March 23, 2010
The new shirt will be available to Marines later this year.
The Marine Corps is about to field a new garment. According to Marine Corps Systems Command, the Inclement Weather Combat Shirt (IWCS) is "a pullover shirt that provides protection from flame threats (FR protection) as well as protection from cold and wet weather, and from wind and water.
"Produced in Desert MARPAT, the IWCS provides flame resistance, water resistance, wind resistance, has breathability and is compatible with all other currently fielded Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is designed to be worn over the Combat Shirt and under the currently fielded Marine Corps body armor systems.”
According to SysCom, the $172 shirt will be available during the third quarter of 2010.
The Marine Corps was the first in the game to recognize the advantages of fire resistant uniforms for its front-line grunts. Back in 2005 and 2006, Marine field commanders began issuing light suits to help Marines survive the flash burns of a roadside bomb. That gave way to the Fire Resistant Organizational Gear initiative, which developed specific uniform items that went beyond the 70 percent solution of the very expensive Nomex flight suit.
Discover Military Trader,
the only magazine in the United States
dedicated to the collecting, study,
preservation, and display of historic