(Fort Leonard Wood)–As part of an ongoing rollout of the new Army Green Service Uniform, staff from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Fort Leonard Wood Clothing Initial Issue Point began fitting drill sergeants for the new uniform at the post’s Clothing and Sales Store Tuesday. The new uniform sometimes referred to as “pinks and greens,” is a modern throwback to the winter service uniforms worn by soldiers during World War II. Army officials said the intent is to pay homage to the Greatest Generation by giving current Soldiers an everyday business suit “for professional environments that honors our heritage.” More than 280 drill sergeants on Fort Wood are scheduled to be fitted for the new uniform this month, and Fort Leonard Wood Exchange General Manager Beth Pritchard said outfitting the drill sergeants was one of the last necessary steps before the uniforms are available for the general active-duty population.
The new uniform fills the gap between formal and utility wear. The AGSU will be the everyday service uniform for all Soldiers and the current Army Service Uniform will be reserved for more formal occasions. All active component enlisted Soldiers will continue to receive the annual clothing allowance to offset the cost of the AGSU and its implementation will be cost-neutral for the Army as a whole, according to the Army website, www.army.mil/uniforms/.