It's Official: Army Adopts Version of Pinks and Greens Uniform on Veterans Day

Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey (far right) wears a version of new Army Green uniform at the 2018 Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition. (U.S. Army)
Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey (far right) wears a version of new Army Green uniform at the 2018 Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition. (U.S. Army)

After more than a year of discussion, the U.S. Army announced Sunday that it has adopted a version of the World War II pinks and greens uniform as the service's new everyday dress uniform.

By 2028, the "Army Greens" will become the "everyday business-wear uniform for all soldiers," according to a Veterans Day Army news release.

"This is the uniform worn by America's 'Greatest Generation' in World War II," the release states.

Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey unveiled the first prototypes of the two-tone uniform in October 2017 at the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting.

In November of that same year, Dailey said the final version of the uniform would be a historically accurate representation of the uniform Gen. George C. Marshall wore as the chief of staff of the Army during WWII. It will feature a belted jacket, khaki shirt and brown leather shoes for men.

Female soldiers will have the option to wear versions with a skirt or pants, and will also have additional shoe options, today's release states.

The adoption of the Army Greens is the second major dress uniform change in less than a decade. The service retired its dress green uniform after 61 years of service in 2014, and replaced it with a version of the Army dress blue uniform, which became the Army Service Uniform.

The ASU will "return to being a formal dress uniform" for soldiers, the release states.

The announcement did not discuss the specific cost associated with the new Army Greens except to say it will be "cost-neutral for enlisted soldiers, who will be able to purchase them with their annual clothing allowance."

Commissioned officers typically receive a one-time clothing allowance at the start of their career.

"The Army Greens will be fielded to soldiers reporting to their first units as early as the summer of 2020," the release states. "The mandatory wear date for all soldiers will be 2028."

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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