Marines testing new Kevlar shorts in Iraq

At first I thought this was sort of silly. Well, not silly but something that should go lower down in priority for a military trying to keep troops alive. Then I started thinking it makes a hell of a lot of sense, on two fronts. First, there’s a huge psychological thing going on between a man and his family jewels. Ask the typical guy if he’d rather lose them or a foot, and many, many will take the foot. So protecting them could lead to a more assertive, confident fighting force. Next, the femoral artery runs right up the inner thigh, and a nick on that can spell doom. So protecting it should be a high priority. I bet these shorts see great demand. Hell, I want a pair.

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