Table 1

Load configurations

ConfigurationEquipmentMass (kg)
A—personal armour (LOW)
(not a military dress state, but required to understand the impact of wearing protective equipment without additional load carriage)
Helmet (1.46 kg)
Enhanced Protection Under Body Armour Combat Shirt
Personal Clothing System trousers
SA80 (dummy rifle matched for dimensions and mass 5.13 kg)
Commercially available body armour vest with front and rear plates (~10.9 kg available in 5 sizes XS to XXL)
20.94 (0.56) kg
B—assault order (MED)
(includes equipment worn to fight through a position)
Configuration A
Personal Load Carrying Equipment (PLCE) webbing pouches (×5) evenly distributed around the waist and weighted with 5 kg equipment required to achieve target mass
26.12 (0.49) kg
C—patrol order (HIGH)
(additional equipment carried to support longevity in the field)
Configuration B
Daysack with chest belt fastened, weighted with 7 kg equipment required to achieve target mass
33.28 (0.59) kg
D—marching order (V-HIGH)
(associated with extended duration, overnight)
Configuration A
PLCE short back bergen with waist belt fastened, weighted with 17 kg equipment required to achieve target mass The body armour was carried in the bergen
43.37 (0.64) kg
  • Mass represents dressed mass minus undressed mass and is provided as mean (SD). Variability in mass relates to differences in the size of the equipment worn.

  • *Participants were asked to wear boots that they would normally wear during loaded marching.