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Old 06-05-2009, 07:15 AM
 
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Correction, I mean ABUs...
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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I wonder why so many people in this thread assume the OP is a service member? My take on it was that he is not military, sees Soldiers in public in uniform, and wonders if there is any policy for or against it.
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Old 06-05-2009, 02:54 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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As an old old vet from WW11 and Korea...can someone please identify todays abbreviated letters as to dress code uniforms of the day...work or off duty? I'm lost in trying to identify the new terminology.

Thanx...Steve
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:09 PM
 
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As an old old vet from WW11 and Korea...can someone please identify todays abbreviated letters as to dress code uniforms of the day...work or off duty? I'm lost in trying to identify the new terminology.

Thanx...Steve
Not sure if this addresses your question or not, but for the Army...

Dress Blues
Class A (dress greens)
Class B (dress greens without the jacket)
Class C - all kinds of utility uniforms like flight suits, food service, and such. The one you'll hear people refer to the most is ACUs. ACU is the digital camo you see Soldiers wearing these days. ACU = Advanced Combat Uniform.

Hope this helps and THANK YOU for your service!
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Old 06-05-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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In my Army day we had;

Class A's (full off base dress)
Class B's (on base to the snack bar/EM Club/Movie theatre after duty hrs) fatigues allowed in snack bar and EM club during the day working hrs.
Class C's (basically duty fatigues...on or off duty)

Can understand that todays Army, Navy and Air Force will have different names for their newer style of uniforms. The letters throw me for a loop.

Thanx again Steve
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:05 PM
 
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To any Airmen on here, how are the ABU's? I remember some concern that ate-up troops would iron creases in them, negating the wash and wear idea. How have they worked out so far?
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Old 06-05-2009, 04:43 PM
 
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To any Airmen on here, how are the ABU's? I remember some concern that ate-up troops would iron creases in them, negating the wash and wear idea. How have they worked out so far?
They're very hot...The wash and wear is great for the majority of units...I know a few units that requires a hot iron or press to be used to hold down the collar...Our on base drycleaner will starch and press them. Our security forces do look extra sharp, I would assume the majority of them at least hot press them. Just feels like eventually one will have to press them, hopefully this isn't the case. Security Forces is still bitter about them not using sleeve pockets like the army/marines. Reason being when deployed they use flak jackets that cover up the front pockets and the sleeve pockets would add much utility.
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:37 AM
 
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They're very hot...The wash and wear is great for the majority of units...I know a few units that requires a hot iron or press to be used to hold down the collar...Our on base drycleaner will starch and press them. Our security forces do look extra sharp, I would assume the majority of them at least hot press them. Just feels like eventually one will have to press them, hopefully this isn't the case. Security Forces is still bitter about them not using sleeve pockets like the army/marines. Reason being when deployed they use flak jackets that cover up the front pockets and the sleeve pockets would add much utility.
Thanks. Hopefully they will make a few changes. The AF always seemed to be out of touch with the more operational career fields, like cops, CE, etc.
I remember the BDU's having a note on the inside saying "Do not starch." That didn't last too long.
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:54 PM
 
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Thanks. Hopefully they will make a few changes. The AF always seemed to be out of touch with the more operational career fields, like cops, CE, etc.
I remember the BDU's having a note on the inside saying "Do not starch." That didn't last too long.
Yes; they also say "do not dryclean"...What's the worst about the reasoning for not having the shoulder pockets is to retain the tradition of stripes on the sleeve. I'm guessing 20% of the air force wear flightsuits, they don't have any stripes on their sleeves. I truely feel we should all wear flightsuits anyways; think I'm alone in my beliefs...
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Maple Shade, NJ
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Well Acrynom wise for the Air Force you got the ABU: Airman Battle Uniform. other thatn that you have the "Blues" which is your dress blue uniform.

Policywise off base wear for uniforms is allowed either on
--official business (such as: I am a Supply Sergeant and I make frequent off-base trips to home depot, mechanical shops, parts stores, etc)
--or short stop on your way to the base from home or on your way back home.

That being said, I've stopped in Walmart or other places on my way home. It can all be interpreted as loosly as the individual service member wants to until they get into trouble. Although we are all briefed upon the proper guidance and policies of uniform wear when we are in bootcamp and once again upon in-processing at our duty station.

Hope this helps
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