Tuesday, 24 July 2012

U.S. Army to test female-specific body armor

Body armor is the blessing and the curse of soldiers. Modern tactical armor has saved thousands of lives from bullets and bombs, but it can also be a major problem if it doesn’t fit properly. That’s what the women who make up 14 percent of the US Army face on a regular basis. Now, according to the Army News Service, the Army is preparing to test a new armor that is tailored to the female form to replace the standard men’s armor that the women now use. Working on data collected in studies overseas and at stateside army bases, the Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier has identified several problem areas and has developed a new armor that will be tested in 2013... Continue Reading U.S. Army to test female-specific body armor


eon said...


eon said...

The first time I tried to comment, once more Blogger demanded my mobile phone number. I don't have one. It refused to admit me. There was no way to bypass it, anywhere on the page.

This is becoming tiresome.

Now that that's out of the way...

The biggest problem wit female body armor isn't "narrow shoulders" or "narrow waists". It's the fact that females have two very obvious physiognomical differences from males, in the region of the upper chest, to be exact.

So far, the4 only "body armor" I've seen that takes this into account was worn by Rachel Nichols and Sienna Miller in the movie G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra.

I find it interesting that Paramount's costume department can figure things like this out, when Army Materiel' Command can't.



Anonymous said...

I was thinking of the Female Stormtrooper costumes from the SciFi conventions.

I used annomimus as my login.

Gauss said...

Eon, try putting in a fake phone number. Any numbers between 555-0100 and 555-0199 are reserved for fictional use, so they should be safe to use. Try using 555-1212, which is directory assistance, if the previous block doesn't work.