The “Female Body Armor Modernization Act of 2019 ”.
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The Female Body Armor Modernization Act of 2019
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the “Female Body Armor
Modernization Act of 2019 ”.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND SENSE OF CONGRESS.

(a) Findings.—Congress makes the following
findings:

(1) Ill-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE)
for members of the Armed Forces impedes
performance and lethality by reducing range of
motion, speed, and agility, and can interfere with
the aim of shoulder-braced weapons.

(2) Access to female-specific personal protective
equipment, or smaller sized unisex personal
protective equipment, has traditionally been limited.
Such equipment has typically been provided only to
some deploying members of the Armed Forces,
but not to those going through initial entry training
(IET), or for regular unit training events.

(3) Members of the Armed Force need to be
familiarized with and train in their combat gear
before deploying in order to be fully prepared and
mission capable.

(4) Research shows that poorly fitting personal
protective equipment is a leading cause of
preventable injury for all members of the Armed
Forces, whether deployed or in training.

(5) Studies on operational physical performance
and fitness in female members of the Armed
Forces suggest that the best way to decrease the
likelihood of injury is through consistent physical
training with equipment that mirrors that which is
used in a combat environment.

(6) Properly fitting personal protective equipment
for training and deployment will assist in the
gender-integration process in the Armed Forces
as well as improve overall combat effectiveness,
while simultaneously reducing injuries.

(b) Sense Of Congress.—
It is the sense of Congress—

(1) that committed resources for new generation
personal protective equipment for female soldiers
is essential to their warfighting readiness;

(2) to encourage the Armed Forces to expedite
contracting for and procurement and fielding of
new generation personal protective equipment that
better fits and protects all members of the Armed
Forces, including female members, and reduces
preventable injuries; and

(3) to encourage collaboration between the Armed
Forces, academia, and industry on the use of
emerging technologies, like Artificial Intelligence
(AI), human factors modeling, and digital predictive
human modeling, in the development of next
generation of combat equipment and personal
protective equipment.

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