The majority of personnel in Afghanistan on 1 October were due to leave theatre during that month having served during the hot summer months. Consequently they were not equipped with cold weather boots.
All personnel who had recently deployed with the intention of remaining in theatre during the winter were issued with a pair of cold weather boots prior to deployment. Additional stocks of cold weather boots are also held in theatre to cover any personnel who required the issue of boots or replacements in theatre.
1 October 2007 fell during the Relief in Place between 12 Mechanised Brigade and 52 Infantry Brigade with the number of personnel in theatre fluctuating on a daily basis, and therefore the exact number cannot be provided without disproportionate cost.
All units deploying on operations are entitled to draw upon a vast range of clothing prior to their deployment, including cold weather supplements as appropriate. These have already been made available to the units who deployed to Afghanistan in October. In addition, substantial stocks of cold weather clothing have been sent to both Iraq and Afghanistan. The following items are available as supplementary cold weather clothing:
Cold Weather Boots
Extreme Cold Weather Hat
Extreme Cold Weather Wristlets
Extreme Cold Weather Mitten Inners
Extreme Cold Weather Mitten Outers
Extreme Cold Weather Socks
Windproof Desert Trousers
Moisture Vapour Permeable Desert Jacket
Moisture Vapour Permeable Desert Trousers
The actual quantity of each item issued to a particular operation or exercise is not available. Moreover, some personnel already have elements of specialist equipment due to previous tours or exercises.
Since July 2007, in both Theatres, the Meindl Desert Fox Combat Boot is issued as standard. Magnum Light Weight Urban Patrolling Boots are also available as necessary for certain tasks. Pro-Boot or Prabus cold weather boots are issued as required. Additionally, where they are needed, Magnum Safety Boots are also available.