


A sleeping bag with built-in mattress that pops out of your cargo pants?

"But hon, that's my RFMSS. Honest."

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#218711 - 03/10/11 09:03 PM Re: US Army's new ditch kit [Re: KG2V]
ki4buc Offline
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Registered: 11/10/03
Posts: 710
Loc: Augusta, GA
All acronyms are created are CRAP ( Certified and Re-usable Acronym Program ).

I'm better at creating backronyms.

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