Body Armour: Osprey Assault, Dragon Skin, Interceptor or summit else? What should a soldier (with enough money) be wearing when the shit starts flying?
is sufficient small arms and ammunition. Armor is awesome if your enemies happen to shoot you in the chest or the head. Returning fire, however, dissuades them from taking the time to aim at you in the first place.
about military specifications and requirements is that they aren't always based on what's best, so much as what's produced by the bidder who scored the contract. That said, Dragon Skin is allegedly awesome, and yet here in the States, it was beat out of the contract by a more traditional armor company, which, while it meets the standard, is not as good as it could be. Where it gets weird is when you look force by force at who is allowed to take what. For instance, the US Army doesn't really care who paid for whatever you bring, as long as it works and meets spec, while the Marines won't let you bring shit if it isn't "issue" based on the principle that all Marines should be equally equipped. Got the money to buy your own NVGs? If you're a Marine, don't waste it, as those NVGs are destined to be box-bound while you're downrange, since you aren't an officer or team leader.
I'm curious how much of this translates across the Atlantic. Is it similar there? Do the different branches have different rules? Inquiring minds need to know!
but also a necessity, as the more elite groups need to be functionally familiar not only with the best their own country offers, arms/armor/gear-wise, but also what the countries they may end up involved in direct action might have.