The 3 Best Multi-Tools For Military Use: Heavy-Duty, Compact Products To Get The Job Done

Service any need, get yourself out of any jam; this is the multi-tool philosophy. An all-in-one product ranging from swiss army knives that fit on your keychain to full-scale models for heavy-duty repairs. If your needs are extensive, or you’ll be operating under high intensity military circumstances:

It will help to think of a multi-tool as an investment.

Saving a few bucks at purchase may have you smiling in the short-term, but a multi-tool is only as good as its weakest component. And finding the flaw when you are under heat will have you kicking yourself for not investing fully in the buyer process.
Let’s start with the best multi-tools for military reviews.

The Bottom Line

I’ll outline how to choose the best multi-tool for military use in my Buyer’s Guide, with my 3 best multi-tools for military reviewed below.

We spent several weeks reviewing and comparing the 27 of the top multi-tools for military use on the market and ended up covering 3 of our favorite ones in this guide.

Lets begin with our top picks:

How We Picked?

This guide compares our top picks divided into 3 price-ranges for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 27 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying a multi-tool for military use.

This buyer’s guide is suited to everyone from budget conscious buyers interested in learning which military watch to buy or what's good about them,  what's missing from each and how best to choose them.

Choose Your Budget

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

Tools

BEST OVERALL

Leatherman OHT Multitool

4.7/5

16

BEST BUDGET

​Gerber MP600 Bladeless

4.0/5

11

BEST EVERY DAY

Leatherman Multitool

3.8/5

19

Best Overall

Since we are staying within a budget, my Best Overall choice takes into account the whole scope of buyer considerations. Price being one of these. Value for money, this model from letherman packs in all the best features you can find in a multi-tool, while maintaining standards of quality and durability.

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Leatherman OHT Multitool Review

That a Leatherman would win my Best Overall choice probably comes as no surprise. From one of the leaders in the multi-purpose tool industry, we get the Leatherman OHT: a diverse, durable and portable multitool that services military and casual repairmen alike.


Who Should Buy

This is an ideal intermediate choice, for both military and more casual outdoors purposes like hiking, fishing and survivalist missions.

Full Leatherman OHT Multitool Review:

The Leatherman OHT covers all bases, with an incredibly friendly one-hand accessible design. This is so important for military setting when you only have one hand free, but also for more casual settings like fishing (when you’re holding your catch on the line in one hand) and hiking.

The compact design fits easily in your pocket, opening up into spring-action pliers that offer a solid grip and hold. It also includes all the essential military tools like strap cutters, saw and knife blades, oxygen tank wrench, wire cutters, phillips and flathead screwdrivers, and #8-32 brush adapter. What I like about this Leatherman is that the tools are on the outside of the handles, making them easily accessible.

The Leatherman OHT comes with an impressive 25 year guarantee, which gives you an idea of how confident they are in its quality. While this isn’t as cheap as other pocket multitools of its size, the versatility and quality of this Leatherman really bring it up to par with many full-size mutlitools--giving it my Best Overall choice for the money.

  Tech Specs:

  Tools: 16

  Close Length: 4.5 Inches

  Trusted Brand:  Yes

 Special Features: One-hand fully operable multitool

PROS

  • Great versatility
  • Spring-action pliers
  • Tools on the outer edge of handles for easy access and use
  • 25 year guarantee
  • Imprinted location on handles, so that you can feel where each tool is located even in the dark

CONS

  • Some reviewers have mentioned manufacturing issues, such as loose screws and weak blades

Best Budget

As my budget option, you’re not going to find quite the same quality of components here. That being said, SNE have produced a surprising durable military watch for what you’ll pay. With water resistance up to 50m, alarm, 12/24hr readout options and digital stopwatch/timer, it’s about all you could ask for with a watch in this price range.

2

Gerber MP600 Bladeless Review

It’s strange that this would end up being my ‘Budget Choice’, especially when you consider that the Gerber MP600 platform has been a go-to option for the U.S military. What I mean to say is: while this is indeed the most affordable product I’m reviewing, that isn’t to say you’re not getting quality or value for your money. 

Who Should Buy

Those looking for a value all-in-one solution. Quality Pliers with extra tools added as an afterthought.


Full Gerber MP600 Bladeless Review:


Coming in at 5.7 inches closed, the Gerber MP600 bladeless includes 11 tools and a Gerber Lifetime Warranty. What it lacks in style and flash (in my opinion, this is a pretty utilitarian looking multitool), it makes up for in durability and strength. The needle nosed pliers give a powerful grip and the handle for the screwdriver end gives solid control and ease of use. My final winning point for this Gerber MP600, in particular, is that it is a bladeless model. For the frequent travelers out there, this means no hassles going through airport security.

On the downside,  while it is indeed one-hand operable, having the tools on the inside makes them slightly less accessible. This factor, along with some complaints about the wear and tear being more visible on this model than some other multitools out there, are the largest cons to tally.

  Tech Specs:

  Tools: 11

  Cased Length: 5.7 

  Trusted Brand:  Yes

  Special Features: U.S Military tool

PROS

  • Strong and powerful tools
  • Simple, compact design
  • Lifetime Warranty from Gerber
  • TSA approved for easy travel
  • Budget Choice winner

CONS

  • Tools are on the inside of handle, making them slightly more difficult to access with one hand
  • Wear and tear is more noticeable
  • Somewhat bleak, utilitarian aesthetic

3

Leatherman Charge TTI Multitool Review


​The Leatherman Charge TTI has taken some extra care with quality, producing a stunning, simple and versatile multi-tool. 19 tools, 25 year warranty and a perfectly smooth one-hand operable design, this is another top notch product from Leatherman.


Who Should Buy

Another smaller, pocket-carry option from Leatherman, this is perfect for everyday use--from mechanical repairs, to DIY projects and professional purposes. Can also be used for military purposes.

Full Leatherman Charge TTI Multitool Review:

In my opinion, they really should’ve called it the Leatherman Supercharged TTI. This thing is packed with 19 tools, all the while coming in at a compact 5.2 inches when closed. Backed by Leatherman’s 25 year limited warranty, this is a very finely manufactured product.

The Leatherman Charge TTI includes a couple of useful tools missing from the OHT model listed above. Things like small-bit screwdrivers for handling fine operations (or fixing your reading glasses), a crimper for joining metals, and other handy add-ons like a can opener and spring-action scissors. All of the tools are one-hand operable, and the fit is smooth and well-organized for great functionality.

Lastly, the knife blade on this model is sturdier than the average multitool, which is ideal for military and repairs use. 

 Tech Specs:

 Tools: 11

 Closed Length:
5.7 inches

 Trusted Brand: 
Yes

 Special Features:
U.S Military tool

PROS

  • Tight, compact and smooth-operating design
  • Largest versatility on this list with 19 tools
  • Highest Quality blade and features from Leatherman
  • Beautiful design with comfortable handle

CONS

  • Most expensive item on this list

Buyer's Guide

How to choose the best multitool for military use

The best buyer decisions stem from a step-by-step process. Here are the four main stages:

  1. Consider Your Carrying Method
  2. Make a Value Judgement on Versatility;
  3. Opt For Functionality of Design; and
  4. Demand Durability & Quality (trusted brands).

#1 How will you carry it?

The multitool buyer process is really a process of elimination. The first example of this:

Carrying Method.

By narrowing your search to only those products which meet your ideal carrier method, you can cut down your buyer decisions by more than half the market.

Here are the three main methods you’ll see:


Keychain: Keychain multitools are the most mobile option, suited to carrying in your pocket (and attached to your house keys). What you gain in mobility, you sacrifice in versatility and intensity. Naturally, it isn’t possible to fit a pair of heavy-duty pliers on your keychain, so these models tend to stick with basic, small-scale tools like screwdrivers, tape measures, LED lights and more.
Pocket: These are the next size up from keychain models, and are typically shaped as pliers. In the handles, you can find a serious range of versatility in these models--from saw blades to corkscrews.

Belt: Full size multitools are also sometimes referred to as Belt multitools, since that will be the most convenient way to carry them. Particularly for military purposes, working construction, or survivalist needs, these will be your best bet for handling serious conditions.

#2 Make A Value Judgement on Versatility:

The first question will be: What are your most common repairs?

The question itself works as a good thought experiment: if you can’t pin it down on any single activity, that means you probably need a tool with a broader versatility.

If you find yourself nailing it down to just one or two specific jobs, then it’s a good idea to ask yourself how valuable will 14 different tools really be for you? Leading brands often release more task-specific multitools with just two or three additions to the primary tool. Leatherman, for example, has released a multitool specifically designed for servicing firearms and adjusting sights. In more casual settings, you can almost definitely find specialist tools for tasks like bike repair, house repairs and DIY projects which won’t necessarily benefit from being large-scale multitools.

The point is, versatility isn’t everything. Out in the field is when you’re most likely to face challenging circumstances--unforecasted issues that need fixing, but which are difficult to directly prepare for. In such a dynamic environment, the versatility of your multitool will be its saving grace.

Versatility note: More isn’t always better. For example, if you don’t need a knife in your multitool, don’t include one. The blade itself is likely to bend and be of a lower quality than you could find for yourself in a separate blade, and perhaps just as importantly: multitools don’t make for very comfortable knife handles. When you’re cutting away at something at difficult angles or in a hurry, you’ll want a real knife--so steer clear of knife models that add a blade just for the sake of it. Furthermore, by removing the knife from you multitool, you’ll be able to take it with you wherever you go: from commercial flights to secured locations.

#3 Functionality of Design

Multitools necessarily make sacrifices on any single tool’s accessibility and primary function. However, this doesn’t mean that some aren’t worse than others. Structural designs that hinder access to some tools (like blades that lie beneath other superficial tools) can be more than just a hassle--they can be dangerous in high-stress or battlefield scenarios.

You want to find a multitool that allows you to both access and use each tool as if it were being used by itself. This can be a big ask for pocket and keychain-sized models, since they try to save on space by cutting down the mechanisms necessary for true functionality. In some cases, you’ll find pliers in awkward positions, blades tucked away beneath other tools so that you need to have everything sticking out just to cut a loose thread. If you’re looking at a product in store, be sure to test out each tool and see how accessible, functional it is in action.

#4 Demand Durability & Quality


All of the good reasons for carrying a multitool, like convenience, sizing and simplicity, are taken away if it isn’t high quality. With so many moving parts, one point of failure can be a real setback--when one tool breaks or doesn’t function as it should, it can get in the way of other tools and make the entire multitool defective.

My best advice for this issue is to stick with trusted brands: Leatherman, Gerber and Victorinox are all a good start. 

