Friday, October 20, 2017

Touchdown Thursday at Rothco!

Here at Rothco, it is engrained in our company's culture to give back to our community any chance we get. So on Thursday, October 19th, the employees at Rothco had the pleasure of being able to raise some money for charity. Dubbed "Touchdown Thursday", every employee who came to the office in their favorite sports team jersey, Rothco would donate $10 to charity on behalf of the employees. Over 100 employees wore sports jerseys and so Rothco was able to raise over $1,000 to the already growing Holiday Charity Fund. From football and soccer jerseys to hockey and baseball jerseys, it was so exciting to see the entire company rally together as a team raising money for charity. You can find a full list of charities Rothco donates to on our website.

Raising money for charity, one jersey at a time!

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Happy 242nd Anniversary to the United States Navy

Today October 13th, 2017, is the 242nd anniversary of the formation of the United States Navy.  In 1775, the Continental Congress (via letter by George Washington) founded the first incarnation of the U.S Navy during the Revolutionary War.  Explore the history of the U.S Navy with these incredible facts:
  • The United States Navy is by far the largest and most powerful navy in the world.
  • Former U.S Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and George H.W Bush are all Navy veterans.
  • The U.S Navy has alternative terms for many common household items
    • Walls = Bulkheads
    • Toilet = Head
    • Bed = Rack
    • Planes = Birds
  • U.S Navy ships are named after the eldest female descendant of a Navy veteran chosen by suggestions from the public, sailors, and naval history.
  • The USS Enterprise from Star Trek was named after the Navy's first ever nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. 
  • As of 2017, there are 328,186 active duty members in the U.S Navy.
  • Other than being a movie starring Tom Cruise, TOPGUN is real and is also known as the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Program.  The program is credited with saving many lives after its creation during the Vietnam War. 
  • The world famous Blue Angels were created at the end of World War II in order to increase interest in naval aviation.
On this day, Rothco reflects on the Navy's rich history and wants to thank all the of the brave men and women of the past and present who have served in the United States Navy. 

- Brian Ciambriello, Digital Marketing Intern

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What Is One Of Rothco's Most Multifaceted Costumes?

Halloween will be here before you know it and if you are still looking for the perfect costume - look no further than Rothco. We have one of the most versatile Halloween costume items you could ever need. Rothco's flight suits come in 9 colors and styles, with sizes running up to 6xl (in select colors). They can be used to create a pilot, a spaceman or astronaut, a prisoner, an apparition fighter, Rosie the Riveter, and even a movie serial killer, just to name a few! Check out some of our costume flight suit ideas below:

Don't forget to take a look through our Military and Law Enforcement Catalog for even more costumes and costume ideas! 

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Monday, October 02, 2017

October #GOTM: Advanced Tactical Adjustable Airsoft Helmet

Here's an in-depth look at our October GOTM, the Advanced Tactical Adjustable Airsoft Helmet

Rothco’s Tactical Airsoft Helmet is made from a lightweight ABS plastic.  Although light, ABS plastic is highly resistant to impact making it the perfect material for airsoft or paintball equipment.

The Adjustable Helmet was created with your comfort in mind.  8 diamond shaped vent holes keep your head cool in the heat of battle.  Integrated military style chinstraps and the rear adjustment dial make sure that the helmet fits properly on your head.  Additionally, the airsoft helmet comes equipped with 5 removable/adjustable EVA foam pads for increased protection.

