They have to endure the rigours of enemy fire, extreme heat and the emotional stress of spending months away from families and loved ones.
And it appears the U.S. soldier now has another enemy to contend with – ripped pants.
Again, Via War News Updates. Which is where I steal about half my stuff. I should just have the blog redirect there.
The old lightweight BDUs tore pretty quickly also. The 100% cotton fabric wasn’t the most durable stuff. But they were comfortable.
The temperate BDUs were made of a heavier poly/cotton blend, and the fabric itself was quite durable. Not impervious, but pretty durable. But it didn’t have the fire resistance the current uniforms have.
At any event, uniforms in a combat theater have a very short useful lifespan. Units had better be prepared to replace clothing and equipment at high rates.
In garrison, this poses a somewhat different problem. The current ASU is quite expensive, and troops are responsible for replacing uniforms themselves. They receive a very modest clothing allowance, but it is hardly enough to replace uniforms that fail long before they should.