Soldiers carry a multi-band intra- and inter-team radio which allows them to communicate with their units, and with command. The communication system can send and receive battlefield imagery, topographical maps, and command and control information, according to the Army.
The soldier's rifle is the M4 carbine, which can fire in semi-automatic or 3-round burst mode. It can hold an optional grenade launcher, and soldiers can also mount a laser range finder on it, complete with digital compass, which allows them to find the range and direction of a target.
Known as MOLLE, or modular lightweight load-carrying equipment system, this rucksack and vest combination can hold just about everything a soldier needs in combat, from food, to a GPS locator to a first-aid kit, ballistic eye protection, and more. "You can never have too many pouches," the Army says.