U.S. Army Bans Use of Privately Bought Armor
- Pop quiz: Which protects you better?
A. No Armor
B. Shoddy Armor
C. Superiour Armor Like the 'Dragon Skin'
If you answered A, you would be the U.S. Army:
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.
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in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether
hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the
very definition of tyranny."
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