The Australian Army is introducing a new service dress uniform.
CAPTION: Australian Army soldiers Sergeant Kevin Williams, Lieutenant Roger Fredrick, Lieutenant James Levchenko, Lieutenant Nicholas Bassett and Warrant Officer Class One Ken Bullman pose in the new Australian Army ceremonial uniform ahead of the French National Day parade in Paris. Photos by Sergeant Janine Fabre
Keen-eyed CONTACT fans spotted and commented on the previously unannounced uniform after seeing photos of the contingent of approximately 80 members from the Australian Army’s 2nd Division wearing the darker uniform at the French National Day Parade in Paris on 14 July 2016.
A Defence spokesman confirmed to CONTACT that a new uniform would be progressively rolled out from June this year.
“The new uniform is a darker shade of khaki to the previous service uniform,” Defence said.
“The colour more closely matches to that of the slouch hat.”
Designed to replace both the service dress uniform and the general duties dress, the new uniform includes jacket, trousers, slacks and skirts and some accoutrements.
Defence said the colour change was based on the results of an Army-wide survey.
Other changes include improved fabric quality, a more flexible fit, differentiated male and female sizings, and maternity slacks and skirts.
The new dress and general-duties uniform will retain the current in-service slouch hat, the existing long- and short-sleeve shirts, RM Williams parade boots and court shoes.
Accoutrements accompanying the new dress will be available in the new khaki colour, as will the tie and belt.
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