ALARACT 202/2008 ARMY SERVICE UNIFORM (ASU) WEAR POLICY
ALARACT 202/2008 announced the implementation and bridging strategy for the new Army Service Uniform (ASU). It outlines the wear policy for the ASU during the Army's transition period to the new uniform.
Changes to the ASU include authorization of a Combat Service Identification Badge , overseas service bars authorized on the jacket sleeve for both enlisted and officers, the wear of distinctive unit insignia on the shoulder loops of the Blue Coat for enlisted soldiers, authorizing Paratroopers to wear black jump boots with the Blue ASU and the decision to transition to a new short sleeve and long sleeve white shirt with shoulder loops.
The CSIB is authorized for wear on the ASU and replicates wear of the shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime service (SSI-FWTS) patch.
The Army Service Uniform will streamline the number of uniforms soldiers purchase and have to maintain throughout their careers. The Army will phase out the Green and White service uniforms and retain the Blue Uniform as its Army Service Uniform.
Soldiers who currently have a Blue Service Uniform can immediately begin wearing this uniform as their Army Service Uniform in accordance with the following implementing instructions:
The new Army ASU includes a new coat and low waist trousers form males and a new coat and slacks/skirt for female soldiers. The new Army Service Uniform fabric is heavier and wrinkle resistant. It consists of 55% wool and 45% polyester material.
The ASU also includes an improved heavier and wrinkle resistant short and long sleeved white shirt with permanent military creases and shoulder loops.
The Army anticipates new Army Service Uniform items available for purchase in military clothing sales stores during the 4th Quarter FY 09.
The Amy encourages Soldiers and leaders, who own the current (old) ASU, to wear their Dress Blue, Class A or Class B uniform when appropriate.
ALARACT 202/2008 established a Class B uniform category for the current Blue ASU as part of the bridging strategy.
The Class B uniform category defines those ASU items worn without the service coat.
Dress Blue ASU: Includes the Army Blue Coat and Trousers, a long-sleeved white shirt and black bow tie for males. The Female Army Dress Blue includes the Army Blue Coat, Skirt, and a long-sleeved white shirt with black neck tab. (female Soldiers in bands, honor guards and chaplains are authorized to wear blue slacks). The Black Beret and Service Cap are authorized for wear with the Dress Blue ASU. Combat Boots, organizational items, such as brassards, MP accessories and distinctive unit insignia are not authorized for wear. All other accessories and insignia authorized for wear with the Class A Service Uniform are authorized for wear on the Dress Blues ASU.
Class A ASU: Includes the Army Blue Coat and trousers/skirt/slacks, a short or long-sleeve white shirt and four-in-hand necktie or neck tab.
Class B ASU: Includes the Army Blue trousers/skirt/slacks and a short or long-sleeve white shirt. Soldiers will wear the four-in-hand necktie with the long-sleeve shirt when it is worn without the Class A coat.
Until new ASU items are available, soldiers who have the low waist trousers with belt loops, or slacks, have the option of wearing a commercial short sleeve shirt with shoulder loops in the open collar configuration or with a four-in-hand tie or neck tab. Soliders also have the option of wearing a commercial long-sleeve white shirt with shoulder loops and a tie or neck tab.
Soldiers who have the high waist blue trousers worn with suspenders (worn with the Blue Mess Uniform) may wear these trousers with the current ASU during the transition period. The high waist trousers must be worn with the Service Coat, black wind breaker, black pullover or cardigan sweaters.
New Army Service Uniform issue begins for entry level soldiers during the 4th QTR, FY 10. The mandatory possession date for new ASU items is 4th QTR, FY 2014.
