testEveryone’s going retro, even the Army. While the nation’s fighting forces don’t typically warrant space in the fashion pages, these are turning heads. The Army is proposing to revisit their World War II era dress uniforms. The “pinks and greens” are on display at the Association of the United States Army 2017 Expo (AUSA17), and the receptions is positive.
The prototype is being modeled now. Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey is championing the new duds. “That was the uniform of the ‘Greatest Generation.’ There was a lot of prestige and honor associated with that. The American public identified with that uniform,” he told the Army Times. “We think that is more appropriate than trying to create something new.”
“When I presented it to the chief, he’s an advocate,” he said. “It would give us that daily uniform, that’s not a combat uniform, that’s more business,” Dailey said.
It would also allow the Army to compete, fashionably, with the Marines. “The Marine Corps is very good at this,” he said. “They’re very good at their honor, history, lineage sorts of things.”
To be certain, this is an homage to the originals. The biggest differences come when you view the men’s and women’s uniforms together. Where the 1940s uniforms had striking differences, these are less gendered.
— Combat Command Bae (@barefootboomer) October 9, 2017
As Popular Military points out, “a few noticeable changes can be found in the lack of a cloth or leather “Sam Browne” belt, apparent lack of skirts for women and, of course, a presumed return to brown leather shoes and (for the higher-speed troops) jump boots.”
As many have pointed out, the current uniforms lack a certain something. PM calls it “bus driver-esque.” There’s a style to the new uniforms that stands above that, even if it is a throwback to the greatest generation.
Soldiers would not have to pay for the uniforms, as the cost should be included in their uniform allowance.
Here’s the inspiration for the move. Brig. Gen. Jesse Auton; Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe; Lt. Gen. Carl Spaatz, commander of Strategic Air Forces in Europe; Lt. Gen. James Doolittle, commander of the 8th Air Force in Europe and the Pacific; Lt. Gen. William E. Kepner, commanding general of the 8th Air Force’s 2nd Bomb Division; Col. Donald M. Blakeslee, in Debden, Essex, United Kingdom, 11th April 1944.