Uniform 2019

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I've always been a stickler for uniforms. One of my favorite sayings is, "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept." My friends know me as the person who's eternally checking gig lines, hair styles, crow spacing, ribbon order… but even after 20 years in the Coast Guard, I still have to doublecheck some things. As a reserve officer, it's a mark of my professionalism that I have each piece right. The importance of the uniform is even reflected in the first step of the Use of Force Continuum: Officer Presence. The atmosphere of compliance is created, in part, by the officer's appearance, and the uniform is a big part of that. As Mark Twain said, "A policeman in plain clothes is a man; in his uniform, he is ten." So true. With that in mind, we're honored to put together this issue for you, but keep in mind, this isn't a replacement for the Uniform Regulations; it's a quick-reference guide. The original Uniform Issue was a major undertaking, produced for reservists back in 2006 by the original dream team, CWO Ed Kruska and Chris Rose; it quickly became recognized as a great reference for active duty members as well. I know lots of people have been waiting for this one to replace the battered 2006 edition they have squirreled away. The six people on the front cover have become well- known, and the wording and images from that issue are all over the internet, even used by the Coast Guard Headquarters Uniform Program itself. Inside this latest edition, you'll find all the old standards, but also some changes, including the NWU Type III. We have an updated history article that explores the more recent history of our uniform, starting with the Bender Blues and going forward to today's untucked ODU. There's also a story on how our Uniform Program works together with the UDC, the online exchange and the research department to keep our members looking sharp. And should you see something that you'd like changed in the Uniform Regulations, you can request it. Send your change through your command to PSC-PSU-MU. Include the idea/issue, the suggestion (including costs and benefits to the service), alternative solutions and enclosures if necessary. Email your suggestions to Again, the standard you walk by is the standard you accept. It's everyone's responsibility to make us not just the world's premier Coast Guard, but also the sharpest looking as well. Anastasia Devlin Editor-in-Chief RESERVIST MAGAZINE FROM THE EDITOR dress shirt and the female overblouse, each service still maintains individual service identity through unique pattern designs. In 2015, we met with the Air Force to discuss pattern/design alignment along with fabric enhancements that would benefit both services' personnel. Partnering with industry, we moved to a heavier cotton herringbone weave, which would better align the services with commercial standard for dress weight material. This fabric has better elasticity for comfort, improved moisture management and wrinkle resistance, and the heavier material means it's less translucent, reducing modesty concerns. Design improvements were made to the collar, sleeves, and shirt body, and we standardized the sizes and pattern. The new light blue dress shirt is currently in production and will be soon available at Future Plans In an effort to provide a garment better suited for the operational and law enforcement environments, the Uniform Program has been working with DoD to determine what capabilities exist and what items might be best for these mission sets. We have identified several potential options worth exploring. Essentially, we have identified a shirt that would be worn in lieu of the ODU blouse in warm environments where life jackets and LE vests are used. (This new shirt will not replace the regular uniform of the day.) The body of the shirt will consist of a breathable stretch material that could be tucked into the trousers, allowing easier access to law enforcement equipment and a breathable body that allows air exchange under load carrying and ballistic protection systems, and the sleeves will look similar to the current ODU for durability. The shirt will consist of a three-quarter front zip and mandarin-style collar. We're working quickly toward a viable prototype for a limited user evaluation by summer 2019. Breaking squelch! Many of you may have heard rumors about the Coast Guard potentially moving to the NWU Type III uniform. The rumors are just rumors at this point. Many factors have to be considered, including need, joint service approvals, production requirements, coordinated product specifications, transition plan, current stock divestment plan, and cost to service and personnel. We continue to test and evaluate all options in order to produce the best uniform to meet the needs of our service and our service members. A Final Word Overall, it's our mission to be progressive, professional, and financially prudent. We take pride in providing high- quality uniforms and goods in the most efficient manner possible. A special thank you to the UDC staff for expediting much needed uniform replacements to members affected by or responding to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence and Michael. Semper Paratus. Uniform Issue • 2019 � RESERVIST 3

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