Canadian soldiers have a special term they use to talk about extra equipment they purchase for themselves to add to what the Armed Forces provides. They call it “Gucci gear,” which comes from the fashion designer.
Canadian troops in Latvia have been buying private equipment for their missions. They have purchased modern ballistic helmets with built-in hearing protection, rain gear, vests, belts for carrying supplies, and replacing poorly fitting body armour for female soldiers.
These purchases made through online retailers consist of well-known tactical gear or weapon accessories that allow soldiers to personalize their existing equipment and make it more comfortable to wear.