For women headed to newly opened combat roles, there’s this very practical consideration: body armor.
California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democratic member of the Armed Services Committee and founder of the Women in the Military Caucus, said last week during a subcommittee hearing that she is concerned that women — now that they can serve in combat — will be encumbered by ill-fitting body armor designed for men. But Army and Marine Corps officials say the new generation of body armor is responding to that need in order to alleviate the problems women already serving say they’re facing.
For example, the Army’s improved outer armor vests designed specifically for female soldiers weigh six pounds less than those for men, according to Army Brig. Gen. Paul Ostrowski.
Military looking to reduce the weight of female body armour.
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