|For an overview of combat armor variants in all games, as well as background information, see Combat armor.|
|The following is based on Van Buren and is not canon.|
A diverse family of personal body armor with varying degrees of sophistication, providing balanced protection against both energy and ballistic damage. A wide variety of such armor can be found throughout the wastelands, ranging from the early iterations developed by the United States Army to the cutting-edge riot gear that came into use prior to the Great War.
Combat armor is among the best forms of protection in the post-War wasteland. Although extremely expensive, the protection value of this armor is surpassed only by the few incarnations of power armor.
- Combat armor would be classified in the advanced armors category and would be possible to batch by the Prisoner.
- The Enclave background character Arcade Gannon, as well as the lost Enclave patrol leader encountered in the Utah area, would be equipped with Enclave-branded (though likely identical in game terms) combat armor.
- General Coleridge's renegade NCR soldiers as well as NCR soldiers present in Hoover Dam would be equipped with combat armor from Fort Leavenworth.
The presence of combat armor from Fort Leavenworth was integral to the final act of Van Buren. However, when Fort Leavenworth was re-written into Tibbets Prison, the source of the combat armor was never changed and was therefore never explained.