Source: Air Force Times
Starting October 1, airmen will be permitted to wear the new Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform full-time. The new uniform was selected because it is comfortable, it “works in all climates,” and “it will help airmen fit in alongside soldiers in the field.”
If they choose, airmen may also continue to wear the current Airman Battle Uniform (ABU).
However, by June 2020, all airmen will need to transition to coyote brown boots, instead of desert sand boots or the sage green boots often worn with ABUs. By April 1, 2021, “all airmen will be required to wear the OCP.”
To provide guidance on how airmen should wear their new OCPs, the service updated Air Force Instruction 36-2903, “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel,” in July.
As per Instruction 36-2903, Army Air Force Exchange Stores (AAFES) and Military Clothing Sales Stores (MCSS) are the only approved suppliers of the new uniform.
OCPs will be available for purchase from AAFES stores at several chosen bases. They are: Aviano Air Base in Italy, Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina, MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, and Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina.
The OCP will be offered at more AAFES stores in April 2019, and it is expected to be available online in October 2019.
Personnel in training will be issued the new OCP uniform next October as well.
The Air Force also plans to increase the clothing allowance for airmen by approximately $20 to cover the cost of the OCP, according to Maj. Gen. Robert LaBrutta.
Further information regarding the new OCP regulations can be found in the updated AFI.