Evidence of the first use of military uniforms dates back to circa 200 BC and the Spanish warriors who faced Hannibal. Of course the first U.S. Military uniforms date back to 1779 when General George Washington chose to use the blue uniform coat with state facing colors, and white waistcoat and breeches. The U.S. blue uniform was in direct contrast to the red uniforms of the British Army.
To this day the blue uniform is part of the Military bloodline. Whether it’s the Navy’s ‘Full Dress’ or the Marine’s ‘Blue Dress’ uniforms, all five of the U.S. Armed Forces uniforms have a tie to the traditional blue uniform in one way or another.
Over the last 232 years the U.S. Military’s uniforms have changed due to changes in civilian fashion, utility, practicality, and roles. Today’s military services have several uniforms, which vary based on the wearer's rank, specific situations, and occasions.
Each service selects the color and design that makes their uniform unique and practical for their particular work environment, whether it is the battlefield, flight line or the deck of a ship. In addition, each service has several uniforms ranging from their everyday work uniform to their service dress uniform.
Click on the following links to learn more about each service’s current uniforms, uniform policies, changes and updates:
Retiree Uniform Regulations
Military Insignia and Ranks (Officers)
Military Insignia, Ranks, and Rates (Enlisted)
Military Ranks and Rates
Obtaining Medals and Awards
Purchasing Medals and Ribbons
Military Clothing (Uniform) Allowance Rates