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One of the best military surplus items is the uniform used by soldiers in action. The uniforms go through a lot, and yet they last through the toughest conditions in terms of weather and combat.
All branches of the military have either recently changed uniforms or are in the process of doing so. Each branch has changed over from the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU). The battle dress uniform had been a military surplus item since it became standard issue in September of 1981. It included a cap, shirt, pants, and the M65 field jacket.
The BDU was made from either cotton or a combination of cotton and nylon or polyester. All BDU items were made in the ripstop weave to ensure durability. Two different versions of the jacket were made: one for hot weather and one for temperate weather. The BDU originally came in Woodland Camouflage, but later was available in other patterns.
The BDU became an unauthorized military surplus item on April 30, 2008, but many military members continue to use it.
The first branch to institute new uniforms was the Marines. The new uniform is called the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU), and it uses the MARine PATtern (MARPAT) design. The pattern is a “digital” camouflage, composed of small “pixels” of color, that is available in both woodland and desert colors. The changeover took place from 2001 to 2004.
It was next the Army that changed from the BDU over to its new Army Combat Uniform (ACU). The change took place from 2005 to 2007. Like the Marines, the Army used a “digital” camo pattern called Universal Camouflage Pattern. This pattern works well in both wooded and desert areas.
The other branches have followed the Marines and the Army, changing from the BDU (or other uniforms) to their own respective new military surplus uniforms. The Coast Guard has changed to the Operational Dress Uniform, which is navy in color and is similar to the BDU. The Air Force now uses the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU) with its “digital” tiger stripe camo pattern. The Air Force has come a long way from the old Air Force flight jacket. It will complete the changeover by 2011. And finally, the Navy has begun changing over to the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) — a change that will also be required by all Navy personnel by January of 2011. The Navy has a new digitized camo pattern, with blue being the primary color.
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