The Air Force has come out with a new Airman Battle Uniform. It’s permanentpresswash-and-wear,lessex- pensive and comes in 236 sizes for men and women. The Air Force will start issuing them next spring.
“The Airman Battle Uniform will replace the current woodland patternBattleDressUniformandDesert Camouflage Uniforms and will feature a distinctive Air Force digitized tiger stripe pattern, which shares three colors with the Army Combat Uniform and one additional color of slateblue,”accordingtoamessageto the troops Dec. 12.
“We will treat the ABU like any other weapon system by continually upgradingourcapabilitiesinblocksas we learn from the emergence of new technologies,” the Air Force says.
Airmen will save money on cleaning because the uniform cannot be starched,hot-pressedordry-cleaned.