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I think you will see them worn by all services by many different types of personnel. I know that Army SF were issued them(like the one with ACE DEVGRU figure) in conjunction with their Eagle CIRAS gear, to wear when you don't really need full protection or want more mobility. SEALs and USMC FR wear them with soft armor from pics posted in Ref Pic Forum. In news photos, looks like some admirals and generals wear them when touring places in Iraq or Afghanistan. So it would be safe to use them on all types of bashes, it seems like a pretty flexible piece of gear thats used as needed.
 

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Probably mostly SF/SOF, but I have seen pictures of specialized units higher in the foodchain wearing them--eg. USMC Scout Snipers, Force Recon and EOD. But thats far and few in between.

The 'downside' is that they'd have to wear soft armour as well underneath it to help with the trauma from a potential impact/spauling.
Also, just from observation, it would appear that there's less flak protection because they're generally smaller than other vests and as such, there is less pals webbing/real estate for pouches, so they might opt for load carrying equipment or chest rigs, which if I had to guess would be a plus.

Wah, Huy beat me ~_~
 

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Probably mostly SF/SOF, but I have seen pictures of specialized units higher in the foodchain wearing them--eg. USMC Scout Snipers, Force Recon and EOD. But thats far and few in between.
Just for the record, saiko, the only unit "higher on the food chain" than SF is Delta. Some of them might have pumped themselves up to think (and have other people think) otherwise, but in reality, the units that you've mentioned are far below SF on the "food chain".

And to clear up any misconceptions, a plate carrier does, indeed carry plates. While the protection may not be on the level of a full IBA, there is no need to wear any kind of soft armor underneath a plate carrier that is fitted with SAPI armor plates. I wear a plate carrier with side plates on a daily basis over here and don't need soft armor underneath. And note that my response doesn't start with "probably" or "I think". I'm giving you facts based on personal experience.
 

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Lol, I didn't mean to place those specializations above SF, I'm sorry you understood my comment to describe them as such.
It didn't even occur to me that someone could read it in that way so I'll also apologize for the oversight.
In my post I meant higher than regular line grunts and support units.

Even a lowly little civilian like myself knows that. But thank you for imparting your knowledge with us again and setting the record straight for us.

Perhaps I should have phrased it "other specialized units that aren't SF but higher in the foodchain than regular infantry," or perhaps my metaphor was just too colorful.

And yes, My "probably's" and "I think's" are there because I don't have the personal experience, rather based on corroborating sources and inferred information that I can only read about, so I like to leave that bit of doubt for the reader's sake. In that way, I don't doom them to failures on my part.
 

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Hey Saiko. I didn't mean to be brusque. Long day, not enough sleep, the need to defend the honor of my regiment all came together in a perfect storm. I now see how you meant the post to be read.

When I perceive that someone isn't giving SF the proper due, it really gets my Irish up - and I'm Polish! Anyway, next time I'll follow my own advice to my Kids and read carefully before responding.
 

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I owe a proper apology to you as well, things on my end aren't going well and I felt a little talked down to. But that doesn't excuse my behavior.

Honestly, I do appreciate your personal insight and wealth of knowledge that you lend to us on many occasions, and I whole heartedly understand And admire your commitment to your brethren.

I'll also choose my wording properly as well, Lord knows I've been sending mixed signals lately, and I should learn to leave the advice to the experts and experienced anyway.

PS, sorry for the thread derailing, my fault.
 

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Wearing soft armor under plates depends on the plates. A stand alone level IV plate won't need soft armor. But a level IV ICW plate needs soft armor under it to provide level IV protection.

We have a good mix of body armor, mostly CIRAS anymore but still some low profile plate carriers for certain operations and for use when escorting VIPs and whatnot. The option to wear them would rest mostly with special operation/special warfare type units since they are very mission dependent. You may see some other troops using them, MI and the like, but I haven't seen them used among any conventional troops. I am not saying they aren't, just that they are more prevalent in SOF.
 
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