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Air Force on schedule with new uniform issue timeline

Cecil Harvey, 502d Logistics Readiness Squadron lead supply technician, helps a U.S. Air Force basic military training trainee, 326th Training Squadron, during the initial issue of the first operational camouflage pattern (OCP) uniform, Oct. 2, 2019, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Cecil Harvey, 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron lead supply technician, helps Air Force basic military training trainees assigned to the 326th Training Squadron, during initial issue of the first Operational Camouflage Pattern uniform, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Oct. 2, 2019. The OCP uniforms were made available for purchase for Airmen Oct. 1, 2018. The mandatory wear date is April 1, 2021. The OCP uniforms work in all climates and across the spectrum of the Air Force mission. They also contribute to the joint warfighting excellence and close ties between the Air Force and the Army. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

Cecil Harvey, 502d Logistics Readiness Squadron lead supply technician, helps a U.S. Air Force basic military training trainee, 326th Training Squadron, during the initial issue of the first operational camouflage pattern (OCP) uniform, Oct. 2, 2019, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

U.S. Air Force basic military training trainees assigned to the 326th Training Squadron receive the first Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms during initial issue, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, Oct. 2, 2019. The OCP uniforms were made available for purchase for Airmen Oct. 1, 2018. The mandatory wear date is April 1, 2021. The OCP uniforms work in all climates and across the spectrum of the Air Force mission. They also contribute to the joint warfighting excellence and close ties between the Air Force and the Army. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sarayuth Pinthong)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) --

Trainees entering into Basic Military Training at the 37th Training Wing the first week of October were the first group to be issued the new Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms.

When Air Force officials announced last year they were adopting the Army OCP as the official utility uniform, they developed a three-year rollout timeline across the force for the entire changeover. Last week put them on target for issue to new recruits entering BMT.

“Each trainee is issued four sets of uniforms with their initial issue,” Bernadette Cline, clothing issue supervisor said. “Trainees who are here in (Airmen Battle Uniforms) will continue to wear them throughout their time here and will be replaced when they get their clothing allowance.”

The 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron Initial Issue Clothing outfits nearly 33,000 BMT trainees every year and maintains more than 330,000 clothing line items.

“We partner with Defense Logistics Agency who provides the clothing items upfront to be issued,” Donald Cooper, Air Force initial clothing issue chief said. “Then we warehouse and issue to the individuals’ size-specific clothing.”

After taking Airmen feedback into consideration, the uniform board members said they chose the OCP for the improved fit and comfort and so that they will blend in with their soldier counterparts’ uniforms in joint environments, according to Cooper.

“Right now, if someone deploys, they’ll get it issued,” Cline said. “And now that everyone is converting over to this uniform, (the trainees) already have the uniform to work and deploy in.”

Following the timeline, the OCP should now be available online for purchase as well.

The next mandatory change listed on the timeline, to take place by June 1, 2020, will be for Airmen’s boots, socks and T-shirts to be coyote brown. Also, officer ranks to the spice brown.

Switching from two different types of utility uniforms to just one, multifunctional uniform could also simplify life for the Airmen.

“I think the biggest value is going to be the thought that they aren’t required to have two uniforms anymore once they convert to a uniform that is for deployment and day-to-day work,’” Cooper said.

For more information on uniform guidance, visit https://www.afpc.af.mil/Career-Management/Dress-and-Appearance/.

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