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Monday, May 30, 2011

IDF to move to more 'comfortable' combat uniform

IDF Technological and Logistics Directorate to replace combat uniforms with the ones worn by US Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq.

For years, IDF soldiers have complained about the combat uniforms they have to wear during exercises, operations and on their bases.

In response, the IDF Technological and Logistics Directorate recently decided to replace the combat uniforms with the ones worn by US Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq.

At first glance, the new uniforms are not so different from those currently in IDF use. The main difference is that the new model is wrinkle- free and has extra pockets and more “breathing holes,” as opposed to the traditional two in the armpits.

“We are trying to make combat more comfortable for soldiers and more practical with the new uniforms,” an IDF source said.

One of the more significant changes is the Velcro on the front for soldiers and commanders to attach their name. Another piece of Velcro is on the arm for soldiers to stick their unit’s emblem. An additional pocket will be added to the arm for a pen and notepad, and a new pocket on the shirt will be designated for a rifle magazine.

The IDF has decided to supply five sets of uniforms to each recruit, one of which he will hold onto following his discharge, for reserve duty.

Whether soldiers will be able to keep their new shirts untucked or they will need to tuck them into their pants has not been decided yet.

The Technological and Logistics Directorate has begun distributing the new uniforms to a select group of soldiers and commanders under a pilot program, that if deemed successful, will lead to the replacement of all uniforms over the coming year.