The Marine Corps has started fielding a new plate carrier vest that features a more streamlined cut and offers a 25% weight savings over the vests Marines currently wear.
The new Plate Carrier Generation III will go first to infantry and other combat-arms Marines and then to supporting units in a push to reach full operational capability by fiscal 2023.
The Marine Corps conducted a study in 2016 using the prototype of the new plate carrier, which involved Marines wearing it while running through obstacle courses and taking a 15-kilometer hike. The study results showed that Marines completed the courses faster and appeared better conditioned when wearing the newer plate carrier design.
A training area where soldiers have to get past various obstacles.
Obstacle courses include running, climbing, jumping, crawling, swimming, and balancing elements aiming to test speed, endurance and agility.