Footwear for Inundated Areas
ARMY NATICK LABS MA CLOTHING AND PERSONAL LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT LAB
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Warm water immersion foot and related dermatological problems in inundated areas of Southeast Asia seriously limited the combat effectiveness of large numbers of our troops. As a contribution to minimizing the occurrence and intensity of the problem, special footwear was developed by the U.S. Army Natick Laboratories to permit quicker drying of the skin on the feet and legs. These items included a lightweight nylon sock to replace the standard wool sock a slide fastener for the tropical combat boot to encourage quicker removal of the boots when an opportunity arose to take them off and a lightweight comfort shoe, similar to a tennis shoe, that could be tucked into a pocket and worn later in bivouac and boot camp areas in place of a soldiers regular boot. Based upon their successful testing in Vietnam, the above three items were adopted in March 1970 as Standard A items for Zones 1 and 2.
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