Summing Up

In the end, choosing the best multitool will start with outlining your most common needs. Do you need to carry it with you easily, everyday? Will you be fixing fences, performing specific mechanical repairs, or just taking it with you fishing? Once you’ve answered these questions, it’s a balancing act between price, quality and versatility. Each of the best multitool for military reviews in this post are backed by quality brands and trusted manufacturers. Take a look through my Best Overall, Best Quality and Best Budget picks for inspiration, then take your handyman skills to the next level with the best multitool for your daily needs.

Why Military Sunglasses Aren’t Just A Fashion Show; The 3 Best Military Sunglasses 2019

The best military sunglasses are protective equipment first, and fashion items last... or never. We know you're looking for serious products that will protect your eyes from UV radiation, projectiles, sand, dirt and whatever extreme conditions come your way.


The Bottom Line

This article will take you through 3 of the best military sunglasses reviews, each with a specific strength (and weakness). I’ll tell you what’s great about each of them, what is lacking, and which is best for which occasion. In my Buyer’s Guide I’ll give you five major categories to look out for when buying, and then I’ll serve up my top choices in the form of heavily researched reviews.

Let’s leave the best for first:

How We Picked?

This guide compares our top picks divided into 3 price-ranges for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 27 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying military sunglasses.

Choose Your Budget

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

WATER RESISTANT DEPTH

BEST OVERALL

Wiley X Men’s Valor Sunglasses

4.9/5

10 barometric 

BEST BUDGET

​J+S Classic Military Aviator Style Sunglasses

4.3/5

50 Meters

BEST TROOP WATCH

Wiley X Saber Advanced

4.0/5

30 Meters

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Wiley X Men’s Valor Sunglasses Review

Passing all ballistic and occupational safety tests, the Men’s Valor sunglasses from Wiley X are a serious product. Shatterproof polycarbonate lens, interchangeable design with varying Visible Light Transmission Ratings and a clean black composite frame design. There are plenty of things to look forward to in my Overall Choice winner.


Who Should Buy

Ideal for most outdoor situations, ranging from serious battlefield scenarios to casual use and law enforcement.

Full Wiley X Men’s Valor Sunglasses Review:

The Wiley X Valor is my favorite pair on this list, checking all the boxes and looking good while doing so. Functionally, these surpass all the tests and do so in flying colours. Not only meeting the old-school MIL-PRF-31013 ballistic protection standards, these glasses meet the latest military GL-PD 10-12 MCEP standard. This makes them a serious protective tool fit to survive fragmentation, projectiles and other hazards in the battlefield.

Made from Shatterproof Sellenite, the Wiley X Valor is durable, lightweight and held together by a tough composite frame. The lenses are layered with a T-Shell coating for anti-scratch and extreme condition resistance, as well as a being 100% UV resistant.

The Smoke Grey lens provides maximum glare reduction without distorting colors (and ranking 15% on Visible Light Transmission), with clear and rust lenses also included in the product package. This gives you great flexibility for taking on different light conditions and environments, and the simple fitting interchangeable design makes it relatively hassle-free to do so.

The only complaint I’ve found on this model is that it can fog up under serious conditions. Whether this is due to fitting the glasses too tightly to the face, or some defect in manufacturing isn’t specified--though it’s always worth bringing user complaints to surface before recommending a purchase. That being said, the consensus on the Wiley X Valors is in and it is ragingly positive.

  Tech Specs:

  Ballistic Standards: GL-PD 10-12 MCEP, (Higher than military standards)

  Interchangeable lenses: Smoke/Clear/Rust lenses included

  Frame Material:  Composite Frame

 Special Features: T-Shell Lens for Anti-scratching

PROS

  • Incredible ballistic and protective standards
  • Rated OSHA grade occupational protective eyewear, making the clear lenses suitable for some factory work settings
  • Solid, durable and lightweight composite frame
  • Shatterproof lens
  • Double-injected temples and nose bridge for a great secure fit

CONS

  • Possible fog issues
  • Non-polarized

2

J+S Classic Military Aviator Style Sunglasses Review

The classic aviator style will never die, but it’s still worth buying from a quality brand instead of wasting five dollars on an imitation. These aviators from J+S come with 400UV rating, polarized lenses and a strong metallic alloy frame.

Who Should Buy

Perfect for the casual outdoors person. Fishing, hiking, boating, skiing is encouraged with these sunglasses, while more intense activities will not be suited to the aviator design.


Full SNE Sports Digital Watch Review:

I’ve talked a lot about function, protective and ballistic standards (in more detail in my Buyer’s Guide), but maybe I’ve ignored one real aspect of the buyer experience: style. The military style was made famous by the aviator, and with good reason--it’s a sharp, timeless design that suits almost any occasion. So if you consider yourself a more casual outdoorsman, without the need for serious military grade protection, this classic aviator style model from J+S is a great start.

This is also the only polarized lens on my list, which does in fact make it higher on the UV protective ranking than the other choices. The frame is composed of a strong metallic alloy, which will hold up to its fair share of bumps and knocks without necessarily needing to cross the desert. 400UV protection and blocking 99.96% of glare, these aviators from J+S really are a high quality find in this incredibly saturated aviator market. 

​My cons need to be mentioned though. While these are a quality pair of aviators, the design itself will always leave you more exposed to the elements than a serious set of military glasses. For more casual outdoor activities like fishing and boating, these will have you covered. However, for shooting or serious work on the ground, you’ll need to find something that meets the protective standards outlined in my Buyer’s Guide.

  Tech Specs:

  Ballistic Standards: M/A

  Interchangeable Lenses: N/A 

  Frame Material:  Metallic Alloy

  Special Features: Classic Aviator Design

PROS

  • 400UV rated
  • Strong, lightweight metallic frame
  • Traditional military aviator style
  • Scratch resistant lens
  • Adjustable nose pads
  • Budget choice
  • Polarized lens

CONS

  • Not military grade tested
  • Lens clarity may fade quickly

3

Wiley X Saber Advanced Review


Passing the major ballistic standards tests and shaped to protect your eyes from all angles, these Wiley X Saber Advanced military sunglasses are great to take with you on any outdoor adventure.

Who Should Buy

This is the ideal choice for shooters and hunting enthusiasts, with shooter specific features like distortion-free lens and high protective standards.

Full Wiley X Saber Advanced Review:

My Best Shooting option is also brought to you by Wiley X, at a very affordable price. Made with their Shatterproof Sellenite Polycarbonate Lenses, the Saber Advanced meets MIL-PRF-32432 Ballistic Standards, along with ANSI Z87.1-2010 High Velocity and Mass Impact Standards (which are also important for the shooting environment).

The model also boasts 100% UVA/UVB Protection and Distortion Free Clarity. This is a huge tick next to its name in terms of a high-quality shooter sunglasses, giving you full glare protection on low-cloud and sunny days, while also maintaining a crisp view of your target. Wiley X’s Saber Advanced model also follows a pocket-size tactical low-profile design--this makes them easy to carry around, and compatible with other tactical gear (like wearing them beneath night-vision goggles when needed).

Wiley X’s adjustable nose piece is certainly a plus in my mind, but it does take some getting used to. User reviews have noted this, mentioning that at first the nose piece pinched and was slightly uncomfortable. However, one thing is clear throughout--the wide lens design does a great job at keeping out all sun, wind and dirt from your eyes while shooting.

  Tech Specs:

 Ballistic Standards: MIL-PRF-32432

 Interchangeable lenses: 
Smoke/Light Rust lenses included

 Frame Material: 
Triloid Nylon Frame

 Special Features:
Adjustable Nose Piece

PROS

  • Great ballistic specifications
  • Wide lens and tight fit to keep out all unwanted attention; dirt, sun, sand, wind and projectiles
  • Distortion-free glare protection lenses for clear shooting
  • Pocket-size low profile to be compatible with night vision goggles
  • Ultra foam brown bar helps prevents sweat drip down into your vision

CONS

  • Just two interchangeable lenses included
  • Non-polarized

Buyer’s Guide

How to choose the best military sunglasses

If you’ve read through our post on the best military watches, you’ll know that the military have always been something of a fashion trend-setter. Unintentionally, sure, but the effect is real: people respect military folk, and to look like one of these national heroes is a worthy object.

Whether you’re out there yourself in the field or simply lead an active outdoors lifestyle that demands some protective tactical gear, I rank the best military sunglasses primarily on function. An old mentor of mine once told me that the coolest thing you can do is to win--it doesn’t matter how cool you look while you’re doing it, if you don’t get the job done, no one will look twice.

When it comes to military sunglasses, there are five major categories you’ll want to consider before purchase:

  1. Lens Quality and UV Rating;
  2. Interchangeable Lenses;
  3. Ballistic protection;
  4. Design and Comfort; and
  5. Durability

Let’s take a closer look at each of these.

#1: Lens Quality and UV Rating

Once you’ve worn the genuine article, you’ll know what it feels like to look through a crystal clear sunglasses lens. When it comes to quality ratings, there are two good indicators you can look out for:

  1. UV Rating; and
  2. Visible Light Transmission (VLT)

UV Rating describes how protective the lenses will be with regard to UV rays from direct sunlight. To be honest, most sunglasses these days will offer 100% UV protection (even some of the fake brands) as standard procedure. That being said, if your sunglasses aren’t promoting this fact then that’s a sure sign they have taken shortcuts on quality and you should definitely steer clear.

Visible Light Transmission, on the other hand, rates how much light from the visible spectrum is actually getting through your lenses. This figure will also tell you how dark the lenses are, and for which situations they are most suited to. There are five categories of VLT:

Let's start with a simple outline before diving into the details:

Category 0 – Clear lens
Category 1 – Light yellow & pale orange
Category 2 – Orange, rose, red, amber & light brown
Category 3 – ‘Standard’ grey & brown sunglass lenses
Category 4 – Dark grey & brown sunglass lense

Here is further detail on each category. 

0 - Very light tint or clear lenses, used for safety activities when you need to be able to see what you’re doing. For use during nighttime. VLT 80 - 100%.

1 - For casual use, as a comfort filter. For Weak levels of sunlight, VLT 43 - 80%.

2 - Most common for general use, providing good UV protection and some protection from visible light. 

3 - Dark Tint: Suitable for strong sunlight. VLT 8 - 18%. 

4 - Very Dark Tint: Suitable for strong sunlight. VLT 3 - 18%. 

#2: Interchangeable Lenses

Unlike your average everyday use sunglasses, the best military sunglasses should come with easily interchangeable lenses. Out in the field, you’ll come up against a variety of different settings, environments and lightings, and it’s important to be able to choose the right lens for each scenario. For cloudy weather, you want to be able to wear clear lenses, while a harsh summer’s day will require the full UV protection of a dark lens.

