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    the Air Force gets their Tiger Stripes after all!



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    Airman Battle Uniform finalized, ready for production

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

    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, Airmenís 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 menís and womenís 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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    • #3
      That uniform looks pretty cool. I have got a soft spot in my heart for the Tiger Stripe camouflage pattern uniforms.

      I wonder if these uniforms will be good on the battlefield
      If you want peace then prepare for war - Ancient Roman maxim

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      • #4
        Did the layout change at all or is it a standard BDU with a new pattern. I like the pattern but it seems kind of pointless to create a whole new uniform and not update and adapt it. Just an opinion.

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        • #5
          Wow...so now we have each branch of the service with their own pattern. How much is this costing US taxpayers and to what benefit?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Gunmoney:
            Did the layout change at all or is it a standard BDU with a new pattern. I like the pattern but it seems kind of pointless to create a whole new uniform and not update and adapt it. Just an opinion.
            More pockets, pockets for pens/tools etc., pockets on the lower pants leg. This is more for the ground crews, transport, load masters, not the PJs and AF security. They are still allowed to use what works the best. You might also notice it is actually a digital tiger stripe.

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            • #7
              Those of us who will be wearing it are not exactly thrilled but it is a heck of an improvement over the stupid blue tiger stripes some idiot tried to get approved. I think we should have just adopted the army uniform and used are own rank and other insignia like we did with the BDUs. Makes absolutely no sense to me to have three different uniforms for three different branches.

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              • #8
                Sorry, I won't get to wear them, offically that is. I start terminal leave in 22 days and retire 1 Aug 06.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by TimW:
                  Wow...so now we have each branch of the service with their own pattern. How much is this costing US taxpayers and to what benefit?
                  My thoughts exactly...how retarded. Further signs of our governments prolific waste of taxpayer's dollars.

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                  • #10
                    I see they didn't follow the Army and US Marines and leave off the bottom pockets on the coat and put pockets on the sleeves. These will work nice around the office,

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                    • #11
                      4 uniforms, the navy is looking at replacing dungarees again

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                      • #12
                        I like the boots. They look like a dark Coyote. Who make 'em?
                        Media vita in morte sumus

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                        • #13
                          Ah the "fag rag", gee I just can't wait to wear this POS! Problem is that with the odd color boots, any of the good stuff the Marines or Army gets won't be authorized to wear with this new crap. Of course the pocket situation is a pooch-screw and the tiger stripes are polarized shadows of nature but it gets even better. In the last issue of the Air Force times, the t-shirt is the ultimate insult with the new fag-o-flage. Turns out we get to have the Hap Arnold wings on the left breast and in big bold letters, "Air Force" written across the back like some sort of walking billboard! I just thank God I got until 2011 before I HAVE to wear this crap! :mad:

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by sfdefender:
                            I see they didn't follow the Army and US Marines and leave off the bottom pockets on the coat and put pockets on the sleeves. These will work nice around the office,
                            HAHA!

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                            • #15
                              wtf? for when you need to blend right into the copy machine...

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