Lately I have been seeing quite a controversy on whether or not to wear or use military gear if you have to evacuate or bug out from your home. The argument runs along these lines.
1 Military gear will make people think you are carrying something of value, or they will be scared of you. They feel that this will make you a target.
2 The other side is that most people will avoid someone who looks like they can take care of themselves.
This is something that I have been giving a lot of thought too. For one thing, I have a tendency to wear tactical pants, not camo but other colors. I do this for two reasons, most of them are good quality and they have lots of pockets, which are mostly full. Jeans just don’t have enough pockets for everything I like to carry.
I see some truth in both arguments, and I think the answer is somewhere in between. If someone is wear all brand new REI type gear, they will be a target for two reasons. Good quality gear and probably not very experienced. I would think of them as an easy target.
If they are wearing full military gear with the latest molle gear or all tactical gear, but it is all brand new I am going to think mall ninja. If the gear is well used, I thinking that they know what they are doing and I am going to try to avoid them.
Myself I would probably be wearing brown tactical pants, a subdued color shirt and have an OD pack. It would be a mixture of civilian and military, but all well worn. The idea is to have the best of both worlds. Try not to attract attention and blend in, but be able to take care of business, if push comes to shove. Keep your pack on the small side; if possible, you will attract less attention.
The biggest advantage we have is that regardless of what we are wearing we are not naïve. We will look ahead and spot dangers that most of the population will not see. We will avoid contact with others where possible. Most people will fail to see the dangers until it is too late. Whatever you are wearing be alert, most people won’t recognize the wolf until it gets them.