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0000432Dwarf FortressDwarf Mode -- Militarypublic2010-04-04 17:282013-03-07 01:42
Toady One 
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0000432: Soldiers do not consistently carry backpacks/flasks/quivers
Some of my soldiers carry backpacks/flasks with them, some don't. I have an enormous surplus of backpacks and flasks, yet they still insist on occasionally carrying booze barrels and meals out on their patrols, dropping them in the middle of nowhere, resulting in haulers having to wander outside to pick up after them.
- Have a military. See how many of them equip flasks and backpacks.
Equipment, Military
has duplicate 0001070closed Footkerchief Dwarves do not use flasks 
has duplicate 0003488resolved Dwarfu some dwarfes never pick up flasks/waterskins/backpacks/quivers 
related to 0002250resolved Footkerchief Filled backpacks/flasks become unuseable 
child of 0000535acknowledged Toady One Equipping weapons/armor on military is erratic 
Issue History
2010-04-04 17:28d4ftfadNew Issue
2010-04-04 17:33QloosTag Attached: Military
2010-04-09 05:53d4ftfadTag Attached: Equipment
2010-04-13 00:51FootkerchiefRelationship addedhas duplicate 0001070
2010-04-13 07:11bloodystumpIssue Monitored: bloodystump
2010-04-14 18:40simrobertIssue Monitored: simrobert
2010-05-12 09:04EskarionNote Added: 0006590
2010-06-21 11:59FootkerchiefRelationship addedrelated to 0002250
2010-06-21 11:59FootkerchiefRelationship addedchild of 0000535
2010-07-24 21:48Khym ChanurIssue Monitored: Khym Chanur
2011-06-10 20:24kwielandNote Added: 0017970
2012-03-20 19:48FootkerchiefNote Added: 0021622
2012-03-26 09:47thvazNote Added: 0021745
2013-03-07 01:38DwarfuRelationship addedhas duplicate 0003488
2013-03-07 01:38DwarfuSummarySoldiers do not consistently carry backpacks/flasks => Soldiers do not consistently carry backpacks/flasks/quivers
2013-03-07 01:42DwarfuNote Added: 0023892
2013-03-07 01:42DwarfuStatusnew => resolved
2013-03-07 01:42DwarfuResolutionopen => fixed
2013-03-07 01:42DwarfuAssigned To => Toady One

2010-05-12 09:04   
found the following workaround:

1. order your squads to carry no water/food
2. wait for the arsenal dwarf to finish upgrading the squad equippment
3. now order your squads to carry drinks/food
4. wait again for the arsenal dwarf to finish his job

Now your squads should be assigned with flasks and backpacks.
2011-06-10 20:24   
still persists, even in 0.31.25

I've seen this especially if the squad is standing down and is called into action. Whatever they were carrying at the time (barrel, rock, etc), instead of dropping it they carry it to where ever they are going.

So, to see the problem, wait until your dwarves are drinking, now order the squad to a station point. Some will be carrying they barrels with them.
2012-03-20 19:48   
Toady may need an up-to-date save (0.34.02+) to fix this problem. It would be helpful for someone to upload a save to http://dffd.wimbli.com/ [^] and post the link here.
2012-03-26 09:47   
All of my soldiers carried backpacks and waterskins properly, thought the part of the bug about they carrying barrels around when inactive still happens.
2013-03-07 01:42   
Since the arsenal dwarf is gone and 34.11 fixed some issues with gathering and using equipment, I believe this has been fixed at some point.

If someone can show otherwise with a current save, please PM me on the forums.

The part about hauling barrels is covered by 0000300.