Skip to comments.New Army Service Uniform
Posted on 09/08/2008 12:09:05 PM PDT by cll
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 25, 2008) -- Out with the old, in with the blue. The Army has made it official; the green service uniform, which has defined the service since the mid-1950s, is on the outs.
In place of the green uniform will be a variation of the blue uniform, something many Soldiers already own. Official word on the new "Army Service Uniform," or ASU, was released Aug. 20 in a message to all Army activities. The message defines the wear policy and the "bridging" strategy for transition to the new uniform.
"It's a culmination of transformation efforts that started in 2004," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston of the new ASU. "We had three 'Class A' style uniforms, all the same style jacket, with just a different color -- the policies on how we wore accoutrements on them were different. We asked the question -- if we wear one only, which would it be? And the blue uniform was the most popular of the three."
The new ASU coat, similar to the existing blue coat, will be made of a wrinkle-resistant material and will have a more "athletic" cut.
Other changes to the uniform include authorization of a combat service identification badge to recognize combat service, overseas service bars authorized on the jacket sleeve for both enlisted Soldiers and officers, the wear of distinctive unit insignia on the shoulder loops of the blue coat for enlisted Soldiers, authorizing paratroopers to wear the black jump boots with the blue ASU, and the decision to transition to a new short sleeve and long sleeve white shirt with shoulder loops.
It is also permissible for enlisted Soldiers to wear both overseas service bars and service stripes on the new blue ASU coat. Officers and Soldiers in the grade of corporal and above will additionally wear a gold braid on their slacks to indicate leadership roles.
"That is kind of a right of passage as you transition from being a (junior) enlisted soldier to a noncommissioned officer," Preston said of the gold braid.
New items for the ASU will be available in military clothing sales after July 2009.
Soldiers will be expected to possess the entire uniform by July 2014. The two key components of the uniform, the coat and slacks, are expected to cost around $140, with modifications bringing the total cost to $200. Enlisted Soldiers will receive an increase in their annual uniform allowance to help offset the cost of the uniform.
Between the berets and the ugly new white shirts, the Army is looking quite gay these days.
I would ‘lol’ but I am sure this more of a time of mourning than outright laughter.
Looks vaguely french.
The Army is joining the Air Force? pretty funny, considering the Air Force was once a branch of the Army.
The greens looked like warmed over dog poop.
The blue look like poop. At least that’s an improvement. They’d be better off if they just went back to Ike jackets.
FWIW, the uniform makes me think of a British bobby...
Ah yes; the Army and it’s never ending quest to make soldiers look like Panamanian generals.
Who designed these uniforms-Bill Clinton.
Does this smell like pEU, or am I off base here?
The yellow leg stripe is a nice touch (Plains Indians used to call the infantry "yellowlegs" because of their yellow-striped pants) and I wonder if the artillery guys will get red?
Still, this is going to look a lot like the Air Force blues to the uninitiated.
Light green is going to show the dirt less.
That green looks very professional. That would be my preference.
Looks a little too “Air Force” to me.
“Ah yes; the Army and its never ending quest to make soldiers look like Panamanian generals”
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