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For the “Weekend Warrior” this is good Vietnam era gear. One troopie can carry a six-pack of 16 oz. Budweiser: one can in each top pocket and two cans in each waist pocket. Another guy carries the Slim Jims and cheese stix.

M-1965 field jacket
Quoted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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M-1965 field jacket in ACU pattern. Note
the lack of shoulder epaulets, but Velcro
rank slide on the storm flap to take its place.

The M-1965 Field Jacket, also known as the M65, is a popular field jacket designed for the US military.[1] It was introduced into US military service in 1965 to replace the M-1951 field jacket still preferred by US Troops, an improvement on the M-1943 field jacket of Second World War design.[1] The M-1965 had a built in hood that rolled up and fit into a pouch on the back of the neck as opposed to the separate hood that attached to the M-1951. The M-1965 also had Velcro fasteners on the cuff.

The M-65 field jacket was widely used by United States Forces during the
Vietnam War in which the jacket became useful for troops serving in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, as well as keeping a soldier warm from the cool weather conditions that came after monsoonal rains.[2]

Originally introduced in olive green shade 107, it is now produced in a variety of patterns including Woodland camouflage, "chocolate-chip" desert camouflage, Tigerstripe, black, navy blue, Universal Camouflage Pattern, and the Australian Disruptive Pattern Camouflage.[1] The frontmost portion of the jacket has two large hip pockets and two medium-sized breast pockets.[3] The rearmost neck portion and collar of the jacket features a zipper which houses a protective hood.[1]

The M-1965 field jacket can be combined with a button-in insulated lining for cold weather wear.




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