That’s the short and long of it (ah…measurement puns). But, before we start getting all up in arms (ha!) about this, think about the reason for that. Initially women didn’t serve in a military capacity that required them to wear body armor, but now all that’s changed.
Now that women are actively engaged in combat zones within their military roles (and have been for a while), the need to have correctly fitting and appropriate protection is a necessity. This isn’t a one-shield-fits-all thing. Well, not anymore. Female soldiers will soon see a big advancement in their protective equipment.
PEO Soldier‘s LTC Frank Lozano says that the new emphasis is on form, fit and function.
Citing the utmost confidence in the combat performance of Soldier-worn body armor, U.S. Army leaders reiterated to reporters recently that protecting troops is the highest priority and therefore the service has already implemented a host of recommendations to improve body-armor testing procedures.
“We provide our Soldiers the best body armor that exists in the world today. It is the most tested body armor in the world as well,” said Lt. Gen. Bill Phillips, military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army – Acquisition, Logistics and Technology.
U.S. Army leaders reiterated to reporters Thursday that protecting troops is the highest priority and therefore the service has already implemented a host of recommendations to improve body-armor testing procedures. Photo Credit: Sgt. Alex Snyde
“I am not aware of any incident downrange where the body armor failed to protect against a round that it was designed to defend against,” Phillips said.
The improvements to body-armor testing procedures were in line with recommendations cited in an Aug. 1 Department of Defense Inspector General report, Army officials said.