After seeing three soldiers sport prototypes of the “pinks and greens” uniform at the AUSA annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, Army Times readers are overwhelmingly in support of bringing back the iconic World War II-era service uniform.
In a poll of 13,200 Army Times readers, 81 percent thought the green jacket, gray pants uniform looked sharp.
The uniform, in the works since early this year, went before the uniform board this summer, and now the Army is considering fits and fabrics for possible future fielding. The uniform must still be approved by senior Army leaders.
The return of the old school look, which get their name from the mauve tint of the gray pants, has been a pet project of Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey.
“That was the uniform of the ‘Greatest Generation.’ There was a lot of prestige and honor associated with that. The American public identified with that uniform,” Dailey told Army Times in May. “We think that is more appropriate than trying to create something new.”
The suit would replace the blue Army Service Uniform in some official settings.
Next up, Dailey tweeted on Friday, is a prototype with a belt, along with hints that the next version of the uniform could be unveiled during the Army-Navy game in December.
Dailey also promised to include a panel of female soldiers to discuss the finer points of the women’s version of the uniform.
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members. Follow on Twitter @Meghann_MT