What would be the casualty rate in Iraq and Afghanistan without modern soldier's armour?
We know for a fact, the only reason the casualty rate of US and allied force in Iraq and Afghanistan is less then 10%, despite facing situation similar to Vietnam, is because the armour modern soldier wear. Without the body armours, what would be the casualty rate?
I would not say that body armor was the only variable here. Vietnam was very different in that the terrain was not open and as easily defended like Iraq and many parts of Afghanistan. Not only was body armor better, many of the vehicles armor was upgraded as well. Another thing to consider is the use of signal jamming devices which would prevent remote detonation of IED's. I have had shrapnel hit me in my helmet and vest without injury so it did keep me from being a casualty. I have also seen men with me shot but it didn't penetrate through the armor. Some still made it in the figures as a casualty such as one who took a round to the chest but the ceramic plate shattered sending shards into his hand which caused nerve damage. There are many aspects that have been improved over the years which contribute to the casualty percentages. Last but not least, all the lessons learned from every battle we have ever fought goes a long way in creating the modern soldier.
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