People had body armor in the beginning, some people just had older PASGT armor that only provided frag protection instead of the newer stuff that had rifle plates. That PASGT frag armor is the EXACT same stuff worn during Desert Storm. It takes quite awhile to get new stuff fielded. As with all things, units that need the new stuff the most get it the quickest. An Infantryman is usually going to get new armor over a cook because of job requirements. Eventually that cook is going to get the new stuff, but only after people who need it to complete their job get it first.
Because of people like you that complained so much about the troops needing body armor Infantrymen and other combat arms troops have been fighting TWO battles. One against the enemy and one against the weight of gear. The military became too focused on body armor and tried to armor every inch of every troop to the point that we could hardly move. Body armor with front back and side plates, groin protector, arm protectors, neck protector, throat protector, lower back protector, add on to helmet to protect back of neck, etc. Guess what, we had all that stuff and wore only the bare basic vest and helmet. Sometimes not even the helmet. Stuff gets heavy on foot in the mountains chasing guys wearing pajamas with only a rifle and a mag or 3.
Armored vehicles is another example of getting things done as quickly as possible. The threat of IED's was realized and uparmored Humvees came about. Those helped, but development continued and now the MRAP is doing it's thing and saving lives. It takes time to develop and test new equipment in the military. Nothing happens overnight.
When a person signs up for the military, especially during a time of war, they are choosing to go where the government sends them with the gear that they get issued. You do go to war with what you got. There are a lot of battles that have been won with substandard gear. The guys about to storm Iwo Jima didn't say "whoa, whoa, whoa...I didn't sign up to do this with only a steel pot for armor. I'd like my own personal tank and one of those flak jackets the bomber crews wear before I go do this." They did what they had to do with what they had.
Maybe before joining the military someone should look at what's in the system and decide if they are going to be comfortable on patrol using the current issue gear. There are no promises that it will be upgraded in the future. US troops should be thankful they got what they got. Other armies around the world don't have that luxury and you can expect to see that luxury of improving equipment disappear under Democrat control.
It would be financially unsound for the military to outfit everyone with all of the best gear on the market when the vast majority of the military could deploy overseas in an orange jumpsuit with no body armor or weapon and complete their mission just the same. Problem is, that is what they are trying to do because everyone cries to mommy about not having this or that and guess what? We end up with cooks and mechanics with better rifles and gear than combat arms soldiers in some instances....how's that for backwards and a waste of funds?
Now, back to the original topic
Expect to see more of that type of stuff. Money was good for the military while President Bush was in office. Money for training and equipment was readily available. Don't be surprised to hear stories of guys going back to saying "bang bang" during training because there isn't money for ammo like during the Clinton years. It is very common for the military to get screwed when a Democrat is in office.