The added perk of interchangeable lenses is that you’ll always have a couple of back-up lenses if one ever gets scratched on-the-go. You’ll still need to replace them (since the point is that you have one of each lens for different scenarios), but it’s good to have a replacement handy--especially if you’re just at the beginning of a week or month-long task.

#3: Ballistic Protection

Ray-Ban and Oakley may produce high quality UV Protection lens and popular designs, but they don’t come close to a good pair of military sunglasses for ballistic protection. Ballistic protection is the term used to describe a product’s ability to shield you from dirt, sand, shrapnel and unwanted debris, and it’s incredibly important so that you are able to do your job without injury or distraction.

The best military sunglasses should meet two basic standards for safety eye and face products: the U.S. civilian standard (ANSI Z87.1) and the U.S. military standard (MIL-PRF-31013). Generally speaking, if your sunglasses pass the military standards, they’ll most likely pass the civilian standards. Military grade testing places products under 7 times more stress than civilian testing. (https://safetyequipment.org/isea-standards/ansiisea-z87-accredited-standards-committee/ansiisea-z87-1-2015-standard/)

If you’re a member of the United States Armed Forces, you’ll need to find a pair of sunglasses listed on the Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL).

#4: Design and Comfort

While I have spoken a lot about function and practicality, you’ll also want to find a design that you’re happy with. You’ll be wearing them a lot, and any time you purchase something that will be on your face for long periods of time, it’s worth taking a moment to choose wisely.

For function, military sunglasses should follow a U-shaped design which wraps around your head for all-around coverage. The lens should be long and wide, which will give you full UV protection and some added ballistic protection from projectiles and dirt.

#5: Durability

Lastly, unlike casual knock-off Ray-Bans that don’t see much action beyond walking by the pool, you can’t really afford to buy fake brand military sunglasses. This is because cheap materials aren’t just more likely to break, but they can be a potential hazard if they do. Particularly cheap plastic lenses and frames--when these snap awkwardly out on the field, the resulting snapped material can be sharp, jagged and another hazard to you or your team in action.

For signs of durability, look for shatterproof lenses, composite frames and military standard ballistic proofing will also be a good indicator for a durable set of sunglasses.

Summing Up

When it comes to the best military sunglasses, the priority shifts from fashion to function. The more you can start to think of military sunglasses as protective equipment, the better you’ll be able to focus your search on the components and factors that matter most. Ballistic protection, military grade durability and interchangeability are three key things that separate military sunglasses from the rest, so at the very least keep an eye out for these in your search.

I hope you find a pair on this list that suits your needs perfectly. If not, check out our full section of gear reviews here. Also, leave us a comment on anything you found valuable or would like to hear more about in future posts! 

Best Digital Watches For Military Use (Under $200)

The military watch had a very clear and specific origin: to serve as tactical gear for soldiers on the ground. As with many new technologies that were developed on the back of military funding, the military watch has branched out to the broader public and now services a variety of audiences:

There’s a tonne of variety out there these days, and it can be difficult sorting the genuine article from the lemons. 

I personally have trouble when the line between serious military watch and casual imitation gets blurred. 

It’s no secret that you can find thousands of fake brand watches for under $200, but this post is here to review the best digital watches for military use (from recognized brands) on the market right now.

The Bottom Line

This post will review the top 3 digital military watches for serious use. From boots on the ground to security personnel; from extreme sportsmen to legitimate survivalists. These are the watches that have been made to withstand serious conditions. I’ll tell you which is best for each circumstance, what the strengths and weaknesses are, and which price category you can expect to find them in.

We spent several weeks reviewing and comparing the 3of the top military watches on the market and ended up covering 3 of our  favorite ones in this guide.

Lets begin with our top picks:

How We Picked?

This guide compares our top picks divided into 3 price-ranges for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 31 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying a digital military watch.

This buyer’s guide is suited to everyone from budget conscious buyers interested in learning which military watch to buy or what's good about them,  what's missing from each and how best to choose them.

Choose Your Budget

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

WATER RESISTANT DEPTH

BEST OVERALL

Casio SGW-100

4.9/5

10 barometric 

BEST BUDGET

​SNE Sports ​

4.3/5

50 Meters

BEST TROOP WATCH

SUUNTO Core

4.0/5

30 Meters

Best Overall

Since we are staying within a budget, my Best Overall choice takes into account the whole scope of buyer considerations. Price being one of these. Value for money, this model from Casio packs in all the best features you can find in a military watch, while maintaining standards of quality and durability.

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Casio SGW-100 Review

The Casio SGW-100 has maintained an old popular line and amped things up with the latest technology in watchmaking. Powered by microchips and ideal instruments like altimeter and barometer for outdoor trekking, this is an apt winner of my Best Overall choice.


Who Should Buy

If you’re looking for a tool that can guide you through all forms of terrain, survive difficult conditions and provide useful feedback, the Casio SGW-100 is a great value option.

Full Casio SGW-100 Review:

The Casio range is almost overwhelming to browse through, but I’ve landed on one model that really stands out; in terms of overall value for your money and surviving serious conditions. The Casio SGW-100 is equipped with all the tactical instruments you could need: altimeter, compass, barometer, world time and even a thermometer.

Running on a quartz mechanism, the digital display is clear and keeps time reliably. This has been an issue for some Casio’s past--particularly G-shock models, with plenty of user complaints directed at the watchface’s unreadability in particular light setting. The SGW-100 from Casio is includes a display illumination feature which really lets you read the time comfortably in all environments. 

The only user complaint I have found, beyond logistical errors in shipping (like receiving damaged goods) is that the set-up was slightly complicated to make use of all the features. This might be fair if you don’t have any experience working with the different instruments like altimeter and barometer readings, but if you’ve landed on this page: chances are you pretty much know what you’re doing. 

  Tech Specs:

  Movement: Quartz

  Case Material: Plastic w/ acrylic display

  Water Resistance:  Up to 10 barometric pressure units

 Special Features: Thermometer readings

PROS

  • Solid build
  • Clear digital display
  • Old school, traditional style and design
  • All-encompassing features and instruments; from barometer to thermometer

CONS

  • Possibly too complex for the casual wearer.

Best Budget

As my budget option, you’re not going to find quite the same quality of components here. That being said, SNE have produced a surprising durable military watch for what you’ll pay. With water resistance up to 50m, alarm, 12/24hr readout options and digital stopwatch/timer, it’s about all you could ask for with a watch in this price range.

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​SNE Sports Digital Watch Review

The SNE Sports Digital Watch has stripped back on many extra features to give you the most affordable watch on my list. A clean, crisp design backed by Japanese-quartz movement gives us the best digital military watch you’ll find for the money.

Who Should Buy

This is ideal for more casual sports enthusiasts, outdoorsmen and joggers.


The large digital display gives an easy readout, and the SNE Sports model is apt to handle the sweat, light impact and movement of running and outdoor sports.


Full SNE Sports Digital Watch Review:

To be fair from the outset, the SNE OLA-SK1167B is a few substantial notches down from the other two watches on my list. But it wins my Budget Choice Award for packing some seriously neat features into a simple design, all at an incredibly affordable price; seriously, price is not an issue here.

This is watch is more suited to the sports enthusiast than on-ground soldiers. It has a large, clear display readout with a pleasant layout: displaying time, date and alarm options on the screen. It’s also quite thin in its casing, which lets you wear long sleeve gear comfortably without worrying about sliding it up over your watch face. 

This watch claims a 50m water resistance depth, but realistically it’s only suited to swimming pools, showers and incidental splashing (from a sink or while out doing work in the garden). Pushing this watch too far with its water resistance capabilities will end up eating away at the screen (which isn’t really cut out for significant salt water exposure) and damage the internal components. 

The last downside for this is that some users have noted it runs a little fast after a few weeks/months of use. Keep an eye on this as it isn’t true across the board, and may have simply been a bad batch that got out there. In many ways, you’ll get what you pay for with this budget option--but it’s the best thing you’ll find for under $20 in this category.

  Tech Specs:

  Movement: Quartz

  Case Material: Plastic 

  Water Resistance:  50m

  Special Features: EL light display mode option

PROS

  • Incredibly affordable
  • Thin case for wearing with other tactical gear
  • -Survives well in average surface water conditions
  • Large clear display

CONS

  • Don’t press the buttons underwater (design flaw that allows water into the mechanism when buttons are pressed)
  • Potentially prone to running fast
  • Not suitable for taking hard knocks or intense pressures.

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SUUNTO Core Military Watch Review


The Suunto Core will be your new best friend in the outdoors. This is a tool that will get you through rugged terrain, help you track and orient your way through mountains and keep you alert to changes in weather. No matter your experience in the outdoors, the Suunto Core gives you vital information about your surroundings and conditions.


Who Should Buy

This is a serious watch for survivalists, troops and anyone who will be out in the elements and needs an accurate tool they can rely on.

Full SUUNTO Core Military Watch Review:

Say you’re looking to set up camp for the night, and the sky is clear to the horizon. With the Suunto Core, you can rest well knowing that its Storm Alarm is constantly tracking the weather in your area, and will let you know if there’s anything nasty on its way. It also features a rotating bezel compass, with an option to lock and follow a single bearing. Add to this Suunto’s pressure gauge to track your movement, alternating between altimeter and barometer while you’re on the go. Barometer features include: Storm Alarm, Weather Trend Indicator and Weather Graph. Altimeter will tell you your Difference Measurement, Logbook and includes an Automatic mode option.

Lastly, when it comes to style, I personally love the Suunto Core’s sleek black design. Made with a durable composite case and mineral crystal display, it’s also made to survive serious conditions and challenges. There are just two things holding this watch back from the upper echelons of military grade greatness: 1) It doesn’t connect to satellites for perfect, year-round timekeeping; and 2) It doesn’t have a great water resistance rating, mostly intended to survive general weather conditions and freediving up to 10 meters. If you’re not actually into deep diving, then this is no issue--it’s pretty rare that your adventures will take you any deeper unless you plan on it!

All in all, a top quality watch and great value for money.

  Tech Specs:

 Movement: Unspecified

 Case Material:
Composite w/ Mineral Crystal

 Water Resistance:
30m

 Special Features:
Huge Range of Barometer and Altimeter features

PROS

  • Incredible range of outdoor features like Weather Alerts and Altimeter functions
  • Up to 10m freediving
  • Operating temperature range: -5F - +140F
  • Compass features like single point bearing lock

CONS

  • Not intended for deep diving
  • Doesn’t rely on satellites to keep perfectly accurate time, therefore susceptible to timekeeping errors over longer periods.

Buyer’s Guide

How to choose a digital watch for military grade activity 

For how to discern the best military style watches out there, you’ll want to read my previous article, hereThe guidelines for this post will differ slightly, and get a little more into the technical specifications. It’s one thing to choose a digital military watch that looks good--it’s another to find one that will hold up under pressure (within a reasonable budget).