‐ ASU COAT
‐ ASU TROUSERS, LOW WAIST WITH BELT LOOPS (MALE SOLDIERS)
‐ ASU SLACKS, LOW WAIST (FEMALE SOLDIERS)
‐ ASU SKIRT (FEMALE SOLDIERS)
ASU Accessory Items:
‐ BELT WITH GOLD BUCKLE ASU Authorized Headgear:
‐ BOOTS, COMBAT, LEATHER, BLACK (OPTIONAL FOR WEAR WITH CLASS A AND CLASS B
UNIFORMS, ONLY FOR THOSE SOLDIERS AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE TAN, GREEN, OR MAROON
BERETS, THOSE ASSIGNED TO AIR ASSAULT CODED POSITIONS, AND MPS PERFORMING MP DUTIES.)
‐ BOW TIE, BLACK (WORN AFTER RETREAT)
‐ CAPE, BLACK (OFFICER ONLY)
‐ CAPE, BLUE (OFFICER ONLY)
‐ CHAPLAIN'S APPAREL
‐ CUFF LINKS AND STUDS, GOLD
‐ COAT, BLACK, ALL WEATHER
‐ GLOVES, BLACK, LEATHER, UNISEX, DRESS (WORN WITH BLACK
ALL WEATHER COAT OR BLACK WIND BREAKER)
‐ GLOVES, WHITE, DRESS
‐ HANDBAG, BLACK, FABRIC OR LEATHER
‐ HANDBAG, BLACK, SHOULDER
‐ HANDBAG, BLACK, CLUTCH TYPE, OPTIONAL PURCHASE
‐ HAT, DRILL SERGEANT (AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR WITH CLASS A AND CLASS B UNIFORMS)
‐ JUDGE'S APPAREL
‐ MILITARY POLICE ACCESSORIES (NOT AUTHORIZED WITH THE FORMAL CLASS A ASU)
‐ NECKTIE, BLACK, FOUR‐IN‐HAND (WORN ON DUTY)
‐ NECK TABS
‐ SCARF, BLACK (ONLY WITH BLACK ALL WEATHER COAT OR BLACK WINDBREAKER)
‐ SHIRT, WHITE, LONG SLEEVE
‐ SHIRT, WHITE, SHORT SLEEVE
‐ SHOES, OXFORD, BLACK
‐ SHOES, PUMPS, BLACK
‐ SOCKS, BLACK, CUSHION SOLE (WORN WITH BOOTS ONLY)
‐ SOCKS, BLACK, DRESS (WORN WITH TROUSERS/SLACKS)
‐ STOCKINGS, SHEER
‐ SWEATER, PULLOVER, BLACK
‐ SWEATER, UNISEX CARDIGAN, BLACK
‐ UNDERGARMENTS, WHITE
‐ UMBRELLA, BLACK (FEMALES MY CARRY AND USE AN UMBRELLA, ONLY DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER, WHEN WEARING THE DRESS BLUE ASU. UMBRELLAS ARE NOT AUTHORIZED IN FORMATIONS OR WHEN WEARING FIELD OR UTILITY UNIFORMS)
‐ WINDBREAKER, BLACK (ONLY WITH CLASS B UNIFORM)
The Beret is the primary headgear worn with the Army Service Uniform by all Soldiers unless the commander directs wear of the Service Cap (CPLs and above)
ASU Authorized Headgear:
‐ BERET (BLACK, MAROON, GREEN AND TAN)
‐ SERVICE CAP (MALE/FEMALE; CORPORALS AND ABOVE)
Officer and enlisted Soldiers, CPL and above, will wear the trousers with a gold braid on the outside seam of each trouser leg of the ASU trousers.
The wear out date for the Army Green Service Uniform is 4th QTR FY 2014.
Those Soldiers who have purchased/possess the current (old) blue uniform are authorized to wear it until the mandatory possession date of the New ASU (4th QTR FY 2014).
Beginning in the 4th QTR FY 09 Soldiers have the option to take their Official DA photo in the ASU. Soldiers may continue to take their DA photo in the Army Green Service Uniform until the mandatory possession date of 4th QTR 2014. During the transition period DA photos may be in either the Army Service Green or the New Army Service Uniform.
Soldiers should refer to ALARACT 202/2008 or the Army Service Uniform Website for more detailed information.