Department of Defense

Uniform Identity for US Air Force members

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Institute the Flight Duty Uniform (FDU, per Air Force Instruction 36-2903, the Dress and Appearance of Air Force Personnel) as the only Air Force duty/work uniform for Air Force personnel. Currently, airmen are required to have service dress blues, the Airman Battle Uniform (ABU), & the FDU if authorized. Putting all airmen in FDUs will save DoD money finding vendors for different types of uniforms & uniform accessories (hats, patches, etc). An example of FDU savings: airmen will only have to maintain 1 type of cover (hat) as the flight cap is worn with service dress blues & with the FDU--small, but spread over 300,000 AF members it adds up.

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Idea No. 6743