MIL Airman Battle Uniform

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  1. evan2

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    http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123017545

    Airman Battle Uniform finalized, ready for production

    The new Airman Battle Uniform. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration)

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    by Master Sgt. Mitch Gettle
    Air Force Print News

    3/17/2006 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The new Airman Battle Uniform is ready for production and will be available in fiscal 2007, said the Air Force deputy chief of staff of personnel.

    Many factors were considered in developing the final uniform selection, with the concern for Airmen being at the top of the list, said Brig. Gen Robert R. Allardice.

    "We were looking for a uniform that would be easier to maintain," he said. "We wanted to provide a uniform that the Airman wouldn't need to spend a lot of out-of-pocket expenses to maintain."

    Also, Airmen’s feedback throughout the process was beneficial in adding new pockets on the uniform.

    "We listened to the Airmen's request where they wanted pockets to hold small tools and when they wear body armor the existing shirt pockets are not accessible or usable," General Allardice said. "It will have the four pockets on the front of the shirt, and also a small pencil pocket on the left forearm and two pockets on the lower legs. In addition, inside the side pockets and inside of the breast pockets there will be smaller sewn-in pockets to hold small tools, flashlights or cell phones."

    The new uniform design is a pixilated tiger stripe with four soft earth tones consisting of tan, grey, green and blue. The ABU will have a permanent crease and will be offered in 50-50 nylon-cotton blend permanent press fabric eliminating the need for winter and summer weight uniforms.

    Will the new ABU need to be starched and pressed?

    "Absolutely not," he said. "Our uniform requirement is we want a uniform that you wash, pull it out of the dryer, and wear it. This requirement meets the ease and cost effectiveness needs in maintaining a uniform."

    He speaks from personal experience and added that in the long run it will save Airmen money on dry cleaning costs.

    "I tested this uniform. I wash it, take it right out of the dryer and wear it," General Allardice said. "We don't want people putting an iron to it."

    The fit of the uniform was also a concern for Airmen.

    "Were making them available in more sizes to fit the body better," he said. "We've taken the time to produce more sizes and tailored them for men and women."

    Some other ABU accessory items:

    -- A tan T-shirt will be worn; Airmen will be required to maintain one tan T-shirt with an Air Force logo on the front and Air Force written on the back.

    -- Suede cowhide boots in matching green-gray color; like the desert boot these will be polish-free and available in men’s and women’s sizes.

    -- The word color for the name, U.S. Air Force, and rank is midnight blue; nametapes and rank insignia background will be tan and will be sewn on using a matching tan color thread.

    -- The ABU adopts the battle dress uniform hat style for primary use and the floppy hat design will be used in some deployed areas.

    "This is the uniform of the future," General Allardice said. "Eventually when enough of these uniforms are manufactured, we will phase out the BDU and desert combat uniforms."

    The current projected mandatory wear date for the new ABU is fiscal 2011.

    The only thing that needs to be determined is if patches will be worn and the Air Force chief of staff will make that determination soon, General Allardice said.



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    I guess I wont be buying to many regular sets right now like I had planned, no starch ftw
     
  2. AKing

    AKing It's like we've got each others backs

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    its weird when you look at his arms, the shit blends pretty damn nice.
     
  3. BillyJackNCoke

    BillyJackNCoke I've got something to say, I raped your mother tod

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    those boots look like filth but, no need to shine ftw
     
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    i like the acu better but that shit looks halfway decent.
     
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    marine digital camo ftw... every uniform that comes after seems to get worse...
     
  6. E

    E oona panoona bonka

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    no eight-point cover...sweet.
     
  7. insomnia

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    :ugh2: :weak:

    That's gonna be great for people who don't sit behind a desk :ugh:
     
  8. evan2

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    its better then the shitty blue shit they wanted us to wear
    i have a office job mostly but a lot of times im out in the mud adn what not being CE
    so I have my days but i just keep my boots black and have a pair I wear when I need to look nice as well as a pressed uniform I keep for times I need to look the part

    my job is too up adn down where I do not know whats going on one day... So i just wear whatever

    I am really looking forward to this plus the sizes never worked for me.. the medium is getting a bit too tight and the large is just too large for me
     
  9. SweetDaddyO

    SweetDaddyO we need a montage!!

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    definitely an improvement over the first attempt with that gay purple tiger stripe stuff.

    overall doesn't seem too bad - low maintenance (the less work the better for me) and the pattern seems pretty cool.

    all of this of course coming from someone who will probably never wear it.
     
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    looks like some european cami's:ugh:
     
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    marpats ftmfl:ugh::ugh::ugh::ugh::ugh::ugh:
     
  12. ManinCamo

    ManinCamo I wear big boy pants.

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    Same thought here... drain one ISA and they're gonna be completely done for. Pink boots ftl :rofl:

    I wonder how well they're going to take kicking brakes on AGE too :hsugh:
     
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    andymodem Ambitious, but rubbish.

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    Looks like hunting gear you'd get from walmart or something. :hs:
     
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    C5Load OT Resident UCLA fanatic

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    does the reg tell you to kick the brakes? :eek3:
     
  16. insomnia

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    No, but sometimes you just need to get the shit done.
     
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    It looks good, doesn't make them look like Starship Trooper space warriors like the ACU's do.
     
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    You think they're gonna let us keep black boots? I talked to a bunch of guys at work today and they think so :o
     
  19. Ozner

    Ozner Offical TSL OP Leghumper

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    Fiscal year 07. So does this mean we are gonna see them the end of this year?
     
  20. evan2

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    hell yea i cant wait to get them, was about to buy 2 new sets of bdus
    so now i can wait on that
     
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    tiger stripe BDUs for the airforce :ugh: i guess for when you want to blend in with your tool box or your cubicle background :rofl:

    i still don't understand this whole lets all get our own uniform or we are gonna be left behind business.
     
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    spades George P. Burdell II

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    Flight suit FTW.
     
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    good for you. I have a life. The less work I have to do to impress some senior NCO or officer, the better. I have more important things to do with my time than worry about starching shit.
     
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    There needs to be one fucking uniform for all services. It would keep down costs and make shit a hell of a lot easier.

    Except the navy. You can't really wear camo on a ship.
     
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    yeah. because I'm just that cool.
     

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