It is worn in most workday situations in which business dress would be called for, while the Army Combat Uniform is used in combat situations. It can be worn at most public and official functions. The blue ASU was adopted for optional wear in It was issued to new soldiers starting in the fall of , and must be worn army-wide after 1 October The ASU is replacing two uniforms already in use — the "army green" service uniform and the "army white" service uniform.
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Army Greens Uniform
It can be worn at most public and official functions , and as an analog for business dress. In combat situations, the Army Combat Uniform is used. Originally created in as a secondary uniform to the former army "class A greens", in the autumn of it started being issued to all soldiers and now is worn army-wide as the official service uniform. It is based on the older "dress blue" uniform. Their influence is apparent in the overall blue theme, the officers' passants shoulder-straps and trouser design.
The green service uniform has finally been laid to rest after 61 years of approved wear, the vast majority of that stretch as the service uniform that defined the Army. But then the Army wanted a sharp, classic and dignified look to distinguish soldiers in a postwar era. The jacket featured four buttons, matching pants, light gray undershirt and black tie in contrast with the khaki undershirt and tie in the Marine Corps' green service uniform. The green uniform experienced only minor alterations since; from Vietnam to the early years of Iraq and Afghanistan, it served as the primary dress uniform. Exception: due to a shortage of blue cloth, the Army issued gray uniforms as a substitute to some soldiers from ; West Point Cadets also adopted the gray coats in that time and still wear the color today. But in the Army introduced olive drab and khaki service uniforms. While that year's Order 81 eliminated blue, a phase out continued in the ensuing years; blue full-dress uniforms remained authorized until For more newsletters click here.