New U.S. Army uniform recalled after soldiers complain of ripping pants | Mail Online

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.

via New U.S. Army uniform recalled after soldiers complain of ripping pants | Mail Online.

Again, Via War News Updates. Which is where I steal about half my stuff. I should just have the blog redirect there.

Anyway…

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.

4 thoughts on “New U.S. Army uniform recalled after soldiers complain of ripping pants | Mail Online”

  1. ACUs are pathetic and I suspect but don’t know that the multicam is stitched to the same low quality. I saw guys with their backsides literally stapled together. That said, every Soldier gets issued four new sets of free uniforms before they deploy, as well as a program in theater called Army Direct Ordering where every Soldier gets an allotment of money for about 10 of 12 months (in a standard deployment) to order clothing to replace what they are consuming. It varies some according to a formula, but I seem to recall it being about $70 a month. (But it is unit total, so if you spend $50, someone else can spend $90.) This is the official program to DX uniforms, and works very well, less sometimes some sizes are unavailable and backordered. I can’t speak for Afghanistan, but in Iraq, I generally got stuff about two weeks after I ordered it. Soldiers can do it via AKO by themselves, or consolidate ordering by the supply sergeant. It is an outstanding program, but could take you a couple of months to replace multiple uniforms.
    However, it is true that Soldiers have to pay for their own stuff in garrison, between deployments.

  2. The old jungle fatigues in ‘nam might last a month in the field. I remember reading a book in the 70s by a guy who was wounded near Tam Ky who thought he’d make a point about the rigors of Infantry service in ‘nam and remarked that at then end of a 2 week op he loaded his platoon (he was a 2LT at the time) in a Chinook and his fatigues were literally rotting. Boots didn’t do all that well either, apparently, but better than the fatigues.

  3. The problem with the ADO program is that soldiers get the FRACUs in theater. The FRACU is not, however, authorized in garrison. So while this helps the soldier to replace their losses in theater, it does not help the soldier when they returned to home station.

    They have gotten progressively worse, though. I have uniforms from five years ago that are still in great shape, aside from being too large now. Uniforms that I have gotten from RFI (the four new ones we get before deployment) this year that ripped climbing out of a vehicle after only a few uses. Granted, this is likely to be a problem with any uniform. It would just be nice to not have to worry about blowing out my pants or having my keys rub through my pockets.

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