Once upon a time, before MOLLE, before plate carriers and battle belts, before Cobra buckles, MultiCam, and Facebook, a fightin’ man’s gear options were limited. If you were in the bulk of the armed forces, what you got was an ALICE load-bearing setup: suspenders, a pistol belt, a pair of M16 magazine pouches, a pair of canteens and pouches, and a compass/first aid pouch, maybe even a buttpack, extra ammo pouches, an entrenching tool, the old angle-head flashlight, your bayonet, and even a UM84 holster!
The Marine Corps has officially started pushing out its newest body armor suite to infantry grunts, supposedly a major improvement over the Corps’ existing setup. According to Marine Corps Systems Command, the Plate Carrier Generation III addresses one of the ages-old issues plaguing warfighters, no matter the year or conflict — weight.
The HRT RAC plate carrier system is based on their previous HRAC plate carrier, with the addition of the MultiZip dual-zipper back panel attachment system.