Canadian Army is looking for your feedback on operational clothing and equipment

November 9, 2021 - Defence Stories

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Operational clothing (uniforms and outerwear), protective equipment (ballistic helmets, ballistic vests and plates), and load carriage systems (tactical vests, rucksack and patrol packs)

The Canadian Army is looking to modernize nearly everything a soldier wears or carries on their body with the goal of improving the form, fit, and function of all operational clothing (uniforms and outerwear), protective equipment (ballistic helmets, ballistic vests and plates), and load carriage systems (tactical vests, rucksack and patrol packs).

In support of these initiatives, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is conducting a survey that will look at who is not being accommodated with the current operational clothing and equipment sizing systems and examine the reasons why.

The Canadian Army Operational Equipment and Clothing Fit Survey is open to CA members across all L1s and will be available until 30 November, 2021.

The purpose of this study is to survey members of the Canadian Army to:

  1. determine acceptability of fit and comfort of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) issued operational clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE),
  2. evaluate the relationship between body sizes, shapes, clothing, and personal equipment fit acceptability, and
  3. gain a better understanding of how these items are issued to personnel.

As proper fit is important for performance as well as injury prevention, the CA is urging maximum participation of soldiers of all ranks and trades IOT help with the specification of the next generation of soldier operational clothing and equipment.  All ranks and trades in the CA are highly encouraged to participate in this survey.

The study can be found online at the links below and will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete. As we recognize the length of the survey, if you require a break at any time, you can close the survey web page and return to where you left off provided you are using the same computer, user account and browser. If possible, please complete all questions related to a single item of clothing or personal equipment before closing the survey. The survey asks about the following operational equipment and clothing: combat shirt, combat pants, tactical assault vest, fragmentation protection vest, rucksack, small pack, helmet, and ballistic eye wear. The survey includes questions relating to demographics, body type, issuing of specific CAF clothing and equipment, as well as, the fit and comfort for each item.

English: https://www.surveymonkey.ca/r/KitFitSurvey

French: https://fr.surveymonkey.ca/r/KitFitSurveyFr

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