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S. 2970: Female Body Armor Modernization Act of 2019

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Too many women in the military are made to wear protective clothing items originally designed for men, in which proportions and measurements are wrong even when sized up or down.


More than 210,000 women are serving on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces. Women represent about 16.3% of active duty troops.

However, the clothing, gear, and equipment had not always kept pace with the military’s changing demographics. The annual report from the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services details the shortage of protective equipment designed to female bodily specifications.

The result can be life-threatening. Stars & Stripes interviewed a female sergeant whose helmet didn’t sit correctly on her head and whose protective vest’s shoulders were too wide for her to ...

Sponsor and status

Joni Ernst

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Iowa. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Dec 3, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Dec 3, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on December 3, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Dec 3, 2019

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