Earplugs Put Troops at Risk
Combat Arms Earplugs (CAEv2) were standard issue to military service members between 2003 and 2015. The Combat Arms Earplugs were dual-ended and came in a combination of colors; green/yellow or olive/yellow or brown/yellow or yellow/black. If worn with the yellow end inserted, the earplugs were designed to protect against loud impulse noises such as weapons fire but also had a built-in filter that would allow the user to hear low-level sounds such as commands, conversations, footsteps, approaching vehicles and other low-level noises. If worn with the green end inserted, the earplugs were designed to provide protection in situations with high, constant noise levels such as aircraft, armored vehicles, watercraft and machinery.