WASHINGTON, D.C. (Army News Service) -- The Army's
Deputy Chief of Staff for G-1 (Personnel) announced in late January
that the final wear-out date for the Army Battle Dress Uniform (BDU)
and Desert BDUs will be April 30 for both active-duty and
The Battle Dress Uniform in
woodland camouflage was first issued in 1981 and has a wear out
date of April 30. (Photo
by U.S. Army Military History Institute)
The Army began phasing out the woodland and desert-pattered
uniforms on June 14, 2004 with the debut of the digital-patterned Army
Combat Uniform (ACU).
"Our Army is always looking to constantly improve on
everything we do, both on and off the battlefield," said Sgt.
Maj. Katrina L. Easley, uniform policy sergeant major at G-1. "We
took a look at the combat usability of what was once a good uniform,
and based upon feedback from the field, decided to improve it and fix
the many problems reported. There were at least 20 changes made and
the result is the current ACU."
"Response has been fantastic. Soldiers have adapted well
to the new uniform and they tell us they truly appreciate the
improvements that were made. This uniform was designed by Soldiers for
All brown T-shirts, black combat boots and green and black
jungle boots, woodland and desert-camouflage caps, olive-drab-green
name and U.S. Army tapes, subdued-olive-green shoulder-sleeve
insignias and the black rigger belt and web belt with open-faced black
buckle also will become obsolete April 30.
Active-duty and reserve-component Soldiers can continue to wear
the black-knit cap and the black micro-fleece-knit cap with the
cold-weather woodland-camouflage field jacket until Sept. 30. The Army
ROTC wear-out date for
these items is April 9.
According to Easley, there haven't been any official surveys to
determine how many Soldiers still have the BDUs or Desert BDUs, but
she said it's probably hard to find many who aren't wearing the ACU.
Fort McCoy Installation Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt.
Maj. M. Kevin Dubois said Troop Program Unit Soldiers are issued the
ACUs through their units.
Active Guard/Reserve Soldiers, Soldiers mobilized for more than
365 days and any other Soldiers who receive a clothing allowance are
required to purchase ACUs.
Active- and reserve-component Soldiers each were required to
have two sets of ACUs by May 1, 2007 and will be required to have four
sets of ACUs by May 1, 2008.
If Soldiers are hanging on to any of the BDUs, they can save
them for posterity or dispose of them. They aren't required to turn
"Thousands of our great Soldiers spent many years
defending our country wearing that honorable uniform. I know it means
something to them, just as wearing the ACU will mean something to
today's Army," said Easley.
Soldiers can take all the insignia off the old BDUs and wear
them for purposes other
than as a military uniform, Dubois said. The only requirement is that
they know the wear-out date for the BDUs and report for duty in ACUs
The wear of the ACUs will be governed by Army Regulation 670-1
(wear and appearance of Army uniforms and insignia), which can be
accessed at the Web site http://www.usapa.army.mil/pdffiles/r670_1.pdf
and any All Army Activities (ALARACT)-related messages.
For more information about the wear of ACUs in the Fort McCoy
community, contact Dubois at (608) 388-3605.