A military-issue armor boasting a desert camouflage pattern from the same manufacturer as the L.A.P.D. riot armors, worn with a matching military helmet with built-in low light optics, a combination IR/white light lamp and gas mask, a green duster and a set of military khaki pants. The owner's data is printed on the collar and includes rank, name, service branch, and blood type, to facilitate easy identification and possibly treatment of wounded or dead soldiers.
After the Great War, the Texas Rangers moved west to Nevada and became the Desert Rangers, using this armor as their traditional uniform. They were famous in Nevada, using survival and combat skills in order to protect people in cities and towns from enemies such as the White Legs, tribals, and super mutants. Later, the Desert Rangers came into contact with Caesar's Legion in Arizona and a war ensued. The war was going poorly for the Desert Rangers until, in 2271, NCR Rangers reached the Mojave Wasteland and signed the "Ranger Unification Treaty" with the Desert Rangers to be absorbed into the NCR Rangers in exchange for NCR's protection of the Hoover Dam and Nevada from Caesar's Legion.
The armor provides excellent protection, equal to a suit of T-45d power armor, but it is a medium armor. The armor weighs the same as NCR Ranger combat armor but it provides +2 DT more, and the helmet is weightless and provides +1 DT more.
Tycho, from the first Fallout game was described as wearing this armor, but no in-game model for it was made.
The eyes of this helmet are green, just like in early concept art for the NCR Ranger combat armor.
The tourniquet on the right leg is most likely the same one tied on by Randall Clark, after being wounded by a refugee from Vault 22. In his diary entry for 2096, he states that it was to prevent leaving a blood trail back to his hideout.
On the back of the helmet are the crudely-written names of two locations, Nanjing and Shanghai, and abbreviations of months for each place. Nanjing has JUN, JUL, AUG, and an SE which is crossed out. Shanghai has SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC, JAN, FEB, MAR, APL, and MAY. The words "FORGIVE ME MAMA" are scrawled across the front of the helmet.
There are multiple tally marks along the helmet, most likely representing how many people Vickers killed during his tour in China as a United States Marine.
Repairing this armor when it's fully broken costs 16,000 caps.
It's possible that the weight of the helmet being 0 is an oversight, as the Ranger helmet originally had a weight of 0.
Despite being described as possessing "low light optics", neither the NCR Ranger combat armor's nor the Desert Ranger combat armor's helmets possess this trait. It is, however, found in all forms of Riot gear.