Army Bans Personal Armor
But now, according to Lolita C. Baldor (Associated Press), the Army will no longer reimburse soldiers for the personal armor purchases AND soldiers an not allowed to wear privately purchased armor like the Dragon Skin protective vest made by Pinnacle Armor. The Army claims that vests like Dragon Skin do not meet Army standards, are untested, and should not be purchased by the troops. (See the article here or in most major news papers.)
Many purchases were likely made while the Army was unable to proved complete sets Interceptor gear, including the TWO ceramic plates worn in the front and back. Many soldiers purchased personal armor to replace the 70’s style flack vest that was never designed to stop 7.62 rounds. On a personal note: this soldier never had a complete Interceptor set. I started with the flack vest. Then I was issued the Interceptor without plates. Then I received one plate. I could protect the front or the back, but never both at the same time.