The Air Force in the United States went through various uniforms in 1947 before its independent inception. They were sometimes painful, and evolution took a long time. The air force uniforms are under the control of the Air Force Instruction and are very important to airmen.
In 1952, the Air Force accepted giving up the olive-green dress as the uniform and were ready to go with blue uniforms. It made them outstanding from other United States services. The Air force was struggling with a uniform identity crisis for many years, and now they have come to a decision.
The USAF came a long way with the uniforms and now it is time to take a look at the Air Force’s decisions.
What Should Airmen Wear?
Airmen can wear previously-owned OCPs. Airmen will have their name and tapes such as the U.S. rank and flag as a basic configuration.
- Until 1 Sep 2020, they can wear black and green cloth flags as their air force uniforms. Later, the accepted version will be only the US spice brown flag. The US infrared flags are not legal.
- The name tape, rank, and blouse name tape must have stitching or Velcro such that it should appear similar.
- The patrol cap should have a tape name and an occupational badge receives a stitching or Velcro. There is no need for it to match the blouse.
- The Unit patches will be in the spice brown color conversion before 1 April 2021.
- The squadron patches with the U.S. flag will be on the right sleeve, and the left sleeve will have a higher headquarters patch.
- The occupational badges will be above the US Air force name tape by ½ inch.
Airmen can wear other qualification badges of services awarded and earned during the service. Air force uniforms can be of use in garrison and deployed locations.
The Uniforms Detail
The air force uniforms will use spice brown color for patches, lettering, and other insignia, while the Army will have it in black on their OCPs.
The insignia of the lieutenant colonel and first lieutenant will be in black so that there is a differentiation. The uniform configurations will be similar to the Army. Airmen will have on their uniforms their heraldry patches with the U.S. flag, alongside.
The patches will be a part of the uniform so that folks pay tribute. They will have to wear a similar color, and the squadron and heraldry patches will be on their uniforms. The duty identifiers such as Tactical Air Control Party, Combat Controller, or Security forces and unit patches will be on the left shoulder.
The uniform will be in spice brown. The Air Force authorizes the thread colors. The patches will be velcroid, though airmen can choose if they wish to sew or to get it velcroid. The chest pockets will present slanted configuration, resembling the Army’s OCP. However, it will have Velcro shut. The arms pockets will feature side zippers.
The airmen can wear under the OCP a tan t-shirt and will go well with coyote-brown boots. However, the DLA green socks will continue as they are identical to the tan color, and the belt will be in tan. Airmen can now their uniform sleeves. However, the Air Force chiefs want to assure this uniform offers a professional look.
The Feel of the Uniform
The air force uniforms have the same 50-50 blend of nylon cotton and same fabric weight. The OCP has no press treatment but will have insect shield treatment. This uniform will be known as the OCP and not as Airman Combat Uniform.
The Air Force had to do this switching bearing around $237 million in the first three years. It involved disposing of the old uniforms and boots that are no longer in use. The Air Force did the stretching for three years.
The Air Force has to pay airmen to keep two utility uniform sets. The benefit of wearing this one uniform is joint integration, readiness, and it is worthwhile. Even deployed airmen going outside the wire will get the OCP fire-resistant version.