Army Greens Delayed Until 2020


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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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United States Army Finalizes New Camouflage Netting System


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

Since the 1990s, the Army has been using its legacy woodland and desert camouflage netting systems in different variants to conceal troops and equipment. The service has made the decision to retire these netting systems in favor a new generation of “ultra-light-weight, general purpose camouflage.”

The ULCANS, or Ultra-Light Camouflage Netting System will provide state-of-the-art, all-weather concealment for “multi-spectral protection for troops and equipment.” The hope is that the ultra-light camouflage system will better camouflage troops and equipment from battlefield threats. It is “the result of nearlt two years of testing, trials and data collection” conducted by the Army’s Solder Systems Center in Natck, Massachusetts.

The Fibrotex-manufactured system provides “multi-spectral camouflage” which “conceals objects from detection across several portions of the electromagnetic spectrum at the same time.” The company will offer the ULCANS system in reversible designs, so that soldiers, vehicles, and equipment can be effectively camouflaged in a wide variety of light or dark environments.

In addition to finalizing the system itself, the Army has also award a contract to Fibrotex USA Inc., to manufacture the netting system. The contract is valued at $480 million and spans 10 years with an indefinite quantity attached. Fibrotex USA “is expected to begin full-rate production in early 2019.”

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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


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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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New Uniforms for Female Marines Forthcoming


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

On October 18th, a service-wide administrative message was released by the United States Marines.

In the message, several uniform changes were announced, one of which being that women in the Marines will soon begin to phase out their current open-collared dress coats. The new dress coats, which will be replacing the open-collared version, are more “gender-neutral” and look similar to their male counterparts. Former Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus, initiated the change.

The timeline is as follows: female Marines may continue to wear their current dress coat and white shirt until September 30, 2022, after which they will be “deemed obsolete,” as the message notes. From then on, the “new female dress blues coat” will be part of the required dress uniform.

Some facilities have already begun selling the new coats, according to the program manager of the Marine Corps Uniform Board, Mary Boyt. Female officers can purchase new dress coats early, but will have to do so at their own expense.

In addition to providing a deadline, the Marines’ administrative message also provided placement instructions for ribbons, badges, and belts for those female Marines who have chosen to purchase the new coats early. As stated, women should “wear the white web-coat belt and waist plate” per the guidance of a commander. These items may also be worn with the current dress coat.

Further guidance regarding how to wear ribbons and badges can be found in the administrative message.

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Army Days From Final Decision on ‘Pinks and Greens’ Uniform


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Army Times

It has been almost an entire year since the first incarnations of the Army’s “prospective new dress uniform” debuted to the public.

Now, the Army is just “days away” from an ultimate decision on the uniforms and whether they will be mass produced.

The new pinks and greens, which are a throwback to the WWII-era uniforms of the same name, “would replace the current Army Service Uniform for official events,” with the ASU being “upgraded to a formal dress uniform.”

SMA Dailey disclosed to Army Times last week that Army Secretary Mark Esper and Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley are “preparing to make an announcement.”

For the time being, however, the Army’s top leaders will continue to solicit feedback from soldiers.

Dailey also added that the new uniform, which was finalized this year, will not cost taxpayers anything.

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Airmen Permitted to Wear the OCP Beginning October 1


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

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.

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