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Army recruits issued new 'formfitting' uniforms at Fort Sill

New combat uniforms being tested at Fort Sill don't look much different from the current camouflage ensemble. But the new trouser and jacket known officially as “Army Combat Uniform-Alternate” is designed to be more formfitting.
by Phillip O'Connor Modified: August 19, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: August 19, 2013

Morlett slid a pair of the new wider-fitting pants across the counter to Diamond Youngblood, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

“Put them on please. Button just the top button only.”

Morlett leaned forward over his counter.

“Step back. Let me see the length.”

He scanned her up and down.

“Too short. Take them off.”

Youngblood removed the pants, and Morlett slid her several new pair a size longer and was on to the next recruit.

Drill sergeant Cassi Richardson, of Elkhorn, Wis., said her favorite part of the new uniform is more roominess in the hips.

But Richardson, a 7-year veteran who is a 5-feet-5 inches tall and weighs a fit 138 pounds, said she's tired of rumors that the new uniforms, years in development, are designed to cater to a bigger, heavier, out-of-shape Army.

Not true, she said.

Asked what she missed about the old uniform, Richardson didn't hesitate.

“Nothing,” she said.

There is one thing that hasn't changed with the new uniform.

At least once a day, Morlett said a recruit, sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, will try on the pants, crack a smile and ask, “Does this make my (rear end) look big?”

by Phillip O'Connor
Enterprise Editor
O'Connor joined the Oklahoman staff in June, 2012 after working at The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a combined 28 years. O'Connor, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate of Kansas State University. He has written frequently...
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