| ||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).
Identical in appearance to the version found in Fallout 3, and unlike the one in Fallout and Fallout 2, the combat armor available in the Mojave is short-sleeved, having only the pauldrons and chestplates covering the torso. The combat helmet's shaded visor from Fallout and Fallout 2 is also absent.
There is also an identically-named black version of this armor, with the same appearance as Van Graff combat armor. There is no matching helmet for the black version. This version is worn solely by members of the Van Graff crime syndicate, and is painted black for "brand recognition purposes". A total of 9 suits of black combat armor exist in the game: 5 worn by the Van Graff thugs at the Silver Rush, 1 worn by Simon, 1 worn by Jean-Baptiste Cutting, and 2 on the bodies of dead Van Graff thugs at the site of Durable Dunn's Sacked Caravan wreckage.
- Van Graff combat armor - The Van graffs standard armor for all of their guards.
- Combat armor, reinforced - An improved version of combat armor, made out of tougher armor plates and covers more of the wearers body, most notably the back and upper torso.
- Combat armor, reinforced mark 2 - An even tougher version of standard combat armor and an improvement of the reinforced combat armor, the armor provides more protection by having an even thicker set of armor and covers most of the torsos, the lower legs and a portion of the forearms, all for the same amount of weight.
- US Army combat armor Lonesome Road (add-on) - A military, greener variant with private insignias found in the Divide.
- Bonnie Springs - found on one of the Viper gang members.
- Camp Golf - in the sleeping quarters of the House Resort, it must be stolen.
- Camp McCarran, Camp McCarran supply shack - Daniel Contreras sometimes sells combat armor.
- Durable Dunn's Sacked Caravan - black combat armor can be looted from two Van Graff Thugs. You can also get a couple of them while doing the Birds of a Feather quest (see the quest page for more details)
- Gun Runners - combat armor is worn by respawning guards, whom you can kill without penalty. The Vendortron from the Gun Runners may also sell normal combat armors.
- Hoover Dam - quartermaster Bardon often has two sets of combat armor.
- Nellis Hangars - in Armor Boxes however, must be stolen from armor boxes; this will result in losing karma and ruining your reputation with the Boomers if you are caught.
- Vault 34 - can be found in the armory.
- In a footlocker between Crescent Canyon West and Crescent Canyon East. Beware of golden geckos on your way there, as of Fallout: New Vegas patch 220.127.116.115 this locker also contains a combat helmet.
- Combat armor is worn by the mercenary Norton, who can be outside Jacobstown during the quest Unfriendly Persuasion.
- A combat helmet can either be bought or stolen from Miguel's Pawn Shop
- Old World Blues (add-on) Often found in lockers at the Big MT complex.
- Van Graff combat armor can be repaired by regular combat armor but regular combat armor can not be repaired by the black Van Graff combat armor
- The combat armor found on Van Graff thugs is colored black instead of green, similar to the combat armor used by Rivet City security in Fallout 3.
- You can find black combat armor at Durable Dunn's Sacked Caravan on a Van Graff thug. It is labeled as regular combat armor but appears the same as Van Graff combat armor.
- The combat helmet can be bought in full condition from Blake at the Crimson Caravan Company despite the fact that his inventory shows it in less than perfect condition. This is the similar to the glitch that effects recon armor when buying it from certain merchants.
- On the female version, the shirt and pants seem to be darker than the male version.