How to Put Together Your MOLLE Vest

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A soldier's life can depend on his equipment. Knowing how to assemble, use and maintain all the equipment she brings into the field is an important part of a soldier's job. MOLLE, or Modular Lightweight Load-bearing Equipment, vests are a standard issue item in the U.S. Army that are designed to offer the maximum protection and load carrying with a minimum of space and weight. These vests may be put together in a custom orientation, but only with the right technique.

Things You'll Need

  • MOLLE vest
  • Adjust the length of the strap at the upper back of a MOLLE vest by extending or shortening the webbing through the strap's buckle.

  • Adjust the length of the two 1 1/2-inch-wide ruck straps on the back of the vest by extending or shortening the webbing through the strap's buckles.

  • Slide your arms into each of the arm holes in a MOLLE vest.

  • Close the two locking girth closures in the front of the vest by inserting the male end into the female end until it clicks.

  • Adjust the tightness of the vest by extending or shortening the webbing in the girth straps through the buckles.

  • Pass the straps hanging from the bottom of the vest under the inside of the belt, out and through the loops on the outside of the belt and through the corresponding buckles on the vest.

  • Secure the belt by inserting the male closure at the front into the corresponding female closure until it clicks.

  • Attach pockets to the vest by lining the top of the pocket with the top of the nearest horizontal 1-inch webbing. Insert the pocket strap down behind the horizontal webbing, then behind the 1-inch webbing on the pocket's back. Weave the strap down in this fashion until the snap at the tip of the strap reaches the corresponding snap fastener at the bottom of the pocket. Secure the pocket by fastening the snaps together.

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