Today’s guest blog post is from Sergeant Major of the Army, Raymond F. Chandler, III.
One of the questions I’m most often asked during my town halls is about the uniform. What’s the camouflage pattern of the future? Will we see any more changes to the Army Combat Uniform? What about the white shirt in our Army Service Uniform? One I also hear quite frequently is when will we see improvements to the Improved Physical Fitness Uniform (IPFU).
I honestly think we can do better.
The technology is out there. improved moisture wicking, anti-microbial characteristics, increased reflectivity. I don’t buy a XXXL anything, except for PT shorts and pants. Maybe we can buy something off the shelf, like the Navy and Marines. Maybe we can make improvements to what we have. Or maybe you are happy with the current uniform. No matter what you think about the uniform, I need your help.
I’ve asked TRADOC to give me some recommendations in May about how we can improve the IPFU. In response, they’ve joined with Natick’s Operational Force Interface Group to collect your thoughts on what you like and dislike about the IPFU. Starting now through March 7, you can go on Army Knowledge Online to take this important survey and make YOUR voice heard. This is your opportunity to give us feedback and affect change for the future. Your voice is important and I want to hear what you’ve got to say.