First created in 2051, the military-grade combat armor was designed to protect key sections of the human body from ballistic trauma with hard armored plates made from complex polymers and ceramics, with a flexible body suit interwoven with thermal-dissipative membranes and bulletproof material. The earliest models of the combat armor were manufactured as specific plates mounted on combat webbing, although as the technology improved, body-enclosing suits of armor were created and entered active combat duty, though in limited quantities. The armor came with a matte-finish olive drab coloring by default, making it suitable for woodland and/or urban camouflage.
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.
It is nearly identical to winterized combat armor, except that the armor is less beat up and dented, it has different textured shoulder and shin plates, it has the medic symbol which appears on the armor's back and it is missing the balaclava and gloves. It has the same DR but is less durable and gives +10 to Medicine.
Lootable from the bodies of Elliott Tercorien's squad members or Eliott himself in the cryo lab. If Elliot dies, his squad will appear as mere wastelanders, and the two with winterized medic armor won't appear. This can also happen if you clear out most of the cryo lab up until the encounter with Elliott's squad before recruiting him to follow you. This means you can no longer get the winterized medic helmet. Alternatively, you can reverse pickpocket a stronger set of armor on Elliot and take his winterized medic armor.
The only medic present in Operation: Anchorage, Dr. Adami, does not wear any sort of armor at all. This could be because the armor is meant for field medics, rather than for medical workers around camps.
The armor is 'cleaner' compared to the Wasteland armor, because the medics were taken when their armor was 'new'.