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Female Marine and Army recruits suffer injuries from £79million battle kit designed for men


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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Dailymail.co.uk: “Female Army recruits suffer injuries from battle kit designed for men”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Female Royal Marine and Army recruits are suffering career-threatening injuries from wearing a kit-carrying system designed for men.

The high-tech £79 million Virtus battle equipment system is causing women trying to become Britain's first commandos and infantry soldiers to endure agonising leg and hip problems, according to scientists.

They say the 90-litre capacity rucksack is too big for most female troops while the webbing pouches used to carry ammunition and worn around the waist hurt their hips, which are naturally wider than a man's.

The fact that most female recruits are shorter than male recruits is a factor while using Virtus, according to scientists who attended the Defence and Security Equipment International military exhibition in London last week. An army instructor is pictured above [File photo]

Troops who have suffered lower-limb injuries while wearing Virtus include the first female Royal Marine recruit, Philippa Birch. 

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