Army May Bring Back Uniforms of 'Greatest Generation'

Most respondents to 'Army Times' survey want to bring back WWII's 'pinks and greens'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2017 9:03 AM CDT
This July 1944 file photo shows US Army reinforcement troops making an amphibious landing on the coral reef on Saipan, Mariana Islands.   (AP Photo, File)
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(Newser) – Uncle Sam wants you … to look like you're a World War II soldier. Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey tells the Army Times he'll be lobbying at a meeting later this month to bring back a vintage "pinks and greens" Army uniform as regular business attire. His decision was based on a February survey that indicated 77% of active-duty respondents gave a thumbs-up to the old-time uniform; 59% say they'd prefer to wear it instead of their current garb. Dailey, who notes there was "a lot of prestige and honor" tied to that particular uniform, adds it was the get-up of the "Greatest Generation." "The American public identified with that uniform," he says. If the Army's chief of staff and secretary give the OK, troops' uniform allowance would be adjusted to allow them to make the upgrade. (The Army sent its stiff dark-green uniform into retirement in 2015.)

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