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One of the best
military surplus items is known as uniform used by soldiers in duty hours. These
uniforms go through a lot and yet these last through the toughest conditions in
terms of weather and combat.

All branches of the army surplus store
have either newly updated dresses or are in under the process. Each branch has
changed over from the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). The battle dress uniform had
been a military surplus item since
it became standard issue in many years ago. It included a cap, shirt, pants,
and the field jacket.

These were made from
either cotton or a combination of cotton and nylon or polyester. All these
items were made in the ripstop weave to ensure durability. There are two
different types of the jackets were made: one for hot weather and one for
temperate weather. The BDU originally came in Woodland Camouflage, but later
was available in other patterns.

These items became
an unauthorized military surplus item on April 30, 2008, but many military
members continue to use it.

The first branch to
institute new uniforms was the Marines. The new uniform is called the Marine
Corps Combat Utility Uniform, and it uses the MARine PATtern (MARPAT) design.
The pattern is a "digital" camouflage, composed of small
"pixels" of color, that is available in both woodland and desert
colors. The changeover took place from 2001 to 2004.

It was next the Army
that changed from the BDU over to its new Army Combat Uniform (ACU). The change
took place from 2005 to 2007. Like the Marines, the Army used a
"digital" camo pattern called Universal Camouflage Pattern. This
pattern works well in both wooded and desert areas.

The other branches
have followed the Marines and Army, changing from the BDU (or other uniforms)
to their own respective new military
surplus uniforms
. The Coast Guard has changed to the Operational Dress
Uniform, which is navy in color and as similar as the BDU. The Air Force now
uses the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) with its "digital" tiger stripe
camo pattern. The Air Force has come a long way from the old Air Force flight
jackets. It will complete the changeover by 2011. And finally, the Navy has
begun changing over to the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) -- a change that will
also be required by all Navy personnel by January of 2011. The Navy has a new
digitized camo pattern, with blue being the primary color.




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