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The Pentagon's wish list includes smart uniforms capable of reporting a soldier's wounds to medics and commanders.
When soldiers fall wounded on future battlefields, their smart uniforms may instantly report the location of gunshot wounds or even detect traces of nuclear, biological or chemical attacks in blood and sweat. That intelligent clothing could make a lifesaving difference in medical care and give U.S. commanders a sense of battles unfolding as casualties mount.
A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, pulls security
during a combined U.S. – Afghan clearing operation April 28, 2012, in Ghazni province,
Afghanistan. He is set up in the ruins of an old kalat, or mud-wall building.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod
The smart uniforms would include medical sensors built into the fabric to monitor the health of U.S. troops, according to a notice issued by the Pentagon's Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) on May 7. Such clothes would not only detect where wounds occurred and how deep they go, but also report a fallen soldier's location with GPS coordinates and pass along other critical information for battlefield medics.
Smart clothing fibers might even "estimate the depth of penetration" from bullets or shrapnel and how they affect surrounding organs, according to the DTRA solicitation. Sensors could also detect specific "biomarkers" in human blood, saliva, sweat or urine that reveal the presence of chemical or biological weapons, radiation from nuclear weapons or even traces of explosives left by a roadside bomb.
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US Navy male and female sailors may soon wear the same uniforms. According to the Navy Times unisex uniforms are a top priority of the Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. Juan Garcia, the Assistant for Navy Manpower and Reserve affairs said the service wants a Navy that looks and feels more uniform. “It’s a small thing, but separate covers was in some ways emblematic of a two-tiered sea service force,” “He wanted to take a look across the force where it was possible, where it made sense, with this study and if there’s an opportunity, to send a signal that our Navy ... reward[s] and keep[s] the best talent, regardless of gender.”
In an effort to further the "gender-blind" Navy, the Navy will test uniforms wear both males and females wear the same covers (Dixie Cups and Combination Covers). Navy officials will also test whether females should wear the same Blue Crackerjack uniforms as male sailors.
Navy Uniform testing begins with Dixie Cups and Combo Covers this summer with women assigned to ceremonial guard and the Fleet Forces and Pacific Fleet Bands. Naval Academy females will also take part in cover testing which begins in August, 2012. Navy Uniform Testing will be complete by January with over 1,050 female sailors, Officers and Chiefs and midshipmen taking part.
Juan Garcia, the Assistant for Navy Manpower and Reserve affairs said the service wants a Navy that looks and feels more uniform. “It’s a small thing, but separate covers was in some ways emblematic of a two-tiered sea service force,” “He wanted to take a look across the force where it was possible, where it made sense, with this study and if there’s an opportunity, to send a signal that our Navy ... reward[s] and keep[s] the best talent, regardless of gender.”
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DFAS just published the Military Clothing Allowance rates for 2012. (Effective 1 Oct, 2011)
The Clothing Allowance is to pay for a service man or woman's uniform and other clothing costs. Every service member receives an initial clothing allowance upon entering service. DoD policy allows each respective service Secretary or the Commandant of the Marine Corps to determine what uniforms are issued and maintained.
The following is an overview of 2012 Clothing Allowances by service for enlisted personnel only.
Initial Military Clothing Allowance
ARMY MALE: $1,438.78 FEMALE: $1,662.46
NAVY MALE: $1697.30 FEMALE: $1,921.22
USAF MALE: $1.428.29 FEMALE: $ 1,643.36
USMC MALE: $1,733.55 FEMALE: $1,788.80
2012 Cash Clothing Replacement Allowance
ARMY Clothing Allowance
Basic: MALE: $309.60 FEMALE: $345.60
Standard: MALE: $440.86 FEMALE: $493.76
Special: MALE: 0 FEMALE: 0
NAVY Clothing Allowance
Basic: MALE: $338.40 FEMALE: $338.40
Standard: MALE: $482.40 FEMALE: $338.40
Special: MALE: $716.40 FEMALE: $763.20
USAF Clothing Allowance
Basic: MALE: $230.40 FEMALE: $234.00
Standard: MALE: $331.20 FEMALE: $334.80
Special: MALE: 0 FEMALE: 0
USMC Clothing Allowance
Basic: MALE: $410.40 FEMALE: $414.00
Standard: MALE: $583.20 FEMALE: $604.80
Special: MALE: 0 FEMALE: 0
2012 Military Pay Table
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MARADMIN 695/11 published the results of Marine Corps Uniform Board 212. The message was released on 5 Dec, 2011.
Highlights of CMC approved decisions are:
-Marines are authorized to wear commercial or organizational backpacks while dressed in camouflage utility uniforms. Backpacks must be conservative in nature with minimal logo representation. Authorized colors are black, olive brad, brown, tan or a combination or MARPAT.
-Combat Utility coat (blouse) will be worn with sleeves down year around.
-Honor Bracelets (or KIA Bracelets). Per ALMAR 043/11 Honor Bracelets are authorized for visible wear in uniform. Bracelets will be silver or black in color and 1/2 inch wide with engraving. Engraving includes Rank, Name, Date Captured/Missing/Killed, Operation/Location of action. Multiple names on one bracelet are authorized. Only one bracelet will be worn at at time.
