A new post thesis, titled Paying For Weight In Blood: An

In her award-winning master’s thesis, titled Paying For Weight In Blood: An Analysis of Weight and Protection Level of a Combat Load During...

In her award-winning master’s thesis, titled Paying For Weight In Blood: An Analysis of Weight and Protection Level of a Combat Load During Tactical Operations, Capt. Courtney Thompson argues that being able to move faster is more important against near-peer enemies in combat, and the all-too-common trend of burdening troops with heavier loads can lead to an increase in casualties. he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.he average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.

“I was pretty shocked that 15 pounds of gear on top of 43 pounds of gear was already enough,” said Thompson, referencing the typical 43-pound fighting load of flak jacket, kevlar helmet, and other personal protective gear.

Thompson, a combat engineer, based her research off a variety of data, including an Australian study that looked into the effects of combat loads on physical mobility, historical research, and a Government Accountability Office report, which found that the average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.

Thompson, a combat engineer, based her research off a variety of data, including an Australian study that looked into the effects of combat loads on physical mobility, historical research, and a Government Accountability Office report, which found that the average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.

Thompson, a combat engineer, based her research off a variety of data, including an Australian study that looked into the effects of combat loads on physical mobility, historical research, and a Government Accountability Office report, which found that the average ground combat soldier or Marine in 2016 was typically carrying a staggering 120 pounds of gear.