How a Navy SEAL sets up his War Belt | Duty Belt | Tactical Rifleman

This week on Tactical Rifleman, I review the basic setup and components of one configuration of my war belt I utilized in the SEAL Teams. Much like the body armor setup video, the war belt is also not a one-size fits all setup. Team guys set up their kit in a manner that both fits their load bearing requirements and comfort as well as achieving the minimum loadout for their position in the platoon. Now, there is nothing sexy about this setup. Due to the maritime component of SEAL operations, salt water wreaks havoc upon gear. Therefore, the kit I carry is designed for function and is predominately a maritime setup (Visit Board Search Seizure (VBSS)/Zodiac work/Diving, etc.). I use a more high-speed setup when operating in a direct action or land warfare capacity. That means that the kit is a bit nicer and more expensive in order to stand up to a harsh, dryer environment as well as to carry additional ordnance items and communications equipment.

The components on the belt are a bit of a “hodge podge” of different brands of gear; some of it issues and some of it scrounged from the DRMO (recycle) bin (yes, SEALs sometimes have to dive into the “land of abandoned gear” for stuff). The point is, you don’t need all the hyped-up Gucci gear to do work. You just need something durable yet easily replaceable. We put our kit through hell during training evolutions and this rig is a basically the stuff that survived that crucible over the years. The belt itself and pad are Blackhawk. The mag pouches are from my basic loadout package and are of no name brand. They simply Velcro shut when not in use and have a plastic internal piece to keep the mags from sliding around. The large drop (olive drab) pouch is from London Bridge trading and is basically a SAW ammo pouch I use as a large utility bag. The drop-leg holster is from 5-11 and is modular detachable meaning I can swap my Glock 34 holster for my Beretta holster (when training Air Force dudes) pretty easily. The SSE roll-up drop pouch is from Tactical Assault Gear ( which is a veteran-owned founded company all made in the USA. Great stuff! Canteen pouch is Blackhawk. The knife is a SOG SEAL pup. I realize that gear has advanced over the years and the team at Tactical Rifleman have most likely used a variety of these items across the spectrum. Please feel free to leave constructive comments and questions below. Stay violent, my friends!

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A.D.K.02 says:

Hi Jason,
My mate is just about to be deployed to Iraq for the first time. I want to get him something that will be of use to him while he’s over there, is there anything you recommend? Bearing in mind that I’m a civilian and can only purchase stuff available to Civilians. I was thinking the leatherman MUT as the NZDF has just adopted the AR platform, but are they actually anymore useful than say a leatherman wave? Or is there a watch (gshock?) that you recommend?
Thank you

Baba Yagar says:

What’s with the Ebonics at the first start of the video… the one with the porn guy breathing hard? The rest of the vids great!

Dimitrij Batur says:

thx that was really usefull)))

Julian Burkett says:

What does maritime mean? Im new to all of this.

Mike C. says:

Great video….was the multi tool and knife both from SOG if yes what kind were they?

Nicolas says:

Hi, lot of nice small detail/remark about diving ops, I like it … This kind of remark is really rare on the internet. Thx

Alex Decampos says:

what type of lube was that?

phillip whitehurst says:

I just want to make sure my dip doesn’t get wet.

Dylan Teang says:

“I don’t have the molle”

Gary Thalmann says:

A nylon shoulder holster with 2 mag pouches is helpful

Keo's Best says:

Solid info

stephen brandel says:


Levi Parrish says:

Always keeps hair gel around for THOTs

Josh Monson says:

Are you in a shipping container?

Hack My Control System says:

Thank you posting, but more importantly…thanks for no ego, practical advice. Any advice on placement of a survival kit on belt or elsewhere? Very professional video. Thanks again for sharing.

Tony Rush says:

nice video thanks

KyserTheHun says:

I thought hair gel was going to have a secret tactical use for a second.

Steve Leon says:

Love that hair gel comment. I couldn’t stop laughing had to replay the vid.

Exploring With Cam says:

What is that around his neck?.

Julius Bond says:

“King Neptune will steal…” no truer words. God bless the SEALs!

awesomeattic says:

If your channel gets taken down with YouTube’s new “rules” will you be posting to another website?

big simba says:

Do you think they’ll let me join the Marines at 26

1911Drew says:

Good information! Thanks for putting the video up. Thank you for your service.

neywa402 says:

thumb up for the hair gel 😀 good one

Jared Lane says:

What a great room! Info was good too, thanks.

TL Coleman says:

Thanks for your service Jason. I enjoy your no BS video’s.

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