Military

Body Armor for Women in Combat Roles Causing Concern

Some don't want the design to lighten soldiers' loads

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For women headed to newly opened combat roles, there's this very practical consideration: body armor.

California Rep. Loretta Sanchez, a Democratic member of the Armed Services Committee and founder of the Women in the Military Caucus, said last week during a subcommittee hearing that she is concerned that women — now that they can serve in combat — will be encumbered by ill-fitting body armor designed for men.