Army to Test Body Armor for Female Soldiers

Women in the military have had a “real problem” with the fit of the current design

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Female soldiers are getting a better chance to be all they can be.

Time reports women in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, located in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, are being fitted with female-designed body armor as they head out to Afghanistan.

“Women were having a real problem with the fit of the IOTV,” or the improved outer tactical vest, body-armor designer Lynn Hennessey tells the American Forces Press Service, according to the magazine. “The size extra small was too large for 85 percent of the females, so they weren’t getting a good fit. It was too loose and too long.”

The ill-fitting armor was causing bruised hips and other discomforts, not to mention poor protection, Time adds.

Should the new designs get approval from the women of the Fort Campbell team, Army officials will distribute 3,000 sets of the armor to women, the magazine reports. Better late than never.

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