El Paso Company Making Combat Uniforms for Women
POSTED: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 3:16pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 7:13pm
EL PASO – Female soldiers may soon look completely different on the battlefield, because of an El Paso company. Newschannel 9 got a look at new combat uniforms for women, that were created by ReadyOne Industries.
ReadyOne has been involved in the design and manufacturing of the new uniforms.
“It's designed for not only the comfort, but also the serviceability for the people wearing it,” said the company's CEO, Tom Ahmann.
The company said the design is entirely different from what females in the military currently wear.
“It fits really well. We've had several of our employees try them on and even they say the fit is there, yet there's room to move in,” said Cynthia Deharo, Vice President and Director of Products for ReadyOne.
Another unique feature about ReadyOne, is that they employ many disabled people. Joe Jimenez is legally blind, and works on the production side. He told us he's excited about the new uniforms.
“I love making uniforms for the military, knowing that I can help and support them in some way...especially the fact that they protect us, knowing we're safe – it's the least I can do,” said Jimenez.
ReadyOne has already created about 2,000 of the female uniforms. However, it's still uncertain whether the U.S. Army will go with their design.
“There's no assurance that we're going to get the production on that uniform. That will be taken into consideration when the army decides [whether] they're going to buy it,” said Ahmann.