01 Oct '12, 7pm

Insect-repelling ACUs now available to all Soldiers

Insect-repelling ACUs now available to all Soldiers

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 1, 2012) -- 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 Army's battlefield experience shows that the EPA-approved permethrin fabric treatment ... protects the Soldier from diseases transmitted by a variety of pests, including fleas, ticks and mosquitoes," said Lt. Col. Eugene Wal...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/88171/

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