Among the best
military surplus items is the uniform used by soldiers in action. The uniforms
go through a lot, and yet they last through the toughest conditions in terms of
weather and combat.
Every branches of
the army have already changed uniforms or are in the process of doing so. Each
branch has changed over from the Battle Dress Uniform. The battle dress uniform
had been a military surplus item since it became standard issue in September of
1981. It included a cap, shirt, pants, and the M65 field jacket.
The BDU was made
from either cotton or a right combination of cotton and nylon or polyester. All
BDU items were made in the rip stop weave to ensure durability. There are two different versions of the jacket
were made: one for hot weather and other for cool weather. The BDU originally
came from Woodland Camouflage, but later was available in other patterns.
The BDU 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 (MCCUU), 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 the 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 is similar to 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. 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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A Brave History of Military Surplus Uniforms