Navy SEAL Mark "Coch" Cochiolo Talks Plate Carriers (2023)


In this video, Navy SEAL Mark "Coch" Cochiolo, talks about plate carriers. He talks about different setups, what he recommends, and how he sets everything up on his own plate carriers.
Coch has over 30 years of Naval Special Warfare experience ranging from Special Warfare Operator, Operational Tester, Combat developer, Officer In Charge, Training Officer and Weapons Instructor.

Coch has four operational SEAL tours of duty to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) under his belt and has spent eight years as an assaulter and breacher on the US Navy's tier-one counter-terrorist unit (Naval Special Warfare Development Group) making operational and combat deployments to hotspots in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

In Coch's most senior military position he was the Chief Warrant Officer in charge of training and combat systems for forward deployed SEALs in the Middle East out of NSWU3, Bahrain.

After retiring, he served as Contract BUD/S instructor responsible for curriculum development and teaching the basics weapons course for all US Navy SEAL candidates. He has trained over 3,500 Navy SEAL candidates in Combat Shooting and marksmanship with the M4 Rifle, Sig 226, Glock 19, MK 48, MK 17 SCAR and 40mm grenade launchers.

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Hey, it's coach attack, oh, hi.

And today I want to talk to you a little bit about plate carriers, see a lot of guys with a lot of stuff on there's, a lot of cool stuff out there.

Now you don't have to wear it all at once.

Alright, one of the things about you plate carriers.

You want to keep it as light as possible what's.

The mission, these are things you got to ask yourself, there's certain certain things that you're gonna have all the time.

But you know lot of stuff that you may not need.

Ok? Every time you wanna be just just because there's exposed Molly, doesn't mean, I need to put another pouch on there.

Right? Good, basic setup here.

You want to have your three magazines right up here in the that's tight of fitting closest fitting can thiru pouch that you can get I, always like to have a fixed blade knife that I can get to fairly quickly and easily mounted right about here.

And right in front of that.

You have your multi-tool.

These are things that you can get to right away because you're gonna need them without having to dig through your kit to find them right? Knife magazines.

This pouch.

Here is just left there for when I'm not wearing a battle belt.

Sometimes that's all you'll have is your plate carrier and you're actually going to mount your pistol to your plate carrier.

Okay, it may be rare, but you know, it's there just in case.

Now you want to have a bag something here on the side out of the way if your draw for your pistol.

So I'm use the opposite side.

If I'm if I take my nods off during the day and those knives roll around and your helmet all day long, give your neck, a break.


Take your nods off.

You still want them on you.

You don't want to leave the wire without having your nods on you because, hey, guess what happens? Then every day it gets dark.

Okay, you want to be all that on the night right? Okay, keeping that as slim as possible.

Obviously, you got your plates underneath here.

And then I always have the behind.

The plate first-aid kit.

So if you do get whacked, you've got something to play the whole on you or your buddy, you want that behind the armor not in front of it.

Because if you take one in there, you're gonna put a hole in all your all your repair stuff.

Okay, gotta have that patch kit blowout kit.

Somewhere on ya.

All the time just makes sense.

Okay, coms, there's, usually a pouch in here.

You shove your comms in here, run the wires up, you know, have it permanently attached here? And then no comms I, always like to have this vs, 17 panel with the orange.

So you could throw out there and get the attention of aircraft.

So the good guys know where you are.

So they can drop the bombs on the bad guys.

Okay, not if I'm running this without any battle belt.

Then this is where I'm gonna mount the the pistol it's gonna roll up right in here, just slips in there.

And that just stays right there.

I'm, not using this Molly anyway, cuz, if I do have a battle belt on that's, where my drawers gonna come through I want to keep this nice and slick.

You want to be drawn around a bunch of [, __, ].

Okay, just keeping that again, clean as possible now that's for your plates.

If you want plates, if you if you're going someplace, where plates are gonna be too heavy, don't, even bring the damn plate carrier, go with your rhodesian, it's, nice, it's light.

You can put almost same stuff on it.

It's got a few pouches.

But this weighs a whole lot less.

And if you're humping around the hills of Afghanistan, you got a way, you know, the weight of your protection against what you're actually, you know doing.


Now, this this get up here.

This is the last thing I went to war with I invaded Iraq with that on and at your gas masks back here, just in case that WMD was a real.

We thought it was real.

So this is an older setup.

They don't.

They didn't have kangaroo pouches back then.

So you had your your add-on pouches here and at admin pouch with chem-lights and whatever else you shoved in there, but again still had that same fixed blade knife and bought the same spot I liked having this on here, cut a man dress off real fast with that bad.

Boy, just zip him down and then searches over again.

Coms would go in this pouch here.

This the comlink runs up same spot.

The small nav light, I had a backpack, because we didn't know how long we were gonna be out.

It was a lot a lot less resupply back then.

So we carry a lot more with us.

Normally I would have breaching charges back here, some water, whatever Possible's.

But it stayed back in here.

And then I had the extra just blow out kit and your kit for atropine 2-pam chloride in case, you get hit with a bio weapon.

So we had carry more stuff just because we didn't, we didn't know what we're gonna encounter so again, what I rather have gone with something really really like hell? Yeah, this thing's get this gets old, but you got to have enough pouches to to carry what you need.

But you don't have too many pouches on guys.

You put an extra pouch on you're gonna fill it with something you're, not leaving the wire without and whether it's just, you know, snacks for later or extra warm ease or [, __, ], throw more mags in there.

All right.

And last minute, a lot of those things seemed like a good idea, but through some experience and you'll learn what you what you need and what you don't need.

And you don't need at home.

Take just what you need and that's pretty much all I got for you today with the plate carriers, I mean, oh well, one other thing.

So this is another setup I did for a a cop friend of mine, but play carries are expensive.

It cost a lot of money if you're just going to train whether you just run around with it.

You want to, you know, one you just beat up airsoft I.

Think this one I'm, not sure even who makes it the airsoft guys.

They make some good stuff it'll last a while it's, not quite as comfortable it's, not quite as cool the materials, not quite as good, but you can beat the hell out of it and doesn't cost you as much, you know, and it lasts approximately well, you know, ballistic, nylons ballistic nylon I, guess? But you notice, you know, again, the knife's in the same spot, the multi-tool stays in the same spot.

Everything stays as close as you can.

So you get used to work in that same gear, if you're moving from one platform and to another, even if it's just a Rhodesian, you still want to keep as much stuff as the as similar as possible between your platforms.

So that you don't have to retrain and under stress you're, not going to be making mistakes.

All right, that's, pretty much all I got for you today, but that's your plate carriers.

This is the old busted.

And this is a semi, new hotness, there's.

The Jaypee see if there's a bunch of good ones out there, mmm, and they cost some money, but how much is your life worth.

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