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I've seen a lot of pictures of force recon, MEF, and FAST units wear flightsuits, but do other USMC units wear them sometimes? Pictures would be welcome.

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Maybe in a case-by-case situation. They wear flight suits because they are made of Nomex, and if the situation has a higher risk of exposure to flame, they probably have an option to wear them.

That said, I haven't seen any recent pics of regular unit Marines in flight suits.
 

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Maybe in a case-by-case situation. They wear flight suits because they are made of Nomex, and if the situation has a higher risk of exposure to flame, they probably have an option to wear them.

That said, I haven't seen any recent pics of regular unit Marines in flight suits.
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In the early days of Iraq it was common issue because the FROG suits hadn't been made yet and they were the only flame resistant gear in the inventory. So a lot of armored units or anyone in a vehicle would probably wear them to protect from IEDs.

Now pretty much only RECON wear them and even then it's usually only done during ship or air operations.
 

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In the Army , anybody that was part of a crew in the Bradley's wore flight suits. Just the jumpsuit and CVC headgear. Nothing extra that pilots may have.
 

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Even flight suits are becoming a little old fashioned as BDU style uniforms made out of the same Nomex material are now available. I know a number of my friends who are current Marine Cobra/Huey pilots prefer those over the flight suits.

As for the rifleman, Metron_23 is completely right. Using the tan flightsuits in place of BDUs was a stopgap to mitigate the risk of flash burns from IEDs in OIF prior to the introduction of the "No Melt/No Drip" Flame Resistant Operational Gear (FROG) uniforms.

With those available and specifically designed for ground combat operations (vice flightsuits which are not), there is no real incentive to wear a one piece uniform that has a poorer level of breathability and less ideal pocket configuration than a two piece FROG combat uniform. Flightsuits are also more expensive to replace and harder to size (because they are one piece) so from a central issue perspective, more germane to line infantry units than Recon, Force Recon or MARSOC who get more gucci gear, that's also an important consideration.
 

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I've seen a lot of pictures of force recon, MEF, and FAST units wear flightsuits, but do other USMC units wear them sometimes? Pictures would be welcome.

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I believe, aside from tankers, it was corpsmen who wore hte flightsuits. At least in Iraq.
 
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