MOLLE System Overview -

MOLLE System (Modular Lightweight Load Carrying Equipment)

M.O.L.L.E. is a modular Load-Carrying system designed to enhance the survivability and lethality of the modern Soldier.  MOLLE is a replacement for the All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment system (ALICE) and many other components of the Integrated Individual Fighting System, including the Enhanced Tactical Load-Bearing Vest ("LBV").

The MOLLE System consists of the following major components:

A.  Fighting Load Carrier (FLC) Set with specialized pockets (see below for Rifleman, Pistolman, SAW Gunner, Grenadier, and Medic Configurations);
B.  Large Rucksack (including Frame, Body, Straps, Waistbelt, and Sustainment Pouches);
C.  Assault Pack
D.  Waist Pack
E.  Hydration System
F.  Six-foot Lashing Straps (optional)
G.  Repair Kit;
H.  Assorted additional pouches. 

A common Fighting Load Carrier (FLC) vest, NSN 8465-01-525-0577, is provided for all Soldiers, with specialized removable pouches for Rifleman, Pistol, SAW Gunner, Grenadier and Medic configurations.

Fighting Load Carrier (FLC) Vest, NSN 8465-01-525-0577:



Available Now -- $74.72


The modular Fighting Load Carrier (FLC) vest allows commanders to tailor their Soldiers' loads to meet mission needs without unnecessary extra pouches and gear. It is one-size-fits-all, and is designed to be worn with or without body armor.  The MOLLE pockets can be attached directly onto body armor; however, this limits the ability to take the "fighting load" off without exposing oneself to ballistic threats.  In addition, this can create hazardous "hang-ups" for Soldiers such as Humvee gunners and armored vehicle crewmembers, who must move up and down through tight hatch openings quickly (during rollovers or direct-fire engagements).  For this reason, many units require their Soldiers to mount all pouches on the FLC vest, and leave the Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) / Outer Tactical Vest (OTV) as "clean" as possible.

The Fighting Load Carrier (FLC) Set, NSN 8465-01-525-0575  (pictured above; sometimes called the "Rifleman Configuration"), is the most basic and commonly used assembly of these components. 

The FLC Set consists of the following components:

1.  FLC Vest, NSN 8465-01-525-0577, 1ea
2.  M16/M4 Two magazine pouch, NSN 8465-01-525-0606, 3ea
3.  M16/M4 Three magazine side-by-side pouch, NSN 8465-01-525-0598, 2ea;
Bandoleer (6 mag capacity), NSN 8465-01-524-7309, 1ea
4.  Canteen/general purpose pouch, NSN 8465-01-525-0585, 2ea
5.  Fragmentation hand grenade pouch, NSN 8465-01-525-0589, 2ea


Complete FLC Set - NSN 8465-01-525-0575

Available Now -- $221.60


The FLC Set (pictured above), along with a Hydration System, an Assault Pack, and a Waist Pack ("Butt Pack"), combine to form the Core Rifleman Set, NSN 8465-01-525-0578.


Core Refleman Set

Available Now -- $394.40


Specialized (Configuration-Specific) Pouches:

Fig. 1: 100 round SAW pouch, NSN 8465-01-524-7365; also see SAW Gunner Configuration below.
Fig. 2: 200 round SAW pouch, NSN 8465-01-524-7620
Fig. 3: Medical pouch, NSN 8465-01-524-7638; also see Medic Configuration below.
Fig. 4: M16/M4 two magazine pouch, NSN 8465-01-525-0606
Fig. 5: 40mm high explosive grenade pouch (single), NSN 8465-01-524-7624; also see Grenadier Configuration below.
Fig. 6: 40mm high explosive grenade pouch (double), NSN 8465-01-524-7628
Fig. 7: 40mm pyrotechnic (illumination) round pouch (double), NSN 8465-01-524-7636
Fig. 8: 9mm magazine pouch, NSN 8465-01-524-7361; also see Pistolman Configuration below.
Fig. 9: Fragmentation hand grenade pouch, NSN 8465-01-525-0589
Fig. 10: Canteen/general purpose pouch, NSN 8465-01-525-0585
Fig. 11: M16/M4 Three magazine side-by-side pouch, NSN 8465-01-525-0598

The Pistolman Configuration (pictured above) has four single 9mm magazine pouches, two canteen / utility pouches, and two fragmentation hand grenade pouches as shown. 

The MOLLE Pistol Set, NSN 8465-01-524-7328, provides the 4ea 9mm magazine pouches, as well as a leg extender (not pictured).

The SAW Gunner Configuration (pictured above) is made up of two 200-round magazine pouches and two 100-round magazine pouches, and two canteen / utility pouches

The MOLLE SAW Gunner Set, NSN 8465-01-524-7362, provides the four ammunition pouches with 600 rounds (5.56mm link) of total capacity.

The Grenadier Configuration (pictured above) consists of ten 40mm single high explosive grenade pouches, two double high explosive grenade pouches and two double pyrotechnic round pouches, along with two canteen / general purpose pouches.

The MOLLE Grenadier Set, NSN 8465-01-524-7624, provides the 40mm ammunition pouches.

The Medic Configuration (pictured above) includes four zippered medical pouches for the vest and two canteen / utility pouches.  Three M4 double-magazine pouches can be substituted for the canteen pouches if needed. Medics also receive a specialized panel loading medical bag that has an additional four removable medical pouches attached to it.  The MOLLE Medic Set, NSN 8465-01-524-7632, provides the 8 small medical pouches and the medical bag.

Other ACU Items: 

ACU Standard Uniform Coat and Trousers; Rigger's Belt, Sand Color
ACU Insignia (Rank, Qual Badges, Nametapes, US Flag, etc)
ACU Unit Patches
ACU Undershirt, Silk Weight Underwear, and Army Combat Shirt
ACU Wet / Cold Weather Gear (Poncho, Rainsuit, Gore-Tex, etc)
ACU Headgear (Patrol Cap, Boonie Cap, ACH Cover, Balaclava, etc)
ACU Gloves and Mittens
ACU Knee and Elbow Pads
ACU MOLLE Equipment Items
ACU Aircrew Uniforms, Mechanics' Coveralls, and CVC Coveralls
ACU Air Warrior System Items
ACU JSLIST and Chemical Protective Coveralls
ACU Maternity Uniforms