Even on the battlefield, women can be fashionable!
According to reports, the U.S. Military is creating Xena Warrior Princess inspired body armor to protect women better while kicking ass and taking names during combat.
Classic battle attire currently comes in 11 different sizes, but are only made to conform to men's bodies, thus making it difficult for female troops to "properly aim their weapons and enter or enter and exit vehicles".
Lt. Col. Frank Lozano, who is helping to develop the uniforms, said:
"[The current styles] 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."
That doesn't sound very pleasant!
The new armor will have a trial run in eight sizes with features like narrower shoulders and bra-shaped darting in the chest, but mass-producing them is going to be an uphill battle — no pun intended.
Lozano says finding money to finance the new changes is going to be difficult due to the call for cuts in defense spending.
It sounds to us like they need to pick their battles when it comes to spending. If guys can be comfortable while protecting our freedom, women should be too!
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