Army Service Uniform
New Army Blue Class "A" Service Uniform.
New Army Blue Class "B" Service Uniform.
The U.S. Army service uniform is the military
uniform worn by personnel in situations in
which non-formal dress is called for. It is
worn in most workday situations in which
business dress would be called for. It can be
worn at most public and official functions.
The current main service uniform is the
green service uniform.
The blue Army Service Uniform (ASU)
is the "new" service uniform, and was adop-
ted for optional wear in 2008. It will start to
be issued to new soldiers as mandatory wear
as of Fall 2010, and must be worn Army-wide
as mandatory wear after July of 2014. The
ASU is replacing two uniforms already in use
– the "Army Green" service uniform and the
"Army White" service uniform. It will be
based on the current dress uniform known as
the "dress blue" uniform. It has its roots in
the historical "Army blue" uniform, which
dates back to the Revolutionary War, in
which the Continental Army outfitted its sol-
diers in blue to distinguish them from the red
uniform coats that British Army personnel
wore in their uniforms of the time. It also re-
calls the Civil War Union Army’s blue uni-
forms, which caused the two sides to some-
times be referred to in literature and other
works as "the Blue and the Gray."
History of the Army
Army Service Uniform Timeline
An Evolution of a uniform.
1. 1779 - Blue Continental Army coat, with
state facing colors, and white waistcoat
and breeches or overalls.
2. 1782 - Red facings only with branch of
service (BRANCH OF SERVICE) white
(infantry) or yellow (artillery) metal
3. 1810 - French uniform coat with cut-in
skirt fastened in front; sleeved roundabout
jacket for fatigue and field service.
4. 1813 - Uniform coat devoid of buttonhole
lace and facing colors.
5. 1821 - Congressional confirmation of
Army wear of National Blue; practical
gray wool pantaloons for the winter mud,
a tradition of contrasting shades.
6. 1829 - Undress frock (full roun