Uniform phase out dates draw near

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  • By Brad Jessmer
  • Air Force Uniform Office
With many phaseout and mandatory wear dates approaching, the look of Air Force uniforms will change slightly over the next year. Here are a few dates to remember for uniform and policy changes.

As of the following dates, wear of the listed uniform items will be phased out:

Oct. 1, 2010
-- 100 percent wool pullover sweater, replaced with the looser fitting, smooth fabric pullover sweater
-- 2EXXX, 3AXXX and 3CXXX legacy badges
-- Green fleece used as outer garment without name, service designator and rank
-- Black fleece

Dec. 31, 2010
-- Gray and dark blue scarves, gloves, mittens and earmuffs

Oct. 1, 2011
-- 33S legacy badges

Nov. 1, 2011
-- Battle Dress Uniform
-- Desert Camouflage Uniform
-- Tan boots (excluding Airmen deployed to the area of responsibility)

Wear of the Airman Battle Uniform and ABU items will be mandatory as of Nov. 1, 2011.

As of Oct. 1, 2010, the optional green fleece without nametapes and rank may only be worn as a liner to the All-Purpose Environmental Clothing System. If worn as an outer garment, the green fleece must have the Airman's name, Air Force tape and rank attached.

For more information on uniform items, visit the Air Force uniform website at http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/dress/index.asp.