The United States Army is in the process of implementing a new camouflage-based uniform. This process of replacing the old uniforms began in November 2005 and is to be completed by no later than summer 2007.
Strangely, my fellow army bandsmen and I were put on the list of less-than-important personnel who were to receive the new uniforms. We could only take offense as our fellow army brothers and sisters serving abroad on dangerous and asundry assignments received their uniforms in a speedier fashion.
I ask you, is the army band not doing its job against the global war on terror? Does our playing of marches and ceremonial jigs not constitute a worthy enough calling to grant us rapid delivery of new camo duds?
And thus we got our new uniforms back in December. So here she is. The Army Combat Uniform. Sadly the army higher-ups decided to keep the beret as part of the new look. Seriously. Berets? You do the math.
The old rags: The BDU (Battle Dress Uniform).
The new robes of war: The ACU (Army Combat Uniform).
D. Serven, this one is for you.