Possibly the best part of Rothco’s Advanced tactical Adjustable Airsoft Helmet is its ability to be customized to fit your needs.  A front NVG Mount allows you to place not only night vision goggles but accessories like action cameras as well.  These can be further stabilized by utilizing the dual bungee system.  2 multi-position side rails are ideal for lights, optics, and communication systems.  Lastly, the tactical helmet is further customizable with 3 separate loop fields to attach your favorite patches. 
To learn more about Rothco's Advanced Tactical Adjustable Airsoft Helmet visit

- Brian Ciambriello, Digital Marketing Intern

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Live From Rothco

Live from Rothco...It's our first ever live gear breakdown of our BRAND NEW Fast Mover Tactical Backpack. If you didn't get the chance to view the story live on Facebook yesterday, now is your chance. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Susie's Survival Strategies - September

September is National Preparedness Month. When facing an emergency situation, it is important to have certain survival strategies in place. Being prepared is an essential strategy for survival. The following are a few of my survival tips on ways to be prepared in order to stay safe and alive:

  • Make designated "safe spots" or "meeting places" in case you get separated. 
  • Create a plan of action that everyone in your family can follow and alter that plan for different situations (i.e. hurricane, fire, flooding, etc). No disaster is ever the same and it is important to keep that in mind. 
  • Building a bug out bag is also a great way to be prepared. Have a bag for each family member, or combine bags if you have small children. These bags should be filled with enough emergency supplies to last you 72 hours.  
  • Act out emergency drills with your family. This will help prevent any confusion during an emergency and you might feel calmer if you've run through your plan in real time beforehand.
  • Know how to access any community resources if you plan to stay in the area after a disaster. Things like shelters, food banks, and medical resources are good places to keep in mind if you become displaced. 

Given the recent natural disasters, like Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria, survival and preparedness is on everyone's mind, with safety being the number one concern. It is important to note that although these are only tips and guidelines, they are meant to help keep you safe and could potentially be lifesaving if a disaster were to strike in your area. 

- Susie Kowell, Digital Marketing Coordinator

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Rothco's 2018 Catalog is LIVE!!!

After much anticipation, we are proud to announce that Rothco’s 2018 Catalog is now available in digital format!  Our new catalog is our biggest yet with over 150 new items, here are some of the new and exciting items you have to look forward to this fall.

Interactive Pages!

  • 7 New MA-1 Flight Jackets - Including Rothco's Flight Jacket with Patches, Enhanced Nylon MA-1's and New Women's Flight Jacket
  • Rothco's Brand New Tactical 10-8 Lightweight Field Pants
  • The Largest Collection of First Responder Support Gear with Over 2 Dozen New Thin Blue Line, Thin Red Line, and Thin Green Line Items
  • Great New Tactical Packs, Messenger Bags, and Backpacks
  • Limited Edition Two-Tone Camo Pants
  • Over A Dozen New Styles of Graphic T-Shirts

Physical copies of Rothco's 2018 Catalog will be shipping next week but if you can't wait, check out the digital copy available here.

- Brian Ciambriello, Digital Marketing Intern
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Behind The Scenes Look - The Making of the 2018 Catalog

Rothco's 2018 Catalog will be released later this month but below is an exclusive behind the scenes look at the making of our latest wholesale military catalog. 

Some Facts About this year's Catalog:
  • It's our biggest catalog ever - weighing in at 332 pages
  • The 2018 Catalog has over 150 BRAND NEW ITEMS 
  • Rothco prints 32,000 catalogs this year
  • All 32,000 copies were printed in less than 24 hours
Be on the lookout for the new Wholesale Military Catalog mailing in just one short week! And keep an eye out for all the new gear arriving daily!

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Friday, September 15, 2017

POW/MIA National Recognition Day

The United States’ National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed across the country on the third Friday of September each year. Many Americans take the time to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. All military bases will fly the POW/MIA flag on this day, which symbolizes the nation’s acknowledgment, and remembrance, of those who were imprisoned while serving in conflicts overseas and those who remain missing. 

The POW/MIA flag is designed to represent those who have been held in a captive situation. It has a silhouette of a prisoner of war (POW) before a guard tower and barbed wire in white on a black field, “POW/MIA” appears above the silhouette, and the words “You Are Not Forgotten” appear below in white on the black field. This flag was created by the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia and was officially recognized by the United States Congress in conjunction with the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue. It is seen "as the symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still imprisoned, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia, thus ending the uncertainty for their families and the Nation." 

