WASHINGTON (AFNS) --
The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen.
During the past year, Welsh prompted Airmen to make their voice heard through the Every Dollar Counts campaign, held last spring, and suggestions made directly to him during base visits or comments to the uniform survey board itself.
“The policy changes revolve around three areas,” said Col. Patrick Doherty, Director of Air Force Services who has oversight of the uniforms and awards and recognition branch. “The first area of policy changes is focused on heritage, team building, esprit de corps and unit pride.
The second is recognizing and valuing Airmen’s experiences, qualifications and job performance, allowing Airmen to wear what they have earned. The last area is a group of common sense approach inputs from Airmen in the field that senior leaders thought were great ideas.”
There are dozens of updates to the AFI, including the following:
Morale T-shirts/patches representing individual squadrons that were worn in the past to increase unit pride are now authorized to wear on Fridays. Squadron color T-shirts may be worn with the ABU or flight suit when in-garrison or on-station during unit temporary duty assignments and contingency deployments. Shirts must be one color throughout the squadron, and may have only a small squadron patch over the left chest. Wing Commanders can authorize personnel from different units to wear the same color T-shirts to facilitate esprit de corps and team building.
For example, maintainers, life support personnel and flight doctors are allowed to wear the color T-shirt of the flying squadron they support. Also, authorized is the in-garrison Friday wear of morale patches and nametags that have tasteful nicknames or call signs on flight suits. Unit commanders have approval authority for morale patches and nametag naming conventions.
Earned Air Force and other services’ badges are authorized to wear, but only the command insignia pin is mandatory. This reverses a previous decision to prohibit wear of qualification badges and various patches on ABUs, to eliminate the need to remove and replace badges for deployment or permanent change of duty station moves.
In recent years, Airmen deployed to Afghanistan wore the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern. The OCP is flame retardant, treated with insect repellant and also used by the Army. Following this evolution, the ABU has become primarily an in-garrison uniform, according to Air Force senior leaders.
“The increased wear of the ABU in-garrison, , coupled with Airmen’s long-term desires to wear the qualification badges and the command insignia they have earned, makes authorized wear on the ABU a logical step,” said Lt. Gen. Sam Cox, Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services.
A list and examples of all newly approved badges authorized for wear on the ABU is located in attachment five of AFI 36-2903.
The Air Force physical training uniform no longer has color restrictions for athletic shoes. Airmen are now also authorized to wear black socks with their athletic shoes.
Cell phones no longer have to be black, as long as they’re not worn on the uniform or attached to a purse.
Changes came directly from the field and major commands, said Cox.
“The changes are the result of months of the Chief of Staff listening to what Airmen had to say about ABUs and other uniform wear policies,” Cox said.
Airmen can expect to find the optional badges on the AAFES website by mid-July to early August. The commander’s insignia pin will be mandatory once the cloth pins go on sale at AAFES.
Navy News | Jan 16, 2014 | by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays, USS Bataan Public Affairs The new coveralls are expected to maintain performance properties, durability and appearance for typical deployments of six to nine months, with an optimal wear life of 18-24 months. Like other organizational clothing, the FRV coveralls will be replaced by each ship over time, based on normal wear and tear. FRV coveralls will not be worn in place of organizational clothing mandated for specific operational environments such as flight decks or while performing work on electrical systems requiring arc-flash protection.
NORFOLK -- Sailors aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) received their Flame Resistant Variant (FRV) coveralls Jan. 15, while also preparing for their upcoming deployment.
Bataan Sailors will be the first in the fleet to wear the FRV coveralls, which are provided by the Navy at no cost to the Sailors. They will replace Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I and other polyester and poly blend uniforms while ships are underway. The NWUs will no longer be authorized for wear while underway, except for special events such as manning the rails, change of commands, or receptions held at anchor.
"I'm excited about being the first to receive the new coveralls," said Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Collin Peskett, of Long Island, N.Y. "Tests on these new uniforms have been performed for our safety and safety is paramount, especially since we are deploying soon."