There are three things you’ll want to look out for:

Backed by quartz or other reliable clockwork mechanism;

Quality of components (like crystal display); and

Military grade resistance figures (shock, ATM rating, and magnetic)..

Let’s get into a little more detail on each.

Quart, quartz and more quartz

Keeping reliable is essential, and isn’t easy in high intensity situations. If you’ll be jumping out of planes, taking heavy hits or diving deep, each of these activities will take a toll on your watch’s internal mechanism. This is both the easiest and most difficult way to tell quality from quasi-junk status: if it can’t hack the conditions, it’s probably junk. This is easy to spot when it happens; the tough part is making sure you never make the mistake in the first place.

When it comes to spotting a reliable timekeeper, quartz is a great starting place. For more modern and advanced military grade watches, you’ll see GPS and satellite connection to keep precise, up-to-the-nanosecond timekeeping. However, over the past few decades recent watchmaking, quartz movement has been the key player.

Understanding how the mechanism actually works can get a bit technical… we’re mostly talking about vibrating crystals and very precise oscillation rates. What you need to know is that when quartz clockwork came to the market at scale in the 1980s, it demolished the traditional watchmaking industry (putting a lot of Swiss people out of business). From now on, if your digital watch isn’t running on quartz movement, you may be sitting on a lemon.

Quality of components

Here, you’ll want to look out for mineral crystal displays, and in high end products you may find solid, indestructible stainless steel cases. The alternatives aren’t necessarily bad, though. For example, while acrylic displays tend to be more susceptible to damage, with a good casing and design, these vulnerabilities can be greatly reduced. Other components like the quality of your wristband (cheap fibres or plastics, for example) can really determine how long a watch stays on your wrist. While wristbands can normally be replaced: it’s a hassle most people just don’t want to go through.

Military grade resistance figures

Unfortunately, meeting all these figures can put you in a pretty steep price range. For example, some top-end military watches will offer water resistance up to 1,000 feet; stainless steel cases that are practically indestructible; entirely force resistant moving pieces; and completely magnet resistance. If you are going to be doing some serious groundwork, need an indestructible watch, and don’t mind spending large, I suggest trusted brands like Breitling and MTM.

However, for the purposes of this post, you want to find products that go above and beyond the minimum. My Budget Choice, for example, offers water resistance up to 50 meters, though it won’t hold up to significant shock. There it’s a bit of a trade-off on price. On the other hand, the Suunto Core is very magnetically resistant, shock resistant and can withstand freediving up to 10m.

Summing Up

The best military watches should be able to withstand whatever you throw at them, while guiding you with valuable information and readings. They should feel like an extension of your body; not a hassle that you always need to recharge, reset or fiddle with while you’re out in the action. Finding a watch that will serve your purpose can be a little time-consuming, which is why I’ve put together this guide. It should offer you a reasonable choice in each price range, giving you a reliable companion for your next adventure.

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How to Clean a Tent That Smells

One of the things that can easily ruin your camping trip is a smelly tent. While dirty tents are usually smelly, most smelly tents may look clean but they emit a funky, putrid smell that is certain to deter you from having a goodnight sleep.

What do you do when your tent starts to smell bad? Throw it away and buy a new tent? Absolutely not! Knowing how to remove bad odor from a tent is not as impossible as you may think. Follow these simple directions to get your tent odorless and fresh.

Why Do My Tent Smell?

Before we dive into ways of getting rid of that awful odor, let us take some time to under why tents seem to acquire bad odors over time. That way you will better know how to de-stink them.

Mold and Mildew

Fungi are the major cause of bad odor in tents. The stale and musty smell resulting from fungi can also cause considerable damage to your tent if you don't deal with it quickly. The spores that come from fungi can enable the fungi spread to your home. They also have harmful side effects.

Both mildew and mold are the most common fungi problem that most people with tents face.

Dirt and Grime

Dirt and grime are easily noticeable. While they may not always directly make your tent smell bad, they are conducive to the growth of fungi. In addition, they exacerbate the wear and tear process of the tent.

Polyurethane Break Down

The polyurethane coating found on most tent rain flies eventually breaks down after several years of use. This causes the tent to give off a foul odor similar to urine or vomit. Natural conditions such as rain and direct sunlight (the ultraviolet light component) will cause polyurethane to deteriorate faster leading to this putrid scent.

There is little you can do about this smell. You can prevent this by taking down your tent right after use, and drying it out and storing it in a cool dark dry place.

How Do I Thoroughly Clean My Tent To Remove Bad Odor?

There are many methods by which you can use to clean and remove odor from your tent. What may work for your tent, may not work for another. As such, it is important to use the method that best fits your situation. We will arrange them in order of the most common situations to more specific ones.

While some of the techniques discussed will not void your warranty or even damage the tent, others will. This is dependent on the manufacturer and the materials used in making the tent. As such, it is a good idea to check with the manual that comes with the tent before trying out the methods that involve chemical use.

Tip: Regardless of what the manufacturer’s manual says it is always a bad idea to machine wash the mesh panels on tents and the tent as a whole.

Airing out The Tent

The simplest techniques usually turn out to be the best solution. Just hang your tent to try in an airy well-ventilated area. A drying line outside is an ideal place to air out your smelly tent. This will work for tents with mild odor but no visible sign of mold, mildew or grime and dirt.

  • Start by removing all forest debris from the tent.
  • Spread it over a drying line or over the back of about 5 chairs. You have to ensure that the set up allows air to freely blow around the tent.
  • Also, if you have just washed the tent and dried it using an electric dryer, use this technique to thoroughly dry out the tent.
  • You should allow the tent to sit for about 2 to 3 days.
  • Do not remove the tent in the morning, late in the evening, or during the night. Remove it a couple of hours past noon. This will ensure that any moisture builds up during the night is absent. Even a tiny moisture buildup can cause mildew, which will negate the purpose of this exercise.

Cleaning the Grime and Dirt off The Tent

As explained earlier, dirt and grime can provide a conducive environment for the development of putrid odor. 

Follow these steps to correctly clean out dirt and grime.

  • Pitch the tent. It is easier to clean it this way.
  • Use unscented dish soap, cold water, and a nonabrasive sponge, gentle scrub off all the dirt and grime.
  • Once you are done with scrubbing, take apart the tent and separating the stakes, supports and other accessories from the fabric.
  • Follow the steps provided in the ‘Airing out the tent’ section to properly dry the tent fabric.

Unscented detergent is best since scented products produce a scent that may attract animals and bugs to your campsite. You don’t want this to happen in the wild.

Cleaning Out Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew is another common cause of smelly tents. The method you choose to use depends on the amount of mold and mildew on the tent. If the mold or mildew isn’t much, then the same method used for cleaning grime and dirt will work. If there is a lot of mold, then bleach can prove effective, however, this option can damage the material so bleaching the tent must be the last option. A mix of salt, lemon juice, and water or vinegar and water can also work.

However, the most effective remedy for mold and mildew is using a specialized tent cleaner such as the Revivex Pro Cleaner. Start with hot water, and then use the cleaner. It is important to follow the instructions given on the instruction label of the cleaner.

Here are steps to take in ridding the tent of mold and mildew.

  • Pitch and taut the tent.
  • Using a sponge hand wash the outer part of the tent. Using a sponge on the underside of the tent fabric can damage the water resistive polymer coating.
  • When using the specialized cleaners, follow the instructions that come with it.
  • When done, rinse away all soapy residue thoroughly.
  • Finally, air the tent out.

Deodorizing the Tent

Once you have rid the tent of the mildew and mold, a lingering odor may or may not be present. If the odor is still present, you will need to deodorize the tent. A brand name odor remover will usually do a great job of removing the odor. Here are the steps to follow when deodorizing the tent.

  • Fill a tub or an inflatable pool (any small above ground pool will do) with just enough water to submerge the tent.
  • Add the odor remover according to the instructions given.
  • Submerge the tent. Ensure all flaps and zippers are open.
  • Keep the tent submerged for as long as the instructions say. This should be about 5 minutes.
  • Lastly, air dry the tent.

Odor eliminates work best if you submerge the tent right after mixing it with water. Therefore, avoid using pre-mixed solutions as well as older mix.

When air drying the tent after using the odor remover, avoid drying the tent under direct sun. A cool airy environment will suffice. The longer it takes the tent to dry, the more effective the odor remover will be.

Soaking a tent can cause the polyurethane coating that makes the tent waterproof to break down. As such, it is important not to soak for longer than 5 minutes. When the polymer coating breaks down, it gives off a foul odor which cannot be fixed using an odor remover. As you can see, an odor remover is not a solution to be used repeatedly.

How Do I Prevent Tent Odor?

Getting rid of tent odor can be a worrisome task that takes time to accomplish. The best solution is to prevent the odor in the first place. After you have gotten rid of the odor, you must ensure it stays odor free. By following these 3 simple rules, you can have your tent odorless and prolong the tent’s lifespan.

  • Air dry the tent as soon as possible. It is not advisable to wait for days and even weeks before air drying your tent after use. It can be tempting to postpone this drying it out but it’s a bad idea to do so. When you get home from a trip, try to air dry it as soon as possible. This will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Don’t store the tent is a damp place. Dampness encourages the development of mildew and mold. You should store the tent in a cool dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Give the tent room to breathe when you store it away. The place where you store the tent should be well ventilated.

Conclusion

Cleaning out a smelly tent will not only prolong the lifespan of your tent, but it will also make your camping experience a pleasant one since no one enjoys being in a smelly tent. To summarize, when your tent is smelly - air dry it; if that doesn't remove the odor, hand wash it; if that doesn't work, use a brand name specialized cleaner and odor remover.

Once the tent is dry, make sure the odor does not return by taking preventive measures.

Army Conditioning Drills

Acclaimed for their strength and heroism, soldiers need to perform feats of impressive endurance and force on the battlefield. As such, the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), whose job it is to recruit train and educate U.S. Army Soldiers, developed a standardized training regime designed to improve fitness, toughen soldiers and reduce injuries. These drills are designed to condition soldiers and have them ready for action.

This article looks at the army conditioning drills 1 (CD1) and 2 (CD2) found in the TRADOC Standardized Physical Training Guide. These are designed for the toughening stage of conditioning and are not to be performed more than 5 repetitions of each exercise per set. The conditioning drill 3 is designed for soldiers who have mastered the CD1 and CD2.

Army Conditioning Drill 1

According to U.S. Army Physical Readiness Training Information, conditioning drill 1 also known as CD1 are designed to improve a soldiers' mobility, endurance, and strength. These exercises are all supposed to be repeated 5 times.

