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January 18th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-01-18 06:25
  Subject:   This better be a mistake...
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Two deploying soldiers and a concerned mother reported Friday afternoon that the U.S. Army appears to be singling out soldiers who have purchased Pinnacle's Dragon Skin Body Armor for special treatment. The soldiers, who are currently staging for combat operations from a secret location, reported that their commander told them if they were wearing Pinnacle Dragon Skin and were killed their beneficiaries might not receive the death benefits from their $400,000 SGLI life insurance policies. The soldiers were ordered to leave their privately purchased body armor at home or face the possibility of both losing their life insurance benefit and facing disciplinary action.

http://www.sftt.org/main.cfm?actionId=globalShowStaticContent&screenKey=cmpDefense&htmlCategoryID=30&htmlId=4514

Because, god knows, we wouldn't want our soliders to actually have effective body armor. Cuz, you know, we ENJOY sending them into situations where they're going to be shot at, and then forbiding them from taking the best body armor available. Purchased out of their own pockets for in excess of $5,000, none the less.

This Pinnacle Armor Inc Dragon Skin is good stuff. It's superior in both bullet stopping power and in flexibility to standard military issue OTV/SAPI vests. I can think of no rational reason whatsoever that the armed services would not want their troops wearing it. The only reason I can think of that someone in command might forbid wearing the stuff is that they simply do not give a damn about the lives of our troops, and are perfectly happy to see them die because they are wearing inferior body armor.
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