| ||For an overview of combat armor variants in all games, as well as background information, see combat armor.|
Prior to the Great War, combat armor was nearly exclusively the property of military forces and special police units. Currently-available historical documentation shows users only in the North American continent, but allied nations were likely to possess identical or similar systems. Combat armor was the de facto armor of the United States military, issued to all combat soldiers not in the powered armor units. Additionally, at least one Canadian partisan was caught on camera wearing a suit of combat armor.
Civilian ownership of combat armor was highly restricted. A special permit was required from the Bureau of Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Firearms and Lasers for private ownership of the combat armor (though it was marketed to US citizens without mentioning this fact).
Brotherhood armor is a superior version of combat armor, including several Brotherhood of Steel technological upgrades. Its distinguishing marks include pale green/gray coloring of the armor panels, blue trim on the chest armor panels, a brilliant silver gorget and under-armor breastplate, and pronounced riveting on the pauldrons. Some of the damage resistances of this armor are superior to that of the combat armor Mk II. However, other resistances and the armor class are not. Despite these improvements, the armor will likely be largely useless by the time that you get it. This is especially true in Fallout 2, where this armor and the power armor share the same locker. It is still useful if you give it to companions, however. This armor is also issued to all Initiates of the Brotherhood of Steel.
- Lost Hills, from the Brotherhood after becoming an initiate. Received from Michael after getting permission for supplies from Talus.
- This armor cannot be used to get Phoenix Armor Implants and/or Dermal Impact Armor. The operation can only be done using normal combat armor.
- Strangely enough, this armor is worth less than the standard combat armor.