The Bent-Leg Body Twist (5 repetitions)

This drill strengthens your trunk. Regular practice will allow you to safely bend and rotate your trunk. The bent-leg body twist must be performed at slow cadence (speed).

Steps

  • Start in a supine position with your arms sideward, your palms down and fingers spread. With your legs and feet together, raise them such that your hips and knees are bent at a 90-degree angle.
  • Move your legs in a rotational manner to the left while keeping the rest of your body in a stationary position,
  • Return to the position in step 1.
  • Repeat step 2 but to the right.
  • Return to the position in step 1.

The bent-leg body twist drill must be performed at moderate cadence (speed).

The Rear Lunge (5 repetitions)

This drill improves your balance and leg strength. This drill has to be performed slowly.

Steps

  • Start by standing straight with your hands on your hips.
  • Take a large step/lunge forward with your leg foot; ensure you touch down with the ball of your foot.
  • Return to the standing position
  • Take a large step/lunge forward with your right foot; ensure you touch down with the ball of your foot.
  • Return to the standing position

The Windmill (5 repetitions)

This drill strengthens your legs, shoulders, and trunk. Regular practice will allow you to safely bend and rotate your trunk.

This drill must be performed slowly.

Steps

  • Stand with your arms stretched sideways and your palms facing downward.
  • Bend your knees and hips while rotating downward to your left. Touch the outside of your right foot with your left hand while looking backward. Your right hand is pulled rearward so it is perpendicular to your left hand.
  • Return to the position in step 1.
  • Bend your knees and hips while rotating downward to your right. Touch the outside of your left foot with your right hand while looking backward. Your left hand is pulled rearward so it is perpendicular to your right hand. (The opposite of step 2)
  • Return to the position in step 1.

High Jumper (5 repetitions)

This drill teaches correct jumping and landing. It improves balance and body coordination. The high jumper must be performed at moderate cadence (speed).

Steps

  • Stand leaning forward.
  • Swing both arms forward and jump a couple of inches.
  • Swing both arms out forcefully over your head and jump high.
  • Repeat.

The Prone Row (5 repetitions)

This drill builds your back and shoulders, making them stronger.

Steps

Lie in a prone position with your arms stretched forward overhead. Your toes should be pointed to the rear and your palms should be an inch or 2 off the floor.

  • Raise your chest and head while simultaneously lifting your arms and pulling them rearward.
  • Return to starting position in step 1.
  • Repeat step 2
  • Return to starting position in step 1.

Perform the prone row drill slowly.

The Forward Lunge (5 repetitions)

This drill improves your balance and leg strength.

Steps

  • Start by standing straight with your hands on your hips.
  • Take a step/lunge forward with your leg foot, let your knee bend until it is parallel to the floor; ensure you touch down with the ball of your foot. Slightly lean forward. Make sure your back is straight.
  • Return to the standing position
  • Repeat step 2 with your right length.
  • Return to the standing position.

This drill must be performed at a slow cadence.

The Rower (5 repetitions)

This drill strengthens your abdominal muscles as well as improving coordination between your trunk and your extremities. It allows you to move from a supine position to a seating position with ease.

The rower must be performed slowly.

Steps

  • Lie on your back with your arms overhead, your feet pinned together outstretched, your head should be a couple of inches off the ground.
  • Swing your arms outwards while sitting up. At the end of this step, your arms should be outstretched and parallel to the floor and your palms facing each other.
  • Lie back down.
  • Repeat step 1.
  • Lie back down again.

The Push-Up (5 repetitions)

This drill strengthens and develops the muscles in your trunk, arms, shoulders, and chest. Regular practice will allow you to safely bend and rotate your trunk. The push-up drill must be performed at moderate cadence (speed).

Steps

  • Start in a front leaning rest position.
  • By bending your elbows, lower your body until your upper arms are parallel to the floor.
  • Lift yourself back into the starting position in step 1.
  • Repeat step 2.
  • Lift yourself back into the starting position in step 1.

The Bend and Reach (5 repetitions)

This drill will work on your spine and extremities allowing you to be flexible during vigorous movements. It works on the spine and the legs. This drill has to be performed slowly.

Steps

  • Start straight with your arms straight over your head.
  • Squat with heels flat on the floor and use your arms to reach as far as you can between your legs,

Repeat Steps 1 and 2.

The Squat Bender (5 repetitions)

This drill strengthens your lower back and lower extremities. It improves flexibility, endurance and strength.

Steps

  • Stand with your hands on your hips
  • Squat leaning forward slightly at the waist, while extending your arms straightforward parallel to the floor and your palms facing each other.
  • Stand with your hands on your hips
  • Bend down and reach towards your feet with your arms fully extended and your palm facing inward.

This drill has to be performed slowly.

Army Conditioning Drill 2

According to U.S. Army Physical Readiness Training Information, conditioning drill 2 also known as CD2 are designed to improve a soldiers’ mobility, and range of motion. They build the core muscles of the soldier allowing for effective control over their body weight. They require more complex motor skills than the CD1 drills. These exercises are all supposed to be repeated 10 to 20 times. 

The Push-Up (10-20 repetitions)

This drill strengthens and develops the muscles in your trunk, arms, shoulders, and chest. Regular practice will allow you to safely bend and rotate your trunk. The push-up drill must be performed at moderate cadence (speed).


Steps

  • Start in a front leaning rest position.
  • By bending your elbows, lower your body until your upper arms are parallel to the floor.
  • Lift yourself back into the starting position in step 1.
  • Repeat step 2.
  • Lift yourself back into the starting position in step 1.

The Sit-up (10-20 repetitions)

Sit-ups strengthen your hip-flexor and abdominal muscles. Sit-ups must be performed at moderate cadence (speed).


Steps

  • Lie on your back with your hands behind your head with your fingers interlocked (your hands must touch the floor.). Bent your knees 90 degrees. Keep your feet twelve inches apart and flat on the floor.
  • Lift your upper body up vertically until the base of your neck is above your spine.
  • Gently lower yourself back into the starting position in step 1.
  • Repeat step 2.
  • Gently lower yourself back into the starting position in step 1.

The Straight-arm Pull (5 repetitions)

For many people performing a pull-up can be struggle. The straight-arm pull exercise is a great starting point for a pull-up.

  • Hang from a bar using an overhead grip with your thumb around the bar and your palms facing away from your face. Ensure your legs are straight and not bent.
  • Pull yourself up using your shoulders (by squeezing your shoulder blades together) and upper back muscles.
  • Lower yourself back into the starting position.

The Pull-up (5 repetitions)

The goal of this drill is to strengthen your arm muscles, back muscles, and forearm muscles.  The Pull-up drill must be performed at moderate cadence (speed).

Steps

  • Hang from a bar using an overhead grip with your thumb around the bar and your palms facing away from your face. Bent your knees 90 degrees.
  • Pull your body up vertically until your chin is above the bar. Ensure that your body is straight.
  • Gently lower yourself back into the starting position in step 1.
  • Repeat step 2.
  • Gently lower yourself back into the starting position in step 1.

NB: Keep your legs and feet together through the exercise. It is important to have 2 spotters 1 in front of you and another behind to assist with the exercise. As you get better at it, you will need less assistance.

The Leg Tuck (5 repetitions)

The goal of the leg tuck drill is to develop your grip strength, hip flexor and abdominal muscles.  You should perform the leg tuck drill at moderate cadence (speed).

Steps

  • Hang from a bar using a left or right alternate grip.
  • Pull your body up vertically with your arms and raise your knees toward your chest until your thighs just about your knees touches your elbows.
  • Gently lower yourself back into the starting position in step 1.
  • Repeat step 2.
  • Gently lower yourself back into the starting position in step 1.

NB: Just like in the pull up drill, keep your legs and feet together. It is essential that you have 2 spotters, one in front of you and another behind you to assist with the exercise.

Conclusion

The conditioning drill 1 consist of 10 exercises namely - the bend and reach, the rear lunge the high jumper, the rower, the squat bender, the windmill, the forward, the prone row, the bent-leg body twist, the push-up  while the conditioning drill 2 consist of 5 exercises namely - the push-up, the sit-up, the straight-arm pull, the pull-up, and the leg tuck.

In totality, the army conditioning drills are designed to prepare and develop soldiers physically to perform the range of motions needed on the battlefield. It also builds the muscles for flexibility, agility and versatility.

How to Make Hand Warmers [DIY]

The commercial instant hand warmers sold during winter can be quite pricey. Why don’t you make your own?

Hand warmers are easy to make. The materials are easy and inexpensive to come by as well.

In this short article, I will guide you through making a DIY instant hand warmer. The materials needed can be easily acquired. In fact, you may have all the needed materials already.

Safety First

When it comes to DIY projects, safety is important. When working on the hand warmers remember to wear gloves. This will help prevent contact with the solution. Also, ensure that when using the hand warmer, the materials are not exposed to the user’s skin. In addition, it is important not to inhale the fumes produced. For this reason, it is important that you seal the larger zip bag very well, using either duct tape or glue.

Materials Needed

The 3 main materials needed to make the instant hand warmers include zip bags, calcium chloride ice melt pellets, and water. 

Here is a comprehensive list of materials needed

  • Calcium chloride pellets / Ice-melt pellets (containing calcium chloride as main ingredient)
  • Water
  • 2 Ziploc bags - A medium-sized high-quality double-zip Ziploc bag, and a smaller sandwich sized single zip Ziploc bag
  • Glue or duct tape
  • Rubber gloves

As you can see, the materials on this list are easy to acquire. You can acquire calcium chloride pellets from your local hardware store. They are generally called ice melt pellets and are used to melt ice/snow during the winter. As far as the main ingredient is calcium chloride, you are good to go.

Steps

Here are the steps needed to make an instant hand warmer.

Step 1: Pour calcium chloride ice melt pellets into the large bag

Simply pour the calcium chloride into the large Ziploc bag. You should fill the bag up to about one-fourth. This should be about 1½ inches from the bottom of the bag.

Do not overfill the bag since it can melt through the Ziploc bag when it mixes with the water.

It is also important that you wear the rubber gloves when touching the calcium chloride. You hand should be dry and you should have no cuts or opening on your skin. Also, ensure no calcium chloride dust is exposed to your eyes.

Step 2: Pour water into the small Ziploc bag

Fill the smaller bag with water, about halfway from the bottom of the bag. Squeeze out any air in the bag. Also, inspect the bag for leaks. Seal the bag very well to ensure the hand warmer does not activate ahead of time.

Step 3: Place the small bag inside the large bag

Now place the small bag containing the water into the large bag with the calcium chloride pellets. The smaller bag should be facing downwards. Seal the large bag so it does not open accidentally. This will prevent the solution created from come into contact with the skin. For a stronger seal, duct tape or glue the seal on the large bag.

