Ballistic resistance of body armor is a minimum performance standard developed in collaboration with the office of law enforcement standards oles of the national institute of standards and technology nist it is produced as part of the standards and testing program of the national institute of justice nij office of. The current ballistic standard nij standard 010106 ballistic resistance of body armor published in 2008 has evolved from the first 010100 standard published in 1972 by nijs predecessor organization the national institute of law enforcement and criminal justice nilecj and developed by the then law enforcement standards laboratory . Ballistic resistant body armor basics the minimum information an officer should know about body armor is u body armor is not bullet proof it is bullet resistant and different armor models are designed to protect against different specific types of ammunition no body armor will stop every threat u the term body armor is usually associated with. The following table provided by the national law enforcement and corrections technology center national is updated whenever new armor is found compliant with nij standard 010106 for ballistic resistanceread a description of each table field. Nij standard 010106 ballistic resistance of body armor was published in 2008 this standard specifies the minimum performance requirements that ballistic resistant body armor must meet to satisfy the specifications of criminal justice agencies and the methods that should be used to test the armors performance
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