I never felt keeping my weapon on my person was a pain. Life in the FOB made you want your weapon by your side. We never had policy issues. Command Sgt. Major Watson told us what he wanted and we did it, like it or not. We were lucky and had one of the toughest SOBs for a CSM. He was a Ranger during the Somalia conflict and was immortalized in the book Black Hawk Down as being part of the Mogadishu Mile. He wasn't a big man but I believe he was made of steel, lol.