Simply Chic Simply Chic Blog Home

The Army debuts new women-friendlier unisex uniform

Available in 16 sizes, the new uniform was tested by 600 female active-duty, National Guard and Reserve soldiers in 2011.

By Glamour Magazine Jul 29, 2013 9:43PM

Photo: Female in the army // Getty, U.S. Armyby Danica Lo

For women in the military, it's been a long time in the making, but just recently — along with the announcement that it would open all units and jobs to women by 2016 — the U.S. Army debuted new women-friendlier unisex uniforms.

"The old uniform was meant to be one size fits five sizes; these are more tailored," said Central Initial Issue Point project manager Trevor Whitworth. "When you're low crawling or doing a lot of physical training, it's nice to have a pair of trousers that have a little give-and-take to them. I think having made uniforms for a female body type will make a big difference for female soldiers."

More from Glamour: 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Woman Should Own

Some of the changes to the current silhouette include adjusting the cut to fit a woman's chest, hips and waist better; narrower shoulder width and narrower back; shortening the button-fly rise and back rise to better fit women; and repositioned knee and elbow patches.

Army uniformThe new Army Combat Uniforms are being issued to new soldiers going through Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and will be available "at all installations except Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.," according to CBS Atlanta. Available in 16 sizes, the new uniform was tested by 600 female active-duty, National Guard and Reserve soldiers in 2011.

More from Glamour: 15 Hair-Color Makeover Ideas to Try in 2013

Female army personnel

"An overwhelming majority, 94 percent of all respondents, said that the cut of the new ACU-A allowed them to present a better military appearance," said Major Laverne Stanley, the assistant product manager of soldier clothing and individual equipment.

What do you think about the new uniforms? Did you know that one in six soldiers in the U.S. Army is a woman? Tell us what you think in the comments, below.

Subscribe to Simply Chic | Friend us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter | Find us on Pinterest

More from Glamour:
53 Swimsuits that Make You Look 10 Pounds Thinner
35 Truths About Marriage--From a Guy's Point of View
10 Hot Date-Night Outfits (According to Guys)

Photos: Getty, U.S. Army

Aug 5, 2013 7:25PM
I'm just trying to figure out why they completely, from head to toe, tailored them for a woman's body, but said they are unisex?
Aug 5, 2013 6:25PM
Wow they just skipped right past the actual news in this fashion story.   All units are opening to women in 2016.  Seems a little mention the DRAFT now includes women should have been tossed in there to get an idea what agenda our gov is headed for.    
Aug 5, 2013 5:16PM
Food for thought.... 
Imagine the roles were flipped. The women were the ones who traditionally served and men were barely being allowed to serve. Would the women's uniforms be adequate  for the men or would a new one need to be designed? I understand this is a limited set of parameters to make a decision with but considering only these parameters I think the obvious answer would be yes. Men and Women have completely different bodies with different capabilities and ranges of motion which can either be enhanced or restricted by their clothing/armor/etc. In order to allow the greatest efficiency of body movement a gender specific uniform would seem like an obvious essential. The women's uniforms go well beyond being fashionable and dive into years of common sense, research, and practicality to translate what has been learned in the civilian market into something that would properly function in a military application. 
Aug 5, 2013 3:49PM
S,M,L for men, why not for women.  and I never served because I married a service man and he didnt want me to serve but I dont have to explain everything to any of ya'll. I've lived this life long enough to know that the men, WHICH IS THE MAJORITY OF OUR ARMED FORCES, dont get very many "accommodations "as the women. Men get S,M,L women should get the same. And if you want to get with sexist I agree with Pseu_An. Men HAVE to register for selective service so women should also. IF I am sexiest towards women it is because they want to be fairly treated yet they want more privileges than men because they are women. How is that fair. 
Aug 2, 2013 9:02PM
Do they have casual Friday's in the armed forces?
Aug 2, 2013 3:35PM

Samurai Soldier-

Which branch of the U.S. Armed Forces did you serve in when you were in actual combat and had a woman "cover your back"?

Aug 1, 2013 10:06PM
Wake up Pentagon - Males & Females are much more different than the obvious. Unisex  uniforms wont work ...........NEVER !  Let female Veterans design a Female uniform, and stop wasting Tax payers Dollars.
Aug 1, 2013 7:39PM
My first comment is to all those who who are a) not girls and b) have never served in the armed forces : kindly shut it.

As a female who has been in the army and is currently signing up for a second go I can tell  you that the prospect of new and better fitting uniforms is a welcome sign. I remember wearing through a pair of BDU's - oddly enough right below the patch in my trousers because guess what, they didn't fit right. Rolling up your sleeves for a task and having them roll down again because the sleeves are too big is frankly aggravating for someone in helicopter repair. This is not a 'sexist', 'fashion', or any other such decision. It is a tactical decision based on what is most effective: you wouldn't demand your men wear ill-fitting uniforms; why demand it of your women? And on that subject those who say combat is a men only field can take a quote (forgive me for using a pop-culture quote but it is just as true)
"The women of my country learned long ago that those who do not wield swords can still die upon them."
Women are not exempt from war when it strikes their country: in fact historically they have born the brunt of the brutality by being tortured, killed, raped, abused and treated as property by whatever conquering army comes marching in. Men worry about being dead - women worry about suffering much worse. So your notions of 'honorable man on man combat' can take a flying leap. I'll protect both myself and my country; your naive notions not withstanding.

Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

beauty tips and style advice

  • Nike Free, courtesy of Amazon

    Comfortable (and stylish) walking shoes for travel

    Finding stylish and comfortable shoes for your trip abroad is easier said than done. Check out these 5 shoes that will save your feet during your next trip.

  • Altuzarra

    What Kate Middleton should wear for her second pregnancy: 6 looks from the spring 2015 runways

    This week’s surprise announcement about Kate Middleton’s pregnancy has already sparked speculation on what the Duchess will be wearing with her soon-to-be spare heir. What’s more, the spring 2015 collections in New York are providing Middleton with plenty of maternity-friendly ideas for day and night. Here, we pinpoint six looks that should carry the Duchess through her third trimester.

  • Power couples

    Get the street style look of 7 Fashion Week tribes for under $100

    Style inspiration doesn’t just come from the runway. Every Fashion Week, we look far beyond the shows themselves—from the designers and the traveling troupes of editors to the models, photographers, and showgoers, all sorts of style tribes are out hitting the pavement. To refresh our fall closet, we look to eight chic cliques, from the front-row power couples to street-style bloggers. Even better? Getting the look of your favorite tribe has never been easier—everything we’ve pulled is $100 or less.

  • Lucky

    5 fall fashion must-haves

    Autumn is upon us, and we’ve got sweaters, coats and booties on our minds! Below are the first things we’ll be buying (or have already bought!) to kick off next season.

  • Fall boot guide

    The ultimate fall boot guide

    As autumn approaches and the opportunity for days spent lying by the beach begins to wind down, there comes a time to trade the sand-strewn sandals of summer in for the bright, shiny new footwear of fall. And what’s the best way to kick off your closet in preparation for a brisk temperature drop? The boot. From animal print to glittery, hiking to fringed, our fall boots include everything you need to start the season off on the right foot.

  • Great jeans for adults

    The best back-to-school denim for grown-ups

    No matter what the era, denim is always a staple. From blue to black, acid-washed, studded, and shredded, there’s a denim to fit any mood (or body type). For this fall (and back-to-school month), we’ve rounded up our favorite picks of this all-American classic: Whether we are inspired by a nineties Kate Moss, Rihanna’s affinity for fringe, or model off-duty looks, our elevated denim guide is guaranteed to refresh your wardrobe just in time for the new season.

  • s1

    Upgrade your hair game with these get-gorgeous tips

    Beachy waves, soft strands—you can have the dream locks you've always wanted.

  • Z Zegna fall\winter 2014\Umberto Fratini\Indigital Images; MP Massimo Piombo spring\summer 2015; Antonio Marras spring\summer 2015\Yannis Vlamos\Indigital Images.

    11 style rules to break right now

    You already know wearing white after Labor Day is cool. But menswear is reinventing itself rapidly, leaving some long-held mandates by the wayside, not to mention a bunch of men with a lot of questions. Sure, some style laws are truly inviolable. Showing a quarter-inch of cuff will always be crucial, but with designers and dandies flaunting so many former taboos it's hard to tell what's in play these days. So we thought we'd take this opportunity to let you know which rules no longer apply.

  • Update your outfit with embellishments

    The ultimate under $100 guide to fall trends

    With every changing season, our shopping lists seem to grow and grow and grow . . . and yet our bank accounts somehow stay exactly the same! But don’t fret, you can capture all the best fall trends straight from the runway without breaking the bank. Whether you’re yearning for cozy knits, statement necklaces, or bold graphic pieces, our Fall Fashion Guide gives you the best looks—all for less than $100.

  • A.P.C. and Vanessa Seward

    Fashion Week A to Z: Vogue’s guide to spring 2015 shows

    Allow us to be frank: Fashion Week is a bit of a misnomer. What with the global sprawl of shows—from New York to London to Milan to Paris—it really should be Fashion Month. (Or Fashion Forever.) Either way, what better way to kick off the marathon of shows, after-parties, flights, and appointments than with our comprehensive A-to-Z guide to all things Fashion Week? Here, find out what to do, eat, see, wear, and keep your eye on this season.

  • Saucony sneakers

    Vogue editors’ Fashion Week picks for under $100

    Fashion Weeks may come and go (and with them a focus that shifts from statement coats to statement shoes and statement lips and eyes and back again), but one thing stays the same, no matter the date, year, or season: the editorial need for survival. And with that, you know, ideally looking good, too. Luckily for you, this season the Vogue.com team is divulging its Fashion Week “steals”; must-haves for under $100. From sneakers to a staple cardigan and a classic pair of shades, here are the fall-friendly items that we’ll be carrying with us long after the collections end.

  • Layer like a pro

    Fashion math: 13 formulas to layering like a pro

    Arm yourself from the cold with these foolproof tips.

follow us
follow us follow us on facebook follow us on pinterest follow us on twitter
buzzing now on msn living
about our blog contributors
style videos
editor's picks