[QUOTE=Plate carriers: we had commanders in remote areas eschew plate carriers in favor of IOTV because of the additional protection that IOTV gives against snipers or a well placed DSHKA or PKM round. Food for thought.[/QUOTE]
I may have to argue that no additional personal armor system is going to protect you against a well placed DSHKA rd. Might be the fluke out there, but as a current I'm going to have to contest it.
As far as the IOTV being mandated eschew the plate carrier for the added protection being a command decision which IMHO screws that line infantryman doing all the dismount patrols, and once again takes the on the ground decision making out of the hands of those actually conducting operations. As a prior 11B SQD LDR and PSG we would constantly battle BN about us wanting to wear the IBA in the armored vehicles to protect against spalling, but be able to don Plate Carriers when dismounted to actually be able to move somewhat quickly against the enemy in chase, and protect our backs when it came to jumping all those canals. A fight I might add lost, and the Fobbits reigned supreme.