29 Aug '16, 9pm

Soldiers wear new tropical uniforms and boots in jungle ACU field-test

he Army continues to dial up jungle operations, with thousands of troops rotating through the Pacific every three months or so. While the Asia missions have been a boon for the service, and soldiers have been quick to embrace them, one big hurdle remains: Soldiers are being sent there in uniforms ill-suited for unrelenting humidity, heavy rains and perpetual sogginess. But change is coming soon. The Army, over the last 18 months, has quietly held four uniform trials in Hawaii, with thousands of soldiers wearing a variety of new uniform designs. The hope is to finalize a new tropical wardrobe by 2018 that is lightweight, quick-drying, comfortable, and durable. ACUs were modified to include mesh tuck-ins. These protect soldiers' legs while keeping their trousers unbloused. Photo Credit: Sgt. Ian D. Morales/Army The Army examined new fabric combinations and soldiers wore Army...

Full article: https://www.armytimes.com/articles/soldiers-wear-new-trop...

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