Interesting that not everyone has their own gear. When I ran the ALSS shop in an HSL squadron (20 years ago), this wasn't a thing. Today, aircrew all grab their helmets for FOD WD and nobody is signing anything out. Different strokes for different folks, I guess.Standard. In RW-Land our gear isn’t custom fit for our bodies. When your gear goes down, So does your ability to fly. Not so much in RW Land. So when the ALSS shop in a VMM(REIN) deploys with a potential 4-5 TMS and 100+ pilots and aircrew. There needs to be a way of tracking RFI gear being assigned to a specific person so some Crew Chief doesn’t go into the drink with an empty HABD bottle or unusable LPUs. Also try organizing an inspection cycle for all ALSS gear with that many pilots....(Hint: It’s a shitshow). Tracking what is up and down is difficult with a usually undermanned, overworked, and under appreciated ALSS shop.
In jet land, They probably do sign this stuff out, but it is transparent to you. I am pretty sure it’s required by the 4790 for all communities, but I could be wrong on that.