And, after 11 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq where women were increasingly exposed to combat conditions, the service has started to develop body armor for them.
Today, women wear body armor designed for men, but starting next summer the service will start fielding what it calls “ female specific” body armor.
The service said it did a whole bunch of anthropomorphic studies and figured out women have narrower shoulders and waists than men, and developed armor that takes these factors into account and will result in a more comfortable fit.
Of course, when it comes to body armor, none of it is really comfortable
Bob Brewin joined Government Executive in April 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience as a journalist focusing on defense issues and technology. Bob covers the world of defense and information technology for Nextgov, and is the author of the “What’s Brewin” blog.