Step 4: Using the instant hand warmer

This hand warmer is now ready for use. To activate the hand warmer you need to squeeze the small Ziploc bag until the seal breaks. This will cause the water in the small bag to mix with the calcium chloride pellets in the larger bag.

A chemical reaction will occur as the water mixes with the ice melt pellets. The heat produced is instant.

If you get some of the solution on your skin, thoroughly wash away with running water. When I made my DIY hand warmer, the solution created was not harmful enough to cause any issues. However, I strongly advise that you ensure the bag is well sealed.

How the Hand Warmer Works

When Calcium chloride reacts with water to form hydrochloride acid and calcium oxide, heat is produced. The chemical reaction occurs when the seal of the small Ziploc bag is broken. You can add iron filings to the calcium chloride ice melts. This will produce more heat. The chemical reaction will go on for 30 minutes to an hour and it will produce substantial heat.

Watch this video  for making this DIY hand warmers:

Water Jelly and Iron Fillings Hand Warmers

Let us explore another method for making hand warmers at home. With this hand warmer, you need to use them immediately. However, they can produce more heat.

Materials Needed

  • Water Jelly Crystals
  • Calcium chloride powdered
  • 1 sandwich-size high-quality double-zip Ziploc bag
  • Glue or duct tape
  • Water
  • 9 oz. plastic cup
  • Iron Fillings

Steps

Here are the steps needed to make an instant hand warmer.

  • Step 1: Fill the cup with water. Fill the cup until it is almost full.
  • Step 2: Add water jelly crystals to the water. As you can imagine, the jelly crystals will swell up as they absorb the water. This can take several hours. You can leave them overnight. You can easily dry out leftover jelly crystals for reuse.
  • Step 3: Pour the jelly crystals into the Ziploc bag. About 4 tablespoons of swelled-up jelly crystals should be enough for this DIY hand warmer. If necessary, break up the crystals.
  • Step 4: Pour a tablespoon of iron filings into the Ziploc bag.
  • Step 5: Add 1½ tablespoons of calcium chloride to the mix in the Ziploc bag.
  • Step 6: Once you seal the bag, squish and press the content together to evenly mix the materials. In no time, the mix should be producing a lot of heat. This heat will warm up your hands for up to an hour!

How Water Jelly and Iron Fillings Hand Warmer Works

In addition to the water and calcium chloride reacting to produce hydrochloride acid, calcium oxide, and heat, the solution created also jumpstart the oxidation of the iron filings which then produce more heat.

Conclusion

As you can notice, the first DIY hand warmer allows you to create a hand warmer that can be used later. This makes it more convenient. You can always add a tablespoon of iron fillings to the ice melt pellets contained in the large Ziploc bag when making the first DIY hand warmer in this article. The additional iron filling will produce additional heat if that is what you desire.

How to Calculate Military Time [The Bottom Line]

Calculating military time is simple as it is based on 24-hour clock. To begin with, military time starts at 0000 (pronounced as “zero zero zero zero hours”) and ends at 2359 hours (pronounced as “twenty-four hundred hours”).  This is similar to the 24-hour clock’s 00:00 to 25:59 found on digital watches and smartphones.

The main advantage of military time is clarity. For instance, when I say, “John woke up at 5”, it may mean John woke up at 5 in the morning or 5 in the evening. We simply assume that the activity that accompanying the time mentioned will clarify. For example, with the statement, “We will be having breakfast at 8”, we can identify the time as 8 AM since that is when we have breakfast. There are instances where this can lead to confusion. Like in the example with John, most people will assume John woke up at 5 in the morning, but this can be wrong. Military time helps prevent ambiguity.

Because of its accuracy and clarity, the military uses military time. Hospitals and law enforcement have adopted it as well.

What Is Military Time?

Military time is a format used to tell time that uses a 24-hour clock convention. In place of a 12-hour clock that resets twice in a day (i.e. 12:00 PM to 11:59 AM, and then from 12:00 PM to 11:59 PM), military time uses a 24-hour clock that commences at 0000 and ends at 2359 (a minute before midnight) and then resets at 0000 again.

Therefore, 2 AM in military time is 0200 while 1 PM is 1300. It is important to note that, midnight is not 2400 in military time rather it is 0000.

With military time, ‘hours’ can be placed at the end of the time mentioned such as ‘1300 hours’; this is optional and it can be omitted.

How to Understand and Write Military Time

Now that we know how to read military time, we need to know how to write and understand it. Remember, when writing military time, there is no colon separating the hours from the minutes.

How to Write the Hours from 12 Midnight to 12 Noon (12 AM To 12 PM)

In military time, writing the hours starting from midnight to noon is as simple as attaching a zero in front of the hour, removing the period (AM), and then attaching a double zero to the end. This, however, works with single digit hours only (i.e. 1 AM to 9 AM). For double-digit hours excluding 12 AM (i.e. 10 AM, 11 AM, and 12 PM), you simply attach a double zero to the end, for example, 10 AM will be 1000 hours, and 11 AM will be 1100 hours.

For midnight (12 AM), the military time is 0000 hours.

Here are some examples to help clarify

  • 12 AM becomes 0000 hours.
  • 3 AM becomes 0300 hours.
  • 5 AM becomes 0500 hours.
  • 8 AM becomes 0800 hours.
  • 10 AM becomes 1000 hours.
  • 12 PM becomes 1200 hours

How to Write the Hours from 12 Noon to 12 Midnight (12 PM to 12 AM)

Since we covered 12 noon already, we will start from the afternoon to midnight. Converting the Post Meridiem (PM) time period can be slightly tricky. Instead of starting the twelve-hour cycle post noon, we just continue counting. As such, since 1 PM is an hour after 12 noon, it is 1300 hours in military time. 2 PM is 1400 hours, 4 PM is 1600 hours, 5 PM is 1700 hours.

To quickly convert Post Meridiem hours (1 PM - 11 PM) to military time, simply add 12, then attach a double zero to the end.

Here are some examples to help clarify

  • 1 PM becomes 1300 hours
  • 2 PM becomes 1400 hours.
  • 3 PM becomes 1500 hours.
  • 7 PM becomes 1900 hours.
  • 9 PM becomes 2100 hours.
  • 11 PM becomes 2300 hours.

How to Read Military Time

Since the military time and the 24-hour clock are similar, knowing how to read one will make reading the other a child’s play.

How to Read the Hours

Standard time 06:00 AM is usually read as 6 in the morning, in military time this is 0600. You will read this as “zero six hundred hours”. As mentioned already, the ‘hours’ is optional and can be omitted. The 0 in front of the 600 may also be pronounced as ‘Oh’. It is required that you pronounce the zero in front of the hour when reading military time.

2:00 PM which is 1400 hours in military time will be pronounced as “fourteen hundred hours”.

To clarify, when reading military time, if the first digit is a zero, then you should mention the zero then the number that follows, then hundred hours. When the first digit isn’t a zero, then mention the first two digits as 1 number then follow that by hundred hours.

Here are some more examples to help clarify.

  • 0300 hours is pronounced “zero three hundred hours” or “oh three hundred hours”      
  • 0700 hours is pronounced “zero seven hundred hours” or “oh seven hundred hours”
  • 1200 hours is pronounced "twelve hundred hours."
  • 1400 hours is pronounced “fourteen hundred hours”
  • 2000 hours is pronounced "twenty hundred hours."
  • 2300 hours is pronounced "twenty-three hundred hours."

How to Read the Hours and Minutes

When reading the time, you are most likely be required to say the minutes as well. When dealing with military time, many people find this tricky since they are not used to it.

You will need to divide the military time number into two distinct pairs of numbers. The first two digits are the hours, and the last two digits are the minutes.

Follow these procedures when reading both the hours and the minutes.

  • When there are zeros before of the number, mention them. 0006 is “zero zero zero six hours" and 0013 is "zero zero thirteen hours."
  • When there are no zeros before of the first two digits then you pronounce the first 2 digits as single number and the next two digits as another number. 1325 is pronounced as "Thirteen twenty-five hours" and 2222 is pronounced as "twenty-two twenty-two hours"

Converting Military Time to Normal Time

Now that you can read and write military time, it will be helpful to also be capable of changing military rime to regular standard time. As you may already know by now, any military time from 1200 onwards is in PM, while military time less than 1200 is in the AM. If the time is in the AM, you simply have to add the colon after the first 2 digits and then add the AM. For example, 1000 in military time means 10 hours and 0 minutes, and this becomes 10:00 AM in regular time.

If the time is 1300 and onwards, you first add the colon after the first 2 digits, then you subtract 12 from the hour portion of the time and attach PM at the end. As such, 1345 hours means 13 hours and 45 minutes and this becomes 1:45 PM in regular time. Feel free to check out lifehackers great article on the topic here.

Forget Counterfeit Watches: Here Are The 5 Best Military Watches Under $100

Military watches may be primarily about practicality and function, but they’re also becoming a popular fashion item. Generally active people (joggers, regular gym-goers and outdoor adventurers) have taken on the traditional military style -- so it’s no longer just for hardcore military folk.

What does this mean?

The Bottom Line

It means there’s a tonne of variety out there these days, and it can be difficult sorting the genuine article from the lemons. It’s no secret that you can find thousands of fake brand watches for under $100, but this post is here to review the best military watches (from recognized brands) on the market right now.

We spent several weeks reviewing and comparing the 21 of the top military watches on the market and ended up covering 5 of our  favorite ones in this guide.

Lets begin with our top picks:

How We Picked?

This guide compares our top picks divided into 3 price-ranges for easy browsing (Here is the full list of the 21 products we tested). You can jump between price ranges using the menu below. Finally, there’s a useful buyer’s guide at the bottom of the page that helps explain what to look for when buying a military watch.

This buyer’s guide is suited to everyone from budget conscious buyers interested in learning which military watch to buy or what's good about them,  what's missing from each and how best to place them.

Choose Your Budget

TOP PICKS

RATINGS

TYPE

BEST OVERALL

Men’s Casio G-Shock GA100L-8A

4.8/5

Analog & Digital

BEST BUDGET

Casio G-Shock GA100-1A1

4.1/5

Analog & Digital

BEST DIGITAL MILITARY WATCH

AAA

4.0/5

Analog & Digital

The Runner Ups


These watches didn't make the top 3 list, but you should take them into consideration:


Best Casual | Seiko 5 Black Dial SNK809
Military watches don’t only need to be about functionality. The minimalist, tactical style is something to be worn of its own merits. My Best Casual choice goes to a sleek watch from Seiko which I would be comfortable wearing in almost any environment.


