Below is the Safety Of Use Message from the Army (TACOM) released after it failed testing. Hopefully this helps, feel free to PM me if you need anything. - Mick
DTG: 2006/03/17 18:24:59Z
Subject: Safety Of Use Message (SOUM), TACOM Control No. SOUM 06-017.
Discontinue Use of Unauthorized Body Armor, Dragon Skin.
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A X "WARNING" X A
N X DEATH OR SERIOUS INJURY TO SOLDIERS, OR DAMAGE X N
G X TO ARMY EQUIPMENT WILL OCCUR IF THE INSTRUCTIONS X G
E X IN THIS MESSAGE ARE NOT FOLLOWED. X E
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1. Distribution: This is a Safety Of Use Message. MACOM Commanders will retransmit this message to all subordinate Commands/Activities within 24 hours of receipt of this message and acknowledge receipt of this message within five working days to:
CDRTACOM, Warren MI, AMSTA-LC-LPIM, DSN 786-6096, Commercial (586)
574-6096 or DDN address: Safetyofuse@Tacom.Army.Mil.
A. There may be Soldiers deployed in OIF/OEF who are wearing a commercial body armor called "Dragon Skin," made by Pinnacle Armor, in lieu of their issued Interceptor Body Armor (IBA). Media releases and related advertising imply that Dragon Skin is superior in performance to IBA. The Army has been unable to determine the veracity of these claims.
B. The Army has been involved in the development of Dragon Skin and the different technology it employs. In its current state of development, Dragon Skin's capabilities do not meet Army requirements. In fact, Dragon Skin has not been certified by the Army for protection against several small arms threats being encountered in Iraq and Afghanistan today.
C. Although this message specifically identifies Dragon Skin, it applies to other commercially available body armor products (such as commercial police vests) that are not Army approved and issued.
3. User Actions:
A. Commanders at all levels will ensure only IBA, and its components, is used by our Soldiers. All other body armor should be immediately replaced with IBA.
B. Authorized components of the IBA include the outer tactical vest and ballistic plates, throat protector, collar, groin protector, Deltoid and Axillary Protector (DAP), side plates, and side plate carriers. Commanders may tailor the IBA configuration to meet threat and mission requirements.
C. Soldiers may dispose of unauthorized body armor by sending the items directly to PEO Soldier or by turning them in to the local CIF who will ship the items to PEO Soldier. PEO Soldier will refund shipping expenses from anywhere in the world however, it cannot reimburse any purchase expenses for the items. Contact the PEO Soldier POC identified in paragraph 6 below for shipping instructions.
D. Parts, Assembly, Components or End Item inspection procedures: N/A
E. Category of Maintenance: N/A.
F. Task or inspection suspense date: Commanders have 30 Days after receipt of this message to complete a body armor inspection and be in compliance.
G. Correction procedures. N/A.
H. Parts affected by NSN, P/N, Cage Code and Tech Manual reference: N/A.
I. Requisitioning Instructions: N/A.
J. Disposition of Hazardous Materiel: N/A.
K. Technical References: N/A.
4. TACOM/PM actions:
A. Publications that require change as a result of this inspection: None.
B. Follow-up actions required: None.
5. Supply Status: There are no supply concerns/requirements. There is more than enough IBA available to equip every deployed Soldier. Contact the local CIF or contact the CFLCC C4 POCs for instructions on obtaining IBA.
6. POCS: Please see the original document hosted on AKO for the list of POC's at https://www.us.army.mil/suite/doc/5698317
(Please note AKO username/password are required).