Today I'm going to rant for a moment about the Grey Man Concept. The Grey Man Concept by many is basically trying to look non-military/tactical. I've read numerous articles about looking Non-Tactical is the way to protect yourself. CONUS is a military acronym for within the Continental United States.
To me looking tactical does not bring unwanted threats here the United States. If anything its better to look tactical; people will assume your Military or a LEO. Most people respect the U.S Military here in the states and if they perceive you are a LEO no ones going to mess with you (if they do come to harm a LEO you didn't have a chance to begin with). Either way people will assume you have been trained to handle yourself. Now don't get me wrong I don't wear 5.11 tactical pants or anything. I actually don't even own a pair. That's because I don't like the way they look; and I don't carry enough stuff that I need 50 bazillion pockets on my pants. I guess I'd say I don't like the tactical look. I served in the military for 8 years and wearing tactical stuff got old. But that's me.
Now the OCONUS (Outside Continental U.S.) is a different animal. I feel like its a very bad idea to look tactical or military. There is the possibility that someone would want to harm perceived U.S. Military personnel. So leave your Olive Drab Shemagh and 5.11 vest at home when vacationing abroad.
I've also recently attended a seminar where the instructor was going over B.O.B.'s in an TEOTWAWKI Scenario--the instructor stressed to look non-tactical/military. My question is why? In my mind I would think it would be better to look like someone that knew how to handle themselves and may peel your cap if you come messing with them. Than looking like a lost sheep with a bright North Face pack and camping supplies. If I were a bad guy who would I rob first? The guy with a Desert Tan Tactical pack and M4 carbine, or the guy carrying a $400 Mountain Hardware pack with dehydrated food stuffs hanging out of it.
The Grey Man concept should be applied in a manner that "when in Rome do as the Romans". Make yourself look inconspicuous for the environment your in. Don't pull up in a new Mercedes and get out with a Rolex on in Gang territory at midnight on a Saturday night asking for directions. Don't walk down the streets of a bad neighborhood whipping out 100's of dollars. This is common sense not a "Grey Man" concept.
Lets take this over to our new forum and discuss there, I'll open up a thread named "Grey Man Concept". You guys post your thoughts.