Suit & Tie

Saturday, April 27, 2013
Even after three years of being with a soldier, there is still so much to stay updated with when it comes to Army regulations. The regulations I am referring to in this post would be dress code regulations. My husband called me this evening and told me he needed to purchase dress blues. 

The blue Army Service Uniform (ASU) is the "new" service uniform, and was adopted for optional wear in 2008. It was issued to new soldiers starting in the fall of 2010. All soldiers will be expected to possess the entire uniform by July 2014. The ASU is replacing two uniforms already in use – the "Army Green" service uniform and the "Army White" service uniform.

Justin received his Army greens right after basic training at Fort Knox. That was back in 2008 and that explains why he doesn't already have the new blues. I immediately started researching places where these blues can be purchased other than the military clothing store located on post. I found two credible online stores that sell the dress blues, super trooper and marlow white. Each website gives you the option to purchase ASU packages that include either the bare minimum for the uniform ( if you've already purchased the shoes, belt, shirts, etc) or the full head to toe package that will be needed when you wear this uniform.  Dress blues can range anywhere from $300-$500 dollars. It depends on the extent of your purchase and the type of fabric you purchase. 
Fabric Types are: Professional: $319.00 Classic: $375.00 Premium: $475.00. These prices are from the marlow white website. They even give you a chart on how the fabrics differ. Due to the expense of the new blue uniform Enlisted soldiers should be receiving an increase in their annual uniform allowance to help offset the cost of the uniform.

Even though spouses aren't going to be wearing ASU'S I do think there are three basic things we should be aware of. 
  • become familiar with the different uniforms our soldiers wear for each military occasion. Sometimes soldiers are unable to obtain things like this. (I'm referring to deployment, because Justin is currently deployed and he can't just go out and buy dress blues)
  • It'd be helpful for you to know their measurements. (I know my husband's measurements, so it'll be easy for me to purchase this uniform and have it ready for him when he returns to garrison)
  • Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia (Army Regulation 670–1)

Although our soldiers have dress blue/class a inspections, it's nice to be able to help your soldier attach certain pins or special bars on their uniform. You may even catch something that they easily overlooked, or forgot. 

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