|Gear basics|

A soldier's best friend is their helmet. After all, it protects the most important part of the body, their head. Originally made of metal, these days they are composite materials, sandwiched carbons and metals, sometimes even ceramics, and most often, Kevlar. Helmets also provide a mounting point for flashlights, night vision devices, and sometimes extra armor, such as the Crye Precision Airframe's "Chops." Some soldiers however, dislike the weight and stick to hats or simply a headset.

Plate Carriers:
Plate carriers hold ceramic, metal, or composite plates, and are designed to protect your vital organs while allowing modularity, giving you the option to place whatever pouches you want, so long as there's room on the vest. Plate carriers vary in size, shape, and quality just as much as any other piece of equipment. Plate Carriers are most common in military forces, and have generally replaced chest rigs, though some prefer less weight, much like with helmets.

Chest Rigs:
Chest Rigs, meanwhile, don't have plates, and as such are much lighter, quicker, and have less bulk to deal with. However, they provide no protection whatsoever. They do however allow for a similar amount of modularity when compared to the Plate Carrier, sometimes even more due to the weight being less of a concern.

Battle Belts:
The Battle-Belt (Or Battle Belt, either way) isn't as common, and is more popular in airsoft or low-profile loadouts, and only really became popular in the last decade or so. They provide limited space, but allow maximum movement. Some will also wear a battle belt with their chest rig or plate carrier, though it's more cumbersome.

Knee & Arm Pads:
Knee and Arm pads can be important too. They provide support for when you are kneeling, and ensure no nails or other sharp objects manage to stab your joints. They also provide very limited protection from shrapnel or grazing shots.
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