Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center (CCDC SC) has been designing and testing prototype face coverings to prevent the spread of illness. Six such prototypes have been tested so far. Soldiers who took part in the tests gave high marks to one. It and one other that drew praise have been selected for further development. Command officials believe an iteration of one of these two prototypes eventually will become part of “a more permanent Army solution,” the command stated in a press release.
“During the pandemic, we must ensure that our soldiers remain ready for any mission and that they are protected,” said Douglas Tamilio, CCDC SC director. “Our soldier protection and human factors expertise, combined with our testing and prototyping capabilities, enabled us to quickly develop an Army-acceptable solution to the urgent requirement for face coverings.”