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Military Uniforms and Equipment

Modern Uniform
Due to its ever-changing mission, the Dothraki Armed Forces use a wide variety of uniforms and equipment to meet their specific mission needs. In addition, the military tends to allow a great deal of individual customization by its soldiers. For example, soldiers can privately purchase ballistic mandible guards or bulletproof vests. This list just notes a few of the more notable pieces of standard equipment they use.

Ronin Ballistic Helmet
The Ronin Ballistic Helmet is most well known for its use by Dothraki Special Forces, particularly Knights teams. It has the ability to stop a .44 caliber shell, along with other smaller projectiles. It is favored by special ops for its protection, in addition to the fear factor. The mask has the option to add additional cheek plates, in addition to helmet mounts to attach things like sights, optics, or even a flashlight. The eye pieces are designed to not fog up, regardless of heat, and low for a 160 degree field of vision. At just under 5lbs it is one of the heavier helmets used, however its protection makes it a favorite of forces going into high combat situations.

Enhanced Lightweight Combat Helmet
This combat helmet is the standard helmet used by all combat forces in Dothrakia. It is of the tactical cut type which sacrifices protection for mobility, however, it can be equipped with the Ballistic Mandible Guard for increased facial protection. The shell is made of an ultra-high-molecular-weight-polyethylene.

Bulletproof Vest:
Impoved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV)
The IOTV is the standard bulletproof vest of the Dothraki military. A fully equipped IOTV, complete with all its components (soft armor panel inserts, four ballistic plate inserts (front and back plates and two side plates), collar, and groin protectors) still weighs 25 pounds, with a Large IOTV weighing about 30 pounds. The functionality of the enhanced side ballistic inserts, which provide coverage under the arms and down the sides of the torso, is built into the IOTV.The vest can withstand a direct impact from a 7.62 millimeter (both NATO and ex-Soviet types) on the front or rear. The IOTV provides, without the ballistic ceramic plates inserted, protection from small caliber rounds (i.e. 9mm) and fragmentation. The soft kevlar panels have been tested to stop 9 mm 124 grain full metal jacket bullets at 1,400 ft/s (426 m/s) with minimal deformation and has a V-50 of roughly 1,525 ft/s (465 m/s). This means that the bullet has to be traveling faster than 1,525 ft/s for it to have more than a 50% chance of breaking through the soft armor panel.
The IOTV provides the ability to don the vest in two ways. The first is to simply place the vest over the head and pull down, and the second is to remove fasteners on the wearer's left shoulder, sliding into the vest to the right. To complete the procedure for both methods the wearer then lifts up the front panel of the vest and fastens the waistband, which takes the weight of the vest off the shoulders somewhat, and then fastens the side protection modules. A key design feature for the IOTV is that the entire armor system is able to be released with the pull of a hidden lanyard. The armor then falls apart into its component pieces, providing a means for escape in case the wearer falls into water or becomes trapped in a hazardous environment.The hidden release lanyard also allows medical personnel easier access to a casualty, which was one concern that was not addressed with the old Interceptor armor.The modular design of the vest allows greater tactical flexibility in regards to different situations faced by ground troops. A US Army medical research report concluded that greater modular design leads to the ability to find a more effective balance between projectile protection and the physical endurance of the soldier, preventing losses in agility and mobility, and therefore reducing potential injuries or casualties.
Below: A soldier wears an IOTV equipped with a groin guard on patrol.

Modular Body Armor Vest
The MBAV is a lighter, more versatile version of the IOTV. It only was 15lbs which makes it roughly half as heavy as the IOTV. As a result, this vest is favored by Special Forces units for its increased mobility. However, it comes at the price of less protection, as the MBAV is designed to only protect vital spots with armored plates, as compared to the all around soft coverage provided by the IOTV. This vest is also favored by some units with frequent patrols with little engagements for its ease of use.

Under Shirt:
The standard undershirt of the armed forces is a moisture wicking black colored T-shirt.

Foot Gear :
The Army utilizes the Army Combat Boot with Olive Drab cotton socks. The boot contains a waterproof breathable membrane and integrated safety features limited flame resistance, thermal insulation, and liquid fuel penetration protection. The soling system of this boot consists of a shock-absorbing direct attach poly-ether polyurethane midsole, with an abrasion-resistant, slip-resistant rubber outsole. It has a combination eyelet and speed-lace lacing system.