Female Soldiers are complaining about their gear, saying it doesn’t fit and allow them do their jobs properly.
According to them, the gears were initially designed for men and not women, so it doesn’t fit, therefor slows down their performance.
They claim even basic shirts were put together with fellas in mind, with more than nine out of ten female recruits taking aim at personal kit.
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Campaigner and author Caroline Criado-Perez warned that ill-fitting equipment may have a “serious impact” on female recruits’ health.
She told a conference at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy: “Some women say it is actually more difficult to look smart. Body armour and packs can also present problems for female soldiers.”
Ms Perez blamed a historic lack of female data collection for the problems with equipment mainly designed for men.
She said the centuries-old tradition of using men as the models had to be changed and called for more accurate information on troops to be collated.
Her call – reported in Soldier magazine – comes after she raised the same controversial issue in her 2019 book Invisible Women.
Last year it was also claimed female soldiers were left with leg and hip problems from carrying 90-litre packs with state-of-the-art Virtus battle equipment.
Experts say the packs are too big for most women while webbing pouches used to hold ammo hurt their hips.
According to BBC, among the troops claiming to have suffered injuries while wearing the £79million hi-tech kit was the first female Royal Marine recruit, Philippa Birch.
She has said: “I’ve always admired the Armed Forces, but I think you find an awesome new respect for them when you’re filming a show like this.”