The Army is testing a new hot weather uniform as soldiers train more and more in the wet, humid Pacific region.
According to PEO Soldier, soldiers said they needed a uniform suited for tropical environments that was fast drying, breathable, durable and lightweight. Troops have been testing different fabrics, and the Army will start fielding the Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform in January.
It also cuts down on the number of pockets, which absorb water and weigh down the uniform.
Soldiers will wear the improved versions during Pacific Pathways, which sends units on a “training pathway” for three to four months in a series of exercises and engagements with militaries from partner nations. The Pathways rotation in February will be to the Philippines and Thailand.