Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S


As the technology of war advances the loads carried by United States infantrymen have increased. These excessive loads, often well over 100 pounds, have limited the combat effectiveness of Marines. The current load bearing systems used to carry equipment into battle do not sufficiently meet the requirements of the United States Marine Corps. This project focuses on the impact of heavy load bearing systems on the Marine Corps's war fighting philosophy. A brief history of load bearing systems used by the United States Arm Forces is presented. Recommendations for the development of light and resilient load bearing systems for modern warfare are presented as well.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2010

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering