Robert Jubinville entered the U.S. Army in 1968, during the height of the Vietnam War. Instead of being sent overseas, Jubinville was assigned to the Research and Development Center in Natick, aka Natick Labs, to serve as a test subject. For 18 months, until he was released from active service, Jubinville tested everything from clothing to drugs. When he was not “in test,” he worked at the Labs’ dispensary.



A test bike at the Natick Labs


Robert Jubinville testing a jacket


A fellow test subject at the Natick Labs during the Vietnam era


Robert Jubinville, right, at a Vietnam program, Morse Institute Library, October 2017