Tactical Gear for Women?


I just received an e-mail from 5.11, a company that specializes in tactical gear and clothing. They’re a trusted supplier, and I’ve used much of their gear over the years. It’s good stuff and comes in all the basic man-colors like coyote brown, olive drab, and various camo patterns. The e-mail I received yesterday was about their line of tactical clothing for women.

Tactical clothing for women has long been a problem in the armed services, both military and civilian. It’s good that 5.11 is setting the bar for it. In the past, most tactical clothing for women has been poorly modified men’s clothing or they had nothing at all available. It didn’t fit right over the hips and made no room for the mammary glands, among other problems. This was made even worse with body armor, which not only proved uncomfortable, but could also cause long-lasting cumulative use injuries.

A problem though. I had two thoughts when I received the e-mail…
1. A nice one. This is some sexy clothing, suited for modern shieldmaidens.
2. A mean one. MOST women I’ve known in tactical environments or EMS were better suited for men’s clothing.
Now, I’m sure I just made a lot of people mad. If I did, and you think I’m wrong, prove it. Comment back. Send pics of feminine females in public safety or the military. I know they’re out there. It’s just that they’re such a distinct minority that we never see them, except on television where they have to be pretty to get the role.
Just to play devil’s advocate, here’s a pic of me with a very pretty young lady I served with. Very pretty despite the masculine clothing.
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Here’s another one. This young lady with an old friend of mine is in the Air Force.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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2 thoughts on “Tactical Gear for Women?

  1. I once attended a fantastic conference about women and girls in STEM fields, and the Navy was kind enough to send a helicopter flown and crewed (is that the right word?) 6 women. They were all beautiful young women! If I could post a picture in the comments, I would. 🙂 They let us play all over the helicopter (um, I mean inspect things in a very adult and professional way), and it was kind of funny to see Vera Bradley travel bags sitting in a military helicopter. 😀

  2. I know exactly what you mean about ‘inspecting’ the chopper. In many ways the military is getting better, although many women, especially attractive ones, are leaving in droves because command rape is such an issue. EMS, fire, and police still seem to mostly attract very…um…manly women.

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