US Military Body Armor
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Body Armor Selection
There are three different US military body armor styles, concealable body armor, semi rigid body armor and rigid body armor.
Concealable body armor is the most widely used type of body armor. It is a protective undergarment. This can be worn under the normal uniform shirt. If properly designed, these garments are relatively comfortable, lightweight, are not unduly restrictive of movement, and are available in a variety of designs. Typical male and female undergarment body armor garments are designed to provide full front, side, and rear protection. Most undergarment armor uses a hook-and-pile tape fastening system; some older models may feature a “D” ring-fastening system. The ballistic panel is often contained in pouches in a polyester/cotton carrier.
Semi rigid body armor. Body armor that provides protection against higher threat levels (III and IV), as specified in NIJ Standard–0101.04, will be of either semi rigid or rigid construction. Semi rigid armor can consist of a somewhat flexible material with impregnated ballistic fabrics or a garment composed of small articulated plates of ballistic material such as steel, ceramic, or plastic, reinforced with some type of woven ballistic material. This design borrows from the naturally occurring armor design of the armadillo. Semi rigid vests are difficult to conceal and allow the use of dense materials (high areal density), while retaining limited movement.
Rigid body armor. Rigid body armor is composed of molded ballistic material, designed to cover certain portions of the body. Rigid body armor is perhaps the most restrictive of body movement and is also difficult to conceal. A typical tactical vest incorporates a panel of rigid armor into a typical concealable armor vest and is worn externally. In general, semi rigid and rigid body armors are used only for short periods when expecting confrontation with high-level threats. Users should carefully review the labels of rigid armor to determine if it offers single shot or multi-hit capability.
These are the types of US military body armor.