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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Marine Corps Seeks New Flame-Resistant Garments for Cold Climates


Written by Kenzie Fitzpatrick

Source: Military.com

Earlier this month, officials of the Marine Corps Systems Command delivered a notice announcing to vendors that they will soon be looking for “flame-resistant, lightweight, cold-weather undershirts and drawers” for Marines who are serving in cold climates such as the Arctic Circle. The notice was posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

Officials stated in the announcement that they plan to “draft specifications and standards to accommodate a variety of design solutions and processes, and to encourage a broad vendor base.”

The Marine Corps first began to issue flame-resistant organizational gear, also referred to as FROG apparel, to provide personnel with protection from explosives and burn hazards. At this time, it is unclear if the service plans to update only its undergarments, or the FROG clothing also.

Vendors are encouraged to review the standards and specifications for the Marines’ updated cold-weather garments and provide feedback by October 4, according to the notice.

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Air Force to Begin Distributing OCP Uniform on October 1


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

The Air Force is set to begin rolling out the new Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) uniform starting October 1.

The transition from its current Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) to the OCP has been highly anticipated since it was announced in May.

Personnel at Aviano Air Base in Italy, MacDill Air Force Base in Florida, and Shaw Air Force Base and Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina will be the first of those able to purchase the OCP from base stores. If they are not issued directly, uniforms are only approved for purchase from Army and Air Force Exchange Stores and Military Clothing Sales Stores.

The Air Force will phase out the ABU for the OCP over the course of the next three years. All airmen are expected to don the OCP “by April 1, 2021.”

To prepare airmen for the OCP rollout and provide guidance on how to wear the uniform, Air Force Instruction 36-2903, “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel,” was updated in July.

By June 2020, the Air Force will transition to “the tan 499 shirt,” a “tan 499” belt, coyote brown boots, and green socks. If officers choose, they may also wear a patrol cap. All officers will wear “spice brown” rank insignia, except first lieutenants and lieutenant colonels, whose will be back.

Additional information regarding uniform direction for all personnel may be found in Instruction 36-2903 mentioned previously.

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Air Force Seeks Feedback for Development of Improved Flight Suits


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

The U.S. Air Force is gathering feedback from its leaders and servicemen to “better equip and dress its force,” said the Air Force’s Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein.

According to Goldfein, a team of airmen is reviewing “not only flight suits, but all the gear needed to fly for hours on end.” The team plans to make recommendations at the start of October, after which, they will be “submitted for funding consideration,” said spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.

However, some changes to flight suits and other gear are already in the works, as noted by Col. Brady Hauboldt in a statement. For female members of the aircrew, flight suits were said to be “lacking” in fit and sizes ranges.

Changes to bladder relief systems are taking place, too, with “baggies lined with absorbent sponges” being replaced with the Aircrew Mission Extender Device (AMXD), which allows aircrew to relieve themselves “without having to unstrap from the aircraft seat.” While 356 AMXD kits have already been delivered, the Air Force plans to order an additional 1,619.

Goldfein has been working with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief Master Sgt. Kaleth O. Wright to highlight and improve these issues.

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Marine Corps New Tropical Uniforms Arriving June 2019


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Marine Corps Times

On August 29, the Corps awarded $954,713 to SourceAmerica to manufacture a new tropical uniform, according to “Barbara Hamby, a spokeswoman for Marine Corps Systems Command.”

The new uniforms “have undergone several years of testing” in locations like Hawaii and Japan, and have been lauded for their quick drying time and lightweight feel.

Initial samples of the uniform, which has been authorized “for field use only,” will be complete in March, with the first 2,600 being delivered in June 2019. Once complete, the Consolidated Storage Program will receive and issue the tropical uniforms.

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Gore among suppliers of material for US Army CTAPS project


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Shephard Media

The Army is moving forward with its plans to design preliminary clothing for its Cold Temperature and Arctic Protective System (CTAPS) program. The army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Command (NSRDEC) outlined plans for its ‘prototype effort in a combined synopsis/solicitation’ on August 31.

The CTAPS program is anticipated to be a full outfit that will provide protection from the elements in cold temperatures from -65 F to +45 degrees F (-54 C to 7 degrees C). The goal of the program is to improve soldiers’ ability to survive in cold climates, while providing them with enhanced mobility, utility, and lethality using the least possible number of clothing layers.

Per August’s announcement, the NSRDEC identified ‘performance gaps’ and is currently ‘examining new technology and design improvements’ in an attempt to improve upon the Army’s 2000-era Generation III Extended Cold Weather Clothing System (ECWCS Gen III). The NSRDEC is working on concepts for three possible cold weather uniforms.

A fixed-priced contract will be awarded to one ‘innovative clothing design/cut/sew supplier’ to produce 84 Wet Weather Experimental Jackets and Trousers in six sizes, 78 Extreme Cold Experimental Parkas and Trousers in four sizes, and 100 Superfine Knit Shirts and Trousers also in six sizes, with each item being delivered by December 21 for a winter 2018-2019 field test. Results from the 2018-2019 test will determine whether or not they will move forward with development.

Gore is among the providers of fabric for the wet weather ensemble.

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Female Marines Finally Receive New Unisex-Style Dress Coat


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Source: Military.com

In 2013, the Marines began testing and surveying a new, unisex-style dress blues coat for female recruits at ceremonial events. The transition from the previous “winged blazer collar” to the shorter “Mandarin-style collar” was headed by the Navy’s former secretary, Ray Mabus.

Although the updated style was approved by the service’s uniform board back in 2016, production of the new coats was anticipated to take a few years.

Finally, after 5 years, about 100 female recruits were given the new dress blues coats this week. New coats were issued to members of the 4th Recruit Training Battalion’s Papa Company at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, South Carolina. These women, who are expected to finish boot camp in mid-October, will be the first in the fleet to debut the new design.

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Arc’teryx Presents – Who We Are: The Science Behind GORE-TEX®


Written by W. L. Gore & Associates

Our commitment to putting our best materials into the best garments is aided by our partnership with Arc’teryx Equipment.  20+ years of collaborating has let to the creation of a garment that can withstand all different tyipes of conditions, from New York City to Mount Everest. Watch this video to see how Gore and Arc’teryx continue to push each other to be the best.

 

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