D.C. (Army News Service) — Out with the old, in with the blue.
The Army has made it official: the green service uniform, which has
defined the service since the mid-1950s, is on the outs.
Army blue as a uniform color
traces its origins to the National blue first worn by Soldiers
in the Continental Army of 1779. The new uniform will replace
the green uniform in use since the 1950s. (U.S.
place of the green uniform will be a variation of the blue uniform,
something many Soldiers already own. Official word on the new
"Army Service Uniform," or ASU, was released in a message to
all Army activities. The message defines the wear policy and the
"bridging" strategy for transition to the new uniform.
a culmination of transformation efforts that started in 2004,"
said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston of the new ASU. "We
had three ‘Class A’ style uniforms, all the same style jacket,
with just a different color — the policies on how we wore
accoutrements on them were different. We asked the question — if we
wear one only, which would it be? And the blue uniform was the most
popular of the three."
new ASU coat, similar to the existing blue coat, will be made of a
wrinkle-resistant material and will have a more "athletic"
changes to the uniform include authorization of a combat service
identification badge to recognize combat service, overseas service
bars authorized on the jacket sleeve for both enlisted Soldiers and
officers, the wear of distinctive unit insignia on the shoulder loops
of the blue coat for enlisted Soldiers, authorizing paratroopers to
wear the black jump boots with the blue ASU, and the decision to
transition to a new short-sleeved and long-sleeved white shirt with
also is permissible for enlisted Soldiers to wear both overseas
service bars and service stripes on the new blue ASU coat. Officers
and Soldiers in the grade of corporal and above additionally will wear
a gold braid on their slacks to indicate leadership roles.
is kind of a right of passage as you transition from being a (junior)
enlisted Soldier to a noncommissioned officer," Preston said of
the gold braid.
items for the ASU will be available in military clothing sales after
July 2009. Soldiers will be expected to possess the entire uniform by
two key components of the uniform, the coat and slacks, are expected
to cost around $140, with modifications bringing the total cost to
$200. Enlisted Soldiers will receive an increase in their annual
uniform allowance to help offset the cost of the uniform.