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New Army Uniform

50,000 Sets of the new uniform are scheduled for shipment by September 2004.

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Sgt. Maj. of the Army Kenneth Preston is one of the ACU's biggest supporters. He said major command sergeants major had a chance to see the uniform and give advice toward the final version.

"We have not made a major change to our uniforms since the BDUs (battle dress uniforms) were introduced in the early 1980s," Preston said. "This new uniform performs well in multiple environments. Its new pockets and color designs are a result of feedback from Soldiers in combat. Every modification made on the uniform was designed with a specific purpose and not just for the sake of change."

Uniform changes include:

  • Mandarin collar that can be worn up or down
  • Rank insignia centered on the front of the blouse
  • Velcro for wearing unit patch, skill tabs and recognition devices
  • Zippered front closure
  • Elbow pouch for internal elbow pad inserts
  • Knee pouch for internal knee pad inserts
  • Draw string leg cuff
  • Tilted chest pockets with Velcro closure
  • Three-slot pen pocket on bottom of sleeve
  • Velcro sleeve cuff closure
  • Shoulder pockets with Velcro
  • Forward tilted cargo pockets
  • Integrated blouse bellows for increased upper body mobility
  • Integrated Friend or Foe Identification Square on both left and right shoulder pocket flap.
  • Bellowed calf storage pocket on left and right leg
  • Moisture-wicking desert tan t-shirt
  • Patrol Cap with double thick bill and internal pocket
  • Improved hot-weather desert boot or temperate-weather desert boot
  • Two-inch, black nylon web belt
  • Moisture-wicking socks
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