Legion recruit armor is a light and common armor, supplied to recruits and sometimes to decanus units. Like most Legion armor, it is made from repurposed sports equipment, consisting of a football player's protective shoulder and chest pads reinforced with additional leather padding and worn over a studded leather cuirass. It weighs 12 pounds and has a Damage Threshold of 6, however it is easily broken, unlike most other armors. You can find legion recruits following a decanus unit, patrolling the wasteland.
Two dead Recruit Legionaries can be found on the road between Nelson and Novac, which can be looted for their armor.
You can loot this off from any Legion recruit. Also, at various Legionary camps, they can be looted from the footlockers near their beds in the tents. (Karma loss, Legion infamy gained if witnessed by a Legionary.)
Can be obtained for free from a corpse in a house in Nipton or from an ash pile in the nearby trailer park. The corpse in the Nipton House is surrounded by several traps including frag mines, a rigged shotgun and a cage of bark scorpions which is activated either by the PC picking the lock on the cage or by a pressure plate leading to one of the bedrooms.
The helmet is mostly found with the Legion recruit armor.