Factory-treated, insect-repelling Army Combat Uniforms that until now were issued only to Soldiers deploying to Iraq, Afghanistan, and some other overseas locations, will now be available to all Soldiers.
The new uniform, called the “ACU-P,” uses the chemical permethrin to ward off insects such as ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and chiggers. Permethrin has been extensively tested and found to be safe by the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Agriculture, and Food and Drug Administration, said Col. Pearline McKenzie-Garner, an occupational medicine physician in the Office of the Surgeon General.
The ever increasing costs of combat uniforms means eventually the Army will either have to return to a “direct exchange/direct issue” pattern, where unit supply treats uniforms like other organizational clothing, or the Army will have to adopt a low-cost garrison uniform, and only issue combat uniforms from war-stocks. In effect, that’s what we’re doing today with troops deploying to Afghanistan. Troops deploying to Afghanistan are issued Multi-cam pattern ACUs, at no cost, and leave their grey/green ACUs at home.
So why not make it official?