Kit Up is a military gear blog that reports on the changes -- both good and bad -- to combat gear, including guns, magazines, packs, knives and other essential kit. Our focus is on the weapons, ammunition and equipment that U.S. Army and Marine Corps infantry and U.S. Special Operations forces carry into the fight.
Army Finds Fix for Dangerous Glitch in M4 and M4A1 Service Rifles
Army officials have figured out the cause and found a fix for a glitch in the selector switch of M4 and M4A1 carbines.
Air Force Collecting Feedback to Design Better-Fitting Flight Suits
Airmen of all sizes are likely to see improved flight suits as the USAF gathers feedback from leaders and service members.
Close Combat Task Force Prioritizes Virtual Training over New Weapons
Leaders realize the services will have to rely on video-game technology to meet their training needs.
Army Contract for New Humvee Ambulances Could Be Worth $800 Million
The U.S. Army recently awarded AM General LLC a contract worth up to $800 million to build thousands of Humvee ambulances.
Army Wants 120mm Mortar Systems That Can Fire Out to 12 Miles
The U.S. Army wants to replace its current mounted and towed 120mm mortars with new systems that will shoot farther.
Pregnant Airmen Asked to Join New Uniform Wear Test at Wright-Patterson
Pregnant airmen at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are being asked for feedback on the new maternity service dress shirt.
Marines Want New Headset That Will Amp Up Battlefield Sounds
Marine Corps Systems Command is looking to begin purchasing hearing enhancement devices as early as Fiscal Year 2020.
Army Wants a Portable Seawater Purifier for Troops
U.S. Army equipment officials are asking the commercial market to gin up a new, soldier-carried water purifier.
Army Eyes Device That Can Launch, Recover Drones from a Moving Vehicle
U.S. Army robotics officials got their first look at new tech for launching and recovering UAS from a moving combat vehicle.
Afghan Forces Need More Mortar Training, Army Advisers Say
U.S. Army advisers in Afghanistan have learned they may want to focus more on training Afghan forces.
Female Marine Recruits Get Unisex Dress Coat, 5 Years After First Tests Began
About 100 female Marine recruits have been issued a new dress blues coat that looks more like the one men wear.
New 'Floating Backpack' Tech Promises to Reduce Fatigue on Humps
Lightning Packs, LLC has created a ground-breaking new pack-frame design that appears to float while being carried.
How to Get the Navy's New Female Hair Regs Right, in 5 Photos
The Navy approved new hairstyles for female sailors last month, but leaders are still cautioning women to police themselves.
Army Evaluating New Airborne Kit to Save Towed Paratroopers
U.S. Army experts are testing a new emergency parachute system that can be used when a paratrooper becomes a towed jumper.
Army's New Machine-Gun Optic Program on Hold
The U.S. Army's search for a new optic for its medium and heavy machine guns has been delayed.
Marines Want Lighter Armor Plates to Help Infantry Move Faster
The Marine Corps is asking defense firms to submit ideas for a new, lightweight body armor plate that can withstand two hits.
Sig Gets $48 Million Pentagon Contract for Continuous Rifle Suppression
A DoD project to optimize the M4A1s used by U.S. Special Operations Command for continuous suppressed use is moving forward.
Army Taps ADS to Deliver Holster for New Service Pistol
The Army has awarded a $49 million contract to supply the base-model holsters for the service's new Modular Handgun System.
Exclusive Taste Test: Like Revenge, MRE Pizza Is a Dish Best Served Cold
Military.com got the chance to get our hands on -- and taste -- the U.S. military's new MRE pepperoni pizza entrée.
Air Force OKs Breastfeeding T-Shirt for New Moms
The U.S. Air Force has given new mothers approval to wear a special breastfeeding T-shirt under their uniforms.