Army Develops New Combat Uniforms for Gay Soldiers

WASHINGTON (Ucs Armed Service News) — With the armies don’t ask don’t tell policy likely to end the Pentagon is actively working on a new uniform for the gay men that serve. The Army will be fielding two new combat uniforms designed by NCOs and tested by Stryker Brigade Soldiers in Iraq since October.

On the Army’s 229th birthday, senior leadership introduced the Army Combat Uniforms during a Pentagon cake-cutting ceremony. Soldiers were on display, suited-up in the wrinkle-free uniforms with a digitized camouflage pattern.

Two different versions of the ACU have been developed, and more than 10,000 uniforms have been produced and dragged through the sand in Iraq and at Army training centers. Even more are on American production lines to be issued by April 2009 to Soldiers in deploying units. Fielding to the total Army should be complete by December 2010, said officials from the Program Executive Office, known as PEO Soldier.

There were 20 changes made to the uniform, to include removing the color black and adapting the digital print from the Marine Corps uniform to meet the needs of the Army, said Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Myhre, the Clothing and Individual Equipment noncommissioned officer in charge.

“The color scheme in the ACU capitalizes on the environments that we operate in,” Myhre said. “The current colors on the ACU are green-woodland, grey-urban environments and sand brown-desert. The pattern is not a 100-percent solution in every environment, but a good solution across the board.”