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How-to Correctly Assemble Your New Male US Army Officer Dress Blue Army Service Uniform (ASU)

By Edited Jun 5, 2015 0 0

Correctly assembling your new male officer US Army dress blue service uniform (ASU) requires strict adherence to Army Regulation 670-1, the Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia.  While the various other service branches have their own writing standard regarding the wear and appearance of their own uniforms, this manual is the default authority for every member of the United States Army, in particular. Where a Soldier, whether commissioned officer or enlisted, may have questions regarding many of the intricate nuances behind the many elements of various Army uniforms, it is this Army regulation that is essentially the "go-to" resource to help answer these questions. It is available online for all service members to reference, however; correctly assembling the officer dress blues can be done in three steps that I have laid out for you in this InfoBarrel article.

Step #1

Ensure You Have the Appropriate Authorization or Occasion for Wear

The US Army dress blue Army service uniform (ASU) can be worn by male officers, in accordance with regulation, on three separate and distinct occasions.  It is appropriate to wear while on duty as determined by the local commander, for official social functions, and on any other appropriate occasions as desired.  These ‘appropriate occasions’ generally refer to situations that are considered formal or black tie.  The US Army dress blue uniform, when worn with a black bowtie, is considered the civilian equivalent to a tuxedo.

Step #2

Assemble Your Male Officer Dress Blue Service Uniform

The Army blue service uniform has five major components. They are: 1) a dark blue coat, 2) dark-blue or light-blue trousers, 3) a white turndown-collar shirt, 4) a black bowtie or black four-in-hand necktie and 5) the Army blue service cap. The material, color, weight and Army shade are very clearly specified in paragraph 20-4, Material, in AR 670-1.

Army blue coats are single-breasted, peak-lapel, four-button coats that fit comfortably over the shoulders.  The coat is fitted at the waist, but not tightly. There should be no prominent flare. Officers wear shoulder straps, as opposed to shoulder loops. If eligible, they are also authorized to wear an aiguillette or a fourragere.

Trousers may be low-waisted or high-waisted. Both are straight-legged without cuffs. Low-waisted trousers have side and hip pockets. High-waisted trousers are without pleats, cuffs, or hip pockets.

Any commercial long-sleeved white shirt with barrel or French cuffs may be worn with the Army blue uniform.  It must also have a turndown collar. A complete description is available in paragraph 27-22c of US Army Regulation 670-1.

The Army blue service cap is required for all male officers to wear while in the dress blue uniform.  The only time that this does not apply is to social functions, after retreat.  General officers, officers and enlisted caps have different regulations and appearance.

Step #3

Correctly Choose Accessories and Display Your Unit Insignia, Awards and Badges.

There are 14 accessories that may or may not be worn with the US Army officer dress blue uniforms. While not all of these are optional, they do include such items as belts, suspenders, gold cuff links, black weather unisex gloves, and a black scarf. This accessory list is not inclusive, and AR 670-1, paragraph 20-10a should be referenced as the authority. 

Great care should be taken to correctly apply your unit insignia, awards and badges on your US Army dress blue uniform. A measuring tape will be required, as well as additional chapters in AR 670-1.

Conclusion

Correctly assembling your male US Army officer dress blue army service uniform requires a strict adherence to the rules and regulations that are readily available in Army Regulation 670-1.  US Army uniforms have a proud and storied tradition, and proper appearance is a testament to the proud traditions and discipline of our modern armed forces.

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