New Dress Blues Uniform Makes Its Debut on Female Marine Graduates


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

Since 2013, the Marines’ new female dress blues have been in the making, thanks to initiatives led by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. Now, the new uniforms, which are modeled after those currently worn by male marines, are finally here.

On November 16, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island saw its first company of enlisted women graduate – with their new dress blue coat proudly on show. About 130 women graduated on the 16th with November Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, according to an announcement from the service.

While the coats are not yet mandatory for female marines as they’ve just been debuted, they will be mandatory in September 2022. Starting in October, both coats will be “optional to wear with the dress uniform.”

In addition to being modeled after male marines’ dress coats, the new female coat is “reminiscent of older uniform styles dating back to World War II.” The updated version will feature a higher collar along with a white belt and a waist plate. Unlike the men’s version, the updated female dress blues coat will not have pockets.

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Army Finalizing Design for Soldiers’ New Greens Uniform Coming in 2020


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Source: Military.com

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.”

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Army Greens Uniform


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

Though the army is still ironing out the specifics of its new Army Greens uniform, a contract and fielding timeline are in the works. The new uniform will not be made mandatory until 2028, so soldiers have plenty of time to purchase it. New soldiers may begin receiving it as early as 2020.

The Army Greens uniform draws inspiration from World War II-era uniforms and will include the classic “green ‘Marshall’ jacket, taupe pants and brown leather oxfords.” Soldiers will also have “three options for jackets, two for matching covers, and – for airborne units – the uniform team is working on a prototype of brown jump boots, according to Sergeant Major of the Army, Dan Dailey.

As for the cost of the uniforms, army leaders have not yet provided per set pricing, but stated that fielding them “won’t cost any more than what the service is spending for ASUs now.”

Below is what we know so far about the Army Greens uniform:

Soldiers will receive one foldable cap as “standard issue cover for the uniform,” while a circular cap and beret will be worn per commander guidance. Standard issue outerwear will come in the form of a long, green coat in a trench style, with three other optional jackets as well. Both of the shirts, the jacket, and pants are polyester blends. Finally, while a prototype of brown jump boots is in the works, they are not yet a reality.

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The Army Has a New Name for “Pinks and Greens” Inspired Uniform


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Stars and Stripes

According to Sgt. Major of the Army Dan Dailey, American soldiers will not be calling their new dress uniforms “Pinks and Greens,” but rather, “Army Greens.” While on a visit to Camp Zama in Japan, Dailey stated, “Pinks and Greens is a World War II nickname.”

Earlier in November, the Army announced that it would officially adopt the new design, which features brown pants with a pinkish tint and olive-colored jackets and is based on a World War II design as the new service uniform.

Officials anticipate rollout of the Army Greens uniform to begin in the summer of 2020, with all soldiers being required to wear it by 2028.

Army Recruiters will be the first to receive debut the new uniform to the public, Dailey added. He also noted that after a phase-in period, all active duty soldiers, including those in the National Guard and Army Reserve, will wear the new uniform.

The Army’s current uniform will not be entirely phased out. Instead, it will be worn as a dress uniform.

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Army Greens Delayed Until 2020


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Source: Military.com

In a Veteran’s Day announcement posted on the Army’s website on November 11, the service notified the public that that soldiers will not be required to buy the new Army Greens uniform (formerly referred to as Pinks and Greens) until 2028.

Apart from the timeline, the announcement did not provide much information in regards to instructions, costs, or even uniform components. No comments from the Sergeant Major, Dan Dailey, were included, either.

It is also still unknown if airborne units will be able to participate in this tradition, given that their current jump boots are black, and the Army Greens’ footwear is brown.

One thing the announcement did state, however, is that new soldiers will start to receive their Army Greens as early as “the summer of 2020.” As for those currently enlisted, it is unknown when they will be able to purchase the uniform.

One of the Army’s uniform manufacturers, Marlow White, has a page dedicated to the Army Greens on its website, but that offers little information, too.

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Army Greens Uniform Finally Approved


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

On Veterans Day, the Army announced that the highly-anticipated “Army Greens” will be the next uniform for members of the service.

According to a release on the service’s official website, Army Greens, which were formerly referred to as “Pinks and Greens” in the original iteration during World War II, may be available for all Army personnel as early as 2020.

