Once again WSF goes charging into a subject he knows little. When has that ever stopped me?
A few years ago at my son’s home outside Ft. Carson, I picked up his vest and helmet. “Damn, that is heavy”, I exclaimed. My son just laughed. Said he would add ammo, water, and his medic kit plus weapon before he went to the field. Well over 120 lbs.
When I was a 12B some 50+ years ago, our load out went about 60 lbs. with ammo, entrenching tool, canteen, poncho and sleeping bag. No body amour. None was issued 1964-1966 in Germany that I ever heard of.
Stud Marine Infantry officers must pass a grueling test. The requirements vary depending on the source. My question is, how effective can you be after humping 120 lbs. at a high rate of march?
Over time the wear and tear can be debilitating. We humans aren’t built to be pack animals and, over time, no amount of guts and determination will change that.
All kinds of mechanical devices have been used or proposed.
One problem, the logistics trail.
Some special operations have gone old school.
Anyone who has ever used pack animals knows it isn’t simple. Think only soldier’s have attitudes?
Is one answer been around for centuries? The Asian wheelbarrow.
My guess one of these per squad would allow a lower load out weight while still having all the necessities close at hand.
Some tactical training would be required. Not having nearly exhausted troops in a firefight would be the gain, IMO.