There's a theory
about that. Is this a MOPP suit?
Ah, MOPP. I have a friend who decided he had had enough of the Army after spending a few days in it during the invasion of Iraq. Not fun having to wonder what might have been in the rocket that just struck your assembly area...
Yes, that looks about right - never opened my desert set, thank goodness.
Interesting and scary theory.
That looks like an updated version of what we had in the early 80s. I am willing to bet they are no more fun to wear than they were back then.
Note (if you didn't already) that the soldier lying down is being stuck with an autoinjector. It's supposed to be used in some really meaty area where there is not danger of the needle striking a bone. As I recall, the autoinjectors were to be used in case you were hit with nerve agent. Who knows if they actually work or not!
They are not at all fun to wear. Even the new ones. Running around in Fort Polk Louisiana with it on is not a fun experience. It makes me appreciate not having to use it during my deployments.
That is the new JSLIST (Joint Service Lightweight integrated suit technology). The jacket hood is worn instead of the mask hood. I hear the newest masks are pretty awesome to wear but I have never had the opportunity.
The picture is from 2002, btw, from this article