by WorldTribune Staff, May 9, 2019
The U.S. Army is going back to the iconic “Army Greens” uniform worn by the “Greatest Generation” in World War II.
The current Army Blues Uniform will return to a formal dress uniform, while the Army Greens will become the everyday business-wear uniform for all soldiers, the Army announced.
The Army Combat Uniform — also known as the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) — will remain the Army’s duty/field uniform.
The new uniform will come at no additional cost to the American taxpayer and will be made in the USA, the Army said.
The uniform also will be cost-neutral for enlisted soldiers, who will be able to purchase them with their annual clothing allowance, the Army said. Female soldiers will have the option to wear versions with a skirt or pants and will also have additional shoe options.
The Army Greens will be fielded to soldiers reporting to their first units as early as the summer of 2020. The mandatory wear date for all soldiers will be 2028.
“We went back and asked, ‘When is the most prominent time when the Army’s service to our nation was universally recognized?’ And the answer came very quickly,” Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey told the New York Times. “That victory, that impact on the nation, is still felt today by the sons and daughters and grandsons and granddaughters of the ‘Greatest Generation.’ ”
Earlier this year, President Donald Trump remarked about the new uniforms, saying they were a “big deal.”
“Those beautiful new uniforms with the belt — it was a big deal, the belt,” Trump explained. “And if you think those uniforms were inexpensive, they were very expensive. They were very. But they wanted it, and we got it.”
Army spokeswoman, Heather J. Hagan told The Daily Caller that “The reintroduction of this uniform is meant to inspire trust and confidence in our soldiers’ professionalism and readiness.”