The Rain Hotel
Cpl. L’Enfant’s pack :
Fighting Load Components
The ALICE system fighting load comprises the following components:
- Belt, Individual Equipment, LC-1 [NSN 8465-00-001-6487-series]
- Carrier, Entrenching Tool, LC-1 [NSN 8465-00-001-6474]
- Case, Field First Aid Dressing, LC-1 [NSN 8465-00-935-6814]
- Case, Small Arms Ammunition, LC-1 [NSN 8465-00-001-6482]
- Cover, Water Canteen, LC-1 [NSN 8465-00-860-0256]
- Suspenders, Individual Equipment Belt, LC-1 [NSN 8465-00-001-6471]
Belt, Individual Equipment – The individual equipment belt is constructed of Army Shade 7 olive drab nylon webbing with black chemical finish adjusting buckles, keepers, and a belt buckle. The medium size individual equipment belt [NSN 8465-00-001-6488] is for soldiers with waists measuring under 30 inches [76.2 cm] and size large [NSN 8465-00-001-6487] is for those with waists measuring 30 inches [76.2 cm] or over. The individual equipment belt is adjusted from each end by means of clamp-type buckles which slide on the individual equipment belt when open. The individual equipment items are attached by interlocking belt-strap keepers or are hooked through eyelets along the bottom of the individual equipment belt. The eyelets along the top of the individual equipment belt are for attaching the individual equipment belt suspenders.
In 1981 the new Belt, Individual Equipment, LC-2 is introduced with the green plastic quick-release buckle and is assigned the National Stock Number 8465-01-120-0674 [medium] and 8465-01-120-0675 [large].
Carrier, Entrenching Tool – The Entrenching tool carrier is molded of ethylene-vinyl acetate [EVA] and the top flap is secured by means of two metal snap fasteners. It attaches to the individual equipment belt by means of two belt-strap keepers with interlocking slides. The Entrenching tool carrier is designed to accommodate the lightweight collapsible Entrenching Tool, Hand [NSN 5120-00-878-5932].
Case, Field First Aid Dressing – The field first aid dressing case is constructed of Army Shade 106 olive green water repellent treated 7.25 ounce [206 g] nylon duck. It is 8½ inches [21.6 cm] long with flap open; approximately 4½ inches [11.4 cm] wide, and forms a 4 inch [10.2 cm] deep pocket. It has a metal snap-type fastener closure and is attached to the individual equipment belt or individual equipment belt suspenders by a belt-strap keeper with interlocking slide. The field first aid dressing case is designed to accommodate either the Dressing, First Aid, Field [NSN 6510-00-159-4883] or the Compass, Magnetic, Unmounted [NSN 6605-00-151-5337].
Case, Small Arms Ammunition – The small arms ammunition case is designed to accommodate three 30-round Magazine, Cartridge [NSN 1005-00-921-5004] used with the Rifle, 5.56 Millimeter, M16A1. It is constructed of nylon duck and webbing with polyester sheet stiffeners in the front, rear and lid of the small arms ammunition case. Each cartridge magazine is held in place by means of 3/4-inch [1.91 cm] wide webbing spacers which cross the top of the small arms ammunition case. The lid is closed by means of a plastic latch. Grenade carrying pockets are located on each side of the small arms ammunition case which are secured by means of a nylon web strap and metal snap fastener. A tab with a metal eyelet is located at the top back of the small arms ammunition case to which the individual equipment belt suspenders are attached. The small arms ammunition case is attached to the individual equipment belt by belt-strap keepers with interlocking slides.
Cover, Water Canteen – The water canteen cover is fabricated of nylon cloth and webbing and acrylic pile liner material. The two-flap closure is secured by means of metal snap fasteners. There is a small pocket on the front of the cover for carrying water purification tablets. The lid of this small pocket is secured by means of hook and pile fastener tape. The cover attaches to the individual equipment belt by means of two belt-strap keepers with interlocking slides. The water canteen cover is designed to accommodate the Canteen, Water [NSN 8465-00-889-3477]. In 1975 the LC-1 designation for the water canteen cover is changed to LC-2 due to some minor design changes. The National Stock Number remains the same.
Suspenders, Individual Equipment Belt – The individual equipment belt suspenders are Y shaped with three adjusting straps, but four points of attachment to the individual equipment belt and small arms ammunition cases. The shoulder straps are padded with spacer cloth. Each shoulder strap has a web loop and a non-slip buckle on each of the straps in the front and one at the back through which the adjusting straps pass. There are rectangular wire loops located between the web loops and the buckles on the front of the straps. The 1-inch [2.54 cm] wide adjusting straps have side-retaining snap hooks at one end. The back adjusting strap has an inverted V of which each end has a side-retaining snaphook. Each of the adjusting straps has a loop around it made of 1-inch [2.54 cm] elastic material. In 1991 the individual equipment belt suspenders are redesignated LC-2 with no apparent modifications.