Soldiers have been providing feedback on the current Jungle Combat Boot, which was an interim solution as the Army worked on an improved version.
The 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii tested a version of the boots in 2016, according to PEO Soldier officials, as part of a $4.1 million program. Their feedback helped Army researchers come up with the quick-drying, puncture-resistant, more comfortable version that was fielded earlier this year.
The 25th ID’s 2nd and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams wore the boots in three-month phases from March to June and June to September.
“We found the best testing is letting soldiers do what soldiers do,” Lt. Col. John Bryan, product manager for Soldier Clothing and Individual Equipment at PEO Soldier, said in March during a round table at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.