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Army adopts new service uniform.

It's official: The green service uniform is on its way out and in its place will be a variation of the dress blue uniform.

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, was released Aug. 20 in a message to all Army activities. The message defines the wear policy and the "bridging" strategy for transition to the new uniform.

"It's a culmination of transformation efforts that started in 2004," said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth O. Preston Kenneth O. Preston (born February 18, 1957) is the current Sergeant Major of the Army in the United States. He was sworn in as the 13th Sergeant Major of the Army on January 15, 2004. , 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 ac·cou·ter·ment or ac·cou·tre·ment  
1. An accessory item of equipment or dress. Often used in the plural.

2. Military equipment other than uniforms and weapons. Often used in the plural.

 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."


The new ASU coat, similar to the existing blue coat, will be made of a wrinkle-resistant material and have a more "athletic" cut.

Other changes to the uniform include authorization of a combat service identification badge and overseas service bars on the jacket sleeve for both enlisted and officers, the wear of distinctive unit insignia on the shoulder loops of the blue coat for enlisted, authorizing paratroopers to wear the black jump boots with the blue ASU, and the decision to transition to a new short-sleeve and long-sleeve white shirt with shoulder loops.

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 for enlisted to wear both overseas service bars and service stripes on the new blue ASU coat. Officers and Soldiers in the grade of corporal CORPORAL. An epithet for anything belonging to the body, as, corporal punishment, for punishment inflicted on the person of the criminal; corporal oath, which is an oath by the party who takes it being obliged to lay his hand on the Bible.

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 and above will additionally wear a gold braid on their slacks to indicate leadership roles.

"That 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.

New items for the ASU will be available in military clothing sales after July 2009.

Soldiers will be expected to possess the entire uniform by July 2014. The two key components of the uniform, the coat and slacks, are expected to cost about $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, officials said.--ARNEWS/C. Todd Lopez
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Title Annotation:ARMY NEWS: From the Army News Service and Other Sources
Author:Lopez, C. Todd
Publication:Soldiers Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2008
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