Bugout Bags, I believe, are a personal choice and vary widely depending on "opinions". I know others may say that military bags make you "stand out" somehow. They could, I suppose, but are more likely too depending on what else you may be wearing. If you are wearing full camo, camo face paint, combat boots and carry a "tricked out" AR or AK...you would most likely look "obvious" regardless the pack/bugout bag you choose. Furthermore, I've seen more than one hiker/camper type, wearing jeans and plaid shirt, carrying Alice Bags and I, for one, didn't view them as being particularly unusual. Therefore, in my opinion, a military type Alice Pack is a great choice for a BOB especially for beginners. They are readily available, roomy, tough, common, inconspicious and carry easy, especially when using the tubular aluminum pack frame....and they are relatively inexpensive!