Originally Posted by LeEnfield
If your armour fails and you get injured would you expect the army to pay you a pension. They might look at it that armour you where wearing had not been tested or could be known as not very good yet you have believed the adverts and had purchased it and worn it in preference to the official one so does the army pick up the bill for any disabilities that you might suffer.
I imagine that is part of the point of the directive handed down. Also PJ24 has a very good point. If you get a brand new system of gear and do not know how to use it properly then the chances you will do yourself more harm than good are very good. Heck, the MOLLE gear had a VHS tape that came with it just to figure out how to use it. How many people do you think actually watched it?
Some of the troops may have been shipped without body armor but did they actually go into combat without it? That is not a rhetorical question. I am asking for facts.