Yes, this is legit.

The current body armor used by US military is not designed with female bodies in mind. Specifically, it’s not designed for breasts. In 2009, Lt. Col. Frank Lozan said, ““It rubbed on the hips, and the vests were too long in the front, so that when you had female soldiers climbing stairs or climbing up a hill or a tree, or sitting for a long time in a vehicle, that would create pressure points that in some instances could impact blood flow and cause some discomfort.” But more than anything, the metal used to protect your chest just wasn’t able to fit the curves of a woman’s body.

So after a couple years of tinkering, the military finally has some working prototypes of new, lady-friendly armor. And guess where they get their inspiration? That’s right. Xena.

Apparently, the military tried to copy Lucy Lawless‘s “bra-shaped darting” that allowed everyone’s favorite warrior princess to wear metal on her chest without all that uncomfortableness.

So far, the results have been great! The women of the 101st Airborne Division are testing out the new armor and say, “I could wear this all day.” That must have been how Xena felt too because she never changed her look! Now we know why. That gold corset was ahead of its time.

Now if they could just find a way to incorporate She-Ra‘s crown into the helmet, my feminist childhood heroes would be represented by our grown-up patriotic heroes. Hell, I’d have to get a uniform myself and wear it around the house.

(via The Mary Sue)