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Armor Protection Levels

The Marine Corps recognizes the operational requirement to move away from the one-size-fits-all approach in dealing with ballistic protection.


The following levels are established. They apply to all Marine Corps-issued body armor sets, including, but not limited to MTV, OTV, PC and FSBE.

  • Level 0: No Body Armor
  • Level 1: Vest or Plate Carrier w/ Soft Armor Only
  • Level 2: Vest or Plate Carrier w/ Front & Back Hard Armor Plates
  • Level 3: Vest or Plate Carrier w/ Front, Back & Side Hard Armor Plates