I do wonder how many when they escape maintain the military appearance, to wonder how much of that appearance is anything other than institutionalisation, i.e. doing what's comfortable as a result of the programming. And yes I do wear veg gear, but I do so through being unable to afford other of what I know works in certain environments.
But back in my day is was considered not only uncool but potentially dangerous to adopt a military appearance off base due to what agreement was yet to be signed. To further wonder if the 'fashion' for the military appearance to derive at least ' tactical ' and there the increased awareness of ' walting ' might have arisen due to a lack of threat.
I'm looking for a new 30l backpacking rucksack which will also double as an EDC (every day carry) as i attempt to take on the grey man persona.
I want the thick shoulder straps and significant back padding which I can only find when searching on military tactical bags. This doesn't work out because even the most basic tactical molle bag attracts constant attention in town.
Military 'covert' bags are much more discreet and may satisfy my duel needs.
"Grey man" does not mean grey as the colour, it means either to blend in or be inconspicuous in some other way. In many places looking like a tourist is a safe bet (if in season). A drunk imitation works often. The grey sky is the limit with imagination ...