On Monday, Army Secretary Mark Esper gave his approval to adopt the recently announced Army Greens uniform. The Army Greens uniform is “a version of the iconic Pinks and Greens uniform Army officers wore during World War II.” Army officials wanted to “capitalize on the greatest generation because there is another great generation that is serving today.”
Though the uniform is not yet finalized, there is a rollout schedule in place. It will be as follows: New soldiers will receive Army Greens starting in the summer of 2020. Soldiers currently on active duty, in the National Guard, and Reserves will also be able to acquire the Army Greens then, but the uniform will not be mandatory until 2028. When the new uniform is mandatory, the current blue service uniform will become the army’s “optional dress uniform.”
While the phase-in period may seem long, it was designed as such to give soldiers an adequate amount of time to save their clothing allowances to cover the cost of the uniform. Exact costs have not been disclosed, but we do know that the Army Greens’ estimated cost is higher than that of the current service uniform. However, with the increased cost comes a higher-quality uniform with a longer lifespan.
Before the updated Army Greens uniform is issued to army personnel, the service plans to manufacture and issue approximately 200 uniforms to those in forward-facing positions, such as recruiters. Feedback from the initial uniform issue will inform the final design, which the service hopes will be a “comprehensive uniform design that soldiers like.”