With women finding themselves in combat situations, the need for improved combat equipment is taking another step forward with some help from 19 women serving in the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
The Fort Campbell Courier said the group has been involved with helping to better tailor personal combat attire and equipment for women.
Much of the need for specific changes comes from the fit of the IOTVs (Improved Outer Tactical Vests) on women, who are generally shorter and curvier than their male counterparts.
"They ride up on the female's hips, and it's very hard for us to move," said Spc. Arielle Mailloux, with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). "During PT we'll have to wear it and then go running, and it gives bruises on our hips."