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New Army Service Uniform
Army.mil - News ^ | 8/25/2008 | C, Todd Lopez

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.


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Out with the greens, in with the blue. With a coat it looks great. Without the coat and with the white shirt it looks awful!


1 posted on 09/08/2008 12:09:06 PM PDT by cll
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To: SandRat; StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska

Ping.


2 posted on 09/08/2008 12:11:11 PM PDT by cll (Choose life or choose death)
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To: SandRat; StarCMC; Kathy in Alaska

Ping.


3 posted on 09/08/2008 12:11:29 PM PDT by cll (Choose life or choose death)
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To: cll

Between the berets and the ugly new white shirts, the Army is looking quite gay these days.


4 posted on 09/08/2008 12:12:43 PM PDT by rivercat (Sarah Palin '12)
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To: cll

I would ‘lol’ but I am sure this more of a time of mourning than outright laughter.


5 posted on 09/08/2008 12:13:10 PM PDT by CodeToad
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To: cll

Looks vaguely french.


6 posted on 09/08/2008 12:13:49 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Wish it was Palin/McCain)
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To: cll

The Army is joining the Air Force? pretty funny, considering the Air Force was once a branch of the Army.


7 posted on 09/08/2008 12:14:40 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: cll

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.


8 posted on 09/08/2008 12:14:57 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: cll

FWIW, the uniform makes me think of a British bobby...


9 posted on 09/08/2008 12:15:03 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: cll

Ah yes; the Army and it’s never ending quest to make soldiers look like Panamanian generals.


10 posted on 09/08/2008 12:16:57 PM PDT by SAMS ("I may look harmless, but I raised a U.S. MARINE!" Army Wife & Marine Mom)
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To: rivercat

Who designed these uniforms-Bill Clinton.


11 posted on 09/08/2008 12:17:36 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: cll
Looks like they just decided to cut production costs and steal Air Force uniforms.

12 posted on 09/08/2008 12:17:40 PM PDT by mnehring (Mavrick/Barracuda 2008)
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To: cll

Does this smell like pEU, or am I off base here?


13 posted on 09/08/2008 12:17:53 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain, the Ipecac President.)
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To: rivercat
Bit of a different beast, but much better green.
14 posted on 09/08/2008 12:17:53 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Wish it was Palin/McCain)
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To: cll; Redleg Duke
Here's a different photo showing the coat:

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.

15 posted on 09/08/2008 12:18:06 PM PDT by Mr. Silverback (*******It's not conservative to accept an inept Commander-in-Chief in a time of war. Bac Mac.******)
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To: rivercat
It doesn't do anything for me at all. The beret kills it for me.
16 posted on 09/08/2008 12:18:22 PM PDT by wally_bert (Tactical Is Still Missing A Chair! Star Wreck In The Pirkinning......)
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To: cll

Light green is going to show the dirt less.


17 posted on 09/08/2008 12:18:33 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: MeanWestTexan

That green looks very professional. That would be my preference.


18 posted on 09/08/2008 12:18:39 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain, the Ipecac President.)
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To: cll

Looks a little too “Air Force” to me.


19 posted on 09/08/2008 12:19:14 PM PDT by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: SAMS

“Ah yes; the Army and it’s never ending quest to make soldiers look like Panamanian generals”

lol!


20 posted on 09/08/2008 12:19:17 PM PDT by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: MeanWestTexan
Hmmm.... Looks Navy Blue to me.
21 posted on 09/08/2008 12:19:37 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Conservation? Let the NE Yankees freeze.... in the dark)
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To: cll

The Navy recently got rid of its summer white uniform for enlisted. There was great rejoicing since white attracts dirty like Clinton does a scandal.

It’s soooo encouraging to see that the Army is going to keep the dry cleaners in business.

Maroons.


22 posted on 09/08/2008 12:19:53 PM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: cll

The Army is just never going to get it. They keep changing the unform and cover it with all sorts of do-dads to improve moral, but never do anything of substance to instill service-wide warrior ethics. A proper uniform would highlight a vital few milestones for a heritage of victory.


23 posted on 09/08/2008 12:19:55 PM PDT by Retain Mike
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To: Mr. Silverback

My screen is too small, but I assume the leg stripe is an officer designation for “please shoot me first.”


24 posted on 09/08/2008 12:19:57 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Wish it was Palin/McCain)
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To: cll

Looks a little “Coastie” to me.


25 posted on 09/08/2008 12:19:57 PM PDT by Fan of Fiat
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To: cll
looks like a gate guard at an air force base, should have gone back to the old khaki uniform
26 posted on 09/08/2008 12:20:01 PM PDT by mikefive
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To: Lee'sGhost
They’d be better off if they just went back to Ike jackets.

I think Ike was the only one permitted to wear an Ike jacket.

27 posted on 09/08/2008 12:20:31 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: cll
I'm sorry. I have never liked those berets.

They are just awful.

Becki

28 posted on 09/08/2008 12:20:33 PM PDT by Becki (Obama - Osama - the only difference is "BS". - freeper beethovenfan)
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To: MeanWestTexan

I liked the greens better, and I wore them for years. They should have gone with either the Ike coat or just used the Blue two-tone Army Dress Uniform. Who the heck wants to look like the Air Force? Besides, the Army Dress Blues looked awesome with a Stetson and spurs!


