Uniforms are a vital part of the any military institution. They serve various purposes such as recognition, hierarchy, and protection. But there have been notable changes between the current forms of tactical gears and military uniforms of this age and those of a couple of years ago.
From ancient Roman armors, British fluffy wigs to over-sized military wears, there has been a long thread of development from these forms of gears to more efficient wears.
Take the US military for instance, there have been several changes since its inception. In earlier years, especially during the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, soldiers’ uniforms were made out of wool with few protection and gears. More men were killed by cold and frostbite during the winter than by the enemies.
On the flip side, many soldiers suffered heat stroke and overheating during the summer as their uniforms didn’t provide them with the adequate protection against the scorching summer sun.
The military gears and uniform remained unchanged until early 20th century. One of the major changes that were made during that time was the introduction of uniform pockets to allow for easy access of military gears. In the 1980s, manufacturers added 6 pockets to military pants and a vertical shirt pocket in place of the slanted pocket.
But after the 9/11, ankle pockets and wrist pockets were added to combat pants and blouses respectively. This allowed military personnel to carry more gears and easily access necessary equipment.
Notable changes have also been observed in the military gear. Take for instance, many soldiers during the Vietnam and Korean era had hefty weapons on them which did not promote agility and mobility. Most war documentaries show these men carrying their rifles on their back, out in the open.
But today, the gun holster is more inward with low-visibility and the ability to carry equipment, water, supplies and ammunition. Made with Velcro material, the light weight material protects weapons and supplies from external factors like weather and chemicals.
With the continued development of technology, we can expect more sophisticated gears and uniforms in the next few years.
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