Soldiers in our U.S. Army are now wearing ACU's (Army Combat Uniforms), which have replaced BDU's (Battle Dress Uniforms) and DCU's (Desert Camouflage Uniform). I've read recently, that some soldiers feel as though this 'versatile' option, is not for the best. Airmen are wearing ABU's (Airman Battle Uniform), with the expectation to completely replace BDU's by 2011. Oh my, oh my...we will not even begin to discuss the fiasco which erupted after the NWU's were first introduced. Is Blue Camo on a boat necessary? What was wrong with wearing coveralls on ships? If a sailor goes overboard wearing Blue Camo, won't they be impossible to find?
And then there is the MCCUU (Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform) which is their current battledress uniform. Its distinctive camouflage pattern MARPAT is exclusive to the Marine Corps, which holds the patents to their design. MCCUU is available in two color schemes, woodland and desert.
Should there be one Battle Uniform for all U.S. Military Branches? Would it be more cost efficient to choose one uniform? Or is there a risk of melding into one huge military, with no individuality?
***Please note, I am not talking about Full Dress Uniform!!!