"Pinks & Greens" Information
Last Update: 11 DEC 17
Purpose: To provide transparency and up-to-date information regarding a possible uniform change.
Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): The “Pinks & Greens” Uniform continues through the prototype and decision-making phase. Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA) is currently scheduled to make the final decision on or before November 11, 2018. If approved, roll out to the Army will not begin until the second half of 2019, at the earliest. There is currently no change to the policies concerning the wear of the Army Service Uniform (ASU).
Summary: The Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier provided an update on its progress at the Defense Logistics Agency’s (Troop Support - Clothing & Textile) Joint Advanced Planning Brief for Industry held November 15-16, 2017. While the designs will not be finalized until after the wear test, the current working design replicates many aspects of the iconic World War II uniform:
- Male Coat: Dark drab green, four-button design with a belt and likely with a bi-swing back. Officers have ½-inch brown braid
- Female Coat: Similar to the above, but without the top pockets (PEO Soldier acknowledges the difficulty of aligning accouterments without top pockets, but struggles with how to maintain a bust line that lays well when it incorporates top pockets or flaps). The prototype coat is about 2 inches shorter than the current ASU Coat
- Male Trousers: Taupe color and similar to current design, but without trouser braid for enlisted and NCOs. Officers’ braid is still not decided
- Female Slacks: Incorporates side-seam pockets, but no back pockets. Likely will have some hidden waistband pockets to provide added utility for Class B wear. Will likely incorporate a comfort waistband
- Female Skirt: Pencil design with comfort waistband, likely cut with a “V.” Skirt will incorporate a “V” or kick pleat at back hem
- Male Shirt: Currently proposed as a poly-wool plain-weave tan cloth. Tapered design will have the similar pockets as the ASU shirt, but no creases. Enlisted will not have shoulder loops, but will wear sleeve chevrons. Officers might have shoulder loops, but may also wear collar rank (TBD)
- Female Shirt: Similar to the untuck version of the ASU shirt in general design
- Ties: For both males and females, likely the same color as the coat
- Headgear: Unisex Service Caps with “walnut” brown leather visors and chin straps, incorporating the iconic “crushed” look of WWII. The uniform will also have garrison caps
- Footwear: Brown leather with brown socks
- Overall CSA Guidance: Make the uniform as functionally comfortable as possible without giving up a sharp, military appearance. Make the female uniforms as close as possible to the male uniforms without compromising female anatomical fit. Reduce the “bling” on the uniform by limiting pin-on items, perhaps incorporating subdued buttons, etc.
- "The Army Times" - article dated 2 FEB 2018
- "The Army Times" - article dated 10 DEC 17
- "The Army Times" - article dated 16 NOV 17
- "The Army Times" - article dated 14 OCT 17
- "The Army Times" - article dated 10 OCT 17
- "The Army Times" - article dated 19 SEP 17
- "The Army Times" - article dated 14 MAY 17
Possible Projected Timeline of Any Change: Note that the cloth production and then the uniform production cannot occur until after a CSA final decision. The CSA is pushing to accelerate contract actions, but not at the expense of wear-testing and modifying the final design to ensure a viable uniform. It can take 18 or more months after the decision announcement for vendors like Marlow White and even private-label brands sold on post to have the uniforms available, depending on the Army's publication of the specifications and base patterns. An aggressive timeline for issuing uniforms at the training bases can be found in the table opposite.
Disclaimer: Because Marlow White is not a member of the Army Uniform Board, nor a government agency, we are providing information only as we hear it from various news sources and from within the industry. PEO Soldier and Natick currently have the lead on prototype and design efforts.