Women's bodies aren't built like men's. So why are women in the military wearing armor built for a man's body -- all curves in NONE of the right places? Well that's about to change. The U.S. Army is working on new armor just for women. And they're taking their inspiration from the ultimate curvy warrior woman, Xena: Warrior Princess.
No kidding! It's about time women got some armor built just for them. This will definitely make them feel more powerful -- because they'll BE more powerful in armor that fits right.
Lieutenant Colonel Frank Lozano says the men's armor "rubbed on the hips, and the vests were too long in the front, so that when you had female soldiers climbing stairs or climbing up a hill or a tree, or sitting for a long time in a vehicle, that would create pressure points that in some instances could impact blood flow and cause some discomfort." I guess if you asked a military woman to describe how that armor feels, she would have used some more colorful language.
Even worse, it got in the way of women performing their duties, making it "difficult for them to properly aim their weapons and enter or exit vehicles." Yikes, that's not good.
Women have served in the U.S. Army since 1775. By the 1990s during the Gulf War, women were serving in nearly every capacity. Officially they weren't allowed to participate in planned ground combat -- but it was happening. And today women are allowed to serve in combat in command roles. But whatever they're doing in the military, women need some proper body armor! It's dangerous out there. So this new armor is long, long overdue.
About 100 female soldiers are trying out the new equipment -- and they're heading out to Afghanistan. Apparently the armor has narrower shoulders and "bra-shaped darting" in the chest. It's also made from slightly different material than men's. Curvy armor weighs more, so engineers had to find something that's just as strong but weighs less ... you know, just like women.
Did you know that military body armor could be so uncomfortable for women?
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