Foreword to AFP Army Infantry Gear
The history of the Philippine fighting arts and armed fighting units in the pre-Spanish period when barangays, or communities, had warriors (called timawas) which transported their warriors on caracoas, large warships that was used for transport to fight other factions. Each barangay was headed by a datu, or chief. During the colonial era, Spanish military units had mixed Spanish soldiers and conscripted Filipinos.
The Katipunan was an armed secret society that battled the Spaniards and was formed in 1892, with members numbering several thousand in 1896. In 1897, the Katipunan was replaced by a more formal revolutionary army. With the Treaty of Paris signed, the ownership of the Philippines was transferred off to the United States. Brief fighting began with Filipino and American forces. Against overwhelming odds, the Filipinos surrendered and their forces were integrated to the US Military.
The National Defense Act of 1935 officially established the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines.)
In 1941, all Philippine military units were officially integrated and made part of the US military. The unit was called the United States Armed Forces of the Far East (USAFFE) and its commander was General Douglas MacArthur. Due to the close historical ties with the United States, the AFP shows heavy influence from the US military. Its rank system, tactical structure, and other nuances mirror that of the US armed forces.
While the Philippine Armed Forces do have domestic manufacturers and suppliers for military equipment, such as for load bearing equipment and rifles, the local industry and sources are not capable enough to fully equip them. Therefore, donated or offloaded surplus US Military gear is commonly used, along with equipment purchased from overseas suppliers such as Israel, India, South Korea, China, Russia, and many others.
Due to the kaleidoscopic variation of Philippine military equipment, particularly within the Army, equipment crossovers can exist between Regular Infantry and Special Forces units. For example, both Special Forces units and regular army units may use PASGT helmets or the same type of locally produced plate carriers.
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