How Much Do You Know About Tools and Gear Used in the Military?


By: J. Reinoehl

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Do you know your U. S. military equipment or are you more of a civilian? This quiz covers tools and equipment that any branch of the military or MOS might use—past and present. Test exactly how much you know about military tools by taking this quiz!

What is an item best used to store and carry all your gear?

"I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it." – Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men)


What is the tool that you would need a red lens for to use secretively at night?

Every soldier needs (on average) 70 batteries that are of seven different types. This is just to power his or her gear and does not include backups.


Which basic tool is best for helping you march in the right direction when used with a map?

“Out of every 100 men, ten shouldn't even be there, 80 are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” ― Heraclitus.


The age-old folding E-tool is usually used for what?

The E-tool has been a staple for many wars. It has undergone some design changes through the years, but it remains a foldable shovel.


Which of the following is standard issue for rain protection?

“Lead me; follow me, or get… out of my way.” ― George S. Patton Jr., Patton Principles


Which kit would contain these tools: lubricant, brass brushes, picks, barrel snake?

Prior to Vietnam, most soldiers weren’t picky about the lubricant used on their weapons. The wars in the desert caused many to develop special “dry” lubricating techniques to keep their weapons firing without collecting dust.


Which one could be a gas mask?

“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” ― Colin Powell


Which tool would you need if you were shot in the leg and you wanted to stop the bleeding?

The Generation 7 Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) allows you to quickly and effectively tourniquet a bleeding wound even with one hand. These are so popular that police and emergency personnel use them, but many fakes have flooded the Internet.


Which tool is useful for jumping out of airplanes?

“It is fatal to enter an war without the will to win it.” ― Douglas MacArthur


Which tool is used if you have been exposed to nerve gas?

The ATNAA or Antidote Treatment Nerve Agent Autoinjector is designed to help soldiers quickly administer medicine after being exposed to nerve gas. The process for using it prevents the hesitation soldiers might have if they were to use a normal needle to inject themselves.


Which of the following would you keep in your field pack (ruck sack)?

“Peace won by compromise is usually a short-lived achievement.” –Winfield Scott


What kind of tool is the NOD/ NVG?

The night vision devices are commonly all called NOD for night optic device or NVG for night vision goggles. The AN/PVS-14 is the most commonly used one.


The P-38 was issued with field rations from WWII to the 1980’s, what did it do?

“In a man-to-man fight, the winner is he who has one more round in his magazine.” ― Erwin Rommel


Which tool was once standard issue but is no longer issued to soldiers?

With the invention of MREs and the heating packs that come with them, full mess kits in the military have become obsolete. Although soldiers need a plate and cup of some sort, they don’t need the pan.


What does ALICE stand for?

“That which is chiefly the office of a general, to force the enemy into fighting when he finds himself the stronger, and to avoid being driven into it himself when he is the weaker...” ― Plutarch, Plutarch's Lives, Vol 2


Which of the following tools is NOT a military radio?

Although the JTRS is certified for military use and slated to replace other radios, it has not completely done that yet. The development phase ran into program restructuring and cost overruns.


What does LMRS stand for?

“He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.” – Sun Tzu


For shat would you use an FRH?

The FRH (Flameless Ration Heater) is included in every MRE. It heats the food using a chemical reaction that is triggered by water.


Which device is illegal for a civilian to own and must be returned to the manufacturer (to destroy) if it stops working?

“I'll play baseball for the Army or fight for it, whatever they want me to do.” ― Mickey Mantle


In addition to two canteens, the modern soldier also carries what for hydration?

The CamelBak allows soldiers to stay hydrated while on the move. It carries 100 oz. of water.


Which tool do pilots in the Army and Air Force receive?

“I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” –Nathaniel Hale


Which of the following tools was issued in Afghanistan and is based off an American Indian weapon?

The American Tomahawk Company’s VTAC was included in Stryker vehicles as a survival tool and hand-to-hand combat weapon. It was also included in a Class 9 rescue kit.


Which of the following tools could you attach to a rifle?

“No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.” – Dwight Eisenhower


What tool is used to locate targets accurately?

The Mark VII Eyesafe Laser Target Locater can be used during the day or at night. It is primarily used by forward air controllers, long range reconnaissance patrols, and artillery forward observers.


Which of the following is frequently used by soldiers but NOT usually supplied by the military?

“Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.” – Napoleon Bonaparte


Which does MOLLE stand for?

The MOLLE is the latest load-bearing system. It is available for many NATO forces.


What is unique about a bug hat?

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” – George Washington


Which tool can act as a knife?

The M9 was officially adopted to replace the M7 in 1984. It is a multi-purpose bayonet system that functions as a standalone knife, saw, and wire cutter.


Which of the following is standard issue for hearing protection?

It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me, but life at sea is better.” – Sir Francis Drake


What does a PEQ-15 (ATPIAL) do?

ATPIAL stands for Advanced Target Pointer Illuminator Aiming Light. The PEQ-15 is a smaller and lighter version of the AN/PEQ-15.


Which kit would contain these tools: Nitrile Gloves, Quick Clot, Rehydration Salts?

“No soldier can fight unless he is properly fed on beef and beer.” – John Churchill, The 1st Duke of Marlborough


Which three things are found in every military MRE?

The first American military rations were “Iron rations.” Modern MREs are vastly different, but few want to survive on them long term. There are civilian knock-offs available for survivialists.


A JDAM kit is used for what?

“The whole art of war consists of guessing at what is on the other side of the hill.” – Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington


What does BCG stand for?

Birth control glasses were given out in basic training. They are so named because they were nearly impossible to look attractive wearing. The old frames were recently replaced in 2012 for slimmer ones.


Which of the following is one of the most versatile tools in an emergency?

“God grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right even though I think it is hopeless.” – Chester W. Nimitz


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