Rise in soldiers’ loads are a matter of life and death

From the Legion Magazine.


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Rise in soldiers’ loads are a matter of life and death

Rise in soldiers’ loads are
a matter of life and death

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, the soldiers used to sing. Trouble is, in more recent times, the “kit bag” is the trouble. Relatively stable over centuries of warfare, soldiers’ loads have increased significantly in the past three decades, due largely to new combat technologies and the batteries required to operate them. Alleviating the burdens soldiers carry is a matter of life and death, researcher Linda Bossi told Legion Magazine. “The more you carry, the slower you are; the slower you are, the more vulnerable you are to enemy action.”

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