Why Marines refer to their individual field gear and equipment as "782 Gear"?
The Individual combat equipment was knows by Vietnam-era Marines as "782" gear . Fielded as Marine Corps M1941 Individual combat equipment , the sturdy construction of canvas , webbing and brass fitting was almost indestructible .
At one time, the individual field equipment (pack, canteen, cartridge belt, etc.) issued to a Marine was listed on a form identified as NAVMC (Navy-Marine Corps) form “782”. That particular form is no longer used. But tradition dies hard. Marines still call their individual field equipment, “782-Gear”.
Boot Camp Documents - 782 Gear Receipt 1964
from 1964, Boot Camp - Parris Island, D/147 album
This is a receipt for 782 Gear. It was called 782 Gear because at one time the number of the USMC form was 782. It has changed as this form number is :
Memorandum Receipt for Individual/Garrison Equipment (NAVMC 10577)
NAVMC 10577-SD (9-63)