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The updating timing here has been very inconsistent lately, which I hope to get a better handle on going forward. I have a particular reason to post this evening's news earlier than usual, so hopefully I can use that as a springboard to a new trend.

R.I.P. 'Jeffersons' star Sherman Hemsley dies at 74. Thanks brother19.

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Conan O'Brien Plays Minecraft.
Follow-up: "The Hobbit" Will Be A Trilogy After All? Thanks scorcese.fan.

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29. Re: Hobbit Jul 26, 2012, 18:03 eunichron
 
Matshock wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 15:58:
About 2 million combat army over the last 10 years, let's weight the other 8 million support @ 25%- so 4 million complete sets of gear.

5 billion/ 4 million= about $1250.00 per set including development costs. Yeah that's a bit high. About 20-30% higher than retail.

That's a generous figure. Our total military strength is about 1.4 million active, and 1.4 million reserve across all branches. So, 2.8 million personnel total. That includes combat arms and support.

Your $1250 figure is way off. If I remember my gear manifest correctly a single IBA set (Interceptor Body Armor; soft kevlar vest, not including SAPI or E-SAPI armor plates, or any of the pieces I mentioned below) was about $1100 by itself, which is a few hundred less than retail. The full cost of clothing a single soldier is in the several thousands, and they're not getting gouged. You know, I'll actually try to dig out my clothing statements and see if it lists costs on there and get back to you.
 
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