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Soldier of Finance by Jeff Rose

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WEEK 14

YOUR BODY ARMOR—YOU NEED INSURANCE

Soldiers in the field with their helmets and gear always looked bulky to me. I discovered that the reason behind this was extra body armor. More than a bulletproof vest, it covers the entire upper body. Body armor is standard issue for all military personnel in war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan.

When I was issued an IBA (Interceptor Body Armor), otherwise known as a flak jacket, my knees and lower back started aching as soon as I picked it up. My initial reaction was that I now had an extra sixteen pounds to carry around with all my other gear. I wasn't happy about it.

Of course, body armor has a ...

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