Runner up for best budget spot | Timex Men’s Expedition Gallatin Watch

This is a great budget option in the military niche. It doesn’t come with any of the frills or additions like some others on this list, but it keeps time efficiently and I personally like the thinner case which doesn’t get in the way or catch on my sleeve.


Also, for a little bit more detail on what to look for in a military watch, check out my super brief Buyer’s Guide. Then get straight into the reviews to find out what the next best choice for your wrist will be.



Best Overall

My Best Overall choices takes into account the three major factors (see Buyer’s Guide for more); Practicality, Reliability and Quality. These are two watches you can rely on in tough conditions, but can also wear casually or on social occasions.

1

Men’s Casio G-Shock GA100L-8A

The G-Shock GA100L-8A is an ideal mixture of functionality and style. It wins my overall choice mostly for the quality of its parts, and its range of functions, but I would happily wear this watch in social settings also.


Who Should Buy

Anyone looking for a reliable, durable military-style watch that they can wear for different occasions.

Full Men’s Casio G-Shock GA100L-8A Review:

Casio’s G-shock watches are designed for their toughness and durability. The GA100L-8A is no exception, made with a thick 55mm Khaki resin case and a shock and magnetic-resistant design. It boasts 29 World Time zones (48 cities +UTC), an accurate timer and stopwatch (to 1000th of a second) and it allows for 4 daily alarms plus a snooze option.

Reliability-wise, this G-shock ticks all the right boxes. The case itself is tough enough to withstand frequent force, and it’s also incredibly water resistant (up to 200 meters!).

Stylistically, it’s also a popular choice. G-shock watches have something of a reputation for being a fashion statement, which means you can comfortably wear this watch in all situations: intense and casual alike.

My only issue--and it is a minor and somewhat subjective one--is the case thickness. It’s important to have a bit of thickness to protect the watch, but I prefer a slimmer case. Slim fits are easy to slide your sleeves over, and they rarely get in the way of any other tactical gear. This G-shock is a little thick for my taste, but besides that it’s an all-around winner and overall the best military watch you’ll find under $100.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 55mm Khaki Resin

  Analog/Digital: Combined

  Water Resistance: 200 meters

  Special Features: World Time (29 zones)

PROS

  • Durable, and backed by a two-year warranty
  • World Time Zones included (29 countries, 48 cities)4 alarms plus snooze alarm
  • Accurate stopwatch and timerStylish design for all occasions

CONS

  • Some reviewers have complained about the band breaking earlier than it should.
  • Also, there has been mention of the negative digital display being tough to read in some lightings. Personally, I find the design easy to read, but it certainly doesn’t stand out brightly (which I prefer, in any case).

Best Budget

My Best Budget choices aren’t just about the lowest price. They’re about getting the best military watch for your money, and this means not sacrificing on quality or durability. There will, of course, be some sacrifices made--my budget choices have stripped back on the fancy additions, keeping things functional and simple.

2

Casio G-Shock GA100-1A1

The simplistic matte black tactical design of this G-Shock is great, in my opinion. A solid watch that focuses on function and practicality without any frills or added extras.



Who Should Buy

Ideal for active people who want a mixture of functionality and affordability.

Full Casio G-Shock GA100-1A1 Review:

Another solid design from Casio, the GA100-1A1 gives you everything you would expect from a G-Shock. It has that classic thick case design, and plenty of functions like World Time, daylight savings time, alarms, stopwatch and timer.

Making use of both analog and digital displays, the display diameter is actually pretty compact at just 37mm. This is backed by LED lighting for easy reading at night, although some users have complained that the mineral window surface makes it difficult to read in direct sunlight. While this is a common complaint for G-Shock watches, it’s never been an issue for me.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 37mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Combined

  Water Resistance: 200 meters

  Special Features: Matte black design

PROS

  • Accurate stopwatch and timer
  • Solid water resistance, shock and anti-magnetic resistance
  • Great alarm functions
  • Best budget choice winner

CONS

  • Band may not be as durable as the case
  • No numerals on analog display

3

​Timex Men’s Expedition Gallatin Watch

This is a great budget option in the military niche. It doesn’t come with any of the frills or additions like some others on this list, but it keeps time efficiently and I personally like the thinner case which doesn’t get in the way or catch on my sleeve.


Who Should Buy

Anyone looking for a stripped-back, minimalistic design with a clear analog display.

Full Timex Men’s Expedition Gallatin Watch Review:

Timex have been in the watchmaking industry for a long time, producing watches for any situation; from high street to the deepest darkest jungles. The Expedition Gallatin is inspired by the Northern edge of the U.S. Rockies--it’s supposed to be a completely minimalistic approach to tactical timekeeping, and they’ve done a pretty great job of it.

A strictly analog display with big bold, easy-to-read numerals and a clear distinction between the second and minute hands. You also have the seconds listed around the outer edge of the case, in 5 second intervals up to 60 to act as a substitute timer. Note ‘substitute’. You may be used to modern watches coming with features like stopwatch, timer, world time zones and the like, but the Expedition from Timex has stripped everything back and stuck with a basic analog design and nothing more.

I don’t mind this approach, but my only issue is the nylon band. While I understand it isn’t a fashion contest, the nylond band means that I would really only use this watch when I’m outdoors (preferably hiking and away from the city).

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 44mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Analog

  Water Resistance: 50m (short period of time)

  Special Features: Second numerals listed on outer case

PROS

  • Simplistic design
  • Thin case
  • Functionally sound with accurate time-keeping

CONS

  • No features like alarm or stopwatch
  • Nylon band

Best Digital Military Watch

Many military watches come with a mix of both digital and analog displays, but if you’re looking to keep things strictly digital, this is the watch for you. Timex is a trusted name in the watchmaker industry, and the Expedition Shock is their toughest product on this list.

4

​Timex T49612 Expedition Shock

A top adventurer and watersports enthusiast watch. The in-built compass feature is great for hiking and the Expedition Shock can handle the rough terrain that goes with it.



Who Should Buy

Ideal for marine activities, above water sports like water-skiing, and outdoor adventurers.

Full Timex T49612 Expedition Shock Review:

This is the most durable and shock-resistant watch from Timex on my list. Unlike the Gallatin, this is built to survive rough and tough outdoor conditions--it actually even looks somewhat similar to the classic G-Shock style from Casio. Thick round case, heavy duty band and a simplistic display.

The display is entirely digital, though it retains the traditional hour markings on the outer case. This is not just an aesthetic addition--there is a method to the madness. Timex’s Expedition Shock comes with a built-in compass feature, and so the ‘hour’ markings actually serve as directional markings for orienting yourself.

The main selling point for this model is its tough water resistance, making it suitable for serious marine activity and above water sports. With a solid 200 meter water resistance specification, you don’t need to worry about going underwater with it--although, this model isn’t designed for serious scuba diving or deep water diving.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 48mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Digital

  Water Resistance: 200 meters

  Special Features: Inbuilt compass

PROS

  • Durable, resin case
  • Suitable for water sports and marine life
  • Clear, digital display
  • Timex signature Indiglow technology for easy reading in the evenings and nights
  • Shock-resistant

CONS

  • Band issues, complaints of breaking within 24 months of use

Best Casual

Military watches don’t only need to be about functionality. The minimalist, tactical style is something to be worn of its own merits. My Best Casual choice goes to a sleek watch from Seiko which I would be comfortable wearing in almost any environment.

5

​Seiko 5 Black Dial SNK809

A stylish black face watch from Seiko, the SNK809 runs on automatic movement mechanism--meaning that the more you wear it, the more the power it stores for use.



Who Should Buy

This is more suited to a casually active lifestyle, rather than heavy-duty living. Fine for light hikes, jogs and all other indoor events, but not ideal for rougher terrains.

Full Seiko 5 Black Dial SNK809 Review:

Seiko’s military line typically lean on the pricey side, but the SNK809 is a welcome compromise between quality and affordability; still coming in under that all-important $100 mark. Another great simple tactical design, the Seiko stands out from the rest with its simple black face display and (honestly) elegant stainless steel casing. The back of the case is transparent, allowing you to take a look at the inner workings and gears--which is always a fun way to pass the time (and to get an idea of how well the mechanism is tracking).

The SNK809 is an automatic mechanical watch. What’s that? Simply put: no battery, no solar-power. Automatic mechanical designs are powered by the movement of the wearer’s arm. Fine if you’re wearing your Seiko every day, but be wary of storing it on the shelf. Seiko suggests up to 8 hours of daily use will keep your SNK809 ticking accurately (don’t stress too much on this point, there is also about 40 hours of power reserve). 

For all its perks and positives, the SNK809 ultimately lies somewhere between the casual and active range. When compared to Casio’s G-Shock models, it doesn’t quite stand up to the same standards or conditions. This is more suited to active/casual wearer than the rugged outdoors, so just keep that in mind when deciding.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 36mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Analog + Digital

  Water Resistance: 30 meters

  Special Features: Automatic movement mechanism

PROS

  • Tactical, stainless steel design
  • Transparent backing from tracking the mechanisms function
  • Automatic mechanism: no worrying about replacing batteries
  • Clean, crisp analog display

CONS

  • Limited water resistance
  • Not as shock-resistant or suited to strenuous activities as other military style designs.

6

​Casio Men’s GW2310FB-1CR G-Shock

I’m pretty confident recommending most G-Shocks. This model has the added advantage of being entirely solar-powered, along with being a little tighter in its design (not so chunky).



Who Should Buy

While some would claim that the smaller display makes it a woman’s watch, they are mistaken. This is a classic tactical style watch, with badass features and reliability.

Full Casio Men’s GW2310FB-1CR G-Shock Review:

Featuring another G-shock from Casio is no surprise. They’re a leader in the industry because they focus on making utilitarian, tactical watches for active people. This solar-powered model is no exception, though a little lighter and slimmer than most other g-shocks you’ll find out there.

Coming with 46.4mm resin case, we’re working with a strictly digital display here. Casio has been working recently with their solar-powered line, along with releasing some Bluetooth-connective watches that automatically update with your phone’s time. All of this is just to say that Casio are always experimenting and fine-tuning their designs, and I love the fact that this model is entirely solar-powered.

The fact that it is strictly digital (and not a particularly bright display) means that visibility can be difficult with glare. When people complain about this, I get it--but at the same time, all it takes is a slight turn of the wrist to relieve the issue: it’s not a deal breaker for me.

  Tech Specs:

  Case: 46.4mm Resin

  Analog/Digital: Digital

  Water Resistance: 200 meters

  Special Features: Solar Powered

PROS

  • Durable, efficient solar-powered design
  • Slimmer and smaller case
  • 4 daily alarms plus snooze alarm and World Time Settings
  • Both 12hr and military 24hr display options

CONS

  • Glare factor
  • No analog display (if you like a traditional watch)

Buyer’s Guide

How to choose a military watch under $100

Ideally, the perfect military watch will be something that scales to any situation: from desert plains to dinner parties. That being said, it’s worth defining our leading priorities:

Practicality;

Reliability/Durability; and

Quality

If you stick to these three principles, you can’t go far wrong. People wear Rolex to catch people’s attentions; to impress. Military watches are functional--in fact, in most cases, the less they stand out the better (see my section on camouflage design).

