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<Seems to me you spin it quite well. Maybe you missed the part in the report that the extra weight and loss of mobility were factors for not wearing the additional armor. Makes me sick that you insinuate our soldiers aren't getting what they need.>

MAKES YOU SICK THAT I INSINUATE OUR SOLDIERS AREN"T GETTING WHAT THEY NEED!!!!!!!!!!!

SOME OF OUR SOLDIERS DON"T HAVE THE ARMOUR THEY NEED AND IT MAKES ME MAD AS HELL.

"The INTERCEPTOR System has been in production since 1999 under a five-year contract awarded by Natick contracting to Point Blank Body Armor of Oakland Park, FL. In FY04, DSCP will competitively award a new contract for completion of acquisition objective and on-going sustainment."

http://www.natick.army.mil/soldier/media/fact/individual/USMC_InterceptorOTV.htm
Oct.24,2003
The Interceptor has been "very successful" in protecting soldiers subjected to small arms fire, said Col. John Norwood, the Army's project manager for soldier equipment.

Norwood said that an investigation into the quality of off-the-shelf armor is not being planned at his level. Currently, he is working with a number of vendors to speed production of the Interceptor. He said that production has increased from 3,350 vests per month in January to 25,000 in November. The number of vendors supplying the Army has increased from three to six.

Production has been accelerated and “at some point in December,” the shortfall should be filled, Norwood added

IT WASN"T----THAT"S 2003
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,101061,00.html

Dec.24,2003

WASHINGTON -- Army Reserve and National Guard troops getting shot at in Iraq sometimes wait for new bulletproof body armor while active duty Army soldiers get it first, according to Reserve and Guard soldiers.

Waiting for Interceptor body armor adds to concern among Reserve and Guard troops that they are treated like second-class citizens, even when it comes to lifesaving equipment. They say the treatment is unfair because enemy bullets make no distinction between Reserve and active duty.They always give us the second-rate stuff. The regular Army has gone to the Interceptor body armor," said a soldier serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Tennessee National Guard's 1175th Transportation Company. "Naturally, the regular Army got it first." Like all the soldiers interviewed for this story, he spoke on condition of anonymity because, he said, he fears retaliation.

The 1175th has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom for more than seven months. Just in the past few days, the unit began to get the first removable ceramic plates that go in the front and back of the Interceptor vests that are capable of stopping a 7.62 caliber round from an AK-47 assault rifle -- the weapon of choice by the enemy in Iraq. "

No SIDE ARMOR,No SIDE ARMOR!!!!!!!!

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/1203-12.htm

Just what is the death rate of reserves to regular Army.

AGAIN WHEN DID THE WAR START.

SOME OF OUR SOLDIERS DO NOT HAVE THE BODY ARMOR TO PROTECT THEM. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS AFTER ALL THIS TIME.

MAD AS HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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