5.11 Small systems and equipment.
5.11.1 Portability and load carrying.
Individual portions of equipment shall be designed so that, when carried, the weight of the load will be distributed through as many muscle groups as possible. Pressure should be avoided or minimized on sensitive areas, including large blood vessels, nerves and areas lacking muscular padding. Design of load-carrying systems shall be compatible with the weight and distribution of individual items to be carried by the user. (The weight of the items to be carried varies according to the climatic zone, mission to be performed, and occupational specialty. See MIL-HDBK-759 for weights of representative individual items that an infantry rifleman carries in temperate hot weather areas.) Load carrying systems shall be provided with a quick-release capability. In general, portable refers to an item that is carried a distance of not more than 2 km (1.24 miles). For items to be carried up to 10 meters (33 ft.), see 220.127.116.11.5 - 18.104.22.168.7.
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