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Corps researching new, lighter combat gear

By Dan Lamothe - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 31, 2009 8:30:39 EDT

It’s not just the body armor.

Over and over again, that’s what Marine officials say when questioned about the heavy load grunts are carrying in Iraq and Afghanistan. Marines’ combat loads typically include no more than 35 pounds of armor. But weapons, communications gear, water, batteries, ammunition and other essential fighting gear make up most of the load.

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