Marine Corps to Develop New, Improved Body Armor

Complaints about soldiers' body armor taken from a survey of…

Complaints about soldiers’ body armor taken from a survey of more than 1,000 Marines has prompted the Marine Corps to oder major modifications to its body armor in hopes to improve comfort, mobility and safety, the Associated Press has learned.

“The Marine Corps is developing an Improved Modular Tactical Vest to address the problem areas uncovered by the survey results,” Capt. Geraldine Carey, a Marine spokeswoman, told the AP by e-mail last week.

The main complaints soldiers had about the current flak jackets, which cost the Marine Corps more than $100 million, were that they are too heavy and restrictive.

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