Air Force Delays Dress Blues to Focus on New Initiatives

Written by W. L. Gore & Associates


In May, the U.S. Air Force announced that “the service will ditch the Airman Battle Uniform,” or ABU, in favor of the Army’s Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform (OCP) instead.

In addition to switching to the OCP, the service also announced that it was considering making changes to its dress blues uniform so that it – and the jacket in particular – further reflected the 70-year history of the service.

Last August, Chief Master Sergeant, Kaleth O. Wright said that results regarding the updated blues uniform were “expected in the near future,” but as of recently, that has all changed, because there are now “other matters that officials are looking to accomplish in the coming months.”

According to Wright, the service is trying to improve how it develops, evaluates, and promotes its enlisted force – and plans to put the focus on these initiatives in 2019.

One of the first changes it hopes to make is to the Weighted Airman Promotion System – which may include ditching it altogether. It also plans to implement a new tenure policy to extend the service of senior airmen and staff sergeants.

As far as uniforms go, Wright ensures that no changes will be made “without giving our airmen time to adjust.”

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