Kit Up is a military gear blog that reports on the changes -- both good and bad -- to combat gear, including guns, magazines, packs, knives and other essential kit. Our focus is on the weapons, ammunition and equipment that U.S. Army and Marine Corps infantry and U.S. Special Operations forces carry into the fight.
New Equipment Coming to 60 Army Battalions Ahead of Revamped Fitness Test
U.S. Army fitness experts have begun training 60 battalions of soldiers participating in field test of the new ACFT.
Army Opens Competition to Give Mobile Machine-Gunners a Better Optic
The optic will help gunners hit enemy targets faster and with more accuracy than ever before.
Female Marines Get Deadline to Wear New Dress Blues Coats
Female Marines have been issued a deadline for phasing out the open-collared dress coat they've worn for decades.
Naval Academy Embraces the Goat in New Mascot-Inspired Uniform
The Navy Midshipmen are banking on the Army Black Knights' fear of the goat.
Army, Marines to Buy Thousands of New Binocular-Style Night-Vision Goggles
The Army plans to start equipping its first close-combat unit with new binocular-style night-vision devices in 2019.
Army Eyes Narrower Body Armor to Shave Off Weight
Army officials want to make soldiers' body armor up to 30 percent lighter.
Army Chief Offers New Details on 6.8mm Next-Gen Squad Weapons
"It will fire at speeds that far exceed the velocity of bullets today and penetrate any existing or known ... body armor."
Army Wants a Lightweight Ghillie Suit for Snipers
U.S. Army uniform officials are working to replace the current Flame Resistant Ghillie System, or FRGS.
Defense Department Looking at Vision Enhancement for Combat Troops
The Pentagon wants a new style of sophisticated protective eyewear that features adjustable vision enhancement.
Marines Could Soon Opt for Lighter Body Armor on Some Missions
Commanders could soon give Marines the OK to wear body armor that weighs up to 40 percent less than their current plates.
New Combat Skis: Marine Corps Picks a Manufacturer
Marines will also be able to use the skis as a frame for a "winter medevac stretcher," a solicitation states.
Army in the Market for a New Infantry Squad Vehicle
The U.S. Army wants to know which firms can produce an Infantry Squad Vehicle that can be carried into battle by a helicopter...
Marines Award $62M Contract for Lighter, Stronger Plate Carriers
The new lightweight body armor system offers better mobility with improved fits.
The Marine Corps' Next Cold-Weather Garments Will Be Flame-Resistant
The Marine Corps wants flame-resistant gear for Marines serving in cold climates as more troops deploy to the Arctic.
New High-Tech Material Could Shave 8 Pounds from a Marine Grunt's Load
A new material from the service rifle sling maker could cut several pounds from the weight Marines carry on their backs.
Could This Non-Lethal Round Replace Tasers for Marines?
The munition is intended to be a small-caliber, non-lethal round that can be fired from current conventional small arms.
Air Force OCP Uniform Rollout Just Days Away
The U.S. Air Force is on track to begin distributing its new Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform beginning Oct. 1.
Army Finds Fix for Dangerous Glitch in M4 and M4A1 Service Rifles
Army officials have figured out the cause and found a fix for a glitch in the selector switch of M4 and M4A1 carbines.
Air Force Collecting Feedback to Design Better-Fitting Flight Suits
Airmen of all sizes are likely to see improved flight suits as the USAF gathers feedback from leaders and service members.
Close Combat Task Force Prioritizes Virtual Training over New Weapons
Leaders realize the services will have to rely on video-game technology to meet their training needs.