Friday, March 31, 2006

From the group that can't armor its own vehicles.

Just the thought of this makes me want to use four letter words that aren't normally on this site. Did you know these guys are issued their own body bags also. Three years into this debacle and now they are making sure the troops are just bullet stoppers. Makes you proud doesn't it? Is Blackwater on the approved armor list?
Army Bans Use of Privately Bought Armor - Yahoo! News: "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.

We're very concerned that people are spending their hard-earned money on something that doesn't provide the level of protection that the Army requires people to wear. So they're, frankly, wasting their money on substandard stuff,' said Col. Thomas Spoehr, director of materiel for the Army.

Murray Neal, chief executive officer of Pinnacle, said he hadn't seen the directive and wants to review it.

'We know of no reason the Army may have to justify this action,' Neal said. 'On the surface this looks to be another of many attempts by the Army to cover up the billions of dollars spent on ineffective body armor systems which they continue to try quick fixes on to no avail.'

The move was a rare one by the Army. Spoehr said he doesn't recall any similar bans on personal armor or devices. The directives are most often issued when there are problems with aircraft or other large equipment.

Veterans groups immediately denounced the decision."
I'll bet they did. This way if people come home dead it will reduce future benefits. There is a plan, always a plan and it isn't for the benefit of the little guy.

Is it too late to be the first one on your block to come home in a box? Because I know it is waaay past the time these guys had some type of normal life that didn't involve loud bangs and explosions of red body parts.

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