What a long way we’ve come from hammered metal plates and finely crafted shirts of steel rings – now soldiers wear Kevlar and ceramic and other mysterious manmade materials. I’ve posted about it before, but the Interceptor body armor seems to be our best piece of equipment, the one that inspires the most confidence. Without plates it’s barely ten pounds; with them, it’s only 16-20 (though we don’t have them yet).
Our time at Fort Benning is at an end – tomorrow we leave for Fort Hood. It’s been a lovely six weeks of training and partying. Who knows what awaits us in Texas – I’m actually dreading it more than Iraq or anywhere else since it’s almost certain to be more boring and just as hot.
Unlike the armor of old, though, there’s a warning in bold lettering on the inside label of our armor: DOES NOT PROVIDE PROTECTION AGAINST KNIVES OR SHARP OBJECTS. And a further warning:
TURN IN YOUR VEST/BALLISTIC INSERTS IF:
a) they have been hit by fragments or small arms fire.