Practicality Factor:

This is my primary concern when searching a military watch to serve me well. How functional is it? There are hundreds of designs out there which are made to look functional, but the manufacturers simply haven’t taken the time (or spent the money) to make a product that really meets the users needs.

I’m talking about field watches that are thin enough to wear under sleeves--without worrying about it catching on the sleeve whenever you want to check the time. I’m talking about large easy-to-read indices for the day so you can tell the time at a glance, and/or digital options for reading at night. Little things that will make the watch feel as though it were a natural extension of your body--not some awkward appendix to slow you down.

Reliability Factor:

In some ways, this will tie in to my quality factor. However, the focus here is on maintenance, accuracy and durability. You want a military watch that can take some hits, handle force and preferably with a decent water resistance marking. While I would personally wear many of watches from my best military watches reviews to dinner, that doesn’t mean it’s the primary environment. The main environment is full of high stressors, rapid movements and plenty of wear and tear.

You need a military watch that can perform as well on the two-hundredth day as on the first. Degradation of quality and accuracy can be a slow and subtle process in watches. It can be a couple of minutes on the display, or it can be a low-response/lagging timer--these minor inaccuracies can make all the difference, and don’t want to be put in yourself in more trouble than necessary because of faulty equipment. Okay, it doesn’t need to be as dramatic as that, but you get the idea.

Quality Factor: 

Unless you know a thing or two about the internal mechanisms of watches, it can be difficult to know what makes for a quality watch. Resin or hardflex window? Automatic or solar-powered?

The truth is, in the under $100 range you’re really just looking for a watch that will keep time well, survive your daily activities and look good while doing so. The quality of a product will come out in the reviews (which is why I’ve done my research to find the best products out there for your money). When it comes down to components, sticking with well-known brands is your safest bet--since they undergo the necessary quality standard testing and you know what you are getting yourself into.

FAQ

How to change my watch from military time?

This will depend on the exact model, but taking Casio’s G-shock line as an example, there is an adjust button labelled on the outer case. Toggle this button through the options until you reach the military option. Other digital displays will come with instructions on how to shift from 12hr to 24hr format, usually just in a couple of quick steps.

For analog displays, needless to say, it’s not possible to change it to military time.

Where to buy military watches?

When it comes to the best military watches under $100, you definitely still want to stick with trusted brands. Finding a cheap watch on the street or in a side stall is about the easiest thing you could do--but it doesn’t mean you’re going to get a good deal. If the seller is happy about it, they’re probably scamming you. Trusted brands in the watch industry like Timex and Casio, however, are aware of the competition (even from unofficial competitors like side-street vendors and online discount stores). What does this mean? It means they have also adapted a line of less expensive watches which still meet their basic quality standards.

Again, when it comes to where to buy the best military watches under $100, stick with known names.

Are swiss military watches good?

The Swiss are famous watchmakers, and they’re certainly good at what they do. Military watches are no exception--but for the best military watches under $100, you are unlikely to find many made from a Swiss brand. For pricier labels and designers watches, you should definitely consider Swiss military watch brands like Wenger, Hanowa and CX Swiss Military Watch. However, if you’re looking to stay under one hundred bucks, I personally would opt for the lines offered by Casio and Timex.

Can apple watch be set to military time?

Yes. The first thing to note is that even if your phone is showing 24hr time, you’ll need to change your settings on the Apple Watch separately. Just select the My Watch tab, then scroll to the fifth section and choose the Clock app 3. You should see an option for 24-Hour Time listed on the first line, so naturally select that and you should be ready to roll.

Veterans Day Facts

Falling on November 11 of each year, the Veterans Day allows Americans all over the world to celebrate the sacrifice and bravery of U.S. veterans over the years.

Although this is an important holiday, many Americans do not know why we commemorate veterans on November 11. Many even confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day, as accounted by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

It is therefore important that we not only know the history behind Veterans Day but also important facts so that we can properly honor these former servicepersons who served to preserve the liberty we enjoy today.

History of Veterans Day

The precursor of Veterans Day is Armistice Day that also happened to fall on November 11. Armistice Day was a holiday put in place to honor the end of the First World War, which fell on November 11, 1918. On November 11, 1938, a U.S. legislation was passed make November 11 Armistice Day.  As such, this holiday was to celebrate World War I veterans.

After 1938, America went witnessed both the Second World War and the Korean War. As such, on June 1, 1954, the U.S. Congress approved a legislation, signed by President Eisenhower, which amended the Act of 1938, which changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Many veteran service organizations advocated for the change of name so as to include all veterans in the commemoration.

Under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act starting in 1971, the observation of Veterans Day was moved from November 11 to the fourth Monday of October (October 25, 1971; October 23, 1972; October 22, 1973; October 28, 1974; October 27, 1975; October 25, 1976, and October 24, 1977). Regardless of this move, many states still observed Veterans Day on November 11. The Federal government annulled the format introduced by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act on September 20, 1975, when President Gerald R. Ford signed a law that reverted the observance of Veterans Day back to November 11 starting 1978. The observation of Veterans Day has since remained there until today.

Celebrating the Veterans Day Holiday

When the holiday falls on a Saturday, the federal government observes it on Friday. In the same vein, if it falls on a Sunday, the federal government observes the holiday on a Saturday. For many private companies when the holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, they offer it as a floating holiday for works, this enables the employees to choose any other day as a holiday.

While the U.S. Office of Personnel Management handles the federal government closings, the state and local government determine local government closings.

Private businesses can decide to close or stay open regardless of decisions taken by the local, state or federal government. In the same vein, individual states or school districts decide if schools close on Veterans Day or not. According to a poll by the Society of Human Resource Management, one of the largest professional human resources membership associations, 21 percent of employers planned on closing for the 2011 Veterans Day.

The Difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day

Many people don't know the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. While both honor service members, memorial honors deceased service members who passed away while in service to their country or due to injuries during their service. Veterans Day, on the other hand, is to honor veterans both living and deceased. Most of the United States has come to view Veterans Day has come as a day to honor living veterans who served both in peacetime and in wartime.

Observance of Veterans Day in Other Countries

The United States is not the only nation that chooses to honor veterans on November 11 each year. In fact, different countries around the world commemorate veterans on and around November 11. For instance, Australia and Canada observe Remembrance Day on November 11. For Australia, Remembrance Day is more similar to Memorial Day - a day to honor Australia’s wartime dead veterans. In Canada, Remembrance Day is very much similar to Veterans Day in the United States, as it honors all veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces. Many Canadians also wear Red poppies to commemorate their war dead on Remembrance Day. Great Britain observes Remembrance Day on the Sunday nearest to November 11.

Veteran Day Facts

  • The First World War ended on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month (November).
  • In many countries in the world, November 11, which is Veterans Day in America, is Remembrance Day or Armistice Day.
  • While Memorial Day commemorates those who died while serving in the army, Veterans Day honors all veterans dead or alive.
  • Raymond weeks was a World War II veteran from Alabama who proposed that all veterans were honored on November 11 and not just World War I veterans. President Ronald Reagan later gave him a presidential citizenship medal in 1982.
  • Between 1971 and 1977, Federal observance of Veterans Day fell on the fourth Monday in October instead of November 11.
  • The National Veterans Award was created in 1954 in Alabama. This award is bestowed upon an exceptional veteran who has made great contributions to advance the patriotic interest of veterans and veteran organizations in the U.S.
  • According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are 20.4 million U.S. veterans in the U.S. as of 2016.
  • On average, veterans, including men and women, earn more than nonveterans do.
  • The correct spelling is Veterans Day, not Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day.
  • On Veterans Day, Americans throughout the nation hold parades to celebrate veterans.
  • On November 11, 1921, an unidentified American serviceman was buried at Arlington Cemetery. His tomb, which is a three-level marble tomb, is known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The site now contains remains of dead unknown servicepersons from the World War II, Korean and the Vietnam War. On Veterans Day, a high-ranking member of the government lays a wreath on the tomb.

Veterans Day Timeline

  • 1918 - The Great War, later to be known as the First World War, ends after the implementation of an armistice. The Allies and Germany signed this armistice, called the Treaty of Versailles, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. The Allies and Germany signed the final peace treaty in 1919.
  • 1919 - On November 11, the U.S. observed the first Armistice Day. The original idea was to suspend businesses and work for two minutes starting at 11 in the morning. Public meetings and parades were also supposed to take place.
  • 1920 - The United Kingdom and France also hold ceremonies to honor the unknown dead from the First World War. President Wilsons names the nearest Sunday to Armistice Day - Armistice Day Sunday.
  • 1921 - An unidentified American serviceman is buried at Arlington Cemetery after approval of a legislation by the U.S. Congress. His tomb, which is a three-level marble tomb, is as such known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
  • 1926 - The president on a resolution form Congress issues an annual proclamation that called for the observance of Armistice Day. Many states declared November 11 as a public holiday throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
  • 1938 - A legislation passed on May 13, allows Armistice Day to become a legal Federal holiday. Since the federal government cannot designate national holidays, this applied to federal employees and organizations. However many states also designated November 11 as a legal holiday, Armistice Day.
  • 1941 to 1945 & 1950 to 1953- The Second World War and the Korean War means that the U.S. honors millions more veterans on Armistice Day.
  • 1954 - U.S. Congress approved a legislation, signed by President Eisenhower, that amended the Act of 1938, which changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day on June 1.
  • 1968 - The Monday holiday law passed by Congress means that Veterans Day is moved from November 11 to the fourth Monday in October. This change remains so on a federal level from 1971 to 1978.
  • 1971 to 1975 - Apart from South Dakota and Mississippi, all states observed Veterans Day on the fourth Monday of October.  In 1972, Wisconsin and Louisiana reverted to November 11. In 1974, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, West Virginia, South Carolina, Maine, and Georgia reverted to November 11. In 1975, California, Illinois, Idaho, Florida, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Oklahoma, South Carolina, West Virginia, Utah, and Wyoming reverted to November 11. 46 states reverted to November 11 or maintained November 11 as Veterans Day.
  • 1975 - Because many states were celebrating Veterans Day on November 11, a legislation reverted federal observance to that day as well. President Gerald R. Ford signed a law that reverted the observance of Veterans Day back to November 11 starting 1978.
  • 1978 - The nation observes Veterans Day on November 11.

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