12 April, 2006

Supporting Your Troops Safely

If you've been supporting troops through care packages, you know that Coolmax and UnderArmour moisture-wicking under-clothing is very popular for both hot and cold weather wear. It's great technology, and does a very good job of helping its wearers regulate body temperature.

However, these synthetic fabrics are a serious concern if a soldier is involved in a fire or explosion. When that happens, the fabric can literally melt and adhere to the skin, greatly increasing the severity of the burn. Because of this, the Marines are banning these articles of clothing on anyone who goes "outside the wire." Anyone who does not go "outside the wire" as part of their regular duties can still wear the synthetic fabrics.

Just though some of you might want to know...