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC CMC//
SUBJ/UNIFORM BOARD 212 RESULTS//
REF/A/DOC/MCUB/2 AUG 2011//
REF/B/DOC/MCUB/18 MAR 2008//
NARR/REF A CMC DECISION MEMO; UNIFORM BOARD 212/ REF B IS MCO P1020.34G CHANGE 1-5; THE MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATIONS.//
POC/YA2 M. BOYT/-/MCUB/-/TEL703)432-3333 OR DSN 378-3333/EMAIL MARY.BOYT(AT)USMC.MIL/ AND MR. R. SLOAN/-/MCUB/-/TEL703)432-3299 OR DSN 378-3299/EMAIL RONALD.SLOAN.CTR(AT)SMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. PER REF A, ON 17 OCT 2011, CMC RENDERED DECISIONS ON UNIFORM BOARD NO. 212.
2. CMC DECISIONS ARE DETAILED BELOW.
A. AGENDA ITEM A: 8TH AND I SUPPLEMENTAL CLOTHING ALLOWANCES
(1) RECOMMENDATION 1: AUTHORIZE A SUPPLEMENTAL EVENING DRESS (CASH) ALLOWANCE FOR COMPANY GRADE OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO THE WHITE HOUSE SOCIAL AIDE PROGRAM. CMC DECISION: APPROVED.
(2) RECOMMENDATION 2(A): AUTHORIZE A SUPPLEMENTAL FEMALE DRESS CAP AND SERVICE CAP (CASH) ALLOWANCE TO ALL FEMALE OFFICERS ASSIGNED TO MARINE BARRACKS 8TH AND I. CMC DECISION: APPROVED.
(3) RECOMMENDATION 2(: AUTHORIZE A SUPPLEMENTAL FEMALE SERVICE CAP ALLOWANCE TO ALL ENLISTED FEMALES (EXCLUDING DRUM AND BUGLE CORPS MEMBERS) ASSIGNED TO MARINE BARRACKS 8TH AND I. CMC DECISION: APPROVED.
B. AGENDA ITEM B: SUPPLEMENTAL CLOTHING ALLOWANCE FOR FIELD MEDICAL TRAINING BATTALIONS (FMT RECOMMENDATION: APPROVE A SUPPLEMENTAL CLOTHING ALLOWANCE FOR INSTRUCTORS AT FMTB-WEST AND EAST. CMC DECISION: APPROVED.
C. AGENDA ITEM C: WEAR OF COMMERCIAL BAGS IN UTILITIES RECOMMENDATION: AUTHORIZE THE WEAR OF BLACK, OLIVE DRAB, BROWN, TAN OR A COMBINATION THERE OF, OR MARPAT COMMERCIAL OR ORGANIZATIONAL BACKPACKS, OF A CONSERVATIVE NATURE WITH MINIMAL LOGO REPRESENTATION (MANUFACTURE TAGS/LOGOS IN SUBDUED COLORS NO LARGER THAN 5 INCHES LONG BY 2 INCHES WIDE), OVER BOTH SHOULDERS WITH THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS. CMC DECISION: APPROVED. ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: CHANGE PARAGRAPH 1004.4.B OF REF B TO READ: "B. BLACK, OLIVE DRAB, BROWN, TAN OR A COMBINATION THERE OF, OR MARPAT COMMERCIAL OR ORGANIZATIONAL BACKPACKS, OF A CONSERVATIVE NATURE WITH MINIMAL LOGO REPRESENTATION (MANUFACTURE TAGS/LOGOS IN SUBDUED COLORS NO LARGER THAN 5 INCHES LONG BY 2 INCHES WIDE), ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR OVER BOTH SHOULDERS WITH THE MARINE CORPS COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORMS. THIS AUTHORITY DOES NOT EXTEND BEYOND COMMERCIAL/ORGANIZATIONALLY ISSUED BACKPACKS. GYM/DUFFEL BAGS, COMPUTER BAGS WILL CONTINUE TO BE HAND CARRIED. IN ACCORDANCE WITH PARAGRAPH 3014, PURSES/HANDBAGS WILL NOT BE CARRIED (OVER THE SHOULDER, IN THE HAND OR OVER THE ARM) IN THE UTILITY UNIFORM."
D. AGENDA ITEM D: FEMALE SKIRT REQUIREMENT RECOMMENDATION: MAKE THE SERVICE, DRESS BLUE AND DRESS WHITE OFFICER AND ENLISTED SKIRTS OPTIONAL (THE SLACKS WOULD BE REQUIRED). CMC DECISION: DISAPPROVED. FEMALE MARINES WILL CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN BOTH SKIRTS AND SLACKS.
E. AGENDA ITEM E: WARRANT OFFICER (WO) INSIGNIA DESIGN RECOMMENDATION: REVISE THE MARINE CORPS WO RANK INSIGNIA. CMC DECISION: DISAPPROVED.
F. AGENDA ITEM F: SLEEVE POSITION IN THE MC COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM (MCCUU) RECOMMENDATION: REQUIRE THE SLEEVES OF THE MCCUU TO BE WORN DOWN, YEAR AROUND. CMC DECISION: APPROVED, EFFECTIVE 24 OCT 2011, AS ANNOUNCED VIA MARADMIN 621/11.
ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE: CHANGE PARAGRAPH 3038.3 OF REF B TO READ:
"3. THE COMBAT UTILITY COAT WILL BE WORN OUTSIDE THE TROUSERS. SLEEVES WILL BE WORN DOWN, YEAR AROUND. SLEEVE CUFFS SHOULD NOT BE FOLDED UP AND SHOULD BE BUTTONED SO THAT THE CUFF OF THE SLEEVE COVERS THE WRIST BONE TO A POINT 2 INCHES ABOVE THE SECOND JOINT FROM THE END OF THE THUMB. IN HOT WEATHER THE SLEEVE SHOULD BE LOOSELY CUFFED TO PROMOTE AIR CIRCULATION. IN TEMPERATE/COLD WEATHER THE SLEEVE CUFFS SHOULD BE TIGHTENED IN AN EFFORT TO RETAIN BODY HEAT. WHEN COMBAT BOOTS ARE WORN, THE TROUSERS WILL BE BLOUSED IN A NEAT UNIFORM MANNER. WHEN THE COMBAT UTILITY UNIFORM IS PRESCRIBED FOR PARADES, REVIEWS AND CEREMONIES, THE HELMET WITH CAMOUFLAGE COVER MAY ALSO BE PRESCRIBED."
3. HONOR BRACELETS. PER ALMAR 043/11, KIA BRACELETS, KNOWN OFFICIALLY AS "HONOR BRACELETS," ARE AUTHORIZED FOR VISIBLE WEAR IN UNIFORM. THE BELOW SUBPARAGRAPH HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO PARAGRAPH 1004.5.A: "(6) PRISONER OF WAR/MISSING IN ACTION (POW/MIA) AND HONOR BRACELETS (ALSO KNOWN AS KILLED IN ACTION (KIA) BRACELETS), ARE AUTHORIZED FOR VISIBLE WEAR IN UNIFORM. THE BRACELETS WILL BE SILVER OR BLACK IN COLOR, 1/2 INCH WIDE AND ENGRAVED WITH: RANK/ RATE, NAME, DATE CAPTURED/MISSING/ KILLED, AND OPERATION/ LOCATION THE INDIVIDUAL WAS CAPTURED/WENT MISSING/ KILLED. MULTIPLE NAMES ON ONE BRACELET ARE AUTHORIZED, BUT ONLY ONE BRACELET WILL BE WORN AT A TIME. NO OTHER BRACELETS ARE AUTHORIZED FOR WEAR IN UNIFORM."
4. MARINE CORPS RUNNING SUITS. ADD JACKET, ATHLETIC AND PANTS, ATHLETIC, QTY 1 EACH, TO THE OFFICER MINIMUM REQUIREMENT LISTS, TABLES 9-2 AND 9-1 OF REF B.
5. RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY COL J. D. ALFORD, PRESIDENT, PERMANENT MARINE CORPS UNIFORM BOARD.//
NAVADMIN 366/11 published on 2 Dec, 2011 announces expanded occasion and revised manner of wear for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) Type I, II AND III.
The NAVADMIN updates NWU Regulations and takes effect on 1 Jan, 2012 for all CONUS, Hawaii and Guam commands and announces increased authorized stops that the NWU may be worn while commuting. The new policy allows the NWU to worn at selected venues as authorized by Commanding Officers or the Regional Commander.
NWU Type I, II and III occasion for wear
-The NWU Type (I,II,III) is authorized for commuting and all normal tasks associated with stops (child care, gas stations, off base shopping, DMV & dining) before, during and after the workday.
-As the Navy Working Uniform is not a liberty uniform alcohol consumption in NWUs while off-base is prohibited.
-Regional Commanders (Navy Uniform Regulations Para 1201.2) may further restrict uniform policy in their area.
-The NWU Type, I, II & III is authorized for wear at all locations with the exception of inside the Pentagon and the National Mall area bounded by Capitol Hill and surrounding Senate & House Offices, the White House & Executive Office Building, State Dept and all Monuments and Memorials. (Metro, Public Transportation and Slug Lines are authorized)
-The Navy Service Uniform & Service Dress Uniforms remain the Uniform of the Day at the above restricted locations within the National Capital Region (NCR).
-NWU wear on CONUS commercial travel (Airlines, Railway, Bus) is prohibited.
-NWU wear on commuter transportation (Metrorail, Metrobus, Commuter bus, VRE, Ferries) is authorized.
Resources for Sailors
Slides depicting NWU NCR prohibited wear areas
According to the Quantico Sentry, "This year is the first Marine Corps birthday in decades when hosting commands have the option to obligate all attendees to wear dress blues to the ball because, as of Oct. 1, all Marines are required to own the uniform".
Since 2008 all Marines have been issued Dress Blues and the USMC 236th Birthday this will be the first year that every Marine attending the Marine Corps Birthday Ball will have Dress Blues. Up until 2008 only Officers were required to have Dress Blues.
Marines can find more information in the Quantico Sentry.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES!