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Here’s Why It Will Take Until 2028 To Make Soldiers Look Like They Did In 1945
The Army will field its new World War II-throwback uniforms over a period of eight years to ensure that enlisted soldiers have plenty of time to accumulate enough money from their clothing allowances to buy them, a top service spokesman said on Monday.
New soldiers will begin receiving the "Army Greens" at their first units in summer 2020 and the uniform will become mandatory to wear in 2028, officials told reporters at a roundtable.
For soldiers who join their first units in spring 2020 – right before the Army Greens are issued – it will take six years of clothing allowances before they have enough money to purchase the uniform without spending any of their own money, said Brig. Gen. Omar Jones, head of Army public affairs.
“So there’s no requirement for them to buy anything for this uniform until the U.S. Army has given them every single dollar to pay for that uniform,” Jones told reporters at a media roundtable. “For them, that would be the spring of 2026."
However, the actually cutoff, Jones explained, is 2028, so that "that every soldier in the U.S. Army [has] ample time to get the uniform at no cost.”
Army Greens are expected to cost more than the current service uniform but should last longer – for six years as opposed to four, officials said at Monday’s roundtable. It is too early to say exactly how much each soldier will have to pay for Army Greens, in part because the design is still being refined.
“The one I wore – the one you saw – has a gold belt buckle,” Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel Dailey explained on Monday. “That’s not going to be the color on the final one. It’s going to be subdued, like the buttons. The chief of staff of the Army has made a slight change on the length of the collar on the male jacket.”
The Army is also making the uniform’s shirt a higher blend of cotton so that it can breathe better and feel more comfortable, said Col. Stephen Tomas, of PEO Soldier.
Over the next 90 days, the Army will issue 200 uniforms to recruiters and then make further adjustments based on their feedback, Thomas said.
Soldiers will also be issued a World War II-style garrison cap, but commanders will have the option of requiring subordinates to wear the beret instead, Thomas said. The leather-trimmed service cap will be an optional item, as well.
Although Army Greens have been referred to as “Pinks and Greens” in the past, Dailey explained that was a nickname given by soldiers to a similar uniform worn during World War II.
“That’s not the true name of the uniform,” Dailey said. “One of the sets of pants had a pink hue to it. These do not.”
The Pentagon's top spokesman tried to downplay recent revelations by the Washington Post that U.S. government officials have consistently misled the American public about the war in Afghanistan for nearly two decades.
Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock first brought to light that several top officials acknowledged to the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction that the war was going badly despite their optimistic public statements. The report, based on extensive interviews and internal government data, also found that U.S. officials manipulated statistics to create the public perception that the U.S. military was making progress in Afghanistan.
An Army colonel's alleged abuse saddled his wife with ongoing medical needs. Escaping him could bring that care to a screeching halt.
Katherine Burton was sitting on her couch when she heard a scream.
Though she had not yet met her upstairs neighbors, Army. Col. Jerel Grimes and his wife Ellizabeth, Burton went to investigate almost immediately. "I knew it was a cry for help," she recalled of the August 1 incident.
Above her downstairs apartment in Huntsville, Alabama, Jerel and Ellizabeth had been arguing. They had been doing a lot of that lately. According to Ellizabeth, Jerel, a soldier with 26 years of service and two Afghanistan deployments under his belt, had become increasingly controlling in the months since the couple had married in April, forcing her to share computer passwords, receipts for purchases, and asking where she was at all times.
"I was starting to realize how controlling he was, and how manipulative he was," Ellizabeth said. "And he'd never been this way towards me in the 15 years that I've known him."
Taliban fighters attempted to fight their way into Bagram Airfield on Wednesday by invading a medical facility just outside of the base's perimeter, a spokesman for Operation Resolute Support said Wednesday.
J.P. Lawrence of Stars and Stripes and Jim LaPorta of Newsweek first reported that the battle lasted for several hours after using car bombs to attack the hospital, which is near the base's northern corner. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft were reportedly used to drop ordnance on the hospital.
Actor Mark Wahlberg will be visiting troops overseas to plug Wahlburgers, a fast-casual restaurant chain owned by the actor and his two brothers, Donnie Wahlberg, and chef Paul Wahlberg.