The Army has issued uniform items from top to bottom and inside out, except for one very important piece of clothing: a bra.
Turns out, the service once took a stab at creating a tactical women’s undergarment, but abandoned the idea because it didn’t suit a variety of shapes and sizes.
“There are certain fit parameters that weren’t accounted for when it came to the final test item and its ability to be unisex,” Cushon said. “Due to the lack of industry items that are properly suited to meet the sizing requirements of the female soldier population, we were unable to collect female data during those particular tests.”
Her team will use measurements and 3-D scans taken from thousands of soldiers during 2012′s Army Anthropometry Survey to create a sports bra with proper sizing. It’s not difficult to create a sensor-mounting garment, but it is a lot of work to make sure it can be worn by enough soldiers to collect significant data.