â€œThese are good uniforms, designed to support the modern Sailor,â€ said Mullen. â€œDurability, safety, ease of wear and cleaning were all factors that weighed heavily on my mind, as did, quite frankly, the survey data and the opinions of wear testers. This wasnâ€™t a popularity contest by any stretch, but we would have been foolish not to consider the opinions of the men and women who will wear these uniforms.â€
The BDU-style working uniform, designed to replace seven different styles of current working uniforms, is made of a near maintenance-free permanent press 50/50 nylon and cotton blend. Worn with a blue cotton t-shirt, it will include an eight-point cover, a black web belt with closed buckle, and black smooth leather boots, with black suede no-shine boots for optional wear while assigned to non-shipboard commands.
â€œWhen I walk down the piers, I see a Sailors standing watch as a pier sentry in January and it’s 30 degrees and freezing rain,â€ Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SS/AW) Terry Scott said. â€œYou have to ask yourself, does the uniform that we currently issue protect us, and the answer is no.â€
The scuttlebutt is that this probably still won’t make it to seabags before the fall of 2007 (FY08).
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