Provides a basic set of components that allows Soldiers to transition from semi-formal dress to full formal dress with little variation required.
The Army Service Uniform (ASU) was derived from the Army Dress Blue Uniform. The ASU consists of belted trousers and slacks with a traditional low waistline available for daily wear. The high waist men’s trousers traditionally worn with suspenders are available for wear with the Army Mess Dress Uniform. The men’s coat, women’s coat, women’s skirt, general officer trousers, and slacks are shade Army Blue 450. The enlisted and officer/non-commissioned officer men’s trousers and women’s slacks are shade Army Blue 451. The ASU features durable materials that are suitable for daily use without special care. The ASU coat, trousers, slacks and skirt fabric is a blend of 55 percent polyester and 45 percent wool. A white herringbone shirt made of 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton will be for daily wear. Soldiers can wear commercial off-the-shelf white dress shirts for ceremonial and formal occasions. Officers and NCOs (corporal and above) will wear gold braid on the trousers/slacks. Enlisted Soldiers (specialist and below) will have plain legs on the trousers/slacks and will wear new smaller service stripes on the left coat sleeve. One service stripe is worn for every three years of honorable service. Officers and enlisted Soldiers will wear overseas service bars on the right coat sleeve. One overseas service bar is authorized for every six months of overseas service in designated areas during specified periods. The current black accessories—such as the windbreaker, all-weather coat, overcoat and sweaters—may be worn with the ASU.