To never go to war unarmed is a no-brainer. But not every defensive measure available to the U.S. Armed Forces is a weapon.  In making every effort to keep our men safe and protected from any chemical, biological, radiological, and even nuclear attack, the Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) gear is offered. This is a piece of personal protective equipment for the military, and not exactly popular with the troops who have to wear it in the field.

MOPP gear has five levels depending on the severity of the potential hazard in place. Over garments, gas masks and hoods, gloves, boot covers are the necessary pieces of gear to protect our soldiers.

Let’s look at these various levels. 

MOPP Level 0

MOPP level 0. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Bill Gomez)

At this level, personnel must have all the above gear on-hand and ready to use. This is used during a chemical and biological threat and pre-attack, as outlined in Army Study Guide.