Armed Forces News

Airmen will have until Sept. 1 to adapt their uniforms to new standards. The Air Force is delaying the mandatory switch to the Operational Camouflage Pattern (OCP) and Two-Piece Flight Duty (2PFDU) uniform. The change had been scheduled to take place June 1. The decision to delay the move was made in order to reduce any hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Changes for the OCP include:

* Spice brown color rank insignia for all officers except first lieutenants and lieutenant colonels, who would wear black ones.

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* Mandatory spice brown U.S. flag patches, to be worn both in garrison and when deployed. Infrared patches will not be authorized.

* Coyote brown t-shirts (the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, AAFES, lists the color as tan) are authorized. Airmen who buy t-shirts from outside suppliers should make sure the color is correct.

* Only coyote brown or DLA-issued green socks are authorized.

* Boots must be coyote brown as well, with two exceptions. Airmen with medical conditions and are being treated at either civilian or military medical treatment facilities can wear other boots, with permission of their commanders. Also, airmen who are required to wear black combat boots in industrial areas may do so.

Changes for the 2PFDU include:

* Mandatory wear badges must be in place.

* Only spice brown cloth U.S. flag patches are authorized.

* Socks must be either DLA-issued green or coyote brown.

* Boots and authorized thermal garments must be coyote brown.