The bra, known as the Army Tactical Brassiere, is still in development at the US Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Solider Center, also known as DEVCOM, in Natick, Massachusetts. If approved by the Army Uniform Board, it will be the first official uniform bra the Army has issued to its female soldiers in its history.
The Soldier Center’s design, pattern and prototype team will present final concepts and designs for the bra to the Army Uniform Council in fall 2022, spokesman David Accetta told CNN. US Army Combat Capability Development Center.
If the Army Uniform Board approves the prototype and makes it a registration program, it will be added to the US Army uniform.
In order to develop the bra, DEVCOM interviewed “hundreds of female soldiers across the military in different locations and in different jobs”, to gather information on “proper fit, function, support and performance. “, Accetta said.
Prototypes were developed at DEVCOM headquarters in Natick, MA. Possible design concepts from industry partners were also evaluated at DEVCOM headquarters.
Because the bra is considered a tactical piece and not just a piece of sportswear, extensive testing was conducted during the development of the current prototype, including flame testing at DEVCOM’s Thermal Test Facility. The results of these tests will be presented by the development team when the bra is presented to the Army Uniform Board later this year.
If the bra “became an official registration program following the upcoming Army Uniform Board, we would see this as a victory for female soldiers in the Army, who would then likely receive the ATB during their initial entry into the military,” says Accetta.