By G-4 for STAND-TO!August 5, 2010
The Army Uniform Board
What is it'
The Army Uniform Board (AUB) is the Army's only forum to address the changing requirements of Soldiers' uniforms and accessory items. It reviews changes and improvements to:
- The clothing bag items, i.e., Army Combat Uniform (ACU) items, Army Service Uniform (ASU) items, Physical Fitness Uniform items
- The mess uniform: Blue and White Mess Dress
- The dress uniform/the service uniform: ASU items with cummerbund and bow tie
- Optional purchase uniform items, i.e., Windbreaker, ASU commercial items
The Army Uniform Board (AUB) resolves issues, provides and obtains guidance, and makes recommendations to the Chief of Staff of the Army (CSA). The CSA approves the initiation of concept development and adoption of these items.
The Board consists of 17 members that meet twice annually. The Chairman of the Board is the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, G-4.
What has the Army done'
The Board has held 159 meetings since its inception on February 3, 1949.
The most recent meeting was held in June 2010 where the Board discussed additions to the clothing bag, status of user evaluations, and results of clothing studies among other topics. For a full report, visit the AUB information page on the U.S. Army website.
Why is it important to the Army'
The AUB studies and vets uniform and accessory issues, and makes recommendations to the CSA about changes, additions and discontinuations. Ultimately, the CSA decides if and when to make a uniform change.
The members of the Board include Soldiers of all levels, and representatives from the active component, Army Reserve (components is USAR/ARNG) and Army National Guard. Each member has an equal vote in deciding which recommendations go forth to the CSA.
However, every Soldier can contribute to the Uniform Board process by providing his or her recommendation to his or her unit's Sergeant Major. From there, the recommendation will make its way up the chain of command and be submitted to the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), who establishes clothing requirements for the Army. If validated by TRADOC, the recommendation is passed to Program Executive Office (PEO) Soldier, who reviews the requirement and determines the best course for executing the recommendation. TRADOC and PEO Soldier then provide the solution to the Board, who review and decide whether or not the recommendation should be brought forth to the Chief.
Army Uniform Board Information Page
AKO log in required: Army Clothing