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Army Bans Use of Privately Bought Armor – Yahoo! News

March 31, 2006

Army Bans Use of Privately Bought Armor – Yahoo! News

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer Thu Mar 30, 9:20 PM ET

WASHINGTON – Soldiers will no longer be allowed to wear body armor other than the protective gear issued by the military, Army officials said Thursday, the latest twist in a running battle over the equipment the
Pentagon gives its troops in
Iraq and Afghanistan.
Army officials told The Associated Press that the order was prompted by concerns that soldiers or their families were buying inadequate or untested commercial armor from private companies — including the popular Dragon Skin gear made by California-based Pinnacle Armor.

“We’re very concerned that people are spending their hard-earned money on something that doesn’t provide the level of protection that the Army requires people to wear. So they’re, frankly, wasting their money on substandard stuff,” said Col. Thomas Spoehr, director of materiel for the Army.

THIS is supporting the troops?????? Bring em home, NOW!


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