Posted October 02, 2018 12:25:33The US Army’s new uniforms are a big deal for the military, but they’re also a major deal for their families.
Mashable sat down with a few Army leaders to talk about the changes and the changes they expect for their sons and daughters as the Army continues its new mission in Iraq.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Robert L. Neller and Army Secretary Gen. Eric E. Dunford, who oversees the military’s recruiting, recruiting, and retention efforts, are expected to be in Iraq this week.
The new uniforms for Army troops will be made by an American-made company, the Army says.
They will be available for purchase at a store or online beginning next week.
They are expected not only to be easier on soldiers’ backs and necks, but also lighter, with a lighter, less-sweaty look, as well as less bulk, according to Army spokesman Col. Michael R. Gorman.
The Army is working to make them less bulky, so they will also be less likely to catch fire and get damaged, he said.
And they will offer better protection from improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs, Gorman said.
The US military’s new uniform will be similar to what is worn by other soldiers in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere, Gror said.
Soldiers who wear them will wear the Army’s old, “military-grade” uniforms, which are more rugged and have more fabric.
The uniform is still being developed, and Army officials are working with local fabric manufacturers to get a uniform ready, he added.
But the Army isn’t just going after the Army uniform.
The military will also have a new set of uniforms for the civilian workforce, too.
The Army is testing a new uniform for the first time, and it will be offered in some stores this year, Gorm said.
Some members of the military are wearing the new uniforms in a bid to help soldiers who are deployed abroad with the same uniform they’re using to fight on the battlefield.
Soldiers have been asked to wear the uniforms on the front of their uniforms or under the uniform of a civilian employee, but there are no restrictions on how many of the soldiers are allowed to wear them on a regular basis, Groman said.
Soldier leaders are also using the new uniform to get some of their family members back to the front lines, so their sons or daughters can get back to their families and start the process of returning home.
The new uniforms will be easier for the soldiers to wear, as they are more compact, lighter, and have a much more durable feel, Grom said.
“It’s a great opportunity to show our family members how much we appreciate them and their sacrifice,” Army Chief of Military Staff Gen, Robert Lneller said in a statement.
“We’re proud of the work that our men and women in uniform have done to prepare and equip our nation’s soldiers and to help them make the ultimate sacrifice on the field of battle.”
The Army says it is using the uniform to help recruit its civilian workforce.
The service is testing the uniform on some of its recruiters, and is looking for feedback about whether the uniform is good for them, Groner said.
But Army leaders aren’t just using the uniforms to help get soldiers home.
They’re also using them to help the military transition back into its military role.
Solders are still returning to the field in droves, and the military is using its new uniforms as a recruiting tool to help fill those jobs, Groler said, adding that the uniform will continue to be available at retail outlets and online stores for at least two more months.
But some soldiers have complained about the new Army uniform, especially the new insignia, Grimm said.
Some military leaders are concerned about how the new army uniform looks on some soldiers, and some are worried about the uniforms becoming more of a “messenger” for soldiers returning from overseas, Gomer said.
Army leaders are looking at how they can best help recruit a new generation of soldiers, he continued.
The service is also planning to expand the use of the new military uniform in the future, Gomersaid.
The current Army uniform is already in use for about 60% of its recruits, and that’s about enough soldiers to get us through to the next phase of our recruiting, he told Army reporters in Washington, D.C., on Monday.