For those who wanted to know:
While “in theater” at certain military installations throughout the world you must wear a highly reflective belt during low-light and night time conditions. The thought process being that it makes you more visible to friendlies and less likely to be hurt in an accident such as being hit by a vehicle.
Now this thinking is good in the minds of military leadership. However the thinking is flawed because you must wear it regardless of where you are, what you are doing and what you are wearing. The only exception is security forces when working on the perimeter. So at night it is not unusual to see soldiers in their reflective PT uniforms wearing lurid green, yellow, blue and pink belts as the lounge around drinking in a highly lit area. Or to see the soldiers in their state-of-the-art camouflaged uniform, that the government payed millions of dollars to design and implement, wearing a belt that completely defeats its purpose. To top it all off, most the areas where you would find said soldiers had no form of traffic with cars and such. And even if it did, it was so flat you could see a vehicle coming from five miles away. As Carlos Mencia put it, what kind of a retard cannot get out of the way when you can see a car coming from five miles away! Even Rainman would say “There’s a car coming. We need to move because there’s a car coming. Yup, definitely a car coming.”
As such, the reflective belt is commonly scorned over there. Some people disagreed so much that they’d “lose” their belt and not have time to get a replacement. To fix this the General made all reflective belt issuable and trackable. This means that when you receive one you must sign for it, keep account of it, and return it when you outprocess. It is also a LOR (Letter of Reprimand) offense to be caught without out one.
So needless to say, reflective belts are a touchy subject over there. If you want some good stories though, sit down at the bar with a recently returned soldier and ask him/her about the “Disco Belt.”