Body armor is a critically important piece of gear for preparedness. No one buys body armor just to have it. Whether you are a security guard, bodyguard, prison guard, law enforcement officer, SWAT, military, civilian, etc., it is necessary to decide what type of body armor you need soft armor versus hard armor. Verify the protection levels as determined by the US NIJ which provides ratings and is globally recognized and utilized by manufacturers. Only certain manufacturers follow these protective standards. Also, choose the right size body armor. Sizing is extremely important when buying body armor.