2017 was a big, big year for military fashion, from the end of the Army’s legendary gray PT uniform to the embarrassing $94 million in forest camo that Uncle Sam ordered up for Afghan soldiers in largely forest-free Afghanistan. But with the Army’s latest four-year uniform transition period now winding down, 2018 will be an even bigger year for soldiers as the branch fields its latest gear and weapons upgrades.
If the U.S. actually goes back to war with North Korea, American troops are going to need a uniform that is lightweight, breathable, and provides adequate camouflage in the forest, complete with a solid pair of boots for humping up and down all of those big mountains. Fortunately for Marines, the Corps has been working hard to ensure they’ll have both.
“See that tree line over there?” The fat pinch of chewing tobacco in the sergeant’s lip muddled his speech as he calmly addressed our ragged formation. “I want you to go touch,” he said, pausing to spew a stream of brown liquid at the ground. “Actually, no. Go bring me that fucking tree line.”