The FRV coverall is made from 100% cotton fabric treated with a flame retardant chemically bonded into the fibers of the fabric. FRVs passed all flame and flash-fire testing requirements and the flame resistant properties did not degrade with wear or laundering for the serviceable life of the coverall. They use the same design pattern as the existing utility coveralls Sailors have in their uniform sea bag.
"The new coveralls are a big step for us," said Command Master Chief Kevin Goodrich, the ship's senior enlisted crew member. "All Sailors are fire fighters first, and now with everyone wearing these uniforms, our response time will be even faster in the event of an onboard emergency."
Name tags and rank on the FRV coverall will consist of a Velcro-backed name tag and metal collar devices already used on other uniforms. Command ball caps are also authorized for wear with the FRV.
"With the shipboard environment that contains certain inherent risks, this is a step in the right direction towards the safety of our Sailors," said Capt. George J. Vassilakis, commanding officer aboard USS Bataan. "Sailors are our number one asset and we are always looking for ways to improve their safety. I'm excited this comes at no cost to our Sailors."
The new coveralls are expected to maintain performance properties, durability and appearance for typical deployments of six to nine months, with an optimal wear life of 18-24 months. Like other organizational clothing, the FRV coveralls will be replaced by each ship over time, based on normal wear and tear.
FRV coveralls will not be worn in place of organizational clothing mandated for specific operational environments such as flight decks or while performing work on electrical systems requiring arc-flash protection.
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The Defense Authorization Bill in Congress would require common Combat Camouflage uniforms for all U.S. Military services. The legislation would prevent any service from procuring a new camouflage uniform unless it is adopted by all other services. The legislation is an attempt to save millions of dollars and affects 23 U.S. manufacturers . Obviously it impacts all branches of the Military. There are currently 10 different camouflage patterns in use. A GAO report found that the services spent approximately $300 million in procurement of different cammo patterns and uniforms. Congress believes this is a way to “to eliminate the waste and duplication,” according to Representative Bill Enyart, an Illinois Democrat.
The bill allows the Secretary of Defense to waive the new camouflage uniform restrictions under certain circumstances like Special Operations Uniforms. It doesn't apply to head gear, boots and body armor. The GAO believes the Army by itself would save approximately $82 million if it worked with another service to develop a new camouflage pattern.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines - Is this a good idea? Sound Off and let us know.
The legislation is an attempt to save millions of dollars and affects 23 U.S. manufacturers . Obviously it impacts all branches of the Military. There are currently 10 different camouflage patterns in use. A GAO report found that the services spent approximately $300 million in procurement of different cammo patterns and uniforms.
Congress believes this is a way to “to eliminate the waste and duplication,” according to Representative Bill Enyart, an Illinois Democrat.
The Marine Corps back tracked on a controversial uniform survey for gender neutral dress and service covers for all Male and Female Marines.
The problem started when the Marine Corps Uniform Board released a uniform survey for all Marines to comment on concerning changing the traditional USMC cover for all Marine or all female Marines. The survey provided Marines 2 options to change the service Dress and Dress Blue covers. Several media outlets picked up on the story and slammed the Marine Corps for providing the option for all male Marines to wear the female Marine cover.
There was no option for the uniform to remain the same for male and female Marines, which clearly the Marine Corps and Navy agenda is to change the male cover, but to change the female Marine uniform to the male dress cover. While the news media picked accused leadership of attempting to emasculate the Marine Corps, the message is really that it is trying to de-feminize female Marines by putting them in a male USMC cover.
Does the Commandant want Male Marines in female covers or female Marines in male covers?
Marines what do you think?
GROTON, Conn. –
According to a new Navy NAVADMIN instruction, the wearing of the service member’s name tape will be mandatory on their Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I by October 2013.
NAVADMIN 164/12 states that the optional wear of name tapes on the left shoulder pocket flap of the NWU Type I parka is now authorized.
Effective Oct. 1, 2013, the name tapes on the left shoulder pocket flap of the NWU Type I uniform parka will be mandatory.
For more information on Navy Uniform regulations and NAVADMINs visit www.public.navy.mil.