Basic trainees have emerged from hard training not only Army green but wearing the latest set of Army blues. The new Army Service Uniform, or ASU, is the latest standard issue dress uniform and is meant to replace the others indefinitely.
“The uniform looks a lot more professional to me now,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Lindsey, 434th Field Artillery Brigade. “At graduation you can really tell the difference.”
The trainees began receiving the ASUs in October, but they have been available to Soldiers in military clothing sales stores since 2009.
The blue material was a decision rooted in the Army’s history dating back to 1779 when Gen. George Washington prescribed blue coats with different facings for the various state troops, artillery, artillery artificers and light dragoons of the Continental Army. In the 1800s, the Adjutant and Inspector General’s Office established dark blue as the national color for officers or enlisted men, if no other color was prescribed.