Army Day: Decoding The Backpack Of An Indian Soldier

As we remember the valor and sacrifice of the brave hearts of the country on the 72nd Indian Army day our hearts bow to them in respects. As our armed personnel patrol our borders and take on combat they carry a lot on their back.

A single soldier is estimated to carry around 40kg on his back during a combat (and patrolling for long). From facing geographical extremities to defying death in combat with the enemy a soldier’s backpack has all that he needs. Ever wondered what that backpack carries?

Well, if you did then we have brought an answer for you. Here we decode (or you can say unveil) the backpack of an Indian soldier to know what does it carry. Check this out:

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Non-Weapon Elements

The elements in a soldier’s backpack are basically divided into two types that is

  • Non-weapon or essential/support elements and;
  • Weapons

First take a look at the non-weapon elements:

Soldier's Bag

  • Ground Sheets
  • 1 to 2 liters plastic water bottle
  • Emergency Ration packs 2-3
  • Fresh packed food based on the time of leaving for the purpose
  • Batteries
  • Torch
  • Radio
  • Maps
  • Compass
  • First Aid Kit
  • Some Stationery like Pen and Paper
  • Raincoat
  • Sleeping bag
  • Other things as per needs

Weapon And Combat Elements

Now. coming to the area where the interest of most of you is lying, ‘the weapon elements’. The weapon elements on a soldiers bag are listed here:

2 Light Machine Guns (LMGs)

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A Rocket Launcher


Rounds of Ammunition


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Night Vision Devices


Trip Wires


Swiss Knife


BulletProof Jacket


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That’s not all based on special and operational needs a soldier may have to carry a load of 40 Kgs or more on his back. And imagine a situation as tough as Siachen or the deserts of Rajasthan. Well, all I can say at the end is that where we the common citizen put a limit to our physical capabilities a Soldier starts from there.

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