29 posted on 09/08/2008 12:21:17 PM PDT by rivercat (Sarah Palin '12)
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To: bert

No, then they’d be drunk and have pee stains on the trousers.


30 posted on 09/08/2008 12:21:22 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Wish it was Palin/McCain)
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To: Mr. Silverback

If I’m not mistaken, the gray shirt won the favor of most soldiers surveyed, but Gen. Casey changed it to white.


31 posted on 09/08/2008 12:21:31 PM PDT by cll (Carthage must be destroyed)
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To: MeanWestTexan

For a very long time US Army uniforms did look French, and deliberately so as the French Army used to set the prevailing international military style. The US even copied the French Zouave uniform, which originated in the French colonies of North Africa.

And then for a while the US copied the Prussians/Germans, when the war of 1870 made them the new style leaders, spiked helmets and all.

The beret was copied from the British who copied it from the French, who had much earlier adopted it for many of their elite troops (Chasseurs Alpins, etc.).

And of course many countries copied US styles after WWII.


32 posted on 09/08/2008 12:21:38 PM PDT by buwaya
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To: cll

I think they should lose the Made in China berets (except for Special Forces) and go back to the garrison cap (piss-cutter) and the combination cover.

The blue uniforms date back to both Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and, as such, are a connection with an illustrious history.


33 posted on 09/08/2008 12:21:39 PM PDT by paterfamilias
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To: cll

This thing is gawd awful. They tried to please everybody and have ended up with a cobbled together clown suit that looks like something for the Gay Caballero’s Marching Band Drill Team - except for the red silk sash.


34 posted on 09/08/2008 12:21:40 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: All

Sounds like Nutty Globalists have infiltrated the Pentagon, too.

We will be like all the soft Euro countries....and end up calling all our military “defense forces”. This is scary

First everyone will be in one uniform


35 posted on 09/08/2008 12:21:45 PM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Why Is It That The People Who Claim Ron Paul Is "Nuts"...Are Actually Nuttier Themselves..)
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To: mikefive

Will look simply marvelous with the light blue UN beret


36 posted on 09/08/2008 12:22:19 PM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: cll
I wish our service people were outfitted to look American, instead of French.

Baseball caps, folks. Baseball caps.

37 posted on 09/08/2008 12:22:40 PM PDT by TChris (Democrats: Where are we going? ...and why am I in this handbasket?)
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To: cll

It will go better with the baby blue U.N. helmets.


38 posted on 09/08/2008 12:22:45 PM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Conceal carry - Don't leave home without it.)
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To: cll

Horrible. When we switched from the khaki shirt to that puke-green one in the 80s that was bad enough, but blue? With a white shirt? That looks like some cheap security guard uniform. The Navy and Air Force can have blue. Army has not been blue since the Civil War, and we really should keep it that way.


39 posted on 09/08/2008 12:22:47 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: MeanWestTexan

Never mind, I thought they went with the Air Force style single blue uniform.


40 posted on 09/08/2008 12:22:51 PM PDT by rivercat (Sarah Palin '12)
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To: Mr. Silverback

Actually, the Cavalry had the yellow stripe on the pants and I believe the Infantry was white. Of course, the Field Artillery were the “Redlegs”.


41 posted on 09/08/2008 12:22:51 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Sarah Palin...Unleashing the Fury of the Castrated Left!")
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To: cll

That uniform is exactly like USAF military police circa 1972 from top to bottom, with the exception of missing the white-laced jump boots.


42 posted on 09/08/2008 12:23:03 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: rivercat

Me, too (although 99.99% I wore a flight jumpsuit of some kind). You could get out of anything as a pilot.


43 posted on 09/08/2008 12:23:32 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Wish it was Palin/McCain)
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To: HIDEK6

I guess you were making a joke. Otherwise, nonsense. Ike Jackets were worn by all ranks at the end of WW2 until the early 1950’s. They were the sharpest US uniform ever.


44 posted on 09/08/2008 12:23:42 PM PDT by SolidWood (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: oyez

Too bad the Army football team can’t look a little like
the Air Force!


45 posted on 09/08/2008 12:23:51 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus (( commander of the simian host))
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To: Retain Mike
"They keep changing the unform and cover it with all sorts of do-dads to improve moral"

Is moral really why the uniforms are being changed? Honestly, I don't know, that's way I ask.

46 posted on 09/08/2008 12:24:31 PM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: rivercat

My Dad got into the Army Guard while the Ike Jacket was still in. They got rid of it because it really looked bad on fatso!


47 posted on 09/08/2008 12:24:34 PM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Sarah Palin...Unleashing the Fury of the Castrated Left!")
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To: TChris

Baseball caps are too Air Force, and thus quite lame.


48 posted on 09/08/2008 12:24:38 PM PDT by rivercat (Sarah Palin '12)
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To: MeanWestTexan

I wore a flightsuit about half of the time too, though not a pilot.


49 posted on 09/08/2008 12:26:24 PM PDT by rivercat (Sarah Palin '12)
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To: Mr. Silverback

I find it very attractive with the blue jacket, and it does have historical resonance. Its very similar in effect to the uniforms of the 19th-early 20th centuries.

They would look snappier with closed collars in the true 19th century style.

The berets are a poor match with the uniform I think, as are the womens hats. A stiff Kepi would be better, or a Stetson-type campaign hat, though that is much less practical.


50 posted on 09/08/2008 12:27:02 PM PDT by buwaya
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