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Army tests uniforms built for Afghan terrain

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/2008-02-01-uniforms_N.htm

Army tests uniforms built for Afghan terrain

By Warren Zinn, Army Times

Members of the 101st Airborne Division go out on a long range patrol in the areas surrounding the base at Kandahar in Afghanistan in 2002. The rugged landscape has forced the Army to redesign uniforms, which fail often in the rocky terrain.

WASHINGTON — Soldiers will slide down rock-strewn hillsides in Hawaii to test the seats of new prototype uniform pants to replace those that have come apart at the crotch during fighting in the rugged terrain of Afghanistan, Army officials say.
"These guys are actually sliding down the mountainsides on their butts," said Fred Coppola, an Army official working on the problem. "In a lot of cases, it was too mountainous, too rugged, too steep to try to walk down."

The new uniforms could reach soldiers in Afghanistan as early as this spring, traditionally the time when Taliban insurgents have mounted offensives. Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently announced the Pentagon is sending 3,200 Marines to Afghanistan this spring. They will join about 26,000 soldiers
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Skynet said:
WASHINGTON — Soldiers will slide down rock-strewn hillsides in Hawaii
That's going to hurt. The rock in Hawaii is volcanic and as such is pretty sharp will slice you up.
 

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