We promise you this is no joke.
Reports indicate the military is developing military body armor for women modeled after "Xena: Warrior Princess." Apparently, the new gear will be designed to better fit a woman's curves.
"It rubbed on the hips, and the vests were too long in the front, so that when you had female soldiers climbing stairs or climbing up a hill or a tree, or sitting for a long time in a vehicle, that would create pressure points that in some instances could impact blood flow and cause some discomfort,” says Lt. Col. Frank Lozano, who helps develop female body armor.
Huffington Post reports:
Focus groups have been investigating the challenges that women troops face with their armor for several years, ever since some soldiers began complaining of chafing and injuries. Standard body armor is created in 11 different sizes to fit men's bodies, and the ill-fitting gear not only made female soldiers feel uncomfortable, it hindered their effectiveness:Eventually, new body armor will be tested in eight different sizes complete with a number of changes designed for the female body, including narrower shoulders and “bra-shaped darting” in the chest, Mulrine reports. One of the ideas? Body plates that spread out the impact of a bullet, a la those worn by Lucy Lawless on the '90s show "Xena: Warrior Princess."
Do you feel safer already?