Military Footlockers

Written by Sarah Provost
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Footlocker, large, wood, olive drab, one each. Military footlockers have come a long way from those heavy behemoths of the Korean and Vietnam eras. Today's military footlockers can be made of rotationally molded plastics to provide optimal strength at a lighter weight. Some even have wheels! What would an old-fashioned drill sergeant think of that?

Military Footlockers for Deployment

Footlockers intended for use in hostile situations must meet stringent GSA guidelines. They must be resistant to rot in humid areas, such as Vietnam, and dust-resistant in arid locations such as Iraq. Military personnel in combat situations don't have the time to treat their footlockers gently, so they must be extremely rugged. If wheeled, the wheels must be large and sturdy to traverse harsh terrain.

Of course, many military footlockers lead quieter, more sheltered lives. They might be used for personal storage in a boot camp barracks (in which case they will be kept very, very clean.) They might be used to secure small electronics or to store sporting equipment.

Many of them eventually find their way through surplus stores to become home away from home for a kid at summer camp, or a combination CD storage and coffee table in a dorm room--where they will not be kept very, very clean. Eventually they end up in an attic, a repository of memories, deployed only in the war against time.


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