The country continues to recognize those who may still be held in captivity or who are missing in action, not only in Southeast Asia but in other countries from previous wars as well, and fly the flag in its observance. It is to remind everyone that not all of our soldiers come home, and those who do not are still remembered. National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia continues to search for those missing in action and update their site with recent findings, attempting to close the gap of how many soldiers are still missing. 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Happy Uncle Sam Day! 5 Facts about America’s Most Recognized Symbol

Annually on September 13th, Uncle Sam Day has been observed in the United States since 1989.  Uncle Sam is one of the most recognized figures in American history but did you know there’s more to this national icon than meets the eye?

  1. Uncle Sam's initials are U.S (as in the United States).                                                                    
  2. Although images featuring Uncle Sam were first circulated during the war of 1812, his name was first mentioned in the lyrics of "Yankee Doodle Dandy" in 1775.                                           
  3. According to legend, he was named after Samuel Wilson, a meat packer who helped supply rations to American soldiers during the War of 1812.  His birthday was September 13th.
  4. The most famous image of Uncle Sam can be found on recruitment posters for both World War I and World War II.                                                                                                          
  5. Before Uncle Sam, the symbol of America was represented by a woman named Columbia (named after Christopher Columbus).   
On this day Rothco would like to thank all the brave men and women that serve in our armed forces.

- Brian Ciambriello, Digital Marketing Intern  

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Friday, September 08, 2017

Uncover Rothco's September #GOTM

Lightweight. Durable. Covert. Rothco's September Gear of The Month is our Lightweight Concealed Carry Jacket.  This lightweight jacket is the perfect blend of everyday carry and concealed carry.

Its discreet look allows you to carry a full sized handgun plus extra mags without bringing unwanted attention to yourself.  Rothco's lightweight jacket is ambidextrous (right and left), allowing you to choose your preferred weapon placement.

In addition, the concealed carry jacket is made from a lightweight cotton and polyester material for easy and fast movement.  Its two zippered front pockets are reinforced with a durable tricot lining and also includes adjustable wrist closures and waist straps.

Perfect for both Spring and Fall wear, Rothco's Lightweight Concealed Carry Jacket is the only choice for your tactical needs.        

Be on the look out for a new YouTube video next week.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

International Day of Charity

September 5th marks the International Day of Charity. Throughout our 60 years in business, Rothco has dedicated itself to giving back to the community. Today we help over 10 different charities by means of donation, volunteer, and support. Below is just a small list of the things Rothco has done in order to give back and help the members of our community that are in need:

  • Thanksgiving Turkey Donations: this year Rothco donated 60 turkeys to local food pantries and community outreach centers.  
  • Holiday Charity Program: For over two decades Rothco employees have come together every holiday season to donate money to local grassroots charities. For every dollar raised by our employees, Rothco triples that donation!!! In 2016, Rothco donated over $369,729, and we hope to pledge even more this year! 
  • Partnering With Local Veterans Organizations:  This past Veterans Day, Rothco donated over 730 boots to homeless veterans in partnership with the charity General Needs. In addition to the General Needs program, Rothco works closely with the Suffolk County United Veterans Project throughout the year.
  • Jeff Galloway Scholarship Fund: Rothco’s scholarship program targets local, Long Island youth, who have overcome some significant obstacles in completing their secondary education, and who might otherwise be unable to attend college. This year we were able to award 3 scholarships to deserving Long Island students.

The prime purpose of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world including volunteering and raising money for these organizations.  Here at Rothco, we do both of those with pride. Over the past year, we have raised over $369,000 for our charities and help out with these organizations whenever we can. Recently some of our Rothco employees took a visit to Angela's House, an organization that houses medically fragile children, and planted beautiful flowers in their yard and read books to the children. 

