The Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research is seeking a researcher or research team with a link to its member universities to conduct the following research project, “Investigation of the thermoregulatory implications of varying soft armour torso coverage during prolonged physical activity in a hot environment.”

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The background to this project is that “soldier overload continues to be a major challenge to operational capability, and the contribution of body armour has been a major source of soldier dissatisfaction and complaint due to its heavy weight, pressure on the shoulders, a lack of breathability, thermal discomfort, and perceived impact on their mobility. The introduction of more modular, scalable armour systems, which permit wearers to vary the level and area of ballistic protection (based on commander’s analysis of threat and other factors), may be one way to help mitigate the physical burden associated with protection while maintaining survivability. By reducing armour coverage or level of protection—that, in turn, reduces system weight, stiffness, bulk, and resistance to body heat loss—soldiers may have more agility and mobility to evade threats. It is also postulated that the reduction in armour coverage would attenuate heat strain, reducing fatigue and the risk of exertional heat illness, and thereby ensuring soldiers are prepared to detect and respond appropriately to potential threat situations.”