JOURNALISTS’ HEADGEAR IN WAR ZONES

sf helmets
As the days go by, we are all seeing on our screens, more and more journalists wearing special forces type “protective” head gear.
 
The special forces (SF) wear these cut down helmets for very good reasons. Arguably they are no more than “bump helmets.” More importantly, they serve a purpose of fitting around their ear phone communications and act as a platform to house vision aids and other items. They allow SF individuals to insert by air, sea and land, and carry out their operations in a light fighting manner.
They are NOT intended to be full head protection for low velocity missiles from mortars, bombs, bullets or any other forms of shrapnel flying around during attacks in a war zone.
 
Even though I’m ex SF, when I worked on the ground with journalists as a security adviser, I was very happy and extremely comfortable wearing the grunt type fuller cover, and heavier ballistic helmet, the like used by infantry troops.
If I get whacked, just as anyone else on the ground can…I  also become a major liability to the team.
 
The SF type cut away helmet may look and make you feel “gucci,” but trust me, you may as well go without.
 
It’s about way more than just wearing items of kit like helmets and body armour for insurance purposes. It’s about being realistic and responsible by wearing these items correctly, along with carrying a tourniquet and medical pouch, all for your own individual survival.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit www.bobshepherdauthor.com

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