Rothco is also very proud to announce a new collaboration with an organization called Answer The Call, whose mission is to provide financial assistance and a network of support to families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. Rothco will be donating proceeds from the sales of all our "Thin Line" merchandise (blue, red, green, white) to this organization. 

As the year goes on, we will continue to support these organizations every day in any way Rothco can.

For more information on all of our charities and the hard work they do, visit our website

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Sneak Preview: New Items for 2018!

As we head towards to upcoming fall season, brand new items from our 2018 Catalog are arriving soon. With over 100 new items for the new year, it was hard to pick just a few items to highlight. Below are three 2018 items that Rothco is extremely excited to introduce:

1. Rothco Military Combat Work Boot - These brand new work boots are built for everyday combat. Inspired by our classic desert tan military boot, this 6" utility work boot offers long-lasting comfort, stability, and traction with a thick lug sole with midsole heat barrier and removable cushion insole. The work boot also features a padded collar with pull-tab and durable tan suede leather upper and convenient speed-hook and eyelet lacing system.

2. Rothco MA-1 Bomber Backpack - Inspired by our classic MA-1 Flight Jacket, the Bomber Backpack combines the style you love with the functionality of a backpack. With a large main compartment featuring the iconic orange lining on the side, the backpack fully represents the bomber jacket. It has an outer front compartment, an MA-1 style zippered pocket complete with red Rothco pull tab and 2 pen slots, as well as 2 side bottle holders.

3. Rothco's Stealth Ops Soft Shell Tactical Jacket - Offering unbeatable comfort, durability, and versatility, the mid-weight soft shell jacket is ideal for moderate to inclement weather and is perfect for the fall and spring. The fabric of the tactical jacket is made up of a waterproof polyester outer shell and breathable fleece lined interior designed to keep you warm and dry.

Be sure to look out for more sneak previews of our incoming 2018 products on our website at and on our social media sites, like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Rothco's Most Versatile Vests

Whether you are traveling the country, walking around town, our out in the field, Rothco has the perfect vests to fit all of your gear without the bulk. 
Rothco’s Undercover Travel Vest was designed for the tactical traveler. There are twelve pockets overall, including wire pass through ports for easy access to headphones, pen pockets, a tablet sized pocket and even a hidden passport pocket on the inside for safe keeping. Our travel vest was meant to be taken on all of your adventures. Functional, comfortable and discreet, this vest will be your first choice for traveling to any destination.

The Lightweight Professional Concealed Carry Vest has a lightweight design without the bulk; only giving you the features you need. It has sleek magnetic button closures for the 2 chest pockets and 2 lower pockets, making access to gear easy while keeping it discrete. Other features include 2 concealed carry pockets (1 on each side for an ambidextrous option), 4 mag pouches, a vent on the back to keep you cool, and side cinch straps for adjustability. While the concealed carry pockets are great for firearms, they also provide an excellent open to store electronics, important documents, money and more.

For all things everyday carry, Rothco is your one stop shop. Our Travel and Concealed Carry Vests are the perfect options for any type of travel.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

4 Uses for Rothco's Medium Transport Pack

The Key to Rothco’s Medium Transport Pack is its versatility.  The transport pack’s ability to be used for a variety of different situations is what makes it a truly fantastic bag.

1. Back to School – The Medium Transport Pack has two large compartments which make it ideal for textbooks, notebooks, and other large school supplies.  The pack also has three additional storage options which are perfect for smaller supplies like calculators, pencils, erasers, and much more. The water repellent lining is great for protecting your books from the rain and spilled bagged lunches.  Last, Rothco’s Transport Pack is slim to help students navigate through the hallway with ease.

2. “Bug-out Bag” – A “Bug-out Bag” is a pre-planned portable pack that contains everything you need to survive for several days during a disaster.  Rothco’s Medium Transport Pack is the perfect bag to prepare for an emergency situation.  In fact, Rothco did a live stream on Facebook showing how to create a “Bug-out Bag” using the Medium Transport Pack.  Rothco’s pack is both portable to carry in an emergency and large enough to carry all the supplies you may need.

