How A 1956 Army Magazine Accurately Predicted The Soldier Of The Future

An Army Magazine article from 1956 was circulating on Twitter recently, and it predicted what the soldier of the future would look like.

In many ways, it was surprisingly accurate.

The author, Lt. Col. Robert R. Rigg, prophesized that these advancements — from night vision goggles, to helicopter warfare, to drone strikes — would come after 1974. While he was technically correct, many came later than he foresaw.

Here are 10 pieces of gear the “soldier of the future” has — right now.

Radios that offer constant communication with fellow soldiers.

The futuristic helmet equipped with visor, night vision and throat microphone.Photo via Army Magazine
The futuristic helmet equipped with visor, night vision and throat microphone.

“The FutureArmy soldier … will gain independence and action from an ultra-small radio transmitter and receiver,” Rigg wrote. “This transceiver

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