The Marine Corps Times reported that the flame resistant (FR) uniforms currently issued to MARSCO special operations personnel are not hacking the rigors of Afghanistan. It appears the uniforms are prone to ripping after limited use.
MARSOC personnel are complaining about ripped seats, blown-out crotches and tears around the seams. To improve durability, Crye Precision, the manufacturer, switched back to cotton thread rather than the flame-retardant thread which appears to be the source of the problem. Switching back to a cotton thread may increase garment durability but it also reduces the overall level of flame resistance.
The problems surfaced in late August when a deployed MARSOC operator reported it to Kit Up! , Military.com’s blog site.