3. Outdoor/Adventure – Whether it’s camping, hiking, or just relaxing at the beach, the Medium Transport Pack is more than just a back pack.  The Transport Pack’s variety of features makes it the perfect bag for your outdoor adventures.  The water repellent lining makes it the ideal beach bag as well as hiking/camping during inclement weather.  The pack's multiple compartments can hold anything from bug spray to sun tan lotion.  It can hold blankets and towels while still leaving room to spare.  Lastly, it’s both MOLLE and hydration pack compatible.  With so many options the Medium Transport Pack can fit your every need.  

4. Military/Tactical – At its core, Rothco’s Medium Transport Pack was designed for military and tactical use.  Its slim design is not only good for school hallways, but for the battlefield as well.  Rothco’s pack is large enough to fit weapons and supplies yet portable for a soldier to easily transport.  As mentioned before the bag is both MOLLE and hydration pack compatible making it incredibly useful keeping a soldier hydrated and supplied with everything they could possibly need.    
Don't forget to check out for more information on our line of bags and packs.  

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Emergency Water Filter | Rothco Survival Hack

Camping is an enjoyable experience and a way to connect with friends, family, and mother nature.  Unfortunately, mother nature isn't always so willing to comply with what you have in mind.  Continuing with Rothco's library of Survival Hack Videos, we have put together a tutorial on how to filter water in an emergency situation.

Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to Rothco's YouTube page to keep up with all our survival tips, tricks, and hacks.

Brian Ciambriello, Digital Marketing Intern

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Have You Seen Our #GOTM for August Yet?

If you haven't had the chance, it's time to check out what makes our #GOTM so great. The Medium Transport Pack has many features, making it an extremely versatile and functional bag. Made from a heavy weight denier polyester material, the pack is durable, long-lasting and can brave the elements (which is ideal for camping and hiking). The extensive storage options make the pack the best for organizing your gear or filling it with supplies for your Bug Out Bag. The transport pack features one large compartment with a zippered pouch and mesh pocket, 3 additional outside zipper pockets and storage compartment; and if that was not enough storage, the Medium Transport Pack is also MOLLE (Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment) compatible, which will allow you to attach additional MOLLE compatible pouches and accessories. It is great for all types of traveling, backpacking, or even a work bag. For added comfort, the tactical backpack has been equipped with a padded back and shoulder straps as well as a breathable mesh backing. Did we also mention that the Medium Transport Pack comes in over 15 colors and patterns?

From a day on the trail or a long weekend to building a Bug Out Bag, the Medium Transport Pack will fit everything you need.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

5 Famous Purple Heart Day Recipients

Today August 7th, is Purple Heart Day.  The Purple Heart is a United States military decoration awarded to military personnel who have been wounded or killed in combat.   This prestigious honor has been awarded to many soldiers over the past 85 years.  However, did you know that there are plenty of well-known recipients from movies, television, and politics?  Here are 5 famous people you never knew had earned Purple Hearts.

  1. Oliver Stone - Academy Award winning director famous for his movies Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), and many others.                                                          
  2. James Arness - Actor most famous for playing Marshal Matt Dillon on the TV show Gunsmoke  for over 600 episodes.                                                                                                   
  3. John F. Kennedy - The 35th President of the United States and the only Commander in Chief to be awarded the purple heart.                                                                                                            
  4. Rod Sterling - Most famous for narrating the incredibly famous TV series The Twilight Zone.  Screen writer Rod Sterling earned his Purple Heart during World War II.                                     
  5. John McCain - Current United States Senator from Arizona and a former presidential candidate earned his medal during his service in the Vietnam War.        

On this day, Rothco would like to thank all the brave soldiers who have put their lives on the line to protect their country.  Their sacrifices to keep the United States safe will forever be remembered.  

- Brian Ciambriello, Digital Marketing Intern

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