When the new uniform goes Army-wide, the current Army Blues Uniform, or ABUs, will “return to being a formal dress uniform,” as stated in the Army release. The Army Greens will then function as “the everyday business-wear uniform for all soldiers.”

As for the cost of the Army Greens, Army officials state that it will be “cost-neutral,” due to a strategic fielding plan and higher quality materials.

To complete the Army Green uniform, brown leather oxfords and pants will be required for men and women, although women will also have the option of wearing a pencil skirt and pumps. Leather bomber jackets will also be available for outerwear.

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Army’s Final Decision on ‘Pinks and Greens’ Uniform yet to Come


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

Back in September, Dan Dailey, Sergeant Major of the Army informed Army Times reporters that officials were on the verge of making a decision about whether the WWII-era Pinks and Greens uniforms, which are now called “Army Greens,” would be making a comeback.

No final announcements have been made, though.

Even if the Army’s Secretary, Mark Esper, gave the go-ahead to move forward with new uniforms today, soldiers still wouldn’t see them for a few years.

Due to a rule in the National Defense Authorization Act, the service’s secretaries must notify the Defense Logistics Agency three years in advance of a uniform change. The DLA has to notify affected contractors at least a year prior before it is able to release a solicitation for new uniform components to the public.

If the Army Greens are approved, the current manufacturer of the Army’s uniforms, Marlow White, would need to be made aware of the opportunity to submit a proposal. Although Marlow White (who has been involved in the prototype process for the new uniforms) states on its website that it is “expecting a final decision from Army leadership,” the Army has not provided any information in regards to a decision date.

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The Army Is Developing a New Sports Bra to Measure Performance


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

The Army issues a wide range of uniform components, save for one essential—bras. Attempts to develop a “tactical women’s undergarment” have been made in the past, but the idea was passed over as it was unfit for much of the female soldier population.

Now, one of the designers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, Ashley Cushon, is working on developing an undergarment that will both support and measure the performance of female soldiers. The project has been named BAMBI – Biometric Algorithm Monitoring Brassiere Integration.

Prototype testing will require soldiers to be connected to a Holter monitor that will measure Heat Strain Index, heart rate, and core temperature to help predict things like fatigue, exhaustion, and heat stroke, which may lead to increased casualties.

Previously, tests were only conducted on men due to fit issues of the vest that houses the sensors.

To ensure that the new performance sports bra is sized accurately, Cushon’s team will use 3-D scans and measurements taken from a 2012 survey.

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Retired Army General and Sergeant Support the Pinks and Greens Uniform


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Source: Army Times

The Army is planning to move away from its current dress blues to a newly updated version of the 1920s pinks and greens uniform, which was retired in the 1950s.

The proposed new uniforms will consist of a green jacket and tan pants for both men and women, with women also having the option to purchase a skirt and pumps.

Final prototypes have been tested, and while there are plenty of critics on either side, younger officers and soldiers’ have been providing positive responses to the potential uniform change.

To avoid incurring additional out-of-pocket costs for those who are currently enlisted (and for senior officers and NCOs), the phase-in period will be longer than average. The Army may also delay the issue of new uniforms to troops until they successfully complete entry training.

The new pinks and greens uniform “is expected to have a 33 percent longer wear life.”

Retired Gen. Carter F. Ham and Retired Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston approve of the uniform change, stating that “America’s Army needs a uniform that is its own, that is readily identifiable by the citizens the Army serves. The uniform should create a positive, professional public image for the Army at a time when many Americans know little about their Army, and couldn’t tell the difference between a soldier or a police officer. The greens uniform does all of that.”

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Marine Corps Approves Boots in 7 Brand-New Styles


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

Recently, the Marine Corps made updates to its list of authorized boots, giving marines an opportunity to test out new styles. The revised list was delivered via a “service-wide administrative message.”

Seven brand-new styles were added to the list, making for a total of 16 different boot types marines can choose from.

Below are the new boot types:

Rugged All-Terrain

  • Bates – No. 29502
  • Wellco – No. E114

Combat

  • Bates – No. E30502

Optional

  • Danner – Reckoning, style No. 53221
  • Bates – No. E50501 for men and No. E57501 for women
  • Danner – Marine Expeditionary Boot (MEB), style No. 53111
  • Danner – MEB, style No. 53110

In addition to the list of authorized boots, marines may also be required to wear “special-issue footwear, such as safety or flight boots, that are mission specific.”

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