The All-purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment is made up of components for the fighting load and additional components for the existence load.These components can be used in all environments - hot, temperate, cold-wet regions, and even in cold-dry arctic regions.
The belt is designed for carrying various items of individual equipment, such as the water canteen and ammunition case which are suspended on the belt by keepers or by double hooks inserted through eyelets so spaced on the belt as to accomodate this equipment. The belt is also used in conjunction with the field pack suspenders, the suspender hooks being attachable to the top edge row of eyelets to help support the weight of the belt and its attached equipment.
The carrier is designed as a suitable carrier for the intrenching tool covered by MIL-I-43684.
The case is used to carry two camouflaged individual troop first aid dressing and a package of sodium chloride - sodium bicarbonate mixture, or an unmounted magnetic compass.
The case is designed to accomodate three 30-round ammunition magazines for the M-16 rifle. Magazine spacer straps are provided for separating individual magazines, and grenade pockets with retainer straps are provided for carrying grenades. The case is provided with a tab with an eyelet for attachment to the suspender snaphook and two keepers with slide for attaching to the individual equipment belt.
The canteen cover is designed as a carrier for a one quart nominal capacity water canteen and cup.
The suspenders are designed for use with the individual equipment belt on which are suspended items of field equipment such as water canteen, ammunition cases, and other items required by the soldier in the field.
Commercial item description A-A-55177 is used in preference to MIL-S-43829.
Military specification MIL-B-43826 covers one type of adjustable individual equipment belt made from olive drab nylon webbing, plastic and miscellaneous metallic hardware.
Military specification MIL-C-43742 covers one type and size canteen cover fabricated from nylon cloth, nylon webbing and acrylic pile liner material.
Military specification MIL-C-43745 covers the requirement for the first aid dressing/compass case.
Military specification MIL-C-43827 covers one type and size of ammunition case, fabricated from Olive Green nylon duck, webbing, and tape, with miscellaneous metallic hardware and plastic flap closure.
Military specification MIL-C-43831 covers one type and size of plastic carrier for the intrenching tool.
Military specification MIL-S-43829 covers one type and size of equipment belt suspenders.