On November 18, 2020, members of the 152nd Army Uniform Board (AUB) met to discuss and vote on changes to the clothing bag. Discussion topics included standard issue items for all Soldiers and more specific items for female Soldiers. General James C. McConville, Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA), approved all of the AUB recommendations on January 26, 2021.
Specifically, the CSA approved the following:
- Addition of the Army Combat Glove to the Clothing Bag. Authorized the Army Combat Glove as a clothing bag item with an initial issue of one pair per Soldier during Initial Entry Training.
- Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Clothing Bag and Clothing Replacement Allowance. Approved the proposed FY22 Clothing Bag for all initial entry Soldiers with one reallocation of funds – the female handbag is now an optional item with the $118 previously designated for handbag purchase made available for undergarments (athletic bras).
- Development and Inclusion of a Nursing Shirt. Authorized the Program Executive Office–Soldier (PEO-S) to research, develop, test, and evaluate possible solutions for a nursing shirt. Once developed and approved, the nursing shirt (5-pack) will be categorized as an Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) item and issued along with the maternity utility uniform. It will also be available for sale at Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) locations.
- Development of New Army Green Service Uniform–Maternity (AGSU-M). Authorized PEO-S to research, develop, test, and evaluate possible design solutions for a new maternity service uniform.
PEO-S will implement authorized changes to the clothing bag in accordance with manufacturing and contract timelines. PEO-S will also provide a progress update and future timeline during the 153rd AUB, which will take place in the spring of 2021.
The AUB includes male and female Soldiers of all ranks with representatives from the Regular Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. Each board member has an equal vote in deciding which recommendations are forwarded for final approval to the CSA.
The AUB meeting, which takes place twice each year, is the Army's forum to address the changing requirements of Soldiers' uniforms and accessory items. All Soldiers can contribute to the uniform board process by providing recommendations to their Sergeant Major. Incorporating the feedback from Soldiers is a big part of the AUB process.