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Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment II

Based on user feedback on the original system, the MOLLE requirements were modified to eliminate the need for a quick-release frame that integrates into the load bearing vest (LBV). The change allowed developers to replace the probe and socket mechanism, which caused problems in donning for some soldiers and Marines, to a quick-release mechanism for a more traditional permanently-mounted waist belt on the frame.

MOLLE II componentsMOLLE II packs including a large rucksack and an assault packMOLLE II pocketsMOLLE II Accesories


The MOLLE system consists of


  1. 100 round SAW pouch
  2. 200 round SAW pouch
  3. medical pocket
  4. 30 round double magazine pocket
  5. single high explosive grenade pocket
  6. double high explosive grenade pocket
  7. double illumination round pocket
  8. 9mm magazine pocket
  9. fragmentation grenade pocket
  10. canteen/general purpose pouch
  11. M4 three magazine side x side pouch (added later)

The 30 round single magazine pocket was eliminated.


In addition to the pre-configured duty sets, the MOLLE II system has additional components that may be added to meet more specific mission needs.

  1. K-Bar Adapter
  2. ALICE Clip Adapter
  3. Shotgun Shell Pouch
  4. MBITR Pouch
  5. Lashing Straps
  6. Admin Pouch
  7. Leaders Pouch
  8. PVS14 Pouch
  9. Radio Pouch
  10. Vehicle Panel
  11. Shoulder Strap
  12. 300-Round, 7.62 Ammo Bag


The Interlocking Attachment System is used to attach pockets to the Fighting Load Carrier, packs, and waist belt. This system is a patented design and is not allowed for commercial sale without a license. There are no restrictions on the sale of this system under signed contracts with Federal agencies.


The base fabric used for all pockets/pouches, packs and rucksacks is MIL-C-43734 Class III textured nylon duck, coated on the back side with clear polyurethane and is water repellent treated. The fabric weighs 11.0 to 12.0 ounces per square yard and has a minimum breaking strength of 500 pounds warp and 300 pounds filling.


  • CO/PD 02-02
  • CO/PD 02-05: Medic Bag
  • CO/PD 05-03: Accessories
  • CO/PD 04-12: Holster/Leg Extender


  • MOLLE II Care and Use Manual
  • TM 10-8465-236-10. Operator's Manual for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) II
  • TM 10-8465-236-24&P. Field and Sustainment Maintainance Manual Including Repair Parts and Special Tools List for Modular Lightweight Load-carrying Equipment (MOLLE) II

Further Improvements

A number of improvements in the MOLLE system are underway, including:

National Stock Number

100 Round SAW Pocket8465-01-465-20708465-01-491-74448465-01-524-73658465-01-580-2621
200 Round SAW Pocket8465-01-465-22638465-01-491-75228465-01-524-76208465-01-580-2628
Medical Pocket8465-01-467-49888465-01-496-10838465-01-524-76388465-01-580-2781
30rd Double Mag Pocket w/snap8465-01-465-20928465-01-491-7435
30rd Double Magazine Pocket8465-01-513-40588465-01-515-75628465-01-525-06068465-01-580-0701
Single HE 40mm Grenade Pocket8465-01-465-44168465-01-491-75278465-01-524-76248465-01-580-2756
Double HE 40mm Grenade Pocket8465-01-465-44178465-01-491-75268465-01-524-76288465-01-580-2763
Double 40mm Pyrotechnic Pocket8465-01-465-44458465-01-491-75298465-01-524-76368465-01-580-2768
Single 9mm Magazine Pocket8465-01-465-21558465-01-491-75208465-01-524-73618465-01-580-2610
Fragmentation Grenade Pocket8465-01-465-20938465-01-491-74318465-01-525-05898465-01-580-0697
Canteen/GP Pouch8465-01-484-04508465-01-494-02728465-01-525-05858465-01-580-0693
30rd 3-Mag Side by Side Pouch8465-01-513-40488465-01-515-42238465-01-525-05988465-01-580-0967


  • "Pack It Up". The Warrior. September-October 2001. [html]
  • MOLLE factsheet@PEO Soldier [Mar. 2007][May 2010][Dec. 2010]