The Old Military Battle Dress Uniform (BDU)

The Battle Dress Uniform, also known as BDU, was used by the U.S.A. armed forces as their standard combat situations uniform. It was used for combat situations from September 1981 to April 2005. Every branch of the U.S.A. military branch has since replaced the uniform. It officially was unauthorized to wear at the end of April 2008 by the U.S.A. Army. The DEA and SWAT still use BDU uniforms of some type during tactical situations. Battle Dress Uniforms got their name because they were only worn during different kinds of battles. These uniforms can be either plain colored or camouflage colors. In September 1981 the Battle Dress Uniform used two shades of green, one shade of brown, and black. In 1989 a lightweight battle dress uniform came out so the soldiers wouldn’t get overheated or dehydrated. The uniform that came out in 1989 was the first camouflaged one approved since the withdrawel from Vietnam by the U.S.A. By 1989 the Battle Dress Uniform completely replaced the uniforms of an olive drab color that were used since 1952. The military branches wanted to be different from each other. Since they wanted to be different, the modern camouflage patterns were developed. The Marine Corps replaced their Battle Dress Uniform before any of the other branches. In June 2001, the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform, which uses a computer generated MARPAT pattern, was approved to wear. By October 1, 2004, the changeover to the MARPAT pattern for the Marine Corps was completed. The Army has mostly replaced their Battle Dress Uniform with a new Army Combat Uniform. Their new uniform has a...