A USMC-issued armor boasting a desert camouflage pattern from the same manufacturer as the L.A.P.D. riot armor, worn with a matching military helmet with built-in low light optics, a combination infrared/white light lamp and gas mask, an olive green duster and a pair of worn-out khaki pants. The owner's data is printed on the collar and includes rank, name, service branch, and blood type, to facilitate easy identification of deceased or treatment of wounded soldiers.
This armor is equal to a suit of T-45d power armor in terms of Damage Resistance but is classified as medium armor. The armor weighs the same as NCR Ranger combat armor but provides +2 more Damage Threshold. The helmet is weightless and boasts a +1 DT bonus over its NCR counterpart.
Tycho, from the first Fallout game, was described as wearing a similar armor, but no in-game model for it was made. His version is different from this one, as it lacked any mention of a helmet and was made of leather.
The eyes of this helmet are green, just like in early concept art for the NCR Ranger combat armor.
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 on the helmet. It is unknown if they were created by Vickers, representing how many individuals he killed during his tour in China as a United States Marine, or by Clark, representing the same concerning Vault 22 dwellers, or by a different individual.
Unlike NCR Ranger combat armor, the Desert Ranger combat armor is not considered faction armor.
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 3.
Despite being described as possessing "low light optics," neither the NCR Ranger combat armor nor the Desert Ranger combat armor helmets possess this trait. It is found on all forms of riot gear.
Sometimes while wearing this armor, NCR troopers will comment on being in the presence of a Ranger when you talk to them, even though this is not a faction armor.
The armor plate on the neck of the armor right under the helmet shows the